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Master's Programme in Chemistry

Welcome to the Master’s programme in Chemistry! We are excited to guide you throughout your journey in this programme. You will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate within a multidisciplinary environment, taught and supervised by active researchers in the field of Chemistry. My name is Christiane Funk, programme director. Please feel free to contact me for any information or guidance you may need. We are committed to providing you with a supportive and stimulating learning experience.

How to start

  • 2. Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account (your Umu-id) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

    With your user account you can:

    • register for courses
    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

    I want to learn more about my user account (Umu-id)

    Exchange student or tuition fee paying student

    If you are an exchange student or tuition fee paying student, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.

    Help! It´s not working

    If you are having problems activating your account or logging in, please contact our Servicedesk. You will find answers to common questions, and can submit enquiries.

  • 3. Course registration

    First, we wish to remind you to reply to your Notification of Selection Results at www.universityadmissions.se  or www.antagning.se, so that you do not lose your spot on the programme. If you have any questions, you are most welcome to contact us at any time. You will find our contact information at the end of this letter.

    The first course in the programme is Chemometrics, which will be taught by Professor Knut Irhum and will begin on January 15th. Professor Irgum will also serve as the course coordinator.

    You need to be registered for the course in the study documentation system in order to be able to follow the course and to get your results registered during the course. Online registration is open on the student web between 08-01-2024 and 15-01-2024. If you have not registered by Jnauary 15 at the latest, you´ll risk losing your spot (seat).
    To be able to sign in at the student website and register online, you´ll need to have activated your UmU-id account.

    If you are unable to attend the registration and introduction, you need to contact the study counselor in advance, or else you risk losing your place on the programme.

    Last day to start the programme is September 4th.

  • 4. Course start

    August 15, 2024

    Time: 09,00

    Schedule is published here no later than 30 days before the start of the course

    About the programme:

    The recommended course order is given as follows:

    Year 1


    5KE053 Chemometrics, 7.5 ECTS

    5KE176 Computational chemistry, 7.5 ECTS

    Optional course 15 ECTS

    5KE174 Biophysical-Chemical Concepts, 15 ECTS

    5KE175 Advanced Experimental Tools in Chemistry, 15 ECTS

    Year 2
    Optional courses 0-30 ECTS
    Degree project 30-60 ECTS

    As a student in our Master's programme in Chemistry, you will have the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas: Medicinal Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or Biochemistry. Your specialization will be determined by your choice of free courses (at least 15 ECTS) and the field of your degree project. We encourage you to explore these specializations and take advantage of the diverse range of courses and research opportunities available to you.

    The programme includes a degree project within the main area of Chemistry, which can be initiated once the prerequisites outlined in the syllabus have been met. In the thesis work, which can comprise 30, 45, or 60 ECTS, students are expected to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their studies. The work must address a specialization in the field of Chemistry and be reported in English, both orally and in the form of a written "Masters' thesis" report or essay. As part of the degree project, you will also act as opponent to another master's student's degree project.

    It is important to note that the degree project is an individual endeavor and an essential component of the programme. We encourage you to begin considering potential topics early on and to work closely with your supervisor to ensure that your work meets the necessary requirements and expectations.


About the course

  • Accommodation

    As Swedish universities do not own any housing, students are expected to arrange their accommodation. If you have not already found a place to live in Umeå, there are information and tips at our website:  http://www.umu.se/english/education/accommodation. We recommend you read this information and start registering for housing as soon as possible.

  • Pregnancy and laboratory work

    For safety reasons, pregnant individuals are not permitted to enter the laboratory or engage in laboratory work. If you are pregnant and enrolled in a course that involves laboratory work, please notify the responsible teacher before the course begins. They will provide you with appropriate guidance and support to ensure your safety and well-being.

  • Additional information

    Systems and IT services for students

    As a student at Umeå University, you will get access to a number of systems and IT services. In the studentweb you will get access to personal services, such as the student e-mail and your study results. Canvas is another system, used as a learning platform for many university courses.

    If you have applied to Umeå University through Universityadmissions.se, you will receive a letter from Umeå University with a temporary user identity that you can use to activate your user account. You can also use your user identity on Universityadmissions.se to activate your user account. Both ways to activate the user account is reached via  https://www.umu.se/en/student/we-can-assist-you/it-services/umu-id/

    If you have applied to Umeå University as an exchange student, you will receive information about how to activate your user account when you arrive at Umeå University.

    When you have activated your user account, you will reach the student web or the learning platform (Canvas) via the sign in links to the right at www.student.umu.se/english.

    If you have previously studied at Umeå University, you will not receive a temporary user identity because you already have a user account and do not need to activate that account again. You just sign in via the links to the right at www.student.umu.se/english. If you have forgotten your password or wish to change it, you can do that via the link “Forgotten your password?” next to the sign in links.

    If you encounter problems signing in to the studentweb or other technical errors, please send a message to the ServiceDesk, www.servicedesk.its.umu.se/Default.aspx?language=en.

    Tuition fees

    For students that need to pay tuition, all offers of admission to Umeå University are considered preliminary until the student has paid the first installment of his or her tuition fee. Applications for a residence permit will not be approved until the Swedish Migration Board receives notification from the university that your first tuition fee installment has been paid. After receiving a notification of admission letter from Umeå University, students will receive information about the process regarding the payment of tuition fees. For more information regarding tuition fee, please visit http://www.umu.se/english/education/tuition.

    Residence permit

    Students coming from countries outside the EU and planning to study for longer than three months, require a residence permit. Note that you might have to wait for the decision, so apply well in advance. More information can be found at  www.migrationsverket.se/info/start_en.html and www.swedenabroad.com/.

    Contact us

    If you have any questions, you are most welcome to contact us at any time. You will find our contact information at the end of this letter. We wish you a warm welcome to the program and hope that you will enjoy your studies here in Umeå!

    Program coordinator:
    Christiane Funk
    e-mail: christiane.funk@umu.se 
    Phone: +46 90 786 76 33

    Study counsellors and education coordinator:
    Maria Jansson,
    e-mail: maria.jansson@umu.se
    Phone: +46 90 7865262


New at Umeå University

  • Checklist for admitted students

    Follow this simple list of things to complete your enrolment at Umeå University. It includes: how to secure housing, getting a residence permit (for citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland), tuition payment (if applicable), travel directions and more.

    To the checklist for admitted Students

  • The Student web

    The website for current students has all sorts of information about services, support, legal and practical matters at Umeå University. You can sign in to the learning platforms, see your schedule and course overview, get a study certificate, apply for a degree or sign up for an examination.

    Student life begins here

  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular semester, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but no later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme or course.

    If you will have student housing through the Housing Office at Umeå University you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins a few days before the start of the semester (Autumn) or the same day as the semester starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this semester.

  • Welcome Fair

    Are you a new student at Umeå University? Visit the Welcome Fair – a perfect opportunity to learn what our university and Umeå can offer. The fair normally takes place in the beginning of each semester.

    Learn more

  • Get your UmU card

    When you are on Campus Umeå, Umeå Arts Campus or Campus Örnsköldsvik, you will need a UmU card. The card has the following functions:

    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card.

    To get the card, you need to apply for it. Here’s how to apply for the UmU card.

  • Join a student union

    There are three student unions at Umeå University:

    • Umeå Student Union
    • Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
    • Umeå Medical and Health Sciences Student Union.

    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

    Become a member of a student union!

  • Access to Microsoft Office 365

    Students at Umeå University have free access to the programmes of Microsoft Office 365. This means that you have access to Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Whiteboard Forms, your student email and other services which can facilitate your studies and your collaboration with other students. To access Office 365 you need to activate your UmU-id. 

    Learn more about Office 365 and how to install it on your computer



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