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Master's Programme in Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry is important to many different fields, and a this master’s degree is one of the most sought after by employers.

Nicklas lantecknar
As as student in analytical chemistry, you can expect to spend a lot of time in the lab.

Being able to isolate and analyse the chemicals in a sample - and to interpret the findings – is crucial for determining the health of an environmental system, developing sustainable manufacturing techniques that pollute less, or even which athletes deserve a medal.

The master’s in analytical chemistry uses problem-based teaching methods, presenting a problem that an analytical chemist might face and then letting you plot your own course to the solution. The class sizes are very small and many students develop a strong sense of community because of the extensive lab work. They also appreciate that the laboratories are very well equipped with instrumentation that only professional researchers would expect.

The project-based structure means that students see a problem through from beginning to end, from setting up their own labs to writing and presenting the results. You will work closely with leading researchers with low teacher-student ratios.

You will be surrounded by the world’s top chemists, not only some of the people who chose the Nobel winners but even attending the Nobel lectures of the prize winners themselves.

  • Programme overview

    The program is 120 ECTS.

    The program consists of four mandatory courses, a total of 60 ECTS and an independent project of at least 45 ECTS.

    You will also be able to take 15 ECTS of university level electives. A maximum of 15 ECTS on first level are allowed in your degree. Perhaps study a different branch of chemistry to become interdisciplinary. Some of the most important discoveries are happening where multiple disciplines meet, like where analytical chemistry meets biochemistry or materials chemistry.


    Year 1

    Fall semester

    Advanced Separation Methods, 15 ECTS

    followed by

    Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, 15 ECTS

    Spring semester

    Chemometrics, 15 ECTS

    followed by

    Bioanalytical Chemistry, 15 ECTS

    Year 2

    15 ECTS elective courses and 45 ECTS degree project (mandatory).


    60 ECTS degree project (mandatory).

    Independent project

    The masters program in analtytical chemistry contains an independent project of a minimum of 45 ECTS.

    In order to start working on your independent project you will have to have passed three of the mandatory courses.

  • How to apply

    You apply for the program through

    Next application round will be starting October 15th 2020.

    Selection process

    Additional eligibility criteria

    Relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme and motivation letter.

    As part of the application for our Master's programme you will be asked to provide a  motivation letter. The motivation letter is an important selection criteria and must be uploaded together with your application at the university admissions site.

    Please answer the follwing questions, and add the document to your application on university admissions. We expect maximum one A4 page.

    • Your full name
    • E-mail address
    • The name of the masters programme you are applying to
    • A list of completed courses, including number of credits, which count toward meeting the specific eligibility requirements for the program (please include courses not completed as well)
    • Relevant experience, such as research, employment, volunteering that has contributed to experience
    • What inspired you to apply to this particular program?
    • Lab experience
    • Why are you a good candidate?
    • What do you hope to achieve with your degree?
    • What research questions interest you and how do they relate to the ongoing research at Stockholm University?

    Upload this letter with your application on to

  • More information

    Specific information for admitted students admitted fall 2020


    First introductory meeting. Distributing the plan for the courses of the first year, explaining the organization of courses and labs for the fall semester. Explaining the diploma projects organization.

    Presentations from the meeting can be found below.

    ASM intro 2020 (2250 Kb)

    MS intro 2020 (577 Kb)

    Bioanalytical chemistry 2021 (478 Kb)

    Chemometrics 2021 (829 Kb) Second year plan (95 Kb)

    Specific information for admitted students admitted fall 2019




  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    "You will get high-quality education and all kinds of support from teachers and the administration. The most important thing is to make friends and study in groups – then college might as well be the best time of your life."

    Bashar Abdelahad
    Master's student in Analytical Chemistry

    Meet Bashar, masters student in Analytical Chemistry

    "Det bästa med att läsa kemi vid Stockholms universitet är att det är väldigt praktiskt inriktat och man har chansen att pröva sig fram. Går ett experiment fel har du alltid möjlighet att börja om lära av dina misstag."

    ”Går ett experiment fel kan du lära av dina misstag”

    Meet our researchers

    "I can truly recommend the master program in analytical chemistry since it allows you to get an attractive education, either if you want to continue in academia or start working in the industry." 

    Meet Josefine Carlsson, PhD student in Analytical Chemistry


  • Career opportunities

    The career prospects for someone with master’s in analytical chemistry are extremely good. The degree is very flexible and can be used in many fields including healthcare, the environment, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and more. For the last ten years graduates of this programme have found full employment upon graduation.

  • Contact

    Program responsible:

    Leopold Ilag


    Responsible for analytical chemistry as a teaching subject:

    Anneli Kruve


    C, Room A 313


    Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office:

    Office:        Chemical Practice Laboratory M345