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Master's Programme in Sustainable Chemistry

Sustainability - how to achieve and maintain it - depends on several complex factors where sustainable chemistry is key. Sustainable chemistry is a broad field that addresses and solves important environmental and climate change related problems.

Sustainable chemistry is the field that will accelerate and support a shift in industrial production of chemicals, materials and other products towards resource-efficiency with minimal or almost zero pollution. 

The Master’s program in Sustainable Chemistry will equip you with the knowledge on how to assess chemical syntheses and processing routes. You will gain comprehensive understanding on how to design sustainable materials and chemicals and you will above all learn the fundamentals of green and sustainable chemistry.

As a student in the program you will start to grasp complex concepts such as chemical fate and toxicological effects on the environment and human health. At the end of our program you will be able to evaluate chemical syntheses and the production of materials based on UN’s sustainability goals, principles of green chemistry and life cycle assessment. 

The Master’s program will cover specific topics that touch our areas of expertise such as recycling, water purification, carbon capture and storage, sustainable organic syntheses, renewable materials, and energy conversion and storage. It will also provide you with the technical knowledge and laboratory skills to contribute to the development of a sustainable society and industry.

The Master’s program is taught by professors and experienced researchers in sustainable chemistry, together with industrial scientists, experts in toxicology, environmental law and life cycle assessment. To ensure you also aquire transferrable skills such as critical thinking and project management, regular teaching will be combined with problem-based learning sessions. During these sessions you will be challenged to evolve your creative thinking by working on real-life case studies.

The program will also will give you the possibility to dive into research in sustainable chemistry carried out at Stockholm University by active involvement in highly relevant research projects.  

The Master’s Program in Sustainable Chemistry

The Master’s Program in Sustainable Chemistry provides you with essential skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

  • Programme overview

    The Master’s program is taught by professors and experienced researchers in sustainable chemistry, together with industrial scientists, experts in toxicology, environmental law and life cycle assessment. 

    • The program is 120 ECTS. 
    • The program consists of six mandatory courses (for a total of 60 ECTS) and an independent Master’s thesis project of 45 ECTS.  
    • You will also be able to include elective courses of 15 ECTS. 

    Year 1

    The first year consists of eight mandatory courses that will give you a broad knowledge in sustainable chemistry.

    Green Chemistry. 7.5 ECTS

    Introduction to Sustainable Chemistry, 7,5 ECTS

    Chemistry of Renewable Materials, 7.5 ECTS

    Chemistry of Renewable Energy Generation and Storage, 7.5 ECTS

    Toxicology for Environmental Scientists, 7.5 ECTS

    Materials Chemistry for Environmental Applications, 7.5 ECTS

    Chemistry of Sustainable Recycling, 7.5 ECTS

    Sustainable Organic Chemistry, 7.5 ETCS



    Year 2

    15 ECTS elective courses 

    NMR in materials chemistry

    Chemical modelleing

    Elective course in analytical chemistry, more information will be added.

    45 ECTS independent Master’s thesis project

    Independent project

    The independent Master’s thesis project project is mandatory to obtain a degree and graduate. It will give you the unique possibility of carrying out and being part of a highly relevant and cutting edge research project in Sustainable Chemistry at Stockholm University, or at another university/research organisation.

  • How to apply

    You apply for the program through

    Next application round will be starting mid-October 2021.


    Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, including at least 90 ECTS credits in chemistry. Also required is Swedish Upper Secondary School course English B/English 6 or equivalent.

    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 letter of motivation. The letter is an important selection criterion and must be uploaded together with your application at the university admissions website.

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

    • 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 counts towards meeting the specific eligibility requirements for the program (please include courses not completed as well)
    • What inspired you to apply to this particular program?
    • Lab experience, this programme requires very good laboratory skills
    • 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
  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of the Master’s program in Sustainable Chemistry will be the next generation of decision makers and other experts that will be needed in a broad spectrum of roles in companies, institutes, regulatory boards and governmental agencies.

    It will also prepare you to continue with PhD studies toward an academic career.

    The degree will also allow you to pursue a career in consulting or in start-up companies where a strong background in sustainable chemistry and scientific analytical thinking are required.

  • Contact

    Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office


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