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Master's Programme in Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology

Are you interested in how the nervous system works at its most fundamental level? Do you want to study at the frontier where chemistry and biology meet? Then this highly selective master’s programme, the only one in Europe dedicated to neurochemistry with molecular neurobiology, could be for you.

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Understanding the human brain with its billions of neurons and trillions of synapses is one of the most complex challenges in modern science. This master’s programme specialises in neurochemistry, molecular functions, and disorders of the nervous system with a clear focus on research. You start with the biochemistry of the molecular components, then move on to how neurons communicate with each other, before studying how different neuronal networks regulate body functions, emotions and behaviours.

The Master’s in Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology teaches you to become a researcher. The programme requires good lab skills and most students who are admitted significantly exceed the minimum requirements. A number of different teaching activities including lectures, theoretical and practical projects, laboratory, journal club and problem-based exercises are used. You will be challenged to reason, think creatively and solve problems on your own.

A generous amount of laboratory time ensures that you can actually practice the theory you learn and develop the proficiency in the lab that our graduates are known for. You will work closely with leading researchers in different specialisations – the biochemistry of molecular components that make the nervous system work, the organisation of brain circuits, neurotoxicity, and the mechanism behinds neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease – being coached in small groups with high teacher to student ratios.

You will be surrounded by the world’s top chemists, including some of the people who choose the Nobel prize winners, and have the chance to attend Nobel lectures given by the Nobel prize winners themselves. All of the master’s programmes in chemistry are internationally, but for the Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology this is particularly so, with students coming from many different countries and also completing their diploma projects as exchange students in yet other countries.

  • Programme overview

    The program is 120 ECTS.

    The program consists of four mandatory course, a total of 60 ECTS and an

    You will also be able to take 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 neuro chemistry meets biology, organic chemistry or biochemistry.

    Year 1

    Fall semester

    Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology

    followed by

    Signal Transduction

    Spring semester

    Advanced Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology

    followed by

    Neuronal circuits; neurochemistry and networking principles

    Year 2

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


    60 ECTS degree project (mandatory).

    Independent project

    The masters program in Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology 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 the three mandatory course.

    You can do your independent project at Stockholm University or at any other Swedish university that offers a project matching the program.

    Many students on the masters program in Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology do their masters thesis abroad, thorugh the Erasmus traineeship program. More info here:

  • 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

  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    Meet Greta, former masters student

  • Career opportunities

    Many of our students use this programme as a stepping stone to obtaining a PhD and an academic career. They have also landed jobs with top pharmaceutical and biotech firms.

  • Contact

    Course responsible:

    Associate Professor Anna-Lena Ström


    Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office:

    Office:        Chemical Practice Laboratory M345