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Master's program in organic chemistry

  • 120 credits

The master’s programme in organic chemistry examines how to identify and synthesize small carbon-based molecules and describe how they interact in complex biological systems.

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Small carbon based molecules are the building blocks of life and also for many modern materials like pharmaceuticals, plastics and biofuels.

A degree in organic chemistry could lead to uncovering and understanding pollution, developing new drugs, fuels or foods or even discovering new, more sustainable materials in the private, public or academic sectors.

Many students use our master’s programme as a stepping stone to a PhD in chemistry. The master’s in organic chemistry teaches you to become a researcher.

A generous amount of laboratory time ensures that you can actually practice all of the theory you learn – real science for the real world. You will work closely with leading researchers in analytical and synthetic organic chemistry, being coached in small groups 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.

    Depending on your background in organic chemistry you will be adviced to follow one of the two suggested tracks, normal track and advanced track.

    The program consists of two or three mandatory courses depending on what track you are on, a total of 30-45 ECTS and an independent project of at least 45 ECTS.

    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 organic chemistry meets biology, biochemistry or quantum chemistry.

     

    Year 1

    Fall semester, normal track

    If you have 40 ECTS organic chemistry or less or/and limited laboratory experience,  we suggest the follwing study plan.

    Organic chemistry III, reactivity and structure 15 ECTS ) (mandatory)

    followed by

    Organometallic chemistry 15 ECTS (mandatory)

    If you click on the courses you will be taken to the course pages.

    Fall semester, advanced track

    If you have taken more than 40 ECTS organic chemistry and/or have very extensive laboratory expererience we suggest the follwing study plan.

    Advanced organic chemistry, 15 ECTS (mandatory)

    followed by

    Organometallic chemistry 15 ECTS (mandatory)

    Spring semester, both tracks

    30 ECTS elective courses.

    Year 2

    Normal track

    Advanced organic chemistry, 15 ECTS (mandatory)

    followed by 45 ECTS degree project (mandatory).

    Advanced track

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

    or

    60 ECTS degree project (mandatory).

     

     

    Independent project

    The masters program in organic 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 the two mandatory course.

  • How to apply

    You apply for the program through http://universityadmissions.se

    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 universityadmission.se

     

  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    "This department provides me the opportunity to attend the Nobel Laureates lectures every year, and in some cases have short conversations with them. Something I never could have imagined years ago!"

    Aitor Bermejo Lopez
    PhD student in Organic Chemistry
    Read more about his experience here.

     

    "I was assigned to work on a very exciting project, which lead to publication even before I had finished the thesis." 

    Erika Linde
    PhD student in Organic Chemistry
    Read more about her experience here.

  • Career opportunities

    A degree in organic chemistry could lead to uncovering and understanding pollution, developing new drugs, fuels or foods or even discovering new, more sustainable materials in the private, public or academic sectors.

    Many students use our master’s programme as a stepping stone to a PhD in chemistry.

  • Contact

    Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office:

    Office:        Chemical Practice Laboratory M345
    E-mail:       chemistry@su.se