Master's Programme in Chemistry, 120 credits

Chemistry lab

The complexity of issues as diverse as climate change, energy storage, a cure for cancer, and antibiotic resistance requires a broad chemical knowledge. This programme has a strong experimental focus and prepares you for a career working with anything from materials to pharmaceuticals.

Chemistry, Master's Programme

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

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Chemistry, Master's Programme

Autumn 2021, Full-time, Linköping

As a skilled chemist you can play a key role in solving the challenges we are facing concerning the environment and the health of an aging population. This new master’s programme has a modern, molecule-centred approach which transcends the boundaries between traditional branches of chemistry.

Learn molecular structures in detail

Throughout the programme, our experienced teachers, who are all active researchers, will explain how molecular properties are understood, designed and used. You will study the details of the chemical bond, followed by synthesis and analysis of molecules and materials. Courses in nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, and materials science will help you understand how chemistry is central to a wide range of applications, why molecules with certain structures are suited for particular tasks, and how molecular properties can be enhanced to suit the application even better.

Plenty of lab time

You will spend a lot of time in our labs getting hands-on experience of chemistry and applying theories covered in the lectures. Linköping University (LiU) has strong research in chemistry and related subjects, including computational studies of catalysis and surface chemistry, as well as the synthesis of hard and soft materials. We are also developing synthetic molecules for pharmaceutical and diagnostic purposes, and methods for forensic investigations. For your thesis you can opt to work either with a research group at LiU or with the industry.

Syllabus and course details
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A detailed syllabus, curriculum and information on courses, including literature, can be found in our study information database via the link below. For entry requirements and tuition fees, please click the ”Show more” tab at the top of the page.

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Webinar for prospective students

Do you want to learn more about the Chemistry programme? Watch this webinar with Professor Henrik Pedersen from January 2019.

Career opportunities
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The job market for chemists is excellent. After graduation, you will understand chemistry from an integrated, molecular perspective and have the skill set to work in the pharmaceutical or the materials science industries, as well as for environmental agencies. The fundamental knowledge of chemistry acquired from the programme will allow you to change direction during your career – different applications require molecules with different properties, but they are designed using the same principles. The programme also makes you well prepared for further studies towards a doctoral degree.

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Henrik Pedersen, Professor

Henrik Pedersen (henpe 50), professor IFM KEMI

”I am very excited about our new approach, with a molecular perspective on all aspects of chemistry. The programme delves into how chemical bonding generates a molecular structure, and how this structure is synthesised, analysed and used in an application. You will also learn why certain applications require molecular structures with certain properties and how to design molecules from that perspective.”

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  • Computational chemistry studies of the surface chemical reactions involved in thin film deposition and catalysis. By using supercomputers, chemists can obtain atom-level understanding which is crucial for the development of most chemical applications.
  • Synthesis of novel precursor molecules for group 13 metals and chemical vapour deposition and atomic layer deposition of group 13 nitride thin films for electronic devices for next-generation telecom systems. This project is run in close collaboration with the Division of Semiconductor Materials. More information under ”Pedersen Group” below.

  • Synthesis and characterisation of designer drug metabolites. This is a great challenge for many forensic science researchers since there are no commercially available reference samples for new drugs and their metabolites on the market. This project is a collaboration with The National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket, RMV). See ”New online drugs...” below for further information.
  • Synthesis of functionalised oligothiophene derivatives with specific optical and electronic properties. Conjugated polymers suitable for a wide range of applications, such as solar cells, displays and biosensors, are created by combining features of polymers and the electro-optical properties of conjugated molecules.

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