Master of Science in Organic Chemistry

General

Programme Description

The Master of Science program in organic chemistry, at Stockholm University, examines how to identify and synthesize small carbon-based molecules and describe how they interact in complex biological systems. These molecules are the building blocks for life and also for many modern materials like pharmaceuticals, plastics, and biofuels. The program integrates green chemistry, emphasizing how to minimize environmental impacts.

The Master of Science program in organic chemistry examines how to identify and synthesize small carbon-based molecules and describe how they interact in complex biological systems. These molecules are the building blocks for life and also for many modern materials like pharmaceuticals, plastics, and biofuels. The program integrates green chemistry, emphasizing how to minimize environmental impacts.

The Master of Science in organic chemistry teaches you to become a researcher. The program requires good lab skills – while the minimum requirement is 20 ETCS in organic chemistry for admission, most successful students have over 60. A generous amount of laboratory time ensures that you can actually practice all of the theories you learn. The teaching is problem-based so you are challenged to develop skills that will help your career even outside the lab: motivation, self-sufficiency and creative thinking are key from day 1. It’s 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.

The program is 75 credits (2 mandatory courses (15+15) and an independent project (45)), with an additional advanced elective course (15). You are free to take other university-level electives. In fact, some of the most important discoveries are happening where multiple disciplines meet, like where organic chemistry meets biology, biochemistry or quantum.

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What our students have to say

"After checking the different research groups and professors at the Department of Organic Chemistry (with a fantastic reputation, being among the world´s top 100 universities), I decided to apply for the Master of Science’s Programme in Organic Chemistry at Stockholm University.
The first course I read as part of the Master of Science’s program was Advanced Organic Synthesis, and although each student had a different background, the Professors managed to make every student feel comfortable and cared for."Aitor Bermejo Lopez, a Ph.D. student in Organic Chemistry

"I can fully recommend the Master of Science’s program for anyone interested in organic chemistry—studying at the department will give you a fantastic opportunity to learn from well-known professors and to follow the latest advancements in the field. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and research experience I acquired during my Master of Science’s studies have provided me with a solid foundation for my current Ph.D. studies." Erika Linde, Ph.D. student in Organic Chemistry

Programme structure

The program is flexible and can be tailored to your wishes. Presented here is the most common degree path our students follow.

The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European standard ECTS. 30 ECTS is equivalent to one semester of full-time studies.

First year

  • Advanced Organic Synthesis, KO7010
  • Organometallic Chemistry, KO7009
  • Elective course in organic chemistry
  • One practical course preparing for your degree project

Second year

  • Degree project, all year

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the centre of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 90 credits in Chemistry. English B/English 6 or equivalent.

Knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programs and courses, at the Master's level more than 30 study programs are given in English. Read Less