Education in Chemistry

Lund University


Do you want to understand, explain and improve the world around us?

Then maybe a chemistry education is right for you!

Chemistry is how everything around us works and interacts at a molecular level, it is how your muscles relax, how to turn oil into plastic and how to produce pain killers. Chemists are needed to understand and produce medicine for currently incurable diseases like cancer and Alzheimers, to find alternatives to oil and other fossil fuels and much more. A bachelor's degree in chemistry provides a foundation covering an in-depth theoretical understanding for chemical principles and thorough practical experience. You learn to communicate with other chemists, to work in a group and to carry out individual research projects. All this is then further expanded in our master's degrees, where you have the opportunity to focus more exclusively on one area of chemistry that interests you. We offer a wide range of courses both at basic and advanced level that allows you to tailor your education to your own interests. 

There are many reasons to study here. Our laboratories and other facilities hold a very high standard and our teachers are leading in their areas of chemistry, both in Sweden and internationally. 

The job market is good for chemists, especially in the region, and many of those who finish their education here are then employed within the field of chemistry. With a degree in chemistry an exciting and varied job market is available to you and previous students now work within production, quality control and research labs in many different companies in the region, in Sweden and abroad, such as Höganäs AB, Pfizer and AkzoNobel. Chemists are in demand in positions working with the envrionment, as well as within the pharmaceutical and food industries. In Sweden the demand for chemistry teachers is also very high.

More information about what you can work with after your education can be found here:

After your studies

Available chemistry education

Basic level: bachelor's programme

The two bachelor's programmes offered by the Department of chemistry, in chemistry or chemistry and moelcular biology, are taught in Swedish, and are thus not available to non-Swedish speaking international students. They cover 180 ETCS credits, or three years of full time study, and provides a solid foundation in all areas of chemistry and students are taught to work with DNA and proteins, basic methods for synthesis and different methods to measure and separate compounds, for example spectroscopy and chromatography. A degree project allows them to specialise within an area they are interested in. The chemistry and molecular biology programme is a hybrid, where students decide which of these two subjects they want a degree in halfway through their education.  

Advanced level: master's programme

The master's programme in chemisty allows you to focus on one area of chemistry that particularly interests you. It covers 120 ETCS credits, or two years of full time study, and you can choose between three different specialisations: synthetic and analytical chemistry, biochemistry or physical chemistry. Each specialisation includes courses covering the latest research in these areas and you get the opportunity to work with advanced techniques within your chosen area. The individual degree project provides extensive exprerience working in a research envrionment with questions that actively progress research.  

Individual courses

Most courses in chemistry can be taken as individual courses, which are applied for individually through This can allow you to add to an education otherwise not focused on chemistry, or allow you to cherry pick only those courses you are most interested in.  

Becoming a teacher

There is a large demand for chemistry teachers in Sweden today. To teach can be very inspiring and it is not unusual that you decide to study a certain subject because you had a good teacher in that subject. In Sweden you can become a chemistry teacher by either applying for a subject teacher education, which allows you to teach for high school/upper secondary school, or by studying the necessary pedagogics after completing an education in a subject. The additional pedagogics is only available in Swedish at Lund University.

More information about becoming a teacher can be found here:

Teacher education programme

Additional pedagogics (in Swedish)

Post graduate studies

When you have obtained your master's degree you may continue with post graduate education by doing a phD. In Sweden this is almost like an appretinceship for becoming an independent scientist: you are emplyed, get paid and pay taxes. You work with your own research project, guided by a supervisor, while also taking courses to further specialise in your specific field and learn what you need to know to become a scientist. You are also often given the opportunity to teach, either as a course assistant in charge of labs in various courses or as the supervisor for a degree project. In Sweden post graduate education is usually 4-5 years, depending on the amount of teaching, union positions or other duties you have during your phD. 

More information about post graduate studies at the Department of chemistry

Semester dates

Autumn semester 2021

Period 1: 30/8 - 29/10
Period 2: 1/11 - 16/1

Christmas vacation: 22/12 - 6/1

Spring semester 2022

Period 1: 17/1 - 22/3
Period 2: 23/3 - 5/6


What is it like to study at Lund University?

Information sheet with courses 2019-2020

Download the Faculty of science information sheet (pdf)

For the education catalogue (in Swedish), see the Swedish version of this page