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Education in Chemistry

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Physical chemistry

The master's programme in chemistry, physical chemistry (FYKE) covers 120 ETCS credits and aims to provide you with an broad and thorough knowledge of physical and theoretical chemistry, as well as chemical physics, including advanced lab skills and in-depth theoretical understanding. Focus is placed on achieving an unbroken line of understanding, from a description of molecules based on quantum mechanics to complex supramolecular structures, as well as their industrial and biological applications. 

The first year you study advanced courses in chemical physics and physical chemistry, such as courses in thermodynamics, spectroscopy and colloid chemistry. During your second year you choose to do either one or two degree projects within synthetic and analytical chemistry that can be carried out at the university or at a company with the relevant research profile. 

Information sheet 

Programme structure

The master's programme in physical chemistry contains a number of advanced courses and a compulsory degree project. These courses are organised according to a recommended programme structure, see image to the right (below for mobile). This programme structure is only recommended and it is possible to take these or other courses in a different order than what is shown, provided that you fulfill the entry requirements for each course. 

Applying for courses

Being admitted to the master's programme in physical chemistry means that you are garanteed admission to all courses that are part of the recommended programme structure if you apply for them as part of your programme, but since the programme structure is only recommended you will not be automatically admitted to these courses, but must apply for them. Information about how to apply for courses can be found here. If you want help planning what courses to take please contact the Director of studies Sophie Manner.  

Degree requirements and compulsory courses

The only compulsory course for the master's programme in physical chemistry is the degree project. Other than that you are relatively free to chooses which courses to take, provided that you meet the entry requirements for each course. You should also make sure you meet the general critera for obtaining your degree. 

To be eligible for a master's degree in physical chemistry, 120 ETCS credits, the following are required: 

  • Completed courses covering a minimum of 120 ETCS credits
  • Advanced courses in chemistry covering a minimum of 30 ETCS credits, of which 15 ETCS credits must be within physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry or chemical physics
  • A degree project covering at least 30 ETCS credits