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Master's Programmes in chemistry

Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Protein Chemistry, Neurochemistry or Sustainable Chemistry- the choice is yours. The Chemistry Section offers four unique and advanced Master's programmes with a strong connection to the ongoing research. We also offer a Master's programme in Molecular Life Siences in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Royal School of Technology (KTH). 

All our programmes opens for application on the 15th of March 2021 with enrollement the fall of 2021!

Read more about them here and read what our students say!


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MSc thesis project in Sustainable Materials Chemistry – APPLY NOW!

Join the Sustainable Materials Chemistry research group to develop colloidal lignin particles for environmentally friendly industrial applications.

Smaranda, MSc in neurochemsitry in KÖL building

”Biochemistry has an elegance and profoundness that really stands out”

Smaranda Bacanu from Bucharest left her chemistry studies behind and moved to Sweden. While figuring out her future, she tried working in the restaurant business. But since her passion for chemistry didn't fade, she signed up for the chemistry bachelor’s program at Stockholm University. Today, Smaranda is focusing on cancer research as a PhD student.


Spring 2021 - List of courses and course information

Preliminary schedules for advanced courses will be available a couple of weeks before course commencement.

Please note that the roll call on the first day of the course is compulsary. 

First period 2021 will mostly be taught online. Some courses will allow for very small groups on campus. Please check the course schedule to see if this applies to you.

Teaching form for the second period has not been decided, as the format will depend on the spread of covid-19. This page will be updated as soon as we have more information to share.

If you have any questions about the course or its contents please contact the Course Coordinator or the Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office.

Gunnar von Heijne

“Being on the Nobel Committee is probably one of the best things you can do as a Swedish researcher”

Gunnar von Heijne is one of Sweden’s most cited researchers in the field of biochemistry and is known for his research on membrane proteins. He has also been a member and chairman of the Nobel Committee for chemistry. But it all started with an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in high school.

"The most rewarding thing is to educate doctoral students – to see them grow as young researchers" 

Jozef Kowalewski started studying chemistry at the University of Warsaw in 1965. Three years later, he came to Sweden as a political refugee. Today he is professor emeritus at the department of materials and environmental chemistry. Jozef’s advice for prospective students is to be curious and eager to work in the lab.  

Glad student som labbar

Our chemistry programs have achieved 94% student satisfaction!

Every three to four years, the science faculty at Stockholm University performs a unique and comprehensive survey about what are our recent graduates up to? It is called “After the Studies” and in 2019 the seventh rendition of this study was done. 

Agneta Norén, teacher of the year!

Congratulations Agneta Norén, teacher of the year 2020!

For the third year running, the "Teacher of the Year" award goes to the Chemistry Section! This year, the well-deserved winner is named Agneta Norén, who teaches biochemistry on the Bachelor's program in chemistry.

Berit Olofsson, Section Dean and professor in Organic chemistry

There are always new things to discover and be fascinated by

Meet the Dean of Chemistry Berit Olofsson, who became a professor in organic chemistry when she was only 40 years old. She specifically works with questions concerning gender equality in the academy and strives for a bachelor's program in green chemistry. 
– Organic chemistry requires an exciting combination of theoretical knowledge and experimental skills, where no day is ever the same in the lab, Berit says.

Fanny och Ida illustrerar glada studenter

Join us as an exchange student

First of all welcome to the Chemisty Section!

Exchange studies are perfect for those who wish to explore the world. On this page, you will find what information on how to join us for a semster or two! The Chemistry Section welcomes more than 100 international students every year to our very diverse section.

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Information about studies at the Chemistry Section during restrictions due to Covid-19

Teachers, TAs and administrative staff at the Chemistry Section are currently working hard to ensure we can deliver education of the same quality as under normal circumstances but being as flexible as possible to reduce risk of transmission. This can lead to that you as a student might get less scheduled time in the lab or that you will begin later and finish later (to avoid rush hour traffic) or that you cannot have lunch at KÖL before or after your lab work and you are not able to linger in KÖLs common areas after lectures or labs. Please read more about it here.

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Schedules and course information Fall 2020

Preliminary schedules for advanced courses will be available a couple of weeks before course commencement.

Please note that the roll call on the first day of the course is compulsary. 

If you have any questions about the course or its contents please contact the Course Coordinator or the Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office.

Schedules for advanced courses given during the fall of 2020



Course overview in chemistry Fall 2020

Most of the Bachelor's level courses are taught in Swedish, hence you must fulfill the Swedish language requirements to be an eligible applicant. These are marked as green in the course overview.

Advanced courses, taught at Master's level, are taught in English and marked as orange in the course overview. To be accepted you need to fulfil both the requirements stated in ECTS for each course and in English. Please make sure you meet these requirements before you apply.

Please note! Each semester corresponds to 30 ECTS. Courses are read in series and it is not adviceable able to enroll in two parallell courses. 


Course Overview Fall 2020>>

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Athena and Zoom - digital alternatives for online education

The Stockholm University Senior Management Team has 16 March decided that Stockholm University to the greatest extent possible will change to online teaching and examination as a way to contribute to reducing the spread of the new coronavirus and still be able to continue our activities. The transition will take place as soon as possible, based on each department’s different possibilities for switching to digital or alternative teaching methods. To achieve this we will make use of digital platforms such as Athena and Zoom.

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Practical student information

During your chemistry studies at Stockholm University there are plenty of things to keep in mind. Please klick on the subject you are interested in and read more about it. If you have any questions, reach out to the Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office. If we cannot help you we are sure we can point you in the right direction for further help.

Studies at the Chemisty Section are usually full-time. Please remember to find time for rest and recuperation.

Full-time studies at the Chemistry Section

Studies at the Chemistry Section are almost exclusively full-time. That means that students often have scheduled sessions from morning to late afternoon. This means that you need to plan your time accordingly. Plan your time well and make sure to leave time for rest and recuperation.


Lab work during a course

Courses in chemistry at Stockholm University consists almost exclusively of a theoretical and a practical part – aka labs. These are fun, educational and compulsory. Practicals do not only give you theoretical skills but also the opportunity to learn the craft that only comes with a lot of hours spent in the lab. 

Ethical guidelines

The Chemistry Section wants both their students and teachers to behave in a professional way and abide to the rules and guidelines that have been put forward by Stockholm University. The Chemistry Section also has a Code of Conduct to clarify what is expected of you as a student.


Course schedules Spring 2020

Here you can find information and schedules for all courses given at the Chemistry 
Section for the Spring of 2020. In the course overview, you can see which courses are given within which 
programs and when they are given.