My name is Erika and I am a PhD student at the department of Organic Chemistry at Stockholm University. I started studying chemistry towards a Bachelor’s at Stockholm University.

During these 3 years I was allowed to explore various chemistry fields, however organic chemistry quickly became my main interest. I received my Bachelor’s degree after performing my diploma work at the department of Organic Chemistry. Since I truly enjoyed the work and the department, I decided to expand my knowledge in this field by applying for the Master’s Programme.   

Both theoretical and practical skills
The first semester of the Master’s Programme I took the courses Advanced Organic Synthesis and Organometallic Chemistry. These courses provided me with both theoretical and practical skills that have been highly relevant during the rest of my education. The second semester I proceeded by taking Bioorganic Structural Analysis to improve my NMR knowledge, meanwhile taking the course Physical Organic Chemistry in parallel. Half way through the second semester I could start my diploma work at the department to conduct my 60 ECTS master’s thesis. I was assigned to work on a very exciting project, which lead to a publication even before I had finished the thesis. Due to the flexibility of this Master’s programme, I could receive my Master’s degree after 1.5 years instead of the intended 2 years by taking courses and performing the diploma work in parallel. 

PhD position at the department
Upon completing my degree, my main aspiration was to apply for a PhD position at the department. Happily, I was offered a position in the research group where I conducted my diploma work and could start my doctoral studies directly after finishing the thesis. I can fully recommend the Master’s Programme for anyone interested in organic chemistry. Studying at the department will give you a great opportunity to learn from well-known professors and to follow the latest advancements in this field. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and research experience I acquired during my master’s studies have provided me with a solid foundation for my current PhD studies. 

Best of luck! 

 

Erika Linde