MSc Chemistry

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Program Description

MSc Chemistry

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

The department of chemistry is a highly ranked research institute and cooperates closely with many excellent research groups both nationally and internationally. The Department hosts a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and a national research centre in structural biology. The Department furthermore participates in a Centre for marine bioprospecting where our expertise in molecular analysis, biocatalyst research, synthetic chemistry, cellular chemistry and biotechnology are exploited. For your master's degree, you can choose a specialization and work in one of these research groups. You may choose practical chemistry with extensive laboratory work, or purely theoretical studies where mathematical models and computers are the main tools. Extensive knowledge of chemistry is becoming ever more important in disciplines like medicine and health, biology, environmental studies, biotechnology, geology, material science, nanotechnology and pharmacy, and as the study of molecules and their properties, chemistry remains centrally important in any multidisciplinary scientific field of research.


The 2-year master's programme includes participation as a full member of one of the research groups, carrying out a research project with an independent scientific thesis, equalling 60 credits. Throughout the project, the master's student will work closely in teams with and supervised by PhD-students, post-doctoral fellows and senior scientists (professors). In addition, the programme includes topics (courses) which expand upon the students' chosen major subject and other special curricula, equalling 60 credits.

The 5 research groups are:

The research groups provide master's degree projects and curricula that provide qualifying experience for jobs in fields as described above.The master's programme in chemistry offers five disciplines coinciding with the five research groups:

The unique and nationally leading expertise and status in many fields of chemistry and chemical biology at the department have lead to the establishment and participation in several national centres:

  • The Theoretical Chemistry and Inorganic- and Material Chemistry groups are responsible for a Centre of Excellence (CoE): Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CTCC).
  • The Organic Chemistry, Structural Chemistry and Molecular Biosystems groups participate and are key players in a Centre for Research-based Innovation (CRI): MabCent - Centre for bioprospecting and drug discovery
  • The Structural Chemistry and Molecular Biosystems groups are responsible for a national centre in structural biology: Norwegian Structural Biology Centre (NorStruct)
  • Master's students and their projects will in many cases be closely associated with one of the centres and the activities there.

The master's programme in chemistry offers five disciplines coinciding with the five research groups:

  • Bioinorganic Chemistry (Inorganic- and materials chemistry)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Structural Biology/Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Molecular Biosystems (new)

Learning outcomes

The candidate should have the following learning outcomes:


  • has extensive knowledge of the basic areas of chemistry (inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry)
  • has in-depth knowledge in at least one specialized field of chemistry or biological chemistry
  • has insight into the international frontier research and development in her/his specialization of chemistry or biological chemistry
  • has acquired sufficient knowledge of chemistry and of one or more supporting subject like biochemistry, biotechnology, physics, mathematics or computer science, to understand deeply and treat phenomena occurring in her or his field of specialization.


  • has the ability to communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both written and oral forms
  • has the ability to read, understand and use scientific literature
  • has acquired the basic tools needed to carry out independent research in her/his field of specialization.
  • has become proficient in his/her specialized area and can successfully complete an advanced research project.

General competence

  • can judge the reliability of information obtained from different sources and has a sound critical attitude towards the knowledge from all sources.
  • can apply their knowledge in chemistry or biological chemistry to solve problems in other natural sciences
  • can accomplish some independent research and communicate the research questions and results in both written and oral forms.
  • can carry out knowledge based evaluations of general problems in science and communicate this to the public
  • can accomplish research projects under guidance, e.g. under a PhD-program in chemistry or related areas

Admission requirements

Admission to the Masters programme in Chemistry requires a Bachelors degree (180 ECTS) in Chemistry or equivalent. More information on admission requirements:

  • General admission requirements - Master

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for self-financing and quota scheme applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2016
Norway Tromsø
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Free