MSc Organic Synthesis / Medicinal Chemistry

Linköping University

Program Description

MSc Organic Synthesis / Medicinal Chemistry

Linköping University

MSc Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry, 120 credits

The master’s programme Organic Synthesis /Medicinal Chemistry aims to provide students with knowledge on the design, synthesis and evaluation of low molecular weight biologically active organic substances. The programme offers advanced level knowledge regarding organic synthesis and pharmaceutically active compounds, as well as supplementary knowledge of medicinal chemistry.

Biologically active substances with low molecular weight represent the core of life science research. Knowledge of molecular structures and their properties is crucial to our understanding of a vast scientific area, from pharmaceutically active compounds to organic electronics and their incorporation into diagnostic tools such as biosensors.

The main focus of the programme is the comprehension of organic synthesis pertaining to biologically active compounds. The programme begins with courses in organic chemistry and organic synthesis, building from the basic concepts to the advanced level, followed by an introduction in medicinal chemistry. It also covers protein chemistry, which broadens the students’ knowledge in the field of bio-organic chemistry.

The programme concludes with a longer thesis project, either in a research group or the industry. Our research facilities are well equipped with all the necessary analytical/diagnostic tools normally found in many industrial research facilities.

Career opportunities

Following the final examination, students will have gained the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience needed to work with organic synthesis in the pharmaceutical industry. Possible employers cover companies ranging from research intensive start-ups to major pharmaceutical producers with large research and development (R&D) departments.

Alternatively, students may continue conducting research leading to a doctoral degree. Research positions include a broad span of work, from disease diagnosis to detecting chemical compounds. Examples of the latter include biosensors for early stage detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Programme facts

  • Degree: Master of Science with a major in Chemistry
  • Language: English
  • Duration: Two years, 120 credits
  • Pace of study: Full-time
  • Campus: Linköping
  • Application code: LIU-91123
  • Application period: 16 Oct - 15 Jan
  • Start date: August / September

Tuition fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: SEK 140,000 (approx. USD 20,000/EUR 15,000) per academic year

Programme specific requirements

Applicants shall have:

  • a bachelor's degree with a major in field of chemistry or chemical biology
  • at least 15 ECTS credits in organic chemistry and 12 ECTS credits in biochemistry
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
140,000 SEK
Jan. 15, 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 140,000 SEK
All others (per academic year) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees