Master in Molecular Science and Engineering
The Master's programme in Molecular Science and Engineering aims to provide in-depth knowledge of molecular systems and tools for successful careers in industry, academia and society. The programme focuses on the molecular design, characterisation and application of molecular structures and materials, where a wide range of advanced techniques are employed. Aspects of innovation, environmental issues, ethics, safety and societal sustainability are studied, and the programme is preparative for work and research in the many different areas of chemistry and molecular sciences.
The two-year programme consists of choosing from an extensive selection of courses followed by a degree project. One mandatory course is included in the first year; the remaining consist of five conditionally elective courses, 20 recommended courses, and others that are freely chosen. The conditionally elective courses are regarded as particularly important, covering the whole range of molecular science and engineering, of which the student is required to choose at least three. There is considerable freedom and an opportunity to create a personalised curriculum, focusing on individual areas of interest and allowing for a degree that is both fundamentally strong and specialised.
Examples of specialisations include the following profiles:
- Design and synthesis of molecular structures
- Chemical analysis and spectroscopy
- Theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling
- Organic and biological chemistry
- Nanomaterials chemistry
- Surface chemistry and surface-active materials
- Other specialisations may be designed, where guidelines and recommendations for course combinations will be given.
The degree project amounts to one semester of full-time work and is undertaken the second year. The thesis topic may be chosen from a list of available thesis projects at the School of Chemical Science and Engineering, and is generally carried out in the area defined by the courses taken during the first year of the programme. The project may take place in either a relevant industry, at a KTH department, or in another university or research institute, anywhere in the world.
Specialists in all aspects of molecular science and engineering are always in demand, and career prospects are strong. It is a very wide field, with areas including: pharmaceuticals; life sciences, medicine and medical engineering; biotechnology; environmental technology; forensics; fine chemicals; consumer products; cosmetics; polymers; pulp and paper; food and agriculture; petroleum; mining and materials; microfabrication and energy. There is also an increased need for consultants with specialist knowledge in patenting, scientific writing, venture capital and marketing, expertise for governmental bodies and authorities, as well as for PhDs within the area.
Last updated May 27, 2016