Master in Molecular Science and Engineering


Program Description

The master’s program in Molecular Science and Engineering provides in-depth knowledge of molecular systems and advanced tools for successful careers in industry, academia, and society. An emphasis is placed on molecules: their design, characterization, and applications both as individual entities and as part of materials. The program also relates to sustainability with an emphasis on energy and environment, safety, and innovation.

Molecular Science and Engineering at KTH

The two-year master’s program in Molecular Science and Engineering provides the students with a broad understanding of chemistry and specialized knowledge and skills in some chosen areas. A wide range of topics is covered, including molecular structure, synthesis of molecules, material properties, quantum chemistry, molecular reactions, and surface chemistry. During your studies, you will become acquainted with a number of advanced analytical techniques. In addition, you will carry out project work and teamwork, as well as practicing your written and oral communication.

The program involves choosing from an extensive selection of courses followed by a degree project. There are considerable freedom and an opportunity to create a personalized curriculum, focusing on individual areas of interest and allowing for a degree that is both fundamentally strong and specialized. Examples of specializations include the following profiles:

  • Design and synthesis of molecules and materials, both organic and inorganic
  • Nanostructures and nanomaterials
  • Chemical reactivity: corrosion and radiation
  • Surface and colloid chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemical analysis, sensing, and spectroscopy
  • Computational chemistry

Other specializations may be designed, where guidelines and recommendations for course combinations will be given.

The opportunities to do coursework or to complete the degree project abroad are good, and there are a large number of universities in different countries to choose between. The program is strongly linked to the activities at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, and especially the Department of Chemistry. Thus, you will come in direct contact with research performed at KTH. The program deals with real-world challenges such as considerations of energy, safety, environment, ethics, sustainability, and human rights.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Health (at KTH).


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 of patenting, scientific writing, venture capital, and marketing, expertise for governmental bodies and authorities, as well as for Ph. Ds within the area. Graduates from the program have for example gone on to positions as a research scientist, Ph.D. students, product managers, quality assurance officers, and sales representatives at workplaces such as AstraZeneca, KTH, Outokumpu, RI.SE, and Boston Consulting Group. Program graduates are also found at numerous startups, both as owners and employees.


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Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Molecular Science and Engineering are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Responsible Consumption and Production

The program will provide the students with knowledge and expertise in both fundamental and applied aspects of, for example, organic chemistry, instrumental analysis, electrochemistry and materials chemistry, with future job opportunities in fields such as drug development, biocompatible materials, sensors for detecting biological molecules, the development of advanced medical instruments and green chemistry.

Students will acquire both fundamental knowledge of and expertise in specific renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources, with potential future jobs in the development, optimisation, and production of the modules in a sustainable future energy system such as solar cells, hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, but also material components for energy production in wind power stations, for example. This is facilitated by gaining an understanding of the fundamental molecular processes involved.

Students will acquire a broad knowledge of chemical structures and reactivity, as well as chemical risk assessment and management, which is important for the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable chemicals and the safe handling of chemicals. Potential future jobs include technical innovations for processing chemical and radioactive waste, as well as industrial process design for reducing the use and thereby the potential emission of hazardous chemicals.


The two-year master's program in Molecular Science and Engineering consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (KD2310) 7.5 credits
  • Spectroscopic Tools for Chemistry (KD2320) 9.0 credits
  • Analytical Separations (KD2330) 7.5 credits
  • Surfaces, Colloids and Soft Matter (KD2350) 7.5 credits
  • Quantum Chemistry (KD2360) 9.0 credits

Recommended courses

  • Molecular Enzymology (BB2020) 7.5 credits
  • Biocatalysis (BB2460) 7.5 credits
  • Solid State Chemistry: Structures and Methods (KD2155) 7.5 credits
  • Molecular Thermodynamics (KD2340) 7.5 credits
  • Photo, Radiation and Radical Chemistry (KD2370) 7.5 credits
  • Ideation- Creating Your Own Company (ME2814) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Recommended courses

  • Molecular Modeling (BB2280) 7.5 credits
  • Nanostructured Materials (KD2170) 7.5 credits
  • Biomedical Materials (KD2300) 7.5 credits
  • Corrosion and Surface Protection (KD2380) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Electrochemistry (KE2110) 7.5 credits
  • Electrochemical Energy Devices (KE2300) 7.5 credits
  • Polymer Chemistry (KF2130) 7.5 credits
  • Polymer Physics (KF2140) 7.5 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Molecular Science and Engineering

A bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in Chemistry or closely related subject including courses in:

  • Chemistry or closely related subject corresponding to at least 75 ECTS credits.
  • Mathematics corresponding to at least 20 ECTS credits.
  • Numerical Analysis/Computer Science corresponding to at least 9 ECTS credits.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Molecular Science and Engineering

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
Last updated Oct 2019

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