Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry


Program Description

The need to measure the presence of chemical compounds increases exponentially. Synthesis products for pharmaceutical manufacture, proteins in biological systems, environmental contaminants in complex samples and trace elements in anti-doping are just examples of fields where analytical chemists are needed. Our research connected MSc program is aimed at students who want a broad and deep knowledge of modern analytical techniques and how to interpret and process measurements.

Reasons to choose Stockholm University

High-quality education in close connection to front line research

Our MSc program is connected to the various internationally recognized research areas at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. Our department is Sweden's largest in analytical chemistry and our research profile includes:

  • Ambient and indoor air
  • Particle analysis
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Environmental analysis
  • Proteomics
  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Chromatography

With all teachers being active researches, students are introduced to the different research fields through lectures, seminars and laboratory work.

Student-centered teaching with broad lab experience

Our student groups are small, which is valued by staff and students as it creates a familiar and informal learning environment with good individual support. The activities of our department are concentrated in research on:

  • Sampling
  • Separation methods
  • Chemometrics
  • Process control
  • Analysis methods of organic and inorganic trace elements

These are skills that we aim to transfer to our students and we focus the main part of our courses on laboratory projects.

Work up of a reaction sketched on fume hood sash glass Chromatograph / Unsplash

Program structure

Our MSc program is designed to give you a broad knowledge and understanding of analytical chemistry with in-depth knowledge in a chosen field. Through active lab work, you will gain proficiency in:

  • analytical methods and techniques for sampling
  • separation and spectroscopy
  • instrumental techniques
  • handling, processing, and evaluation of data

During your second year, you complete your MSc studies with a degree project and an elective course. The degree project is an opportunity for you to apply and develop your acquired knowledge in analytical chemistry by independently plan, carry out and report a research project. This is done within one of our research groups or through an external part of the industry.

The program outline is illustrated below. Please note that this outline can be subject to changes.

The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European standard ECTS. 30 ECTS is equivalent to one semester of full-time studies.

First year

  • Analytical Chemistry, Advanced separation methods, 15 credits
  • Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, 15 credits
  • Analytical Chemistry, Chemometrics, 15 credits
  • Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, 15 credits

Second year

  • Elective course*, 15 credits
  • Degree project, 45 credits

Examples of recent degree projects

  • Formation of skin sensitizing (contact allergenic) fragrance monoterpenoid hydroperoxides under different conditions.
  • Target, suspect and non-target screening of textiles and wastewater.
  • Analysis of polycyclic aromatic compounds in olive oils.

Career prospects

With a degree from this program, you will be well prepared for solving complex chemical challenges. An MSc degree from Stockholm University provides an excellent foundation for Ph.D. studies but your qualifications are also demanded in diverse fields such as process development, data consulting business or chemical agencies.

Apart from a continued academic career, our alumni are also found in operations like Swedish Match, Sandvik Coromant, World Anti-Doping Agency, SweTox, QualySense, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

Bachelor's Degree with at least 90 credits in Chemistry, including some documented background in analytical chemistry.

Knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programs and courses, at the Master's level more than 30 study programs are given in English. Read less