Stockholm University

Faculty of Science

Introduction

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 programmes and courses, at Master's level more than 30 study programmes are given in English.

Why study at Sweden’s largest science faculty?

Scientific research includes everything from the study of the tiniest components of matter to discovery and analysis of interstellar phenomena. But there is more to it than research...

Combining studies in science with studies in languages, economics or even communication, could make your competences and profile more attractive on the labour market. Stockholm University offers students this possibility with its wide range of courses in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Scientists and mathematicians are found in the most varied job position from financial analysts, investigators, authors, consultants, salespersons or project managers in many different fields. The wide range of courses offered, both in science and other areas as well as the opportunity to choose the direction best suited for you – with the additional possibility of later changing track, or supplementing your studies with a new topic – increase your chances of success on the job market.

Scientists and mathematicians worldwide work with the future. It can be to make more reliable weather forecasts, develop new and better drugs, improve protections for the environment or create healthier food products. In an international survey of the employability of university graduates, Stockholm University ranked highest in Sweden, second in Scandinavia and 62 worldwide.

The faculty offer both programmes and courses on undergraduate and graduate level in English. The general level of English proficiency in Sweden is very high according to the English Proficiency Index. Sweden has been ranked in the top 5 since the index started six years ago and have been ranked as number one three times. In addition to the general English proficiency level, Stockholm University has an international teaching and research staff and long experience of giving courses in English.

Our courses are closely related to the current research carried out at the science faculty and a majority of our teaching staff are active researchers. See more information about our international Master's programmes.

Life as a student in Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and one of the most prominent academic centres in northern Europe. The city is made up of several islands and is surrounded by water. The water is so clean that you can actually swim in the middle of the city. In the summer the sun never fully sets and people gather in open bars, restaurants and parks to enjoy the light and the temperate climate. In the wintertime, it is often possible to ice skate in the middle of the city.

Stockholm offers higher education of the highest international standard at well-renowned universities and university colleges, including prominent institutions such as Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics, and Stockholm University.

Over the years, no less than twelve Nobel Prize Laureates have been active at these universities and university colleges, within the fields of physiology and medicine, physics, economics, and chemistry.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Master in Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography and Climate

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Östermalm

Thinking about studies and a career in climate change, weather predictions or environmental challenges? Our MSc program lets you customize your studies and apply your knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry to understand the atmosphere and the oceans. Through this interdisciplinary program, you will get a broad comprehension of how physical and chemical processes influence the Earth's climate and how we can explain the relationship between human activity and climate change. [+]

Thinking about studies and a career in climate change, weather predictions or environmental challenges? Our MSc program lets you customize your studies and apply your knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry to understand the atmosphere and the oceans.

Through this interdisciplinary program, you will get a broad comprehension of how physical and chemical processes influence the Earth's climate and how we can explain the relationship between human activity and climate change.

First class education and close connection to frontline research: Building on the broad scientific expertise at the Department of Meteorology, these two years of full-time studies (120 credits*) offer you an opportunity to specialise in disciplines like classical dynamical meteorology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, environmental research and oceanography.... [-]


Master

Master in Astronomy

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Östermalm

Welcome to the Department of Astronomy! Our MSc programme gives you a well-rounded and broad education in astronomy, closely connected to world-leading research. Whether you are interested in black holes, cosmology, exo-planets or exploding stars, this two-year programme is the right choice for you. The programme covers both theoretical and observational approaches to modern astronomy. As our student you will acquire skills in current research methods and proficiency to analyze, evaluate and present complex astrophysical data. [+]

Welcome to the Department of Astronomy! Our MSc programme gives you a well-rounded and broad education in astronomy, closely connected to world-leading research. Whether you are interested in black holes, cosmology, exo-planets or exploding stars, this two-year programme is the right choice for you. The programme covers both theoretical and observational approaches to modern astronomy. Our students acquire skills in current research methods and proficiency to analyze, evaluate and present complex astrophysical data.

Reasons to choose

First class education and close connection to department research:

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and a leading European university. The Department of Astronomy covers world-leading research, including both theoretical as well as more observational and experimental research. With all our teachers being active researchers, you are offered various ways to get in contact with recent advancements in each respective field through lectures, laboratory sessions or degree projects.... [-]


Master in Biochemistry

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Östermalm

If you are interested in the molecular processes of life, our MSc programme is definitely for you. Our courses are built around areas where our research is especially prominent and internationally leading. [+]

If you are interested in the molecular processes of life, our MSc programme is definitely for you. Our courses are built around areas where our research is especially prominent and internationally leading. You will study how proteins work, how they interact inside cells and what role they play in a number of diseases. In addition, we cover the composition of biomembranes and the essential role of membrane proteins in life processes.

Student centred education in an interdisciplinary learning environment:


At our Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (DBB) and the SciLifeLab we have 30 research groups providing forefront knowledge in cell biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biophysics and computational structural biology. These expert fields are reflected in our teaching and with small student groups we have a dynamic and familiar learning environment which is valued by staff and students.... [-]


Master in Ecology and Biodiversity

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Östermalm

Our Master’s program in Ecology and Biodiversity will give you essential knowledge to understand nature’s complex connections and the relationships between species, their environment, and climate. Evolutionary ecology and experimental design are important aspects of a program where you will have opportunities to study empirical ecology in both the field and laboratory. [+]

Our Master’s program in Ecology and Biodiversity will give you essential knowledge to understand nature’s complex connections and the relationships between species, their environment, and climate. Evolutionary ecology and experimental design are important aspects of a program where you will have opportunities to study empirical ecology in both the field and laboratory.

Reasons to choose Increasingly seminar-based teaching provides many opportunities for interaction and discussions Broad training integrating evolutionary theory with experimental and analytical skills Flexibility to shape your studies to your own interests and career aspirations Program structure

The Master’s program in Ecology and Biodiversity includes courses covering Evolutionary Ecology, Biodiversity, Experimental Design, and Science in Biological Research and Investigation. There is plenty of space within the program to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective and optional courses so you can pursue a program adapted to your chosen interests and career aims.... [-]


Master in Environmental Science

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Östermalm

Developing solutions to our environmental challenges such as climate change, pollution, air and water quality, requires people who both understand problems holistically and can tackle them at the microscopic level. A Master of Environmental Science degree from Stockholm University will give you those tools, through an education in either Atmospheric Science, Biogeochemistry or Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The courses in Atmospheric Science and Biogeochemistry will provide the fundamental knowledge of the composition and functioning of the environmental compartments: the atmosphere – the freshwater and ocean – and the land systems. [+]

Overview

Developing solutions to our environmental challenges such as climate change, pollution, air and water quality, requires people who both understand problems holistically and can tackle them at the microscopic level. A Master of Environmental Science degree from Stockholm University will give you those tools, through an education in either Atmospheric Science, Biogeochemistry or Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The courses in Atmospheric Science and Biogeochemistry will provide the fundamental knowledge of the composition and functioning of the environmental compartments: the atmosphere – the freshwater and ocean – and the land systems. They also give the environmental systems understanding of how these compartments interact through transport, energy balances, the water and carbon cycles. Courses in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will give you an in-depth understanding of the journey of chemicals, covering principles and applications of analysis, physical-chemical modelling, toxicology and risk assessment of environmental contaminants. ... [-]


Master in Materials Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Östermalm

This MSc programme is built around our research strength in solid state chemistry and we are looking for students interested in materials synthesis strategies or in developing skills in advanced characterization techniques such as electron microscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). [+]

Materials research is a dynamic field and with rapidly developing technology, the demand of refined and improved materials is increasing. This MSc programme is built around our research strength in solid state chemistry and we are looking for students interested in materials synthesis strategies or in developing skills in advanced characterization techniques such as electron microscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

Education closely connected to world leading research


This programme is built on our research strength in solid state chemistry and we introduce students to versatile materials synthesis strategies. The design of nano-structured materials from new combinations of molecular building blocks, templating molecules, nano-particles and functional molecules is a running theme in several courses. We focus on providing our students with an advanced understanding of the structure- and property relations at all length-scales. All teachers at this programme are active researchers at the department and we are keen to have a close relation between students and researchers. This is why we focus the studies on lectures, lab work and projects connected to recent scientific advancements in the field.... [-]


Master in Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Östermalm

Welcome to mathematics at the top of Europe! In this joint MSc programme, given in cooperation by Stockholm University and The Royal Institute of Technology, we are looking for highly motivated students who want a deeper understanding of mathematics and communication. We offer high-quality education, vast specialization options and a personal mentorship for each student, ensuring that you get the most out of your studies. [+]

Welcome to mathematics at the top of Europe! In this joint MSc programme, given in cooperation by Stockholm University and The Royal Institute of Technology, we are looking for highly motivated students who want a deeper understanding of mathematics and communication. We offer high-quality education, vast specialization options and a personal mentorship for each student, ensuring that you get the most out of your studies.

Reasons to choose

Mathematics at the top of Europe:As a joint programme between Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), this education is unique in offering a broad expertise among teachers, an extensive pool of elective courses and a double MSc degree. The learning environment is international and dynamic with lectures being given both at Stockholm University and KTH. In addition to this, students are welcome to attend the Stockholm Mathematical Center's general colloquium.... [-]


Master in Microbiology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Östermalm

Our Master’s program in Microbiology gives you the opportunity to learn in an environment of world-leading research. You will use cutting-edge methods as you learn about pathogenic microbes, biological diversity, evolution, and biotechnology. Step by step practical and experimental training will equip you cutting-edge laboratory skills and techniques as well as provide up to date knowledge of the field. [+]

Our Master’s program in Microbiology gives you the opportunity to learn in an environment of world-leading research. You will use cutting-edge methods as you learn about pathogenic microbes, biological diversity, evolution, and biotechnology. Step by step practical and experimental training will equip you cutting-edge laboratory skills and techniques as well as provide up to date knowledge of the field.

Reasons to choose Strong focus on building practical laboratory skills and techniques at advanced level Close connection to world-leading research Program structure

The Master’s program in Microbiology aims to provide a complete understanding of the life of microorganisms with courses in microbiology and infection biology. There is plenty of space within the program to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective courses so you can pursue a program adapted to your chosen career path.... [-]


Master in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Östermalm

In many places in the world, we experience rapid environmental change. In the Master’s Program in Polar Landscape and Quaternary Climate, you get knowledge and skills necessary for the understanding and analysis of polar and alpine landscapes. You get insights into how they have changed on different time scales, linked to climate variations during the Quaternary period. [+]

In many places in the world, we experience rapid environmental change. In the Master’s Program in Polar Landscape and Quaternary Climate, you get knowledge and skills necessary for the understanding and analysis of polar and alpine landscapes. You get insights into how they have changed on different time scales, linked to climate variations during the Quaternary period.

Climate change is particularly rapid in the glacial and periglacial landscapes of polar and alpine regions. The program will provide you with knowledge about the global climate system’s functioning and about methods used to reconstruct climate and environmental change. In addition, human and natural causes of climate change are presented and discussed.... [-]


Master in Theoretical Physics

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Östermalm

Physics is constantly developing and it is the task of the theoretical physicist to use and to improve existing theories and models, find new ones to describe recently discovered phenomena, or shed new light on old problems. Based on the scientific expertise at our department and collaborators, this MSc programme offers you advanced knowledge in theoretical physics in a strong and progressive research environment. [+]

Physics is constantly developing and it is the task of the theoretical physicist to use and to improve existing theories and models, find new ones to describe recently discovered phenomena, or shed new light on old problems. Based on the scientific expertise at our department and collaborators, this MSc programme offers you advanced knowledge in theoretical physics in a strong and progressive research environment.

Reasons to choose

First class education, closely connected to researchLocated in the Albanova University Centre, shared by Stockholm University and The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), we carry out world-leading research. With the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita) next door, we cover almost all theoretical fields from string theory and quantum phenomenon to general relativity and cosmology. This creates a strong and vibrant research environment which we aim to reflect in our MSc programme. With all teachers being active researchers, our students are offered great opportunities to get in contact with the different fields through lectures, laboratory sessions, group projects, and thesis work. Mentorship programme to strengthen your independent skillsThe vast part of your studies will be at Albanova, where we have a large focus on lectures and laboratory sessions. We want our students to develop their ability to work independently as well as in groups which is why our teaching focus on course projects. There is a good relationship between students and teachers, and we provide strong academical support to the students by always having easily accessible teachers. In addition, the programme includes a... [-]