Chemistry, Master Programme

60 credits

This degree provides an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue PhD studies, or for those aiming for work in the biotechnology, chemical, food or pharmaceutical industries. The degree program commences with a 10 week introductory course on research methodology, which is followed by four or five ten week blocks where you have the choice of studying subjects such as bioanalytical chemistry and food analysis, biophysical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, biotechnology, environmental chemistry and nanoscience. The degree program is completed with a either a 30 or 20 week research project run within one of the research groups in Kalmar.

A Master´s Degree in Chemistry paves the way for a career in research or industry. We provide individually tailored degree programmes that include extensive experience working in research laboratories and with state-of-the art equipment. Many previous graduates have been successful in competing for PhD studentships at universities around the globe, and others have entered into successful careers in industry.

Alternative selection: The selection of students who have applied is based on academic excellence and individual assessment.


The master of chemistry degree from Linnaeus University prepares you to meet society's and academia's needs for competence in chemistry. Our past students now work in chemistry related positions either in academic research studies, e.g. PhD studies, or in industry.


Master of Science (60 credits/120 credits). Main field of study: Chemistry

Student testimonials

"Linnaeus University prepares students to become among the best of researchers"

Isaya Bususu

Isaya John Bususu from Tanzania is a student at the master programme in Chemistry.

Can you tell me about your study programme? How do you like it?

It is a two-year master programme, a combination of theory and a lot of practical training.

Why did you choose to study in Sweden/at Linnaeus University?

Ever since I met some exchange students in Shandong University – my previous university in China – it has been my goal to pursue my further studies in Sweden. Linnaeus University became my choice because of its positive global reputation, especially in that it prepares students to become among the best of researchers.

What's your impression of Sweden and the Swedes?

Sweden is a good place to get an education that will help you succeed. Swedes are friendly and welcoming, interested in culture, educated (most people at least), and they respect other people's choices and are eager to learn from others.

What do you do beside your studies?

I do a lot of sports and hang out with friends.

What are your career plans?

If I get the opportunity, I would really love to do research in my field (PhD studies).

What's the best thing with being a student at Linnaeus University?

You will never regret choosing Linnaeus University, you will always get motivation from fellow students, get to enjoy the best ways of teaching, have very close and helpful discussions with your tutors and supervisors, first-class equipment available for experiments, a mixture of different nationalities, no language barriers (everybody speaks English), and you will have the chance to learn Swedish.


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.