Chemistry - master
|Qualification:||Master of Science in Chemistry|
|Admission requirements:||Bachelor's degree in chemistry or similar|
|Application deadline:||15 April/1 November|
The 2-year master's programme includes participation as a full member of one of the research groups, carrying out a research project with an independent scientific thesis, equalling 60 credits. Throughout the project, the master's student will work closely in teams with and supervised by PhD-students, post-doctoral fellows and senior scientists (professors). In addition, the programme includes topics (courses) which expand upon the students' chosen major subject and other special curricula, equalling 60 credits.
The 5 research groups are:
- Inorganic- and materials chemistry group
- Organic chemistry group
- Theoretical chemistry group
- Structural chemistry group
- Molecular biosystems group
The research groups provide master's degree projects and curricula that provide qualifying experience for jobs in fields as described above.The master's programme in chemistry offers five disciplines coinciding with the five research groups:
The unique and nationally leading expertise and status in many fields of chemistry and chemical biology at the department have lead to the establishment and participation in several national centres:
- The Theoretical Chemistry and Inorganic- and Material Chemistry groups are responsible for a Centre of Excellence (CoE): Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CTCC).
- The Organic Chemistry, Structural Chemistry and Molecular Biosystems groups participate and are key players in a Centre for Research-based Innovation (CRI): MabCent ¿ Centre for bioprospecting and drug discovery
- The Structural Chemistry and Molecular Biosystems groups are responsible for a national centre in structural biology: Norwegian Structural Biology Centre (NorStruct)
Master's students and their projects will in many cases be closely associated with one of the centres and the activities there.
The master's programme in chemistry offers five disciplines coinciding with the five research groups:
- Bioinorganic Chemistry (Inorganic- and materials chemistry)
- Organic Chemistry
- Structural Biology/Chemistry
- Theoretical Chemistry
- Molecular Biosystems (new)
- has extensive knowledge of the basic areas of chemistry (inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry)
- has in-depth knowledge in at least one specialized field of chemistry or biological chemistry
- has insight into the international frontier research and development in her/his specialization of chemistry or biological chemistry
- has acquired sufficient knowledge of chemistry and of one or more supporting subject like biochemistry, biotechnology, physics, mathematics or computer science, to understand deeply and treat phenomena occurring in her or his field of specialization.
- has the ability to communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both written and oral forms
- has the ability to read, understand and use scientific literature
- has acquired the basic tools needed to carry out independent research in her/his field of specialization.
- has become proficient in his/her specialized area and can successfully complete an advanced research project.
- can judge the reliability of information obtained from different sources and has a sound critical attitude towards the knowledge from all sources.
- can apply their knowledge in chemistry or biological chemistry to solve problems in other natural sciences
- can accomplish some independent research and communicate the research questions and results in both written and oral forms.
- can carry out knowledge based evaluations of general problems in science and communicate this to the public
can accomplish research projects under guidance, e.g. under a PhD-program in chemistry or related areas
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
Application deadline for Norwegian and Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.
Online application is via the Søknadsweb, study code 4009.
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries (self-financing applicants):Application deadline for applicants to self-financing studies is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
Online application. More information about application procedures and requirements.
Teaching and assessment
Language of instruction
The master's thesis may also be written in either English or a Scandinavian language.
The research activity at the Department of Chemistry is extensive and of top international quality in many fields. Master's degree students work as fully integrated members of one of the many excellent research groups at the department. Thus, a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Tromsø is uniquely valuable in many ways, as the candidates are trained both practically and theoretically in fields with great development prospects and job opportunities now and for years to come. Examples include: Materials chemistry, Synthetic medicinal chemistry, Drug discovery and design, Theoretical chemistry, Enzymes as nanotechnology tools, Integrated biomolecular systems studies, Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology.
Job opportunities with a Master in Chemistry are many and diverse; many of them involve moving towards a future sustainable "green economy" for which there is a need for new solutions in many fields of human society. The field of chemistry is crucial in the development of new sources of renewable energy (e.g. biofuels, solar cell materials), new solutions for the treatment of waste and pollutants, and for example new materials and nanotechnological tools that transform the efficiencies and reduce the energy costs of industrial processes. A Master's in chemistry from Tromsø is also well suited for work in pharmaceutical industry or academia to develop new drugs aimed for example at combating the major diseases that threaten life and society in both the developing and the developed parts of the world (including the growing problems of cancer, antibiotic resistant bacterial diseases, and others).