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Molecular Sciences - master


Duration:2 År
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Molecular Sciences
Admission requirements:

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences or other fields of natural sciences

Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian “C” (3,0) in the ECTS scale

see Admission requirements for more information

Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April, EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 1 March, Non-EU/EEA applicants: 15 November
Application code:

Nordic applicants: 4009

EU / EEA / Switzerland applicants: 7101

Non-EU/EAA applicants: 2010

Programme description

With knowledge in molecular sciences, you can address the grand challenges of the future. This can be making efficient use of natural resources, developing solutions in health and medicine, confronting environment and climate challenges, and securing and improving global food production. You can learn how new molecules can be used to design new and improved drugs, medicine and materials to benefit health, industry and environment.

More information about the program structure and courses in the different specializations you can find here.

The program offers a flexible and modern chemistry degree with a range of options beyond traditional study programs in the field. As a student in this master program, you will receive thorough training and skill-building in chemistry fields tailored to your interests.

If you want to strengthen your knowledge about chemical and biochemical processes, and apply it to fields such as medicine, biology, geology, material science, nanotechnology, pharmacy and environmental studies, this program is the right choice for you!

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) KJE-3001 Interdisciplinary molecular sciences: From quantum mechanics to medicine - 20 stp. HMS-0501 Sikkerhet på laboratoriet, verksted, felt og tokt - 0 stp. HMS-0502 Førstehjelp lab, verksted, felt og tokt - 0 stp. HMS-0504 Biologisk materiale - 0 stp.
2. sem. (spring)
3. sem. (autumn) KJE-3900 Master's Thesis in Molecular Science - 60 stp.
4. sem. (spring)

Learning outcomes

After completion of the programme, the candidate:



A candidate within the discipline of Biomolecular Chemistry and Bioinformatics

A candidate within the discipline of Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy

A candidate within the discipline of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

General competence

Teaching and assessment

Courses are taught as lectures and seminars, some in combination with experimental laboratory exercises, and some purely through laboratory work. Courses are assessed through oral or written exams, some through assessment of a laboratory or project report, and some as a combination of methods.

As a master student you become a member of one of the research groups at the Department, with an assigned thesis supervisor. You are advised to contact potential supervisors already the first semester in order to start planning course work and the research project, which may be started the first year. Throughout the research project, you may work closely in teams with Ph.D students, post-doctoral fellows and senior scientists, and for some projects, local industry and enterprises.

Master thesis research projects can be designed and carried out in collaboration with relevant employers, such as the Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU), ArcticZymes, Amicoat and many more. These projects can be theoretical or experimental in nature, or a combination of these, and might be applied to basic and applied research questions. Combination of different specializations to acquire a wider expertise is also possible. Eligibility to projects may depend on the student's background.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and examination is English and all syllabus material is in English. The master's thesis must be written in English.

Exchange possibilities

The master's program is structured such that the student can spend shorter or longer periods studying abroad, preferably in the second or third semester. Courses must be approved in advance.

Job prospectives

A Master degree in Molecular Sciences at UiT is the foundation for exciting careers in a variety of fields, both in Norway and internationally. The specializations provide crucial skills and knowledge for the development of new sources of renewable energy (e.g. biofuels, solar cell materials), new solutions for the treatment of pollutants and waste (e.g. biomass conversion), and new technological tools which improve the efficiencies and reduce the costs of industrial processes (e.g. design of novel biocatalysts). The degree will also make you eligible for positions in industry or academia in topics related to life sciences, biotechnology, medicinal and materials sciences. The scientific computing projects can also qualify the graduates for positions in computational modelling, data handling and analysis, software development or high-performance computing.

Our students have found careers as:

Access to further studies

Completed Master's degree studies qualify for admission to PhD-programs in chemistry or other natural sciences, provided grades from the Master's and Bachelor's degrees are sufficient. PhD-studies in natural sciences (discipline chemistry) are offered at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.