First class education

Excellent quality in evaluations

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education continually evaluates the quality of the higher education institutions in Sweden. In 2002, all chemistry educations in Sweden were evaluated, and the standards of the chemistry education at Uppsala University were found to be excellent. Part of the motivation was the wide range of courses covering all aspects of chemistry, the strong connection between education and research and the pedagogy applied to laboratory classes. In this year´s results from CHE European Ranking we also got one of the best student judgements of all european master programmes in Chemistry.

First-class learning environment

The chemistry education and research are taking place at two of the University´s modern campus areas; The Ångström Laboratory, which is one of Europe´s most advanced laboratories for materials and energy research, and Uppsala Biomedical Centre, which is a renowned centre for life science. These are optimal environments for interdisciplinary research and education. At the Ångström Laboratory chemistry meets physics, technology, mathematics and astronomy, and at the Uppsala Biomedical Centre chemistry interfaces with biology, pharmacy and medicine.

The teaching premises at both of these campus areas are designed to provide an optimal learning environment and include well-equipped and up-to-date laboratories, light and modern lecture rooms, extensive libraries, computer rooms and plenty of pleasant places for group and self studies.

Research connection and hands-on learning

Theory and practice are always interwoven in the courses, and instruction takes place in the form of lecturers, laboratory work, seminars and projects. The lectures are active researchers, which guarantees topicality and depth in the teaching. We put considerable importance on coaching you to achieve a scientific way of working where you obtain the competence and skills to solve problems, to think critically and analytically, and to independently plan and formulate research projects. As an active research university we have state-of-the-art research facilities. In many courses you will have access to the same instruments that are being used in research. You will learn about different technologies by using them, gaining hands-on experience in scanning and transmission electron microscopy, infrared, visible and ultraviolet spectroscopy, Raman, nuclear magnetic resonance, x-ray analysis, mass spectrometry, fs-laser spectroscopy, light scattering, in large scale computing, and many other exciting laboratory techniques.

Communication training

Everyone involved in natural sciences must be able to communicate his or her knowledge in a comprehensive and professional manner. We put a strong emphasis on developing your written and oral communication skills throughout our programmes. This usually involves small-group or individual projects that are assessed continuously. These projects are targeted at developing your skills in research problem-solving and to get your message across clearly, accurately and concisely, using modern bibliographic search tools and word processing and presentation software. Such skills are always highly sought after by potential employers.

Personal attention

Our annual undergraduate intake for our MSc/BSc of Chemistry and MSc in Engineering programmes typically numbers 100 students. This number allows us to maintain an important balance: the class size is small enough for us to know all our students as individuals, and to maintain personal contact through regular tutorials and informal meetings with lecturers, but large enough to allow us to offer a wide range of subject options, allowing students to tailor their degree to their own scientific interests. The final master-level courses for chemistry majors usually have enrollments of only 5-15 students, giving you plenty of opportunities to ask questions even beyond the course plan.


You will have access to a wide range of modern computing facilities and sophisticated software to support your course of study. You will for instance be trained to work with molecular graphics software for visualization of small and large molecules, such as analysis of protein and nucleic acid structures. This includes both molecular graphics programs for visualisation of bio molecules as well as different software for illustrating chemical bonding and electron structure. On the master level all students will have an introduction to computational chemistry using quantum chemistry, Monte Carlo, and molecular dynamics programmes.

The university is committed to an e-learning environment where you can come in contact with your tutors by e-mail, browse course websites that reinforce material described in your lectures and use online discussion forums to discuss your course with your study group.

Friendly atmosphere

All of our teachers are active researchers, many in the frontline of international science. Just as important as our faculty's scientific credentials, however, is the fact that they care about teaching. They engage in the students, and are willing to help them to maximise their performance.

You will find the atmosphere open and informal. Professors, lecturers and all teaching personnel are approachable, helpful and open for feedback. Our course administrators are also happy to help with any practical matters related to your studies or stay in Sweden.