Analytical Chemistry


Analytical Chemistry is a track that focuses on the determaination of compounds/elements in real life samples from industry, environment and the human body. It includes courses in separation and detection with emphasis on masspectrometry, as well as courses where you work in larger projects with the whole analytical process from relevant sampling to interpretation of results using modern research instrumentation and multivariate data analysis.

Programme outline in detail >>

Profile courses

Applied Analysis of Complex Samples, 15 credits

The course should give deep knowledge about advanced methods for sampling, sample preparation, separation and detection and how they can be combined into complete analytical procedures. It should also present methods for analysis of variance and multivariate data handling. During the course the student should develop skills to critically select proper methods to solve complex analytical problems from man, medicine, industry, and environment. For more information - see the syllabus.

Separation and Mass Spectrometry, 15 credits

The course will give practical and theoretical knowledge and skills of modern analytical separation and detection methods with emphasis on mass spectrometry. Students should after completion of the course be able to use there knowledge to solve analytical problems by selecting suitable combinations of chromatographic or electrophoretic separation, ionization method and mass spectrometric detection. For more information - see the syllabus.

Chemistry with opportunities

Analytical chemistry has applications within many fields of natural science which makes the track very flexible. You can choose to combine the profile courses above with further courses in analytical chemistry, other chemical courses or courses within close subject fields before you complete the program with a degree project in analytical chemistry. Examples of suitable optional courses within chemistry can for example be Forensic chemistry, Inorganic analytical chemistry, Environmental techniques and Research practice. Courses within for example pharmacy, molecular biology, cell biology and mathematics can also be a complement to this track.

”To measure is to know”
Through chemical data we obtain knowledge about different chemical processes in our internal and external environment – biochemical processes on cellular level, how drugs are distributed and metabolized in the body, how environmental toxins are spread in the ecosystem and so on.


At the department of analytical chemistry there are ten senior researchers and around 20 Phd students. Here you will find research within a wide range from neurochemistry, and clinical proteonomics to green chemistry with  fundamental research in analytical chemistry as a base.

Here methods and techniques are developed for sampling, sample preparation, separation, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, trace element analysis and chemometry. The development is focused towards miniaturisation, on-line- and on-chip-analysis, short time of analysis, early diagnostic of diseases through chemical patterns and robust systems for complexe analytical problems.


The research environment at the department of Analytical chemistry is one of the world leading within separation and masspectrometry. We also have a lot of other instruments as for example ICP-AES, ICP-MS and GF-AAS, and advanced instruments for extraction as SFE, PFE and others.