Molecular Sciences - master

Duration: 2 years

Molecular Sciences - master

Duration: 2 År

Application deadline
Nordic applicants: 15 April, EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 1 March, Non-EU/EEA applicants: 15 November
How to apply?

Would you like to cure disease and improve lives? Find solutions to environmental and climate problems? Create revolutionary new materials? Secure and improve global food production? Contribute to sustainable development? Molecular Science and chemistry are truly the central sciences because they deal with how the world is constructed, and how it works, ranging from what we can all see, down to its smallest parts - the atoms and molecules.

Questions about the study

Renate Lie Larsen

Senior executive officer, student administration, purchaser, Department of Chemistry,

Bjørn Olav Brandsdal
Bjørn Olav Brandsdal

Professor, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences

Information about semester start

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!

After completion of the programme, the candidate:


  • has an overview of discipline-relevant scientific approaches to analyse and understand molecular properties and processes
  • has thorough knowledge of theory and methods used in molecular sciences
  • has advanced insight into international research and development within her or his discipline
  • has acquired advanced knowledge and understanding needed to contribute to innovation and discovery within her or his discipline


  • can independently use and analyse various sources of information to structure and formulate scientific arguments
  • can independently produce and analyze data, products and results employing discipline-relevant scientific methods, instrumentation, and software
  • can critically analyze and evaluate the quality of data and results
  • can conduct scientific work and document results in accordance with applicable standards and norm for research ethics
  • can carry out independent limited research under supervision

A candidate within the discipline of Biomolecular Chemistry and Bioinformatics

  • can manipulate and study biological macromolecules at DNA and amino acid levels experimentally (recombinant protein production) and/or computationally (bioinformatics)
  • can study structural, functional, and biophysical properties of biological macromolecules experimentally (crystal structure determination, intermolecular interactions, enzyme function) and/or computationally (molecular modelling, drug design)
  • can apply informatics tools to analyse biological macromolecules and their properties at genetic sequence and/or amino acid and/or structural levels

A candidate within the discipline of Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy

  • can plan and carry out chemical syntheses of organic or inorganic molecules
  • can analyse synthetic and natural substances with advanced chromatographic, spectroscopic and/or crystallographic methods

A candidate within the discipline of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

  • can use state of the art software to model and analyse molecular structure, molecular properties, or chemical processes
  • can develop and implement computational protocols to model chemical systems
  • can predict or interpret the behaviour of chemical systems by making use of advanced computational infrastructure

General competence

  • can critically read, cite, analyse and understand scientific literature
  • can independently communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, bothwritten and oral forms
  • can independently analyse and judge the reliability of information obtained from different sources and has a sound critical attitude towards knowledge from all sources
  • can independently conduct research activities 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 molecular sciences, chemistry or related areas
  • can apply the obtained knowledge to independently solve new problems in natural sciences and to contribute to research and innovation

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:

  • pharmaceutical industry researchers, operators and analysts
  • laboratory engineers at hospitals, private companies or research institutions
  • aquaculture specialists
  • safety, health and environment professionals
  • researchers at private companies, research institutions, hospitals and universities
  • Programmers, data engineers and computational modelers

To see the courses taught in the program, see “Study plan” for a full view of the course

Admission to Master in Molecular Sciences requires a Bachelor`s Degree (180 ECTS) in one of the natural sciences OR equivalent degree following a program of study of at least three years, or a similiar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act, section 3-4.

  • The Bachelor`s Degree must be in one of the disciplines listed in the overview below.

Overview of the requirements for admission to the different Master disciplines

  • The Bachelor's Degree must contain a specialization corresponding to at least 80 ECTS in the field of one of our master disciplines: Biomolecular Chemistry and Bioinformatics, Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
  • The Bachelor's Degree must contain a minimum of 30 ECTS in chemistry courses on bachelor level.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian “C” (3.0) in the ECTS scale, see the UiT webpage for International admissions for more information on how the point average is calculated.
  • Applicants with education from non-Nordic countries must document English language proficiency. The Master’s program in Molecular Sciences requires the following minimum scores in English proficiency:

    • IELTS :Reading 6.5, Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Writing 6.5
    • TOEFL: Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking 22, Writing 25
    • Cambridge ESOL Examinations: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency level
    • The European Language Certificate (TELC): C1 level

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

Applicants within EU/EEA/Switzerland (except the Nordic countries):

Applicants outside EU/EEA/Switzerland and the Nordic countries:

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.

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

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.

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.

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