Molecular Sciences - master


The program are under revision! Please contact the department for more information.

The understanding of chemical reactions and chemical properties is central in many disciplines such as medicine and health, material science and nanotechnology, environmental sciences, biology and biotechnology, geology, etc.

A Master in Chemistry will prepare you for a job in academia or industry. Projects for the Master's can be chosen from one of Department's five thematic focus areas:

  • Chemistry of the cell
  • Drug discovery and design
  • Scientific Computing in Chemistry and Biology
  • Functional materials
  • Catalysis

Experimental laboratory projects, scientific computing-oriented projects, as well as highly transdisciplinary projects encompassing a combination of these can be accomplished during the Master program.

Duration:2 Years
Location: Tromsø
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Chemistry
Admission requirements:Bachelor's degree in chemistry
Application deadline:1 December
Application code:2010

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:

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:

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:

The candidate should have the following learning outcomes:


  • 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.

General competence

  • 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

Admission to the Master`s programme in Chemistry requires that:

  • The student holds a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Chemistry or equivalent qualification, with a major in chemistry/biochemistry of minimum 80 ECTS.
  • The student is eligible according to UiT - The Arctic University of Norway's general admission rules:
    General admission requirements - Master
  • International students from non-Nordic countries (except students with English as their mother tongue), must meet the Department of Chemistry's English proficiency requirement: Students must have at least the minimum score in each category of the IELTS or TOEFL tests. Department of Chemistry's minimum scores are:



Reading 6.5 22

Listening 6.5 22

Speaking 6.5 22

Writing 6.5 25



Applicants deadlines:

  • Norway or Nordic countries:
    15th of April for admission to the autumn semester
    1st of November for admission to the spring semester
    (Application code: 4009)


  • International applicants outside Nordic countries:
    1 December for admission to the autumn semester
    (Use online application, study code 2010)


Are you an international applicant? Read more here.

Courses are taught as classes, some in combination with experimental laboratory exercises, and some purely through laboratory work. Fronter is used as the electronic learning portal in all courses. Various assessment methods are used. Courses are assessed through oral or written exams, some through assessment of a laboratory or project report, and some as a combination of methods. The master's thesis is assessed by a committee based on the thesis itself and an oral presentation of the thesis and thesis work. See the individual course descriptions for details.

The language of instruction is English and all syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered in either English or a Scandinavian language.

The master's thesis may also be written in either English or a Scandinavian language.

The master's programme 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.

A master's degree in chemistry gives opens doors to great opportunities and exciting careers many fields, both in Norway and abroad.

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 UiT The Arctic University of Norway 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).
Completed master's degree studies qualify for admission to PhD-studies in Chemistry, depending on satisfactory marks in the master's and bachelor's degrees. PhD-studies in Chemistry are offered at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.


Vollan, Valentina Burkow

Kontorsjef, Institutt for kjemi
Phone: +4777644080


Renate Lie Larsen

Seniorkonsulent, Innkjøper institutt for kjemi
Phone: +4777644074

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