This specialisation provides you with a firm basis in advanced chemical biology covering all major areas, and a cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies, especially in the field of molecular interactions between small molecules as well as biomolecules, enzymology, and protein engineering. The studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and interfacing disciplines such as biosensors, and drug design.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The specialisation in Chemical Biology, within the Master’s Programme in Chemistry, has been developed in cooperation with world leading research groups in this field at the university. The specialisation is partly taught together with the specialisation in Biochemistry, but provides more in-depth advanced aspects of current synthetic chemistry, chemical biology and associated experimental techniques. You will have lecturers who are leading experts in, e.g., organic synthesis, spectroscopy, enzymology, X-ray crystallography, systems biology and protein engineering.
Your studies will combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in organic chemistry, biochemistry and interfacing disciplines such as nanobiotechnology, and drug design. It includes the physical and chemical foundations to be able to take part in the research of the complex regulation of cellular signal transduction, cross-talk between proteins and possible linkage to diseases. The breadth of ongoing research in the field of Chemical Biology creates great opportunities to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment, using state-of-the art equipment.
During the programme you can expect to:
- get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
- combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in organic chemistry, biochemistry and interfacing disciplines such as nanobiotechnology, and drug design
- be a part of a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry
The programme also prepares you to be able to participate in the development of new solutions for sustainable production of more efficient drugs, fuels, materials and domestic chemicals. These are important research fields, and you will be well-equipped for either future research within academia or for research and development in industry. From the outline you can see that you will receive a solid foundation in all modern areas of chemical biology.
A degree from Uppsala University will give you close connection to excellent and world leading research and you will have the opportunity to develop a personal contact network. You will have a personal mentor who will invite you to seminars, group-meetings and other events in order to prepare you for your future career and you will meet PhD-students and post-docs who have come to Uppsala to be part of an excellent research environment to do cutting-edge research. Our research groups have a well-developed cooperation with other institutions and research agencies which is beneficial for you when choosing a project for the master thesis, and to make contacts for your future career.
You are probably coming directly from your Bachelor’s degree or have had a relevant job to strengthen especially your experimental skills. You have not, anyway, forgotten too much of your broad chemistry base. Your university was well equipped with experimental facilities so you have good practical training working in a lab, and can select relevant methods and stay safe while doing experiments.
You have an analytical mind and are able and willing to express your thoughts in both writing and speaking. You are extremely motivated and willing to take the responsibility needed to successfully complete your studies.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming into contact with current research and prominent researchers in the respective international field.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Chemistry as the main field of study.
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in chemistry and biology, of which at least 60 credits must be in chemistry.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
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