Why choose this programme?
Do you like to understand how the world around us is constructed, right down to its tiniest constituents? This programme enables you to study a wide range of issues in depth. You can choose everything from producing new matter and materials, conducting tests, investigations and analyses, to modelling and simulating chemical processes and reactions. You can work experimentally, numerically or with theoretical problems.
A brief description of the programme
The Masters' Programme in Chemistry enables you to choose an area of specialisation in most fields of chemistry.
Half of your time will be spent on your master's thesis where you will be working in one of our research communities under the supervision of experienced researchers. Working with a research project for your thesis will train you to critically evaluate research literature, analyse data, often in conjunction with laboratory work, and plan and conduct independent work. You will also become experienced at writing reports and giving oral presentations. The other half of your study time will mainly consist of course modules providing you with background knowledge to support your master's thesis.
As a master's student at the Department of Chemistry you get a ticket into one of Norway's leading research communities in chemistry. Amongst other things, we host the Hylleraas Centre, a Centre of Excellence for research in Computational Chemistry. You will also have the opportunity to conduct your thesis in association with one of the many research institutes in the Oslo area, or at one of the private companies approved by the Department of Chemistry.
There are seven programme options within the programme, with different qualification requirements:
- Analytical chemistry
- Biomolecules and soft matter
- Chemistry education and communication
- Environmental chemistry and nuclear chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry and materials chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Theoretical and physical chemistry
Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, composition and reactions. Our researchers in analytical chemistry develop new technologies and methods for measuring matter, whereas our organic chemists study the way in which small organic molecules can be produced. Some researchers want to understand how the environment functions and how we can best handle environmental challenges, others study biomolecules and their structure and function with the help of state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques. We also conduct research in inorganic chemistry and materials chemistry, which is a broad field including synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of solid compounds. A basic aspect of chemistry research is understanding how a material behaves on atomic and molecular levels, how this behaviour determines the microscopic and macroscopic properties of the material, and how chemical reactions take place. In addition, we are interested in the didactics of chemistry, including investigating teaching methods that encourage motivation and learning in chemistry.
We know that happy students are more likely to succeed in their studies, so it is important to us that you enjoy student life. We organise introductory days with talks and presentations of the various possible Master's projects. You will also receive practical information about the courses and you will be able to meet those who are responsible for the programme. Attendance at these introductory days is mandatory. When you start the programme, you will also have the opportunity to meet old and new students and members of staff, both in academic and social settings.
If you have any practical questions concerning the programme or if you need other advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We encourage all students to get involved socially. As a student you will have access to pleasant student areas linked to the research areas, both for studying and social activities. Read more about the study environment at the Department of Chemistry. And student life at the University of Oslo is rich and abundant with more than 200 student societies.
As a student at the University of Oslo there are many possibilities to take part of your education at a university abroad. More about exchange programmes abroad.
Further studies and employment
With a master's degree in Chemistry, job opportunities exist both in the private sector, research institutions, pharmacy and other industries. Many chemists also work in public administration or teaching.
A number of former students have become entrepreneurs and have founded their own companies. An interdisciplinary background opens up many opportunities. Check out Gründerskolen (in Norwegian) at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.
The Master's Programme, in particular with a 60 ECTS credit thesis, qualifies you for further PhD studies in chemistry and, depending on your field of specialisation, also in associated fields such as biotechnology and materials science.