The programme is built up around an independent scientific research project of 60 ECTS credits. The programme also consists of 6 courses, each worth 10 ECTS credits, on 4000- and 5000-level theoretical syllabus.
The programme structure is illustrated schematically below. At least one of the courses "FYS-MENA4111 - Kvantemekanisk modellering av nanomaterialer" (Norwegian only), MENA5010 - Nanophysics and MENA5020 - Nano-chemistry must enter into the programme, as well as at least 10 ECTS credits physics and 10 credits chemistry.
At the beginning of the first semester, you have to attend three compulsory intensive courses in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) as follows:
- MNHMS0015 - Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
- MNHMS0020LS - In-depth Laboratory Safety
- MNHMS0015ES – Introduction to Electricity Safety
You are exempted from these HSE course requirements, if you have already completed the equivalent HSE courses in relation to a bachelor programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiO.
Please contact potential supervisors for help in choosing which courses to take.
There are no specific guidelines for when you should take the courses, but the table below is a practical example. All courses must be passed within the three first semesters of the Master’s programme.
You may complete the programme part-time, but usually with no less than 50% normal progression compared to regular full-time studies. Applications for part-time studies should be sent to the Programme Council.
Teaching methods vary on the Master’s programme. Lectures, group tuition and project assignments are some of the methods used.
About the Master's thesis
Possible areas for Master’s theses are presented at an orientation meeting twice a year. We recommend you to contact potential supervisors already during the last semester of the Bachelor’s programme or during the first semester of the Master’s programme.
A Master’s agreement must be made within the end of the 2nd semester of the Master’s programme.
A 60 ECTS credit Master’s thesis has a given deadline and should normally be delivered 4 weeks prior to the end of the 4th semester.
You will also be examined in your Master’s thesis. This includes a public presentation of the thesis and an oral examination/discussion with the examiner, examination committee and supervisor. You will be graded on your thesis based on the thesis and oral presentation. The Master’s thesis is graded with a letter grade.
|4. semester||Master's thesis|
|3. semester||Master's thesis||Master's course|
|2. semester||Master's thesis||Master's course||Master's course|
|1. semester||Master's course + 3 HSE courses||Master's course||Master's course|
|10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits|
Recognition of Master courses from former education
If you are admitted to the Masters Programme and you have completed Master courses outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these courses recognised as part of your degree. Please contact the Department of Chemistry for more information.