Learning outcomes

A master's degree gives you the skills and competence to prepare you for a career in chemistry.

The study programme gives you a thorough training in central experimental and theoretical methods in the field, enabling you to work independently in line with scientific and ethical standards. You also gain extensive experience with communication and teamwork.

With a Master of Science in Chemistry you will have achieved:


A deep understanding of principles, methods and theories within a chosen field:

  • You have advanced knowledge within the field and specialised insight into a more limited subject area.
  • You have solid knowledge of experimental techniques and interpretation of results in the field, including sources of error and uncertainty.
  • You have in-depth knowledge of the field's scientific theories and methods.
  • You are able to analyse and reason at an advanced level.
  • You have the necessary technical platform to be able to teach at university and college level.


You have the necessary advanced skills to be able to investigate chemical systems and processes in the laboratory and in nature.

  • You can plan and conduct independent work and take an active role in taking on new tasks.
  • You can critically evaluate your own work and that of others, including reading scientific literature, and you have a critical approach to sources and references in scientific literature.
  • You understand the interaction between scientific theory and experimentation.
  • You are skilled in a range of theoretical and experimental methods and tools within the field, and you understand their possibilities and limitations.
  • You can document research through keeping a journal and other relevant supporting materials.
  • You can collocate your research in a large-scale project and place your results in a bigger context in the field.
  • You have a high level of awareness of problems associated with health, safety and the environment, you are familiar with HSE regulations and can work within the regulations that apply to Your field.

You can apply relevant modelling and statistical methods when planning experiments, and analyse and critically evaluate data:

  • You can carry out relevant computations of chemical systems and use mathematical language to understand and describe chemical principles.
  • You can interpret, evaluate and collocate chemical information and data and compare your own findings with scientific literature.
  • You can use computer tools and relevant computer and simulation software.
  • You can assess the quality of your own research results and computations.

General competence

You can apply your knowledge and skills to new fields in order to gain new insights:

  • You understand scientific correlations and can appreciate the larger perspective.
  • You can transfer ideas to new fields and think innovatively and creatively.
  • You can discover and formulate good scientific questions and investigate them both alone and in a team.
  • You can seek new information and develop your own knowledge.

You can discuss and present scientific questions, analyses and conclusions within your own academic field, both with other specialists and with experts from other disciplines, and with the general public:

  • You have a thorough understanding of the significance of your own discipline in society and business, and you can discuss ethical issues.
  • You can present the results of your research both orally and in writing to a range of audiences.
  • You can participate in scientific discussions showing respect and openness for other fields and lead interdisciplinary work with experts from other fields.

Learning outcomes for students attending 2017 or earlier

Published May 23, 2017 12:29 PM - Last modified July 15, 2021 11:01 AM