Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy

Tilhører studiet:
Molecular Sciences - master

Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy

Tilhører studiet:
Molecular Sciences - master
Application deadline
Nordic applicants: 20. April
International applicants: 1. December
How to apply?

Do you like the idea of creating completely new compounds and materials with unique properties? Perhaps a new and improved anticancer agent, solar panel component, a safe food colorant or the latest medical imaging pharmaceutical to be used at the hospital? With specialization in Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy, you will achieve thorough skills and knowledge in how to make new organic and inorganic molecules and materials, and how to determine their structures and properties using spectroscopic and analytical techniques.

This discipline is one of three specializations included in the Master's Degree Progam in Molecular Sciences .

Questions about the study

Profilbilde Renate Lie Larsen
Renate Lie Larsen

Seniorkonsulent, studieadministrasjon, Innkjøper Institutt for kjemi,

Luca Frediani

Professor, Teoretisk og berengningsbasert kjemi, Hylleraas-senteret

Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy is your specialization in Molecular Sciences if you want to create new molecules, understand how they are built and behave, and use this knowledge and the skills learned through courses to address important societal problems or fundamental research questions. Chemical synthesis is key to obtaining the molecules needed to develop new pharmaceuticals, materials, catalysts and much more. To be able to design the medical or materials properties we want, we need to understand and characterize the molecular structure and behavior of the molecules by using spectroscopic methods.

Your Master thesis topic in Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy can be selected from a range of research activities. You can choose to focus on chemical synthesis, where you will work in a chemical laboratory with other scientists, conducting chemical reactions, purifications and analysis. You will achieve competency in general laboratory practice, chemical reactions, specialized techniques, and analytical chemistry. You can choose to go in depth in NMR-spectroscopy, and have an instrumental analysis focus in your Master-project. Here you will achieve competency in instrumental technology and analysis of structure and properties. The skills you develop are highly coveted by companies and industry, in science teaching and in academic research. Interdisciplinary projects (e.g. together with biochemistry, medicine and/or computational chemistry) are quite common and can be designed for interested students. Furthermore, projects with applied or fundamental research focus are available, depending on your interests.

For a flavor of research topics, some of our current activities involve developing:

  • antibiotics capable of defying antimicrobial resistance
  • more effective and selective anticancer agents
  • photoactive materials for applications in solar cells, photodynamic therapy and catalysis
  • spectroscopic methods (NMR) for studying biological membrane models
  • pharmaceuticals for applications in medical imaging (PET/MRI)
  • green and sustainable chemical methods
  • chemical methods for improving medicinal agents
  • methods for using CO2 to create other valuable materials
  • host-molecules for applications in methane sensor technology

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
First semester (Autumn)
Elective courses
Second semester (Spring)
KJE-3201 Bioinorganic chemistry
Elective course
Third semester (Autumn)
Fourth semester (Spring)
See more information:
See page 9 in the Study plan

You can be qualified if you have a Bachelor degree in:

  • Chemistry
  • Molecular sciences*
  • Pharmacy*

*with a minimum of 30 ECTS in chemistry.

Bachelor's degrees within other related areas may be considered on an individual basis.

For complete information regarding admission requirements, see Admission requirements for Master in Molecular Sciences.