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Chemistry (MSc)

Programme structure

In the MSc Chemistry programme you will focus your studies on one of LIC's two main research areas, Chemical Biology or Energy & Sustainability, and one specialisation.


The emphasis of MSc Chemistry is on motivating and encouraging students to work as young academics and develop to their full potential. The two-year programme consists of 120 EC and offers four specialisations. Students can also follow a double specialisation of 150 – 180 EC, depending on the specific combination. 

The table below gives an overview of credit distribution in the different specialisations.

  Research EDU SCS BS
Research Training Project 60 30/40 30 30
Academic Development 6 6 6 6
Core Courses 24 24 24 24
Elective Courses 24 0/20 20 20
Specialisation-Specific Components 6 60/30 40 40
Total 120 120 120 120


Multiple specialisations

In the MSc Chemistry programme, students have the opportunity to do multiple specialisations. Most students spend their first year on courses and their second year on their research project or projects. Students should contact the study adviser and/or discuss with their mentor how to combine multiple specialisations. An example of a student's programme with a double specialisation in Research and Business studies (160 EC) is shown in the image below.

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