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The program are under revision! Please contact the department of Chemistry for more information. Molecular Sciences has in recent years emerged as a field somewhat broader than Chemistry, as its activities include methods and technologies which previously were linked to e.g. physics and biotechnology. Molecular Sciences includes the analysis of molecules at all levels, ranging from physical properties, through chemical reactivity, to interactions in larger assemblies, such as in a biological cell. We aim for students wanting to participate in molecular studies to address the grand challenges of the future, among them: efficient use of natural resources, health and medicine, environment and climate, and global food production. Students aiming to learn how properties of molecules can explain phenomena in nature, how synthesis, discovery and analysis of new molecules can be used to design new drugs, medicine and materials with improved functionality, and how molecular studies can be used to improve health, industry and environment.


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The Master of Molecular Science Programme at UiT has a duration of 2 years and equals a total of 120 ECTS. Each Master's candidate works on a research project to complete an independent scientific dissertation (thesis, 60 ECTS). In addition, the programme includes topical coursework, where 20 ECTS are obligatory for all students admitted to the programme, and 40 ECTS are to expand on the students chosen discipline and other special curricula (total 60 ECTS). Within each discipline, certain courses are mandatory.

The Master Degree programme in Molecular Sciences, will provide programme options within three different disciplines:

  • Biomolecular Chemistry and Bioinformatics
  • Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

The student will choose a Master's project within the thematic areas available at the Department, and the student will make use of the methodological tools relevant for the thematic specializations.These projects can be theoretical or experimental in nature, or a combination of these, and might be applied to basic and applied research questions. Combination of different specializations to acquire a wider expertise is also possible. Eligibility to projects may depend on the student's background.

The five thematic areas are:

  1. Chemistry of the cell,
  2. Drug discovery and design,
  3. Scientific Computing in Chemistry and Biology,
  4. Functional materials, and
  5. Catalysis.

More information about thematic areas and disciplines you can find here

The Master's candidates become members of one of the research groups at the Department, with an assigned thesis supervisor. Throughout the project, the Master´s students may work closely in teams with PhD students, post doctoral fellows and senior scientists.

The Department of Chemistry at UiT provides excellent research environments, with state-of-the-art laboratories and experimental equipment, and access to advanced computer facilities for computer-oriented work. The Department hosts a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Science (, an internationally recognized research centre in structural biology, NorStruct, (, and a national and international facility for bioinformatics ( The Department also participates in the Arctic Biodiscovery Centre (, where our expertise in structure elucidation and molecular analysis (, biocatalyst research, synthetic chemistry, and biotechnology is utilized.

More about the program structure you will find

Formal prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in chemistry


Admission to the Master`s programme in Molecular Sciences requires the following:

  • The student is eligible according to UiT - The Arctic University of Norway's general admission rules:
    General admission requirements - Master
  • A Bachelor's Degree (180 ECTS credits) in one of the natural sciences OR an equivalent degree following a programme of study of minimum 3 years, or a similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.
  • The Bachelor's Degree must contain a minimum of 80 ECTS (or equivalent) specialization within the fields specific to the disciplines within the Master's degree programmeme in Molecular Sciences; Biomolecular Chemistry and Bioinformatics, Chemical Synthesis and Spectroscopy, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, of which a minimum of 30 ECTS must be chemistry courses on bachelor level.

    By "one of the natural sciences OR an equivalent degree" means one of the degrees mentioned in Table 1 in the link below, where the admission requirement for the various disciplines is outlined.

    Table 1: Overview over admission requirements for the various disciplines within Molecular Sciences

  • The minimum average grade requirement is
    C - for Bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand
    B - for Bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in all other countries
  • International students from non-Nordic countries (except students with English as their mother tongue), must meet the Department of Chemistry's English proficiency with minimum scores as outlined below.
    Reading 6.5 22
    Listening 6.5 22
    Speaking 6.5 22
    Writing 6.5 25


Applicants deadlines:

  • Norway or Nordic countries:
    15th of April for admission to the autumn semester
    1st of November for admission to the spring semester
    (Application code: 4009)


  • International applicants outside Nordic countries:
    1 December for admission to the autumn semester
    (Use online application, study code 2010)


Are you an international applicant?
Read more here.

Career opportunities

A Master of Science Degree in Chemistry can provide a stepping-stone for exciting careers in a variety of fields, in Norway or abroad. The fields of study are crucial in the development of new sources of renewable energy (e.g. biofuels, solar cell materials), new solutions for the treatment of pollutants and waste (e.g. biomass conversion), and new technological tools which improve the efficiencies and reduce the costs of industrial processes (e.g. design of novel biocatalysts). A Master's in Molecular Sciences from UiT is also well suited for work in the pharmaceutical industry or academia in topics related to life sciences and drug discovery and development.

A Master of Science Degree in Chemistry provides the graduates with the qualifications to work as professionals in chemical or biotechnology industries, or to apply for Ph.D. programmes in relevant scientific fields. The scientific computing projects can also qualify the graduates for positions in computational modelling and data handling and analysis, software development or high-performance computing. The programme is also relevant for students who wish to strengthen their knowledge about chemical and biochemical processes, in order to apply it in fields such as medicine, biology, geology, material science, nanotechnology, pharmacy and environmental studies.



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