Master's programme in Molecular Science and Engineering

The programme aims to provide in-depth knowledge of molecular systems and advanced tools for successful careers in industry, academia, and society. The focus is on the molecular design, characterisation, and applications of molecular structures and materials, and also includes aspects of innovation, environmental issues, sustainability and safety.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2019

16 October 2018: Application opens
15 January 2019: Application deadline
1 February 2019: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
4 April 2019: Notification of selection results
August 2019: Arrival and start of studies

Information for newly admitted students

Molecular Science and Engineering at KTH

The two-year master’s programme in Molecular Science and Engineering provides the students with a broad background in chemistry as well as a deeper knowledge in some chosen areas. A wide range of topics is covered, including molecular structure, synthesis of molecules, material properties, quantum chemistry, molecular reactions, and surface chemistry, and you will also become acquainted with a number of advanced analytical techniques. In addition, you will carry out project work and teamwork, as well as practicing your written and oral communication. The opportunities to do coursework or to complete the degree project abroad are good, and there are a large number of foreign universities in different countries to choose between. The programme is strongly linked to the activities at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, and especially the Department of Chemistry. Thus, you will come in direct contact with research performed at KTH. Moreover, the programme deals with real-world challenges such as considerations of energy, safety, environment, ethics, sustainability, and human rights in chemical industries, research, and society.

The programme involves choosing from an extensive selection of courses followed by a degree project. There is considerable freedom and an opportunity to create a personalised curriculum, focusing on individual areas of interest and allowing for a degree that is both fundamentally strong and specialised.

Examples of specialisations include the following profiles:

  • Design and synthesis of molecular structures
  • Chemical analysis and spectroscopy
  • Theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling
  • Organic and biological chemistry
  • Nanomaterials chemistry
  • Surface chemistry and surface-active materials

Other specialisations may be designed, where guidelines and recommendations for course combinations will be given.

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH). 

Topics covered

Molecular structure, synthesis of molecules, material properties, quantum chemistry, molecular reactions, surface chemistry, electrochemistry and corrosion, advanced analytical techniques.



Specialists in all aspects of molecular science and engineering are always in demand, and career prospects are strong. It is a very wide field, with areas including pharmaceuticals, life sciences, medicine and medical engineering, biotechnology, environmental technology, forensics, fine chemicals, consumer products, cosmetics, polymers, pulp and paper, food and agriculture, petroleum, mining and materials, microfabrication and energy. There is also an increased need for consultants with a specialist knowledge of patenting, scientific writing, venture capital and marketing, expertise for governmental bodies and authorities, as well as for PhDs within the area.

After graduation

Research and development engineer, quality assurance engineer, consultant, project manager, PhD student.



Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

"KTH is a great university, and moving to another country is an amazing experience."

Beatriz Antunes, Portugal

Meet the students

Faculty and research

The research at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health spans a wide range of topics, such as: the development of solar and fuel cells as well as other environmentally friendly energy sources; how to store nuclear waste in a safe way, the design of novel polymers for use in the medical industry; how to protect metal surfaces against corrosion; the use of natural materials in new products; how friction can be explained on a molecular level, among many other research projects.

Faculty and research

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