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.

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

Application closed

The application for the programme is now closed.

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The tuition fee for the full programme is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific entry requirements, feel free to contact the programme.

Programme director: Magnus Johnson
Programme coordinator:

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.

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