MSc Molecular Science and Engineering

The master’s programme in Molecular Science and Engineering provides in-depth knowledge of molecular systems and advanced tools for successful careers in industry, academia, and society. An emphasis is placed on molecules: their design, characterisation, and applications both as individual entities and as part of materials. The programme also relates to sustainability with emphasis on energy and environment, safety, and innovation.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2020

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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Molecular Science and Engineering at KTH

The two-year master’s programme in Molecular Science and Engineering provides the students with a broad understanding of chemistry and specialised knowledge and skills in some chosen areas. A wide range of topics are covered, including molecular structure, synthesis of molecules, material properties, quantum chemistry, molecular reactions, and surface chemistry. During your studies you will 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 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 molecules and materials, both organic and inorganic
  • Nanostructures and nanomaterials
  • Chemical reactivity: corrosion and radiation
  • Surface and colloid chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemical analysis, sensing, and spectroscopy
  • Computational chemistry

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

The opportunities to do coursework or to complete the degree project abroad are good, and there are a large number of 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. The programme deals with real-world challenges such as considerations of energy, safety, environment, ethics, sustainability, and human rights.

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, chemical reactivity, surface chemistry, electrochemistry, corrosion, radical chemistry, advanced spectroscopic, scattering, and separation techniques, chemical sensors.

Courses in the programme


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 Ph.Ds within the area. Graduates from the programme have for example gone on to positions as research scientist, Ph.D. student, product manager, quality assurance officer, and sales representative at workplaces such as AstraZeneca, KTH, Outokumpu, RI.SE, and Boston Consulting Group. Program graduates are also found at numerous startups, both as owners and employees.

After graduation

Research and development scientist or 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

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Molecular Science and Engineering are:

3. Good Health and Well-Being
7. Affordable and Clean Energy
12. Responsible Consumption and Production

The programme will provide the students with knowledge and expertise in both fundamental and applied aspects of, for example, organic chemistry, instrumental analysis, electrochemistry and materials chemistry, with future job opportunities in fields such as drug development, biocompatible materials, sensors for detecting biological molecules, the development of advanced medical instruments and green chemistry.

Students will acquire both fundamental knowledge of and expertise in specific renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources, with potential future jobs in the development, optimisation, and production of the modules in a sustainable future energy system such as solar cells, hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, but also material components for energy production in wind power stations, for example. This is facilitated by gaining an understanding of the fundamental molecular processes involved.

Students will acquire a broad knowledge of chemical structures and reactivity, as well as chemical risk assessment and management, which is important for the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable chemicals and the safe handling of chemicals. Potential future jobs include technical innovations for processing chemical and radioactive waste, as well as industrial process design for reducing the use and thereby the potential emission of hazardous chemicals. 

Webinar on sustainable development

Watch a recording of the webinar offered by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health in November 2019. The webinar focused on the schools' master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development.

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, and how friction can be explained on a molecular level.

At the Department of Chemistry, both fundamental and industrially related research is carried out, and many projects have an interdisciplinary character. Three important research areas at the department are Energy and Environment, Functional Materials and Surfaces, and Bioactive Molecules. 

Faculty and research

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