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FCK3311 NMR Spectroscopy and imaging – basic principles 4.5 credits

The course includes theory and practice for NMR spectroscopy and imaging.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCK3311 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The vector model of NMR spectroscopy

  • rotating frame
  • radiofrequency pulses and their effect
  • the time dependent signal
  • Fourier transformation (FT)
  • NMR relaxation
  • simple pulse sequences and instrumentation
  • the effect of magnetic field gradient
  • 2D FT NMR and MRI

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to

  • explain the basic principles for NMR spectroscopy and imaging
  • explain how the different NMR parameters depend on and reflect molecular properties.
  • use the above listed knowledge to plan, perform and evaluate a laboratory project within the subject area, in group (or individually, depending on the number of participants) including to perform a smaller literature study, and present the laboratory project in a written report and perform an opposition on another laboratory project in the course

Course disposition

The course comprises approximately 100 full-time study hours, whereof 30 hours Zoom lectures, in addition to self-studies. The lectures treat the basic principles such as the origin of the NMR signal, the basic instrumental architecture, principles and praxis of signal treatment, the design and operation of basic pulse sequences, and the molecular origin of the measured NMR parameters.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

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Understanding NMR Spectroscopy, J. Keeler, 2nd ed.

Distributed material.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • RAP1 - Report, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Approved exam (TEN1; 3 ECTS)

Approved presentation of the laboratory project (LAB1; 1.5 ECTS)

Other requirements for final grade

The student should be able to fulfil all parts of the objectives on both a general and basic level, and on a detailed level, and with both width and depth. The student should also be able to use this knowledge to set up NMR experiments to gain insight to particular problems, and relate this to own research.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FCK3311

Offered by


Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Istvan Furo (

Supplementary information

Not more than 30 participants. The course is to a certain extent carried out remotely via Zoom, the lectures (but not the lab) remain open to other participants.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry