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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 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 an emphasis on energy and environment, safety, and innovation.

Application deadlines for studies starting 2022

18 October (2021): Application opens
17 January: Application closes
1 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
7 April: Admission results announced
August: Arrival and study start

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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 several advanced analytical techniques. You will also carry out project work and teamwork, as well as practising 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


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

Amanda from Sweden

"Stockholm is a big city, but at the same time, everything is so close. You can both find the city and nature close to campus. It is very convenient that everything is so close, you can walk out the door and explore something new every day. "

Amanda from Sweden

Meet the students


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 specialist knowledge of patenting, scientific writing, venture capital and marketing, expertise for governmental bodies and authorities, as well as for doctoral students within the area. Graduates from the programme have for example gone on to positions as research scientist, PhD 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.

Caroline Thunstedt IDUN Minerals

"I am working as Sales and R&D Director at the Swedish beauty brand IDUN Minerals. In my role I really get to use my knowledge about Chemistry and make sure to choose good ingredients for everything we produce."

Caroline Thunstedt, IDUN Minerals

Meet the graduates

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:

Sustainable development goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
Sustainable development goal 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. 

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

KTH's virtual campus tour

Vijay is a student at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH). In the virtual tour he and some other students will show you around KTH.

Webinar from the school

Watch the webinar about Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health from 12 November 2020. The webinar is hosted by Professor Eva Jonsson Malmström, Communication Manager Sabrina Fabrizi and student Katlin. 

Next step

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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2022. Apply before 17 January.

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