About the education

The education is for 5 years (300 hp) and is located mainly at the Ångström Laboratory and the Biomedical Centre in Uppsala. Both are within a 10-minute cycle path from the city centre and are among Europe’s leading research centres. The Ångström Laboratory is one of Europe’s most advanced laboratories for research and education in technology, materials and energy. The research is at the international front, including atomic design of functional materials for applications such as electronics, solar cells, batteries and sensors. The Biomedical Centre, BMC, is one of Europe’s largest centres for life sciences. Research and teaching is conducted in areas such as chemistry, molecular and structural biology, physiology and various pharmaceutical disciplines. This interdisciplinary fusion of inter-enriching substances provides unique conditions for, for example, the development of new drugs.


During the first two years, everyone takes the same courses regardless of the chosen profiling. These are courses mainly in chemistry, mathematics and computational science. From year three you take different courses according to selected specialisation, Material sciences or Pharmaceuticals. During the fourth year, you specialize further depending on individual interests, for example towards analysis or production methodologies. Whichever focus you choose, there is a wide range of courses with many opportunities to profile yourself. The program offers two different specializations that can be selected after the second year. The two specialisations of pharmaceuticals and material sciences both provide a solid base to stand on and open up great opportunities for research or work in industry.


Material Sciences

Here you have the opportunity to specialize in different parts in the development of new pharmaceuticals. For example, you can learn how to develop new active substances both through the design of new molecules and/or develop new manufacturing methods. You can also study process and formulation techniques. Here, the courses are about developing new, as well as further develop old formulations, analysing and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. Regardless of which profile you choose, you will receive an education that provides you with good knowledge for work in both research as well as development and production.

The entire education is located at a centre specially built for material research, the Ångström laboratory. The development of new materials is taking place today at a rapid pace, creating opportunities for new inventions in areas such as energy, medicine and IT. From year four you can profile yourself within areas such as energy, sustainable development and functional materials. A strong focus is on how chemistry controls the properties of materials. These skills are highly sought after by Swedish industry. Several projects are carried out in cooperation with industrial companies, which is a way for the industry to quickly get problems highlighted and solved.


In teaching, special emphasis is placed on the ability to analyse, formulate and solve problems. It allows you to develop your skills, and use them in your future profession. In addition to theoretical knowledge, the education is about preparing you to become a future engineer. This is done through laboratory work as well as project based assignments.

Studies abroad

During the course of the education, you have the opportunity to take certain courses at other universities, both in Sweden and abroad. Such courses can then be included in the degree. Furthermore, one can also choose to undertake their degree job abroad, for example in Canada, USA, Australia, Germany or France. More information about this can be found under the tab Study abroad.