MSc Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry, 120 credits
Degree: Master of Science with a major in Chemistry.
The Master’s Programme Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry aims to provide students with knowledge on the design, synthesis and evaluation of low molecular weight biologically active organic substances. This programme offers advanced level knowledge regarding organic synthesis and pharmaceutically active compounds, as well as supplementary knowledge of medicinal chemistry.
Biologically active substances with low molecular weight represent the core of life science research. Knowledge of molecular structures and their properties is crucial to our understanding of a vast scientific area, from pharmaceutically active compounds to organic electronics and their incorporation into diagnostic tools such as biosensors.
The main focus of this programme is the comprehension of organic synthesis pertaining to biologically active compounds. The programme begins with courses in organic chemistry and organic synthesis, building from the basic concepts to the advanced level, followed by an introduction in medicinal chemistry. It also covers protein chemistry, which broadens the students’ knowledge in the field of bio-organic chemistry.
The programme concludes with a longer thesis project, either in a research group or the industry. Our research facilities are well equipped with all the necessary analytical/diagnostic equipment you would normally find in many industrial research facilities.
Employment and Career Opportunities
Following the final examination you will have gained the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience needed to work with organic synthesis in the pharmaceutical industry, in companies ranging from research intensive start-ups to major pharmaceutical companies with large research and development (R&D) departments.
Alternatively, you may continue conducting research leading to a doctoral degree. Research positions include a broad span of work, from disease diagnosis to detecting chemical compounds. Examples of the latter include biosensors for early stage detection of the Alzheimer’s disease.
Applicants are expected to have:
- a bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or equivalent
- bachelor courses of at least 15 credits (ECTS) in organic chemistry and 12 credits (ECTS) in biochemistry.
The specific requirements may be assessed as not fulfilled if:
- the average grade is in the lower third of the grading scale used in the country where the degree was awarded (i.e. grades have to be average/pass level or above, the equivalent to the Swedish grade "Godkänd")
- the degree does not qualify for admission to equivalent master's programmes in the country where the degree is awarded.
Life as a student at Linköping University
Application period opens october 2013
Go to universityadmissions.se
- Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees
- All others: 140,000 SEK (approx. 20,000 USD/ 15,000 Euro) per academic year
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Last updated: 2013-03-27