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Year: 2013
Master’s Programme in Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry , 120 hp
The master program in organic synthesis / medicinal chemistry aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the profession or for postgraduate studies in the field. The program meets both national and international needs in organic synthesis / medicinal chemistry, and needs from universities, industry and society in general. The training is based on a related bachelor program and intends to give a deeper understanding in the field and a foundation for postgraduate studies in organic synthesis / medicinal chemistry.
. The programme prepares for This will mean that
  • students from the master program in organic synthesis / medicinal chemistry are well prepared for advanced scientific communication with different target groups.
  • students from the master program in organic synthesis / medicinal chemistry to contribute to the sustainable development of society
  • students from the master program in organic synthesis / medicinal chemistry are well prepared for postgraduate studies andl in the labour market, both nationally and internationally .
Programme goals
Mathematical, scientifical and technical knowledge ans reasoning
Students from the program in organic synthesis / medicinal chemistry will demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of organic synthesis chemistry / medicinal chemistry including a broad knowledge of the area as well as considerable in-depth knowledge in certain parts of the area. The graduates will also have comprehensive knowledge of current research in the field. The graduates from the master programme in organic synthesis/madicinal chemistry shall on an advanced level possess
  • have a thorough knowledge of organic synthesis chemistry
  • have knowledge of experimental methods in organic synthesis
  • have experience in applying modern techniques for analysis of organic compounds, both quantitatively and qualitatively
  • have a knowledge of structure-function relationships between drugs and target molecules such as enzymes, receptors and nucleic acids
  • have the ability to by studying the structure-function relationships to draw conclusions about how organic molecules can be modified for greater potential
  • have the ability to assimilate the scientific literature in the field
  • be familiar with modern research in organic synthesis

Personal and professional skills and attributes
Students graduated from the master programme in Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry have achieved the individual and professional skills and attitudes which are demanded for being able to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyze, judge and handle complex issues even with limited information . The graduates shall also be able to assume responsibility for their own work or post graduate studies with respect to work ethics, responsibility and reliability. Students from the programme shall be able to make relevant judgements regarding scientifical, social and ethical aspects of their professional areas.
Interpersonal skills: Teamwork and communication
Students graduated from the master programme in Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry shall be able to collaborate with other people. This requires the ability of active participation in a project with clear roles and well defined responsibilities and tasks. The graduates can also initiate, plan, lead and evaluate large projects. The students shall have good skills in written and oral communication. The students can present information, problems and solutions in a structured way with relevant techniques both written and orally, in different languages (preferably Swedish and English) to different target groups.
Conceiving, desiging, implementing and operating scientific projects in the enterprise and social context
Students graduated from the master programme in Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry shall have knowledge about the natural scientist and the natural science in the society both from a historical and a contemporary perspective. The graduates shall also have an understanding of social and economic conditions in the related area and related research area. They shall be competent in initiating, working in and leading advanced development projects with accepted methods. The students shall also have skills in planning, implementing and present their work. The graduates have a comprehension of how research results can be transformed into industrial use and commercial business.
Common rules and information about student service
Common rules and information about student service at LiTH are available in sections b1-b6.
Programme Organisation
The programme comprises four semesters and leads to a Master of Science in Chemsitry. The education is given in English. The range of courses is found in the curriculum. Normally the content of the programme is presented at lectures, laboratory work and seminars. Some extensive projects or assignments are parts of the courses and will be reported oraly and/or in writing. Laboratory work and seminars are compulsory.
The Master thesis is performed during the second year and comprises normally 60 högskolepoäng (equivalent to ECTS credits). The Master thesis can comprice 30 or 45 högskolepoäng and then there is scope to supplement courses in organic chemistry with courses from other disciplines such as mathematics, biology, physics, medicine or economics .
In the syllabus courses in the major subject Chemistry are marked in yellow.
Programme Contents
The master's programmme consists primarily of courses in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry at advanced level. These are complemented with other courses at advanced level, such as protein science. The program ends with a thesis that can be performed at a company or university. The thesis may be a good introduction to further studies at postgraduate level.
Thesis Work
The thesis should be based on the high quality scientific content and carried out in close contact with the research groups involved in the programme and in the area of the profile chosen by the students.
Degree Requirements
The programme is designed to give the Master's Degree "Naturvetenskaplig masterexamen i kemi" translated to "Master of Science with a major in Chemistry".

The requirements are the following:

  • a Bachelor's degree as specified in the entrance requirements.
  • course requirements for a total of 120 ECTS credits from courses from the curriculum of the programme, or after special decision from the programme board, and thesis work.
  • passed the requirements for all compulsory courses.
  • courses on advancement level A (advanced) 90 ECTS credits including:
    • at least 30 ECTS credits courses from the major subject, Chemsitry.
    • a 30 ECTS credits Master's Thesis in the major subject Chemsitry.
  • a Master's thesis presented and passed as per Linköping Institute of Technology degree regulations.
Courses overlapping each other regarding contents are not allowed to be included in the degree. Courses used for the Bachelor's degree can never be included in the Master's degree

Entrance requirements

See general rules and regulations for master programmes at LiTH.


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