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Major subject – Chemistry

The properties of all of the materials we come into contact with every day are highly dependent on their chemical composition. Students of Chemistry will learn about the structure of materials, how it is analysed and what processes and methods can be used to alter their properties and applications. Students are divided into four areas of specialisation: Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. Physical Chemistry helps you to understand fundamental chemical principles, which can be used to anticipate complex phenomena. Organic Chemistry deals with carbon-based substances from living nature, synthetic equivalents to them, and the manufacture of consumer products, such as laundry detergent, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Inorganic Chemistry deals with inorganic materials and combustion processes. Analytical Chemistry will teach you how to use chemistry, technology, physics, mathematics, information technology and biology when looking for chemical compositions in various types of tests, such as in health care, industry and environmental management.

Chemistry studies are multifaceted, including both theoretical and practical elements. Students of Chemistry can choose between becoming a subject teacher in chemistry or a chemist. As a chemist, you can choose between a specialisation in Molecular Chemistry or Material Chemistry at the Master’s level. Elective modules and courses will also give you the opportunity to focus on the theme you find interesting. If you want to become a chemistry teacher, you will study pedagogy and another teaching subject (often Mathematics, Biology or Geography) as a long minor subject, but you will also be free to choose your special courses. Chemistry can also be taken as a minor subject by students with other major subjects.


Research in Chemistry is multifaceted, ranging from high temperature and material chemistry to the production of molecules and pharmaceuticals. The most important areas of research in Physical Chemistry are surface and colloid chemistry. Here, new nanomaterials, such as hierarchical and hybrid composites, are developed and designed. Research in Analytical Chemistry focuses on electroactive materials and chemical sensors.  Organic chemistry develops environmentally-friendly and economical methods for producing molecules to be used in, for example, pharmaceutical chemistry. Biologically active nature products are also researched and the spread of pharmaceuticals in the environment is analysed.

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