Programmes of Studies
Want to study chemistry?
The Department of Chemistry offers two categories of studies in Chemistry within:
- Natural Sciences (Bachelor – and Master of Science in Natural Sciences)
- Technology (Master in Technology)
Bachelor – and Master of Science in Natural Sciences
This is divided into two tracks. The three year Bachelor Programme in Chemistry gives a broad study in chemistry during the first three semesters followed by specialisation over the final three semesters in analytical- and environmental chemistry, applied theoretical chemistry or organic chemistry with biochemistry. The bachelor degree is the fundament for a two year master programme in chemistry. There are four directions of study in the master programme in chemistry:
- Applied theoretical chemistry
- Environmental and analytical chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Structural chemistry
Master of Technology
This is a five year course of study in chemistry or biochemistry in which the first two years consist of obligatory subjects. From the third year specialisation in various optional subjects can be chosen from the Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Biotechnology, and the Department of Materials.
- Organic chemistry, chemistry of natural products and industrial organic chemistry.
- Applied theoretical chemistry, chemometrics and thermodynamics.
What is the difference?
The Natural Sciences course has a greater degree of choice than the technology course with a view to combination of different disciplines.
The Civil Engineer course contains more obligatory mathematical topics. IT, physics and statistics, together with some technological topics, are obligatory for all students.
The last two years of the masters course are organised differently: The Natural Sciences course contains its own 2 year masters programme comprising technical topics giving 60 study points corresponding to 1 years study, and a masters thesis giving also 60 study points, corresponding to 1 years study. The organisation of this course is arranged for each student individually through his or her study plan. You can work for example start to work on your masters thesis and take those courses included in your plan in parallel from the first term during the 2 years the course lasts. In the Civil Engineer course it is the entire fourth year that is used for technical topics and project work. The student chooses an advanced topic during the autumn term of the last year. This includes project work along with literature searches associated with the topic. Work on a masters thesis (30 study points) is performed during the spring term.
A masters degree in either the natural sciences or technology within chemistry qualifies for admission to a doctorate programme within chemistry. The Department of Chemistry offers such programmes within all of its areas of research, requiring often collaboration with other departments. The grade requirement for admission is B or better, and is calculated as the average of the last two years' study during the masters course. The doctorate programme takes 3 years to complete in the case of full time study, including studies within the relevant discipline. In most cases the programme is completed in 4 years, including one year of teaching, paid by NTNU.
It is also possible to work on inter-disciplinary programmes within for example biotechnology and pollution.