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The study of chemistry will give students solid competence in chemistry, which can be used to solve environmental and pollution problems, as well as to develop healthier food and safer medicines.
A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in competence, knowledge and skills:
- Can contribute to innovative processes within the field of study and related fields.
- Have thorough training in how to work independently; through the study of relevant theoretical chemistry literature, through the master`s thesis as well as trough practical laboratory exercises.
- Have an objective understanding of the scientific literature and can give both oral and written presentation of scientific fields and results.
- Can reflect on central ethical and scientific challenges, regarding their own and others` work.
- Is trained in time-managing; can meet deadlines and structure the semester in order to have a steady workload.
- Can apply their knowledge and skills in new scientific areas, to carry out advanced work tasks and projects.
- Can conduct an independent research project under supervision, with ethical evaluations and a global perspective.
- Communicate independent scientific work in academic forums.
- Know both the Norwegian and English chemical nomenclature.
- Trained in professional discussions within their specialization and be able to lead a discussion with specialists and the general public.
- Analyze scientific problems in chemistry, based on the subject`s history, traditions, nature and position in society.
- Have knowledge of chemistry at an international level and can work interdisciplinary (e. g. environmental chemistry, food processing, technology).
- Have specialized insights into a finite area, through the research experience of the Master`s thesis.
- Has in-depth knowledge of scientific theories, terminology and methods, and can apply these.
- Have advanced knowledge in the field of chemistry, and are prepared to research, teaching and other tasks that require expertise in chemistry.
- Specialization in one or more of the disciplines: organic chemistry, natural product chemistry, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry, or biochemistry.
- Can analyze scientific data and work independently in laboratories.
- Can design their own investigations, collect, process and analyze results, as well as evaluate and present methods, sources of error and end up with an objective conclusion.
- Able to conduct multidisciplinary analysis of chemistry-related problems, and evaluate solutions related to environment and sustainable development, in collaboration with colleagues from neighbouring disciplines (e. g. food science, biotechnology, microbiology, environmental toxicology, medicine, ecology, veterinary medicine).
- Analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the chemical field.
- Can interpret their own results in the context of existing scientific theories.
- Can put them into an international, academic context.
- Can analyze chemical issues, based on the subject`s history, traditions, nature and position in society.
- Analyze and relate critically to a variety of information sources, and apply these to structure and formulate scientific reasoning.
- Can work independently and use relevant methods (laboratory skills, statistics) for research and development work.
- The candidate can contribute to innovation through her / his broad theoretical and practical platform, and through the knowledge gained in the master`s study.
Qualifications after graduation:
Candidates with a Master`s degree in chemistry can work in analytical chemistry companies, in industry, research, education, and consulting. The study programme gives competence for further Ph.D. education in Norway or abroad.
Contents and structure:
The study of chemistry at NMBU is divided into three main areas: natural product chemistery, organic/inorganic analytical chemistry and environmental/radiochemistry. Natural product chemistry encompasses biologically active compounds in plants, animals and food products. Analytical chemistry includes identification and characterisation of biological and synthetic substances using modern analytical instruments. Environmental chemistry includes investigations of short- and long-term effects of various substances in nature. The Master`s degree contains a research thesis, consisting of 60 or 30 credits (ECTS)of practical work in chemistry. The student and supervisor decide together the extent and topic of the thesis at the start of the programme. In addition to this research task, students must take 30 credits (ECTS) worth of courses in chemistry and 30 credits (ECTS) worth of freely chosen courses - a total of 60 credits (ECTS). A minimum of 30 credits (ECTS) must be master level courses, and the courses shall support the master`s thesis research, providing scientific breadth and depth in the chosen scientific area. Each student will have an individual study plan with good progression and development towards the Master`s thesis. Courses are chosen in consultation with the supervisor. Basic courses (at the 100 level) are not allowed in this Master`s programme.
Cooperation with other institutions:
The study programme includes courses at other faculties at NMBU
Arrangements, incoming exchange students:
Teaching in English upon request. Most of the literature is in English.
A Bachelor`s degree / 180 credits (ECTS) in Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology or equivalent. It is desirable that the Bachelor`s degree includes 80 credits (ECTS) or more in chemistry, but candidates with a minimum of 60 credits relevant chemistry courses will also qualify. Students who lack some Bachelor-level courses, must arrange for a transition agreement with the study coordinator. To be admitted into this program, the average grade must be C (ECTS) or better in the BSc degree. In BSc degrees with a more applied approach, an average grade of B (ECTS) or better may be required.
Learning activities for the theoretical part of the programme include lectures, seminars and colloquia. Students learn experimental methods by participating in lab work, in combination with lectures, seminars and discussion groups. Written examination is a common form of evaluation during the program, in addition to oral examinations or project assignments. The Master`s degree program ends with delivery and oral discussion of a written Master`s thesis, which describes the student`s experimental work.
The students may conduct their thesis research or take postgraduate courses at external institutions. Studies abroad need to be approved by the supervisor and the Study Coordinator. Students can take courses at the Svalbard University Center in the second semester. It is recommended that chemistry students take advantage of the exchange programmes at NMBU or KBM to study abroad for one or two semesters, within the prescribed duration of the program. In addition, individually designed exchange programmes can be approved with the aim of building competence in a field not covered by NMBU or any of the partner universities. Studies abroad are normally recommended during 1st or 2nd semester. For more about student exchange: https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/exchange