Chemistry with a minor subject
Chemistry with a minor subject is a specialisation at the Master of Science Programme (MSc) in Chemistry.
Chemistry is and will remain a key science in trying to solve the many problems facing humanity. Do you want to inspire coming generations of intelligent youths to choose chemistry? Learn how to communicate complex subjects in an engaging manner? Work creatively and unrestrictedly with display experiments?
Chemistry with a minor subject is a specialisation with a heavy focus on didactics and communication where you combine a solid grounding in chemistry with a subject of your choice. Choose among the natural sciences or from the full range of humanities, social studies, law and theology on offer at the University of Copenhagen
All chemistry Master Degree courses at University of Copenhagen are taught in English.
An MSc in Chemistry with a minor subject will prepare you for teaching at Danish Upper secondary schools (gymnasier), for working in technical sales, communication or media or for combining chemistry with your other chosen subject to pursue new and interesting science in the borderlands between subjects.
The specialisation is set at 120 or 150 ECTS depending on whether the minor subject is within or outside the field of science (Exercise and sports science is regarded as outside the field of science). It consists of the following:
- The compulsory course Naturfagsdidaktik for Biologi (Advanced course in Biology Teaching, 7.5 ECTS-points)
- Restricted elective courses, 37.5 ECTS-points.
- The minor subject, 45 or 75 ECTS-points depending on whether the minor subject is within the field of science or not (Exercise and sports science is regarded as outside the field of science).
- Thesis, 30 ECTS.
In order to obtain an MSc in chemistry with a minor subject you must:
- write a thesis at a value of 30 ECTS-points.
- take the course Kemiske undervisningsforsøg (Chemical Training Experiments) or Grundkursus i de naturvidenskabelige fags didaktik (Fundamentals of the Didatics of Science and Mathematics) unless you passed it as part of the BSc programme in chemistry.
The specialisation can be structured in different ways. The table below shows the programme structure if your minor subject lies within the field of science, and if you write your thesis on a full time basis:
Programme structure (minor subject within the field of science, thesis full time):
|Block 1||Block 2||Block 3||Block 4|
|Year 1||Minor subject||Minor subject||Minor subject||Minor subject|
|Minor subject||Minor subject|
|Year 2||Naturfagsdidaktik for Biologi||
|Restricted elective course|
Restricted elective courses
Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists shown below. Click on each course for a detailed description.
You must choose at least one of the following BSc courses, unless you already passed the courses as part of your BSc programme:
- Kemiske undervisningsforsøg (Chemical Training Experiments)
- Grundkursus i de naturvidenskabelige fags didaktik (Fundamentals of the Didatics of Science and Mathematics)
Choose your remaining restricted elective courses from the list below:
- Scientific Writing, Planning and Presentation
- Advanced Photochemistry
- Reaction and Synthesis in Medicinal Chemistry (15 ECTS-points)
- Computational Chemistry (15 ECTS-points)
- Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry
- Air Pollution and Health
- Advanced Physical Chemistry (15 ECTS-points)
- Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (15 ECTS-points)
- Organic Chemistry (15 ECTS-points)
As a chemistry graduate with a minor subject you will gain knowledge of:
- methods within selected areas and through independent work.
- an area of specialization at an international level by conducting independent research and working under supervision.
- learning theory and teaching theory relevant to science teaching in high school.
You will also be able to:
- develop and implement a goal description for educational planning and implementation.
- organize learning in informal environments in combination with learning in formal settings as well as analyze and resolve students' comprehension problems (alternative conceptions).
- process and analyze data.
- read and understand original academic literature in the field of chemistry.
- use the subject's most important databases.
- explain chemistry work, both orally and in writing.
Furthermore, you obtain the skills to:
- design, implement, evaluate and reflect on her/his own (and others') teaching of science in secondary education from selected theoretical considerations and arguments.
- formulate, structure and manage a research project involving the development and use of chemical methods.
- manage complex work and development situations.
- seek out and summarize the available knowledge in a field of chemistry.
- assess chemical methods, and their application and limitations.
- discuss chemistry's methods, theory and results, both in general and on a scientific level.
- discuss the application of chemical results in an industrial, social and ethical context in an academic manner.
- take independent responsibility for own academic development and specialisation.