Inorganic chemistry

Man in lab working with chemicals

Inorganic chemistry is a specialisation at the Master of Science Programme (MSc) in Chemistry.

Invent new functional materials: E.g. molecular electronics that allow computers to grow smaller using fewer elements harmful to nature, catalysts that allows industries to produce more and pollute less, plastics that are lighter and stronger yet biodegradable.

The specialisation in inorganic chemistry prepares you to take the lead in research and development. A central aspect of developing new compounds and materials is to characterize the novel molecules you have invented. This involves use of large scale research facilities such as the largest synchrotron facility in Europe, the ESS, which is currently being built just an hour’s drive away from Copenhagen. So studying for your M.Sc. in Copenhagen also gives you ample opportunity to develop your skills at planning and executing research programmes at large scale facilities.

Who can apply: If you have a bachelor with at least 60 ECTS in chemistry you can apply for admission to the MSc programme in Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.

All chemistry master degree courses at the University of Copenhagen are taught in English.


With a specialisation in inorganic chemistry you will be trained to get creative in the laboratory and at large scale facilities. Acquire skills that are sought after by the private sector. Not least the electronics, bio catalysis, catalysis, agricultural, polymer and fuel industries.


The specialisation in inorganic chemistry is set at 120 ECTS and consists of the following:

  • Compulsory courses, 30 ECTS.
  • Elective courses, 30 ECTS.
  • Thesis, 60 ECTS.

Regarding the elective courses, most students choose chemistry courses – but if you have special interests you may choose freely from the entire curriculum of University of Copenhagen, provided you obtain advance approval for your course of choice.

The specialisation in inorganic chemistry looks like this

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Elective course Elective course Elective course Elective course
Methods and Modelling in Inorganic Chemistry Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Year 2 Thesis

As a chemistry graduate with the specialisation in inorganic chemistry you will gain knowledge of

  • inorganic and coordination chemistry.
  • materials science.
  • modern experimental techniques in inorganic chemistry.
  • theoretical modeling of inorganic systems.

You will also be able to

  • describe the most important experimental techniques applied in the characterization of inorganic compounds.
  • describe and rationalize the most important periodic variation in the chemical and physical properties of the elements and their compounds.
  • apply electronic structure models to inorganic systems.

Furthermore, you obtain the competencies to

  • discuss descriptive inorganic chemistry and important models applied to inorganic chemistry.
  • analyze and design reactions on the basis of inorganic chemistry.
  • analyze scientific papers with inorganic synthetic problems.