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Bachelor program*

Stockholm University offers a Bachelor program in Chemistry (180 ECTS). The Department of Organic Chemistry is responsible for the courses in organic chemistry (KO2003, KO3004, KO5001). These courses are taught at KÖL, in well-equipped laboratories where students will master fundamental techniques including: Grignard reactions, substitution reactions, elimination reactions, condensations, enolate chemistry, distillation, chromatography, and basic NMR spectroscopy. The courses are lab intensive where the students will get strong laboratory skills in basic as well as more advanced techniques. The diploma work is performed in one of the research groups at the Department of Organic Chemistry where the students will get trained in a real research environment working on a current research topic.

Courses

Organic Chemistry I, 7.5 ECTS (KO2003)
Organic Chemistry II, 7.5 ECTS (KO3005)
Organic Chemistry - Reactivity and Structure, 15 ECTS (KO5001)

Diploma work (choose between 15 or 30 ECTS)
Bachelor thesis 15 ECTS
Bachelor thesis 30 ECTS


*To obtain a Bachelor degree with specialization in organic chemistry, the following courses are required:

A)


KO2003 (Organic Chemistry I, 7.5 ECTS)
KO3005 (Organic Chemistry II, 7.5 ECTS)
KO5001 (Organic Chemistry - Reactivity and Structure)

B)


Diploma work (15 or 30 ECTS)

Master program*

The Department of Organic Chemistry at Stockholm University offers a Master program where the students can specialize in a number of different fields such as: Organic Synthesis, Organometallics, NMR-spectroscopy, and Computational Chemistry. Our Master program is open where the students can choose among many different courses at both our department as well as other departments (see below for requirements to take a degree with Specialization in Organic Chemistry). Courses are taught at KÖL and also at the Department of Organic Chemistry, in well-equipped laboratories where students will master advanced techniques including: Schlenk-techniques, organometallic reagents, chiral separation using both HPLC and GC, high resolution mass-spectroscopy, advanced 1D and 2D NMR-techniques, and computational chemistry. The diploma work is performed in one of the research groups at the Department of Organic Chemistry where the students will get trained in a real research environment working on a current research topic. Quite often, the results that are attained during the Diploma work end up in future scientific publications.

Courses

Advanced Organic Synthesis, 15 ECTS (KO7003)
Organometallic Chemistry, 15 ECTS (KO7009)
Bioorganic Structural Analysis, 15 ECTS (KO7001)
Advanced Organic Chemistry, 15 ECTS (KO8001)
Physical Organic Chemistry, 15 ECTS (7008)
Theoretical Organic Chemistry, 15 ECTS (7007)

Diploma work (Choose between 30, 45, or 60 ECTS)
Master Thesis, 30 ECTS (KO9001)
Master Thesis, 45 ECTS (KO9003)
Master Thesis, 60 ECTS (KO9002)

*To obtain a Master degree in organic chemistry, the following courses are required:

A) KO7003 (Advanced Organic Synthesis), 15 ECTS, or equivalent,

B) and one of the following courses:

KO7009 (Organometallic Chemistry), 15 ECTS,
KO7001 (Bioorganic Structural Analysis), 15 ECTS,
KO8001 (Advanced Organic Chemistry), 15 ECTS,
KO7008 (Physical Organic Chemistry), 15 ECTS,
KO7007 (Theoretical Organic Chemistry), 15 ECTS,

C) Diploma work, 30, 45 eller 60 ECTS,

Erasmus

The Department of Organic Chemistry is well experienced in hosting Erasmus students. Every year our department hosts around 5-10 Erasmus students. We can usually tailor your requests in respect to courses, research training, and diploma work. If you are interested in performing a research training period or a diploma work, please contact the professor of which research group you would like to join.

For more information regarding Erasmus exchange, please contact Charlotte Boegård (charlotte.boegard@kol.se) and Joseph Samec (joseph.samec@su.se).

Diploma work

Every year The Department of Organic Chemistry host around 10-15 diploma workers of which a large number of students come through Erasmus exchange programs. We offer world leading PI:s in a number of different research fields such as: Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Organometallics, Asymmetric Synthesis/Catalysis, Green Chemistry, NMR-spectroscopy, and Computational Chemistry. Our department is well equipped with: fume-hoods with Schlenk-lines and inert gases, NMR-spectrometers (300-750 MHz), HRMS, LC-MS, HPLC-systems, GC-MS systems, Glove-box, High pressure reactors, and React-IR.

The diploma work is performed in a research group at the department working on a current research topic. The students performing the diploma work will get supervision by a professor and work side-by-side with a PhD student or post-doc in one of the research programs. During the diploma work the student will experience how it is to perform top-notch research and also how it is to do a PhD. Many times the results that come out of a diploma work at our department end-up in scientific publications.

The department offer diploma work at the bachelor level (15 or 30 ECTS) and master level (30, 45, or 60 ECTS). In addition to diploma work the department gives research training courses (7,5, 15, 30 ECTS) where the student can get experience from a research laboratory without the demand to write a diploma thesis. However, in order to get a degree (either Master or Bachelor) a diploma thesis is mandatory.

If you wish to do a diploma work in any of the research groups at the department, please contact the supervisor directly.

If you want to do an external diploma work, please contact the head of studies.

Head of Studies (Bachelor/Master)

Joseph Samec

studierektor@organ.su.se
+46 (0)70-5592511
Room: A615

Head of Studies (PhD)

Belén Martín-Matute

belen.martin.matute@su.se
+46 (0)8-16 24 38
Room: A607

PhD Studies

The Department of Organic Chemistry has an extensive research program. This research program covers many areas of experimental and theoretical chemistry including metal catalysis, asymmetric synthesis, several areas of bioorganic chemistry such as carbohydrate chemistry, nucleotide chemistry and enzyme chemistry.

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Admission

PhD positions are announced twice per year through the Science Faculty at SU. Additional announcements can be made between the ordinary calls. Supervisors who want to announce a position should provide a four-year financial plan to the director of PhD studies, who checks the documents and presents all suggested positions at a supervisor meeting. The department board approves the positions before they are submitted to the faculty. When the application period has closed, the candidates for each position are evaluated and ranked both by the supervisor and the director of PhD studies. Both genders should be represented among the top applicants. The ranking is based firstly on the criteria as detailed in the General Study Plan for Organic Chemistry (ASP), and also on personal interviews done by the supervisor. The director of PhD studies presents the top list of candidates for each position at a supervisor meeting, and together with the supervisor proposes a final candidate for each position. The final decision is taken at the next department board meeting.

During the establishment of the ISP (within 1-2 months after acceptance of the PhD student), the assistant supervisor is appointed by the supervisor after consultation with the director of the PhD studies. If possible, a mixed gender supervisor team should be formed. The assistant supervision load should be balanced within the department.

The main supervisor must have their main employment at the department and take the main scientific responsibility for the education of the student. At least one in each supervisor team must complete a supervisor training course (within the first year of the PhD student), equivalent to the one given by SU. One of the supervisors must hold a docent degree.

SU Rules for Admission

PhD Courses

During the PhD education, a total of 60 ECTS of advanced courses must be completed. The director of PhD studies is responsible for updating the departmental website with a schedule of available courses at the department. The planning of courses for the each PhD student should be done in conjunction with the establishment of the ISP.

Schedule of PhD courses

The PhD students can also take courses from other departments, depending on their respective research projects. Such courses should be approved by the Director of Science before the course is taken. This is done by filling the "Course Accrediting Form"

Course accrediting form

Mandatory courses:

KO41001 Teaching Chemistry at the Department of Organic Chemistry (2 ECTS)

This postgraduate course is designed for PhD students in Chemistry with little or no experience of teaching, and is focused at teaching assignments as assistants leading labs, exercises, or supervising master projects.

KO41002 Philosophy of Science and Ethics at the Department of Organic Chemistry (3 ECTS)

This is an introductory course about the Philosophy of Science and about good research practice. The course contains lectures by invited speakers, group discussions and written assignments.

KO41003 Writing Science at the Department of Organic Chemistry (3 ECTS)

In this course, PhD students will develop their proficiency in writing scientific articles and reports in English. Topics include: i) Building an article outline; ii) Writing section-specific topics (experimental section, introduction, results and discussion, conclusions); iii) Principles of good writing; and iv) Writing style. The course covers lectures by invited speakers and written assignments.

KO40001 General Organic Chemistry (10 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to provide the students with a broad understanding of organic chemistry. The course provides the students with a general introduction and basic understanding of areas such as chemical bonding, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, X-ray structure analysis, catalysis, photoredox chemistry, organocatalysis, green & sustainable chemistry, chemical biology, computer aided literature search and computer aided synthesis planning.

KO40007 First Aid Course (1 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to First Aids. The course is compulsory for all graduate students and recommended for all other researchers and personnel at the Department of Organic Chemistry.

Electable courses at the department:

KO40002 Advanced Organic Chemistry (15 ECTS)

This course in advanced organic chemistry emphasizes on the most important aspects of reactivity within the field of organic synthesis. The students will gain a deeper mechanistic understanding of organic reactions as well as a broader knowledge regarding organic reactivity.

KO40003 Physical Organic Chemistry (15 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to complement the education in organic synthesis and catalysis with an advanced perspective on the physical origin of chemical reactivity in organic molecules. The main emphasis is placed in the fundamental aspects of bonding, conformation, thermodynamics, kinetics that allow to explain and predict the behavior of chemical systems.

KO40004 Advanced Catalysis by Transition Metal Complexes (10 ECTS)

In this course, PhD students will develop their proficiency in organometallic catalysis towards organic synthesis. In addition to the lectures, the PhD students will develop their proficiency in reading and disseminating modern organometallic research articles, as well as in discussing and proposing reaction mechanisms in the exercise classes.

KO40005 Practical NMR Spectroscopy for Organic Chemists (7.5 ECTS)

After completion of the course, the PhD student should be able to perform NMR experiments and interpret NMR spectra from organic molecules.

KO40006 Theoretical Organic Chemistry (15 ECTS)

The course is aimed at experimental organic chemists intending to use quantum chemical modeling in their research. It involves both quantitative and qualitative aspects of quantum chemistry focused on organic and organometallic applications.

KO40008 Total Synthesis of Natural Products (7.5 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to selected topics in modern synthetic organic chemistry. The main emphasis will be placed on state of the art methods for stereoselective synthesis and applications to the total synthesis of complex molecules, particularly biologically significant natural products.

KO40009 Modern Methods and Strategies in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (7.5 ECTS)

This course places emphasis on the methods and strategies of synthetic organic chemistry that have been developed, improved, and applied primarily since the year 2000. It is designed for participants who have previously studied organic reactions, mechanisms, and stereochemistry. The goal of the instructor is to build upon basic background material to familiarize the class participants with not only the methods that are commonly used in synthetic organic chemistry but also with the basic approaches for planning syntheses of complex organic compounds based upon the most recently developed methods.

KO40010 Frontiers in Organic Chemistry (7.5 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to complement the education in organic chemistry with exposure to an unrelated research topic to the main activity of the student, and the strengthening of soft skills to complement the technical training. The alternative research topic, which is central to the development of instruction in this course, is aimed at preparing the student for upcoming professional opportunities after the PhD graduation.

KO40011 Strategies in Drug Discovery (2 ECTS)

Electable courses at the science faculty:

KO41004 Communicating Science/Arrhenius Seminar at the Department of Organic Chemistry (1 ECTS)

The course is focused on oral presentations and poster presentations of chemistry research for PhD students. Discussions and presentations will be focused on the organization of oral presentations, and give general advice on how to convey a message.

Handbook Doctoral Studies

This handbook is intended for for both PhD students as well as their supervisors and contains useful information regarding most of the different aspects of the PhD education at the Department of Organic Chemistry.

PhD Handbook

Individual Study Plan

For each PhD student, an Individual Study Plan (ISP) should be established and handed in at the latest 1-2 months after start of the PhD studies. The ISP template and attachment 5 are found below. The ISP is updated once per year (normally in November); this is initiated by the director of PhD studies who is responsible for distributing the latest version of the form. The forms are filled out by the PhD student and the supervisor together, and are then countersigned by the student, supervisor and assistant supervisor. The ISP is approved by the Director of Science and is then collected and archived by the director of graduate studies.

ISP_200826.docx
PhDGoals_attachment5.docx

Half-time Control

The progress of the PhD studies is evaluated at half-time, either in the form of a licentiate thesis or half-time summary consisting of a report and a seminar.

The department routines for licentiate theses are the same as for a half-time control, apart from that the licentiate thesis is also uploaded in DiVA for open access. The faculty rules for licentiate theses are found on the faculty website.

Three months before the planned seminar, the supervisor and student should fill in a half-time control form, including a suitable opponent, and hand it in for approval by the director of science or the director of PhD studies. If insufficient, written feedback is provided to the supervisor and student. When approved, the form is archived and the student can proceed with the preparation of the seminar and report.

The report consists of a 25-35 page summary of the conducted research and follows the format of a PhD thesis with the published articles and manuscripts attached as appendices.

Four weeks before the seminar, the report is handed in to an evaluation group consisting of the assistant supervisor and the director of science or the director of PhD studies who will assess the quality and give feedback to the student. At this stage it will also be checked for plagiarism. In case the quality is judged insufficient, the seminar will be postponed until the revised report is approved.

Three weeks before the seminar, the report is archived and distributed to the evaluation group and the opponent. The opponent should hold a PhD degree and have no conflicts of interest to the research group.

The half-time seminar is open to the public, and the student first presents his/her work during 30 minutes. After this, the opponent leads a discussion with the student and asks critical questions for approximately 30 minutes. Apart from a scientific discussion, the opposition includes formative feedback on the written report as well as the oral presentation.

After completion, the opponent and the examiner sign a form that is archived at the department. An oral feedback of the presentation is also given to the student by the supervisor and examiner (either the director of science or the director of PhD studies) in connection to the seminar.

Half-time form

PhD Thesis Control

The faculty rules for PhD thesis can be found below.

Five months before the planned disputation, the supervisor and student should fill in a PhD thesis control form and hand it in for approval by the director of science. If insufficient, written feedback is provided to the supervisor and student. When approved, the form is archived and the student can proceed with the preparation of the disputation.

1-2 weeks before the thesis is sent for printing, the thesis is handed in to an evaluation group consisting of the assistant supervisor and the director of science or the director of PhD studies. The evaluation group will assess its quality and if necessary give suggestions for improvements to the student. At this stage it will also be checked for plagiarism. In case the quality is judged insufficient, the disputation will be postponed.

For a more detailed schedule for the PhD thesis defense, consult Handbook Doctoral Students.

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ASP

General syllabus for doctoral studies in Organic Chemistry

ASP

Scientific Department Meetings

The department organizes 10 Scientific Department Meetings (SDM) per year. The meetings take place once per month in the Magnéli hall and are open for the entire department. Attendance is mandatory for the PhD students. Each meeting starts with general information concerning the PhD program as well as relevant information regarding safety, seminars, defenses, administration, courses, introduction of new coworkers etc. This is followed by 3-4 short presentations (15 minutes) given by the PhD students, focusing on their current research project. Each presentation is followed by an open question session in which the auditorium (40-50 persons) can discuss and comment the project. The presentations are normally prepared and rehearsed within the corresponding research group of the student and formative feedback is provided by the supervisors after the SDM presentation.

Education

The Department of Organic Chemistry at Stockholm University offers education in organic chemistry at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level.
Courses are taught at KÖL and at the department, in well-equipped laboratories where students will master fundamental techniques including:
Grignard reactions, substitution reactions, elimination reactions, condensations, enolate chemistry, distillation, chromatography, and basic NMR spectroscopy at the Bachelor level and at the Master level advanced techniques including: Schlenk-techniques, organometallic reagents, chiral separation using both HPLC and GC, high resolution mass-spectroscopy, advanced 1D 2D NMR-techniques, and computational chemistry.

The Department of Organic Chemistry has professional teachers from the whole world and courses are taught in English from the bachelor level. We are pioneers in problem-based education and well known for giving both a deep and broad education in the theoretical as well as the practical parts of organic chemistry. Students will spend about half their time in the laboratories during courses.

For further information about our programs please click on Bachelor, Masters, PhD

For more general information please visit KÖL www.kemi.su.se or contact Head of Studies

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