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Chemistry: Molecular Spectroscopy - Methods and Applications

Course · 15 credits


Learn how molecules and materials can be analysed using different optical methods

KEMM29. The aim is to enable students to acquire specialized understanding of how light interacts with molecules and materials. The course introduces a variety of optical spectroscopy tools and methods for studying molecules and materials. Electronic processes that can be excited by light are considered. We discuss on an advanced level how these methods together with data analysis are used to investigate chemical and physical properties. Additionally, some spectroscopy skills are practiced is in a couple of laboratory sessions.

The course builds on previous studies in spectroscopy.

Course content


  • basic principles of interaction between light and molecules, and the formation of excited states
  • the time evolution of excited states in intra- and intermolecular energy and electron transitions and their role in photochemical reactions
  • description of different sources of light (e.g. lasers) and light detectors of relevance to spectroscopy
  • detailed description of different optical methods such as absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy and time-resolved laser spectroscopy
  • introduction to fluorescence microscopy and detection of individual molecules
  • introduction to X-ray spectroscopy for measurement of molecular structure and chemical bonding

Laboratory sessions, calculation exercises and seminars:

  • laboratory sessions providing practical experience of spectroscopic methods and measurements
  • exercises and seminars consisting of calculations exercises and discussion of subjects addressed in lectures

Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry

Visiting address
Naturvetarvägen 14 / Sölvegatan 39 A, 223 62 Lund

Postal address
Box 124, 221 00 Lund

+46 46 222 83 40

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

English 6/course B and at least 90 ECTS credits in science courses including courses equivalent to:

KEMA20 General Chemistry 15 credits (or KEMA10 General Chemistry 7.5 credits and KEMA12 Inorganic Chemistry - Basic Course 7.5 credits),
KEMA01 Organic Chemistry - Basic Course 7.5 credits,
KEMA03 Biochemistry - Basic Course 7.5 credits,
KEMB09 Physical Chemistry - Basic Course 15 credits,
KEMM30 Molecular Driving Forces and Chemical Bonding 15 credits, and
MATA02 Mathematics for Scientists 15 credits.

(Knowledge equivalent to KEMB29 Spectroscopy and Dynamics 7.5 credits is recommended)

The admission requirements are also satisfied by students who meet English 6/course B, and have passed courses equivalent to:

75 ECTS credits in physics including FYSC11 Atomic and Molecular Physics 7.5 credits and FYSC13 Solid State Physics 7.5 credits and 30 credits in mathematics.

(Students who have obtained the equivalent knowledge by other means may also be admitted to the course)


Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: ECTS (HPAV): 100 %.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Spring Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

20 March 2024 - 2 June 2024


You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 38 750

First payment: SEK 38 750

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations