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Chemistry: Molecular Driving Forces and Chemical Bonding

Course · 15 credits


Dive into the atomic and nanoscale world and learn how molecules and atoms interact and bond with each other. Get a grip on temperature and why it is so important in controlling balances in chemistry and living cells. We cover spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, intermolecular interactions, statistical thermodynamics, and a primer on using Python programming in chemistry.

KEMM30. The course provides a fundamental framework for describing (bio)molecules and their interactions from a microscopic perspective. This includes quantum chemistry, statistical thermodynamics, intermolecular interaction, and spectroscopy. The student gain insight into chemical bonding, molecular properties, and how these relate to thermodynamics, temperature and interactions in solution.

The student will learn how spectroscopy and models of intermolecular interactions can be used to understand the properties of biomolecules, such as proteins, DNA and membranes. Concepts such as hydrophobic interactions, co-operative binding, depletion interactions, hydrogen bonding, electrical double layer will be treated.

To handle large data sets, generated either from experiments, simulations, or database searches, the student will acquire basic programming and scripting skills to handle, analyze and present complex data.

Course content

Lectures: Quantum chemistry and statistical thermodynamics, including a statistical interpretation of entropy, ensembles. The course highlights fundamental contributions to interactions between atoms, (bio)molecules and surfaces. The course also includes basic programming/scripts for import and analysis of complex data, assembly, visualization, and presentation of data. The basics of rotational, vibration and electronic spectroscopy, both in absorption and emission as well as basic concepts, Raman spectroscopy and circular dichroism spectroscopy are also treated.

Exercises and assignments illustrate and exemplify the concepts introduced and discussed in the lectures. 

Laboratory work illustrate and exemplify the concepts introduced in the lectures and may be experimental or computational. Students are trained in report writing and peer review where other reports are assessed and constructive feedback is exchanged.

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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

General eligibility, English proficiency corresponding to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school, and 90 ECTS credits in science courses including courses equivalent to:

KEMA20 General Chemistry 15 credits,
KEMA01 Organic Chemistry- Basic Course 7.5 credits,
KEMA03 Biochemistry- Basic Course 7.5 credits,
KEMB09 Physical Chemistry- Basic Course 15 credits, and
MATA03 Mathematics for Scientists 1, 15 credits.


General eligibility, English proficiency corresponding to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school, and courses equivalent to:

75 ECTS credits in physics including knowledge corresponding to FYSC11 Atomic and Molecular Physics 7.5 credits and FYSC13 Solid State Physics 7.5 credits, and
30 ECTS 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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Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –


Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 31 October 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 42 500

First payment: SEK 42 500

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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