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Chemistry: Structural Biochemistry

Course · 15 credits


Protein interactions are essential for understanding how cells work and these interactions can only be studied by working with the proteins themselves. Dive into the molecular level of the cell and learn more about protein structure and its connection to biological function.

KEMM35. The overall aim of the course is for the student to acquire an in-depth understanding of proteins, with an emphasis on their three-dimensional structures, the connection of structures to biological function and how these structures are produced. The course covers both the principles that determine the properties of proteins and the most important experimental methods used to study them in modern molecular protein science, such as X-ray crystallography, low-angle X-ray scattering and cryo-electron microscopy. How structural information about proteins can be used to develop better drugs is also discussed.

Course content


  • Polypeptide conformations
  • Secondary and three-dimensional structures of proteins, structural classes and structure databases
  • Prediction and modelling of protein structure
  • The stability, dynamics and interaction of proteins
  • Ligand bonding and structure-based design of drugs
  • Principles of X-ray crystallography and other methods such as cryo-electron microscopy, Small Angle X-ray scattering, neutron scattering

Practical components

  • Exercises in relevant computer-based methods to study protein structures and dynamics
  • Searching in sequence and structure databases, and modelling of proteins of unknown structure
  • Exercises in all critical stages of a typical structure determination using X-ray crystallography: crystallisation, data collection, data processing, structure determination, model construction, refinement and validation
  • Basic exercises using other experimental methods. A number of exercises are carried out as demonstrations

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

To be admitted to the course, students must meet the general entry requirements for higher education and requirements for English proficiency corresponding to English 6 from Swedish upper secondary school, and have passed 90 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 and KEMA03 Biochemistry - Basic Course 7.5 credits, and
  • MOBA02 Chemistry of the Cell 15 credits


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.

How to prove your English proficiency –

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 Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

1 November 2024 - 19 January 2025


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