Chemistry: Statistical Thermodynamics and Molecular Simulation
Course · 7.5 credits
Dive into the world of statistical thermodynamics and molecular simulation. Learn more about the concepts of entropy, free energy and temperature. Acquire specialized understanding of molecular dynamics and Monte Carlos simulation and how they are used in modern chemistry research.
KEMM48. The objective of the course is to enable students to acquire basic knowledge of statistical mechanics. An important objective is to enable students to acquire specialised understanding of the concept of entropy and thereby bridge the opposition between a microscopic approach (statistical mechanics) and a macroscopic one (thermodynamics).
The course is about understanding and deriving macroscopic (thermodynamic) properties, such as pressure and phase behaviour, based on the atomic/microscopic properties of a large number of molecules, using statistical mechanics or statistical thermodynamics.
Students also acquire a basic and rigorous understanding of entropy, free energy and temperature. In the course you learn more about the principles of both molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations and how they are used in modern chemistry research.
Lectures and calculation exercises: The course starts with an introduction of basic concepts of statistical mechanics. Thermodynamic transformations are compared with equivalent ensembles within statistical mechanics. Approximate theories of liquids and solutions. Simulation methods. Calculation exercises are used to practise the different tools and arguments of statistical mechanics.
Laboratory sessions and written assignments.
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Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry
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Requirements and selection
90 ECTS credits Science studies including KEMA20, or KEMA10 and KEMA12, KEMA01, KEMA03, KEMB09 and MATA02 or equivalent. The specific requirements are fulfilled by 75 ECTS credits physics, including FYSC11 and FYSC13, and 30 ECTS credits mathematics. English 6/English Course B.
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.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
Start Spring Semester 2023
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
16 January 2023 - 21 March 2023
Closed for applications
How to apply
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- 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
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
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- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
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- 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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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 18 125
First payment: SEK 18 125
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.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
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.
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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.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
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.