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Chemistry: Advanced Surface and Colloid Chemistry

Course · 15 credits


Interested in understanding physico-chemical processes in the field of of surface and colloid chemistry, for example in biological systems or in drug formulation? Immerse yourself in the properties of different surfaces at the molecular level. Learn about the mechanisms and forces that arise during reactions on different surfaces, linked to biological systems and technical applications.

KEMM77. The aim of the course is to provide advanced physical-chemical knowledge within the field of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, based on a molecular perspective, as well as a quantitative understanding of a selection of fundamental colloid and interfacial phenomena. Basic principles of intermolecular interactions and thermodynamics are linked to applications in biological systems and technical applications, including cell membranes, drug formulations, food applications. Different experimental physico-chemical techniques are also introduced in the lectures as well as the laboratory exercises.

Course content

The theoretical part treats surface and colloid chemistry based on a molecular physicochemical perspective. Central themes are the self-association of amphiphilic molecules, polymers in colloidal systems, phase equilibria in solutions, interfacial phenomena, electrostatic interactions in colloidal systems and forces between macro and mesoscopic surfaces separated by a liquid phase.

The practical part contains laboratory work, computer simulations and a literature exercise. Laboratory work deals with key experimental techniques within the field of surface and colloid chemistry and illustrate central  phenomena from the theory part. Computer simulations treat polymers and electrostatic phenomena in colloidal systems. The literature exercise includes literature search in a database, oral presentation of a scientific article and participation in discussion at the oral presentations.

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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

To be admitted to the course, students must meet the general entry requirements for higher education and requirements for English proficiency equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school, and have passed 90 credits in natural science studie, including knowledge 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, or the equivalent.


Students also satisfy the entry requirements if they meet the general entry requirements for higher education and requirements for English proficiency equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school, and have passed courses equivalent to:

  • 75 credits in physics
  • 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 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