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Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 15 125 SEK
First payment: 15 125 SEK

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The skin is our largest organ. Knowledge and understanding about chemical and immunological interactions between the skin and our environment are central in the context of a sustainable society. Every day, we are exposed to a multitude of chemical compounds. Sometimes, the exposure is deliberate, as for topical or transdermal drug delivery, but equally frequent the exposure is unintended.

The course Dermatochemistry provides in-depth knowledge about the central aspects of pharmacy and biotoxicology in the context of skin uptake. The course is interdisciplinary and deals with

  • the structure, function and immunology of the skin
  • mechanistic understanding of chemical structure-activity relations and photochemistry
  • methods for studies of skin uptake, risk analysis and prevention.

A central component of the course is a project work on a research topic of your choice.

Dermatochemistry is a course intended for students during the last year of the Pharmacy programme. It can also be applied for as an elective stand-alone course for other programmes.


The course consists of lectures, seminars and a project work, both in group and individually. The examination includes a written exam, as well as written and oral presentations. The project work includes literature survey, report writing and peer-review.

Prerequisites and selection


90 credits within Pharmacy/Medicine or 75 credicts in chemistry including KEM031, Organic chemistry (15 credits). Students with equal qualifications can be admitted.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

If you are a student at the Pharmacy programme, you will normally proceed with your master’s project after this course. If you take this course as an elective stand-alone course, you can potentially fit it in in your programme curriculum. If you are already working, this course can be seen as competence development.


Lectures and seminars are given in the Chemistry Building on Campus Johanneberg, Kemigården 4. The building has modern lecture halls, course laboratories and plenty of student spaces where you can sit and study. You can also choose to spend your time in Isobaren, our chemistry students' own room. Here, our students meet each other to study, help each other or just to socialize. Centrally located in the Chemistry Building, you will find a café where you can buy lunch and snacks. Here, you also have access to microwave ovens to warm up your own food. Of course, wireless networks are available throughout the building.

You can easily and quickly reach the Chemistry Building by tram or bus from all the different parts of Gothenburg. The nearest tram stops are Chalmers and Kapellplatsen and the nearest bus stop Chalmers Tvärgata.

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