KE820: Computational Quantum Chemistry

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N540016102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master's level course approved as PhD course

STADS ID (UVA): N540016101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 23-04-2021

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active


10006001  (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 
The course is co-read with KE533: Computational Quantum Chemistry (5 ECTS)

Entry requirements

KE820 cannot be chosen by students who have passed KE533.

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to:

  • Have good knowledge of basic quantum chemistry or quantum physics, which could have been obtained in KE522 or FY544+FY547.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to enable the student to be able to perform and understand state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations, which is important in regard to theoretical support for one- and two-photon absorption, other linear and nonlinear optical effects, NMR and other magnetic effects, electric polarisabilities and hyperpolarisabilities.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in KE522, FY544+FY547 or equivalent, and it gives an academic basis for applying computational quantum chemistry or computational atomic and molecular physics in ISAs and degree projects later in the degree programme.

In relation to the degree qualifications profile for a Master's degree in Chemistry this course provides a) knowledge about fundamental theoretical concepts and computational methods in quantum chemistry used in frontier international research, b) knowledge about research topics in computational quantum chemistry conducted by researchers at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, and c) expert knowledge in applying quantum chemical calculations to simulations of molecular properties and UV/vis spectroscopy. 

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • describe and use the quantum mechanical principles and associated mathematical methods
  • develop time-independent perturbation theory for one or more simultaneous perturbations
  • describe and use the Born-Oppenheimer approximation
  • describe and use the Hartree-Fock model and models for electron correlation, including configuration interaction, multiconfiguration self-consistent field, coupled cluster, and Kohn-Sham density functional theory
  • describe the variation principle and its implications for approximative quantum chemical models in different one-electron and N-electron basis sets
  • analyze when an approximative model fails and a better model is necessary
  • perform computer calculations of geometrical, optical, and electric properties, including simulations of UV and IR spectra
  • perform computer calculations of NMR properties: chemical shielding and indirect spin-spin coupling constants
  • explain relations between on the one hand the choice of basis set and electronic structure model and on the other hand the expected quality of such calculations and the required computer time


The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Modern ab initio electronic structure theory methods, including
    • Hartree-Fock (HF)
    • configuration interaction (CI)
    • multiconfiguration self-consistent field (MCSCF)
    • second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2)
    • coupled cluster (CC)
    • Kohn-sham density functional theory (DFT)
  • Time independent perturbation theory;  MP2 and molecular properties
  • Time dependent perturbation theory; absorption and emission of photons


Peter Atkins & Ronald Friedman: Molecular Quantum Mechanics 5/ed

See ITSlearning for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)




Oral exam




Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value


Additional information

Oral exam, partly in the project report, partly in a question from a set of questions published on the course's e-learn page. No preparation time.
The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

124 hours per semester

Teaching Method

Activities during the study phase:
  • 25 hours reading of text book and lecture notes
  •  18 hours preparation for tutorials
  •  12 hours preparation for computer exercises
  • 25 hours for exam preparation

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Hans Jørgen Aagaard Jensen Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Jacob Kongsted Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci


08 - 09
09 - 10
10 - 11
Class f
Class h1e
11 - 12
Class f
Class h1e
12 - 13
13 - 14
14 - 15
15 - 16
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Administrative Unit

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