Introduction to the learning areas and their relevant professional outcomes

The Master’s Degree Programme in Chemistry qualifies students to become professionals who can work in laboratories, research institutions, public or private companies, or managers in the following areas:

(i) innovation in the synthesis of products, with reference to efficiency and sustainability criteria;

(ii) use of the most advanced technologies in the design of new molecules;

(iii) identification and application of the most suitable technologies concerning quality and process control in health, toxicology, forensics and environment;

(iv) development of computer-based and computer-assisted technologies in solving structural problems and in statistical approaches for processing, process improvement and management.

The Programme also covers "soft skills" by offering seminars on IP protection, teamwork, and technical and scientific communication, including the use of English and multimedia.

This programme also provides international opportunities via joint degree titles with foreign Universities, participation in several international Erasmus programmes for student exchange, Visiting Professors, and customized study programmes in English.

Structure of the Degree Programme

The Master’s Degree Programme in Chemistry consists in 12 modules, 7 of which constitute a common basis. This provides the students with the basic knowledge concerning the most advanced techniques in the field of Chemistry. The remaining modules are divided into two different curricula, to allow students to specialize in the field of either Biomolecular Chemistry or Materials Chemistry.

Curricula based on individual specific choices

The Biomolecular Chemistry curriculum provides students with knowledge and understanding of issues related to the mechanisms underlying the behaviour of biologically active molecules, including biologically active natural molecules, those connected with secondary metabolism, pharmaceuticals and all those substances applied in the agrochemical, food and health sectors, including the design and synthesis of molecules able to interact with cells and biological macromolecules.

The Materials Chemistry curriculum is oriented towards innovative materials and nanotechnology, and provides the basic knowledge and understanding to allow the students to design, characterize and synthesize new molecules capable of auto-assembling to generate materials with specific properties. Students will also be able to develop new theoretical and computational methods in order to predict molecular properties, be they isolated, in solution, aggregation or solid state.