The master course in Chemical Sciences lasts 2 years (120 credits).
For students who are citizen of the European Community, or of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein or San Marino, application can be done exactly as for the italian cirizens. The same applies for citizen of extra-EEC countries who already reside in Italy. On the contrary, citizens of extra-EEC countries who do not reside in Italy must first of all apply at the Italian Embassy or Consulate of their country. In this case it is advised to inquire as early as possible at the embassy or consulate, in order to know the deadlines and which documents are need
Apart from that, in order to be admitted, any student must be already in possess of a bachelor degree of at least 3 years. During the bachelor they must have acquired:
- at least 19 credits (overall) in mathematics, physics or informatics. Among them:
- at least 8 credits in mathematics
- at least 8 credits in physics
- 48 credits (overall) in Chemistry. Among them:
- at least 4 credits in Analytical Chemistry
- at least 8 credits in Physical Chemistry
- at least 8 credits in Inorganic Chemistry
- at least 8 credits in Organic Chemistry
- Moreover, at least 4 credits of the chemistry courses must be related to laboratories
Finally, students should undergo an interview to check their personal knowledge in Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry. Only students who have obtained a bachelor degree in Italy in the class L-27, gaining a final grade of 95 or more, are exempt from this interview.
In order to be admitted, an application must be filed by around october 10. The exact date will be posted in june-july every year. If you do not find it here, go to the italian pages. For further informations, putative foreign students are strongly advised to contact the President of the the Degree Course, Prof. Fabio Canepa.
It is important to stress that most courses are given in italian. Therefore a good knowledge of italian language is necessary. Students who have obtained the B.S. abroad, must undergo a compulsory test to check their actual knowledge of italian. Although the knowledge of italian is not mandatory for master courses, if the test is failed, students will have the opportunity to attend a course of italian language, which is strongly advised.
Students can choose between three different curricula:
- Solid State Chemistry applied to Materials and Energy (SSC)
- Organic Chemistry Applied to Material and Life Science (OC)
- Analytical Chemistry for Environmental Studies (AC)
The two curricula are mainly differentiated for the major chemical disciplines and, to a lesser extent, for the integrative-related disciplines, according to what follows:
Major chemical disciplines (52 credits)
- Analytical and Environmental Disciplines: SSC: 8 credits; OC: 8 credits; AC: 26 credits
- Inorganic and Chemical Physical Disciplines: SSC: 32 credits; OC: 14 credits; AC: 14 credits
- Organic Disciplines: SSC: 8 credits; OC: 26 credits; AC: 8 credits
Integrative-Related Disciplines (16 credits)
The students will choose 4 modules out of 6-7 possibilities, that are in part differentiated according to the choosen curriculum. For example, for SSC students, modules on metallurgy will be proposed, whereas for OC and AC it will be possible to choose modules on food chemistry or cultural heritage preservation. These possibilities can be viewed in the "course list" section.
Furthermore, for all curricula, every students must get the following credits:
- Freely chosen courses: 12 credits
- English language: 6 credits
- Experimental Thesis and Final Exam: 38 credits
The experimental thesis is a very important activity for this Master Course. The students will choose one of the research laboratories of the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry (in particular cases also laboratories of other departments or of other universities) and will carry out an original research for about 950 hours (9 months). Then they will write a dissertation and discuss it during the final exam.