CHEMISTRY Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in CHEMISTRY
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
2 years; 120 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. BENEDETTA MENNUCCI
Department of CHIMICA E CHIMICA INDUSTRIALE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Tarita Biver
Language of Teaching
Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
The assessment of the necessary competences acquired in First Cycle studies needed to be admitted to Master Programme in Chemistry will be in charge of the Coordinator of the Chemistry Course together with a dedicated Commission who will assess whether missing curricular requirements have been acquired as a lateral contribution to other disciplines or as an extra-curricular contribution. If the Commission considers sufficient the level of knowledge and skills of the student, it will make a judgment of eligibility, enabling entry to the Master Programme.
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students whose curricula have been judged not sufficient, will take extra first cycle course units before admission.
The students of the Master Programme in Chemistry complete their general knowledge in all the main areas of chemistry, including industrial chemistry, and specialise in one of the four classical fields (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) by choosing the corresponding curriculum. The specialized courses include extensive laboratory practice, in order to get a high degree of working knowledge in the chosen field. During the second year, nine months are devoted to the thesis work.
Key Learning Outcomes
Besides a deep knowledge in all the main areas of chemistry, the student of the Master Programme in Chemistry will get advanced competencies and technical skills in specialized fields, through the courses belonging to the chosen curriculum and the thesis work.
Among the fields of chemistry that characterize the educational offer of the Master course as well as the research activities of the Chemistry Department, we quote:
- instrumental techniques in analytical chemistry, with focus on environmental and biomedical applications;
- analytical investigation and conservation techniques for the cultural heritage;
- theoretical and computational chemistry;
- biophysical chemistry;
- materials science, with focus on polymer chemistry and biomedical applications;
- coordination compounds, metal clusters and catalysis;
- organic synthesis, with focus on enantioselectivity and chiral properties and on naturally occurring compounds;
- optical and NMR spectroscopy, with focus on solid state, liquid crystals and soft matter.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The occupational profile of the graduates in Chemistry is diversified as it can involve either a professional field, the academy or the industry.
Among the main activities that a graduate in Chemistry is expected to be responsible of , we quote:
- Laboratory and project management in industries
- Quality assurance and quality control in industries;
- Research in private and public laboratories and centres
- Research and teaching in the academy;
- Teaching in lower and upper secondary schools;
- Health and safety control for environmental, biomedical and food sectors.
Access to further study
The degree allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
supervisor belonging to the University of Pisa. Part of the thesis work can be performed in external research centres, public or private, in Italy or abroad. The Thesis work will involve 9 effective months. After that period the student will write a thesis dissertation (in Italian or English) and will discuss it in front of a committee during the final examination. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units during the Master Programme and the final exam, and is based on a scale having 110 as maximum value, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).