Academic year 2016/2017

Degree Program Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Master Degree in

Qualification Type/Level

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:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Tarita Biver

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Assessment of competences acquired in First Cycle studies in related or un-related subject areas to determine admission by Degree Programme Council with possible assignment of extra work to be done before admission.

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

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, under the guidance of a 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 dissertation can be written in Italian or English and is discussed in front of a committee during the final examination. Students in physical chemistry may enrol in the European master in
Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (see

Key Learning Outcomes

Besides a deeper knowledge in all the main areas of chemistry, the students 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 our Department, we may quote:
(1) instrumental techniques in analytical chemistry, with focus on environmental and biomedical applications;
(2) analytical investigation and conservation techniques for the cultural heritage;
(3) theoretical and computational chemistry;
(4) biophysical chemistry;
(5) materials science, with focus on polymer chemistry and biomedical applications;
(6) coordination compounds, metal clusters and catalysis;
(7) organic synthesis, with focus on enantioselectivity and chiral properties and on naturally occurring compounds;
(8) optical and NMR spectroscopy, with focus on solid state, liquid crystals and soft matter.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The occupational profile of the students that complete the Master degree in Chemistry will allow them to act independently and to direct co-workers in activities such as:
- developing and modifying processes and performing quality control in the chemical, pharmaceutical, paper, leather and food industry, and in other manufacturing activities;
- in private and public research labs and centres, and in university education (preferably after a further education cycle, namely a research doctorate);
- in secondary school education and in auxiliary teaching activities at university level;
- in agencies and companies offering consulting, analysis and control services concerning environmental and cultural heritage protection, the biomedical and food sectors, agrochemistry, etc.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in CHEMISTRY 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

During the second year of the Master, nine months are devoted to the thesis work, under the guidance of a supervisor belonging to the University of Pisa. Part of the thesis work can be performed in external research centres, public or private, in Italy o

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