Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Chemistry

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8856
Course class LM-54 - Chemistry
Years in which the programme is being held

1st and 2nd year

Mode of study Convenzionale
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Curricula

Curriculum A: Methodologies of chemical synthesis and bio-inorganic

Curriculum B: Methodologies of analysis and characterization

Curriculum: Chemical innovation and regulation

Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type Only few courses provide joint degree
Inter-University programme UNIVERSITY "HERIOT WATT" - EDIMBURGO , UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA , UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE - FARO
Type Course with one or more international curricula
Programme Director Pier Giorgio Cozzi
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian,English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

To be able to profitably follow the 2nd cycle degree programme in Chemistry, students must possess basic knowledge of:
mathematics
physics
chemistry,
knowledge of the English language to level B1. Any candidates without language certification must sit a test at the University Linguistic Centre.
Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the possession of one of the following curricular requirements:
1. A first cycle degree in one of the following classes:
-ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270: L-27, LM-13
-ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 509/99: L-21, 14/S
-Degree in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry under a previous five-year degree programme system
-A qualification obtained abroad and recognised as equivalent by the Degree Programme Board.
2. Have a background in basic sciences which includes more than 60 CFU, with at least 25 CFU in the following subject areas: CHIM/01-CHIM/12; BIO/10-BIO/11; ING-IND/22-ING-IND/27.
If the curricular requirements listed in the above points are not met, admission to a 2nd Cycle Degree Programme is subject to the demonstration of the required skills and knowledge, assessed by a Board through the analysis of the curriculum and an interview, the methods, criteria and procedures of which will be set by the Degree Programme Board and published on the University portal.
Assessment of personal competencies and skills:
For candidates in possession of a degree as described in point 1, assessment of personal competencies and skills is deemed to be passed with a final degree score of at least 100/110.
For candidates with degree scores of less than 100/110 in the classes listed in point 1 or who possess another degree and the credits listed in point 2, admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the assessment of personal competencies and skills based on the analysis of their curriculum, which may be followed by an interview. Methods, criteria and procedures of the interview will be set by the Degree Programme Board and published on the University portal.

Admission requirements for the "CurriculumErasmus Mundus Chemical Innovation and Regulation".
The "Curriculum Erasmus Mundus in Chemical Innovation and Regulation" is governed by the Consortium Agreement signed by the University of Bologna and the partner universities. The criteria and access methods are detailed in the call for applications published on the "Curriculum Erasmus Mundus Chemical Innovation and Regulation" website. Candidates must in any case have certified English language knowledge to level B2. Candidates without language certification must sit a test at the University Linguistic Centre.
Second Cycle Degree Programmes may include a specific session for international students, appointing a Board to assess personal competences and skills, compatibly with the schedule laid down in the call for applications for study grants (the deadline of which is indicatively in May).
International students who pass the above-mentioned entrance exam are exonerated from the following assessment of their personal competencies and skills required for other curricula.

Programme profile

In addition to the general objectives of the 2nd cycle degree programme in class LM-54, the 2nd cycle degree programme in Chemistry specifically aims to train professional figures able to work in management roles in laboratories, research bodies and centres, control and evaluation bodies, public and private companies, in the following fields: (i) innovation in the synthesis of old and new products, responding to the criteria of efficiency and environmental sustainability imposed by social sensitivity and the strict European regulations which came into force in 2007; (ii) use of the most advanced technologies for the structural determination of new molecules; (iii) identification and use of the most appropriate technologies for industrial quality control and process analysis, as well as in clinical, toxicological, forensic and environmental sectors; (iv) problems linked to chemical risk and compliance with the regulations concerning chemical substances; (v) familiarity with the use of computational techniques. The computational techniques aim on one hand to solve structural and mechanical problems, with the possibility to anticipate chemical and physical properties of new products in a wide range of product sectors, correlating microscopic molecular properties with the macroscopic properties of the produced substances; on the other hand they are essential for developing a statistical approach to data processing and process optimisation.
The 2nd cycle degree programme in Chemistry may be divided into several curricula, allowing students to acquire specific competencies in the following fields: Synthesis, Analysis and Characterisation, Innovation and Regulation.
The latter field will be proposed within an Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme, delivered in the English language.
We describe below the professional skills the students will acquire in three different specific fields:
- Synthesis: the ability to design and perform efficient and sustainable syntheses of organic, inorganic and organometallic molecules for a wide range of applications, including molecules with the highest added value, typical of the pharmaceutical sector and linked generally to life sciences. Attention will focus on a key sector of research, catalysis, also representing a privileged route to economic efficiency and environmental sustainability during production. Particular importance will be paid in the synthetic field to asymmetric catalysis, organocatalysis, enzymatic catalysis and sustainable technologies.
In the bioorganic field, the theoretical/mechanistic basis provided to students will allow them to understand the reaction mechanisms of biologically active molecules, including natural organic substances, those of secondary metabolisms, drugs and all application substances in the agrochemical, food and health sectors. Methodological and interpretative tools will be proposed to study the vast subject of the interaction between organic molecules and biological receptors underlying toxicology and pharmacology.
- Analysis and Characterisation: the ability to evaluate the most suitable techniques for solving practical problems in any research area, from industrial and applied research, to the tertiary sector connected to industrial hygiene, environmental, clinical, food processing and forensic quality certification. Graduates must therefore be skilled in the most advanced instrumental techniques and must be able to critically assess the quality parameters according to the nature of the problem. Analytical and chemical-physical measurements must be accompanied by a familiarity with the most advanced protocols for handling complex matrices (industrial, food, biological or environmental). Computer skills are essential for the database management and data processing.
- Innovation and regulations: the ability to assess the risks on human health and of the the environment deriving from the production and use of chemical substances. They will be familiar with the key European and international rules governing protection in the chemical field and will be sensitive to the problems and restrictions imposed by such regulations on the chemical industry; they will be familiar with the basic aspects of marketing and the social impact of chemistry. They will acquire a basic grounding in toxicology and eco-toxicology, used to assess the hazardousness of chemical substances.
The knowledge of regulations and sensitivity to problems of safety and protection are a prerequisite for chemists to be able to focus on the key issue of sustainability. Graduates will respond to these needs through innovation of both chemical substances made available to society and the technologies used to produce them. Knowledge of the design of alternative chemical substances, the relationships between activities and structures, green synthesis methods, catalysis and organocatalysis techniques, the use of alternative solvents, represent the scientific basis for graduates in the areas of research and innovation which represent the most important aspect of their professionalism. The study programme is completed with a consistent period spent performing research in a university in a partner country other than that in which the students began their studies, further enriching the variety of contexts and relationships available to the students to experiment.
Completing the study programme for those students attending the curricula running in Bologna, prior to beginning work on their dissertations they will have the possibility to perform an internship with the following purposes: completion of an in-depth bibliographical research on an assigned topic and the acquisition of a specific competence in the use of instrumental techniques and procedures required to develop their dissertation work. This curricular internship may be performed outside the university, in a public research body or a company, under the supervision of an official of the host structure and a member of the degree programme teaching staff. The internship may also be completed with an experimental dissertation performed at the host structure.

Expected learning outcomes

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Internship

The study programme provides for an internship (10 Credits).

Contacts: Internship Office

International mobility

Students are offered a series of opportunities of carrying out exchanges programs due to the various existing agreements with foreign universities.For information about the programs you can contact:
International student office

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CHEMIST
function in a professional context:
Role
The research and development chemist deals with innovation in the synthesis, analysis and characterisation of industrial products and processes. Research may also be performed in universities and public research centres, generally following a PhD path or appropriate professional internships.
Functions:
The research and development chemist performs the following functions:
- Designer of innovative products (molecular designer), which also take into account environmental and climate impact criteria, life cycle analyses and international legislation (REACH);
- Total synthesis designer compliant with economic, environmental sustainability and safety criteria;
- Computational chemist for the design, forecast and verification of product properties;
- Process technician, solving problems related to industrial scale-up;
- Computer chemist, working in the statistical optimisation of experiments;
- Analytical chemist, working in the development, identification and optimisation of the most suitable analytical methods and techniques to determine the purity of products and their toxicological and environmental impacts.
Finally, Chemistry graduates may progress in their professional careers to hold management posts, e.g. Head of Department, Research and Development Services Manager.

competencies associated to the function:
Research and development chemists must possess the following competencies and skills:
- Ability to design new molecular structures based on structure-property relationships satisfying the application needs of industrial products;
- Ability to use computational methods to forecast product properties and verify them through experiments;
- Ability to design and produce a total synthesis selecting the most suitable solution according to economic, environmental sustainability and safety criteria;
- Ability to optimise processes using statistical methods in both research and industrial development;
- Ability to assess the best analytical technique according to the chosen product and process and optimise its application.
In addition to the above-described competencies, Chemists also possess:
- Creativity, a spirit of initiative and autonomy in the performance of their activities;
- Attention to detail and rigour in complying with environmental and safety requirements;
- Group working and interdisciplinary skills, the ability to work by objectives, strong communication skills;
- Curiosity and a disposition for lifelong learning of technical knowledge;
- Strong organisational skills;
- The ability to adapt to different situations, analytical skills and a proactive approach;
- Effective organisational skills, establishing priorities and efficient time management;
- Strong interpersonal skills, to collaborate and work with experts from different disciplines, inside and outside of the specific working context;
- Ability to work in an international context and relate to people from different cultural backgrounds.

career opportunities:
- Universities, Research bodies, Public authorities and Supervisory agencies (e.g: ARPA, Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), ENEA, etc.)
- Industrial and applied research centres;
- Companies working in the following highly international sectors of activity: basic and fine chemical industries; cosmetics, detergents, food processing, textile fibres; pharmaceutical industry; industrial activities for the development of new energy resources or new products with low environmental impact.

ANALYTICAL AND QUALITY CONTROL CHEMIST
function in a professional context:
Role
Analytical and quality control chemists work in industrial fields, dealing with aspects linked to quality control of incoming (Purchasing) and outgoing products (Sales, Marketing) in a wide range of goods sectors. The most important types of companies requiring the above described competencies run from basic chemical industries (petrochemicals, plastics, fibres, etc.) to fine chemicals and specialities, to formulation chemistry, household and hygiene products, cosmetics, to companies producing active ingredients and intermediate substances for the food processing, pharmaceutical sectors, etc. They may also play an important role in research, environmental control and conservation of the cultural heritage.
Functions:
The analytical and quality control chemist performs the following functions:
- Quality control laboratory manager/technician;
- Person responsible for the application and interpretation of the principles governing ISO9001 quality systems and REACH;
- Environmental and toxicological control technician;
- Safety, environmental protection and industrial quality technician.
Finally, Chemistry graduates may progress in their professional careers to hold management posts, e.g. Head of Department, Research and Development Services Manager.
competencies associated to the function:
Analytical and quality control chemists must possess the following competencies and skills:
- Solid, broad skill base in the field of instrumental analytical chemistry;
- Expertise in chemometric analyses and in the applications of chemical analysis in specialist fields, going from food processing to environmental problems, to the investigation of the state of conservation of the cultural heritage, to forensic and biomedical chemistry;
- Knowledge of regulations concerning the safety and hazardousness of chemical compounds;
- Knowledge of the main environmental processes in the soil/water/air and waste recycling fields, being able to assess the best analytical techniques to control pollution.
In addition to the above-described competencies, Chemists also possess:
- Creativity, initiative and autonomy in the performance of their activities;
- Attention to detail and rigour in complying with environmental and safety requirements;
- Group working skills, the ability to work by objectives, strong communication skills;
- Curiosity and a disposition for lifelong learning of technical knowledge;
- Strong organisational skills;
- The ability to adapt to different situations, to analyze problems, and proactiveness;
- Effective organisational skills, establishing priorities and efficient time management;
- Good interpersonal relationships, to collaborate and work with experts from different disciplines, inside and outside of the specific working context;
- Attitude to work in an international context and to relate to people with different cultural backgrounds.

career opportunities:
- Chemical companies working in highly international sectors in the field of basic and fine chemistry, and speciality chemicals; cosmetics, detergents, food processing, textile fibres and the pharmaceutical industry;
- All types of industry, as all production fields have an intrinsic need for quality assurance;
- Agencies such as ARPA, Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Health Institutes, Civil Defence, Forensic Police, etc.
- Service companies (business consulting, environmental control, restoration, forensic chemistry, etc.).

CHEMIST IN A MANAGERIAL ROLE (ALSO IN A FREELANCE CAPACITY)
Freelance professionals must pass the state exam and register with the Chemists' Association. The activities and functions of members of section A of the Chemists Association are laid down in Presidential Decree (D.P.R.) no. 328 of 5 June 2001 (published in the Official Journal no. 190, S.O. on 17 August 2001).
function in a professional context:
Role
Chemists in a managerial role coordinate and manage business systems, dealing with aspects linked to production, management of patents and intellectual property and are in charge of prevention and safety and environmental protection, complying with the increasingly strict laws on chemical compounds. Particularly concerning this aspect, chemists in a managerial role may work in a freelance capacity, registering with section A of the Chemists' Association.
Functions:
The chemist in a managerial role performs the following functions:
- Performance of forensic investigations;
- Business consultant in the field of environmental protection and safety, hygiene, issuing certificates and declarations of conformity;
- Expert in environmental impact, integrated environmental authorisation and strategic environmental assessment procedures;
- Chemical risk assessor (REACH);
- Manager of the intellectual property of a company, performing clearance searches and supporting the drafting of technical dossiers for the submission of patent applications;
- Chemical sales representative;
- With specific training, they may cover functional roles in business areas other than production, dealing with quality control of incoming and outgoing goods; in sales and marketing they can present and promote the company products among customers, and in research and development areas they contribute to orienting the choice and development of products to meet customer needs; in purchasing, they manage the quality control of the procured goods and services.

competencies associated to the function:
Chemists in a managerial role must possess the following competencies and skills:
- Knowledge of national and international legislation on the manufacture, management and disposal of chemicals, on the hazardousness of chemical substances and on environmental assessments;
- Ability to manage industrial quality control and environmental quality systems to control and monitor air, water and wastes;
- Ability to plan production cycles and to contribute to the production developments;
In addition to the above-described competencies, Chemists also possess:
- Creativity, initiative and autonomy in the performance of their activities;
- Attention to detail and rigour in complying with environmental and safety requirements;
- Group working skills, the ability to work by objectives, strong communication skills;
- Curiosity and a leaning for lifelong learning of technical knowledge;
- Strong organisational skills;
- The ability to adapt to different situations, to analyze problems, and proactiveness;
- Effective organisational skills, establishing priorities and efficient time management;
- Good interpersonal relationships, to collaborate and work with experts from different disciplines, inside and outside of the specific working context;
- Attitude to work in an international context and relate to people with different cultural backgrounds.

career opportunities:
National Council of Chemists
- Chemists' Association
- Chemical consulting firms
- Chemical or similar companies whose production has potential environmental impacts.

Contact details

Director of the Degree Program

Pier Giorgio Cozzi

Accademic Office

Carlotta Bartolini

Tel + 39 051 2099454

Degree Programme Tutor

Francesca Tonolo