2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Industrial Chemistry

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 0884
Degree Programme Class LM-71 - Industrial chemistry
Years in which the programme is being held I, II Year
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies

The degree programme is divided in two curricula:

- Curriculum A39 Chimica Industriale

- Curriculum A40 Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry - Curriculum Erasmus Mundus

Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type One or more curricula provide double/multiple degree
Degree Programme Director Stefano Zacchini
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission requirements for the Industrial Chemistry curriculum

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the possession of the prescribed curricular requirements and to the passing of a test to assess the students' personal competencies and skills.
To benefit from the second-cycle Master's degree programme in Industrial Chemistry one needs to have previously learned:

- How to gather and process technical data related to chemical processes and reactions,
- The ability to understand the basic mechanisms of chemical reactions (theory, methodology, experiment) and to perform them in practice (from the laboratory phase through to production),
- The production, manipulation and applications of chemical products and the usage of materials (including methods of synthesis and analysis, elements of plant engineering and safety, eco-compatibility, recycling and energy saving, the economics of production, quality control, properties of materials).

To join the Master's programme one also needs the following curricular pre-requisites:

1. to have a degree in one of the following Italian classes:

- ex D.M. 270: L-27 Chemical Science and Technology
- ex. D.M. 509/99: L-25 – Chemical Science and Technology.
- Previous five-year system: Degree in Industrial Chemistry.

Or to possess another qualification gained abroad and recognised as appropriate


2. to have gained university educational credits, even from a degree belonging to a different class from those indicated, in the following scientific subjects:
MAT/01-09 and FIS/01-08: at least 20 credits in all,
CHIM/01-12 and ING-IND/21-27: at least 90 credits in all, at least 20% of which in experimental laboratory course units.

Failing possession of the proper degree or of the credits mentioned above, admission to the Master's degree programme is conditional upon a preliminary assessment by a Committee checking for possession of the minimal knowledge requirements via an admission test. The dates and details of this will be posted on the University web site. If the Committee is satisfied with this, it will allow the candidate to go through the general personal knowledge assessment described below:

All students must not only possess the set curricular requisites, but also receive a positive assessment of their CV for suitability of their background, bearing in mind the relevance of their previous degree contents, the course units attended and the grades they achieved. Any student who graduated (three-year degree) with less than 95/110 will have to pass an admission test prepared by the Degree Programme Board. The test result will be posted forthwith on the University web site, indicating ADMITTED or NOT ADMITTED.

The Board may decide on a special preliminary evaluation session for international students and appoint a Committee to check the suitability of their background knowledge, compatibly with the Call for study grant allocation deadline (usually in May).

Admission requirements for the Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry curriculum

Admission to the Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry curriculum is subject to the possession of the prescribed curricular requirements and to the passing of a test to assess the students' personal competencies and skills.
Knowledge required

To be able to profitably follow the curriculum in Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry, students must possess the following knowledge:

- knowledge of the English language to level B2 or TOEFL score of 580
- knowledge of the foundations of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry

Curricular requirements:

The following curricular requirements must be met:

1. A 1st cycle degree in one of the following classes, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad:

ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270: L-27 Chemical Sciences and Technologies ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 509/99: 21 Chemical Sciences and Technologies
Other qualifications admissible under special laws: the Chemistry Eurobachelor®


2. At least 90 CFU credits in one or more of the following subject areas: CHIM/01-12 and ING-IND/21-27

If no degree certificate and/or above-mentioned credits have been obtained, admission to the Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry curriculum is subject to assessment by a Board to ascertain the required skills and competencies through the assessment of the candidate's curriculum
If the Board considers the level of the candidates' knowledge and skills to be satisfactory, they will be allowed to register for a test to assess their personal competencies and skills.

Candidates with a foreign qualification will be assessed by the Board based on their previous academic career.

Assessment of personal competencies and skills

The candidates' personal competencies and skills will be assessed based their previous career.
A special Admissions session may be held for international students, with a Board appointed to assess the candidates' personal competencies and skills; this session will be compatible with the schedule established in any call for applications for study grants, according to the Ministerial pre-registration procedures.

Assessment of knowledge and language skills

Admission to the degree programme is subject to the assessment of knowledge and skills in the English language, to level B2. Students in possession of a corresponding language certification will be deemed to have passed the assessment of knowledge and language skills to level B2.
Students who do not demonstrate language skills to level B2 may be required to recover their initial deficit and will then be required to pass the exam to level B2 during year II.

Programme profile

The master's degree programme sets out to produce graduates with the theoretical and practical expertise required to work in multi-disciplinary work areas engaged in:
- research,
- development,
- production,
- quality and safety control,
- application and commercialization of materials or products for industry, agriculture, services or the consumer market.
The master's graduates will be able to tackle problems dealing with the definition, design, development and industrial implementation of:
- chemical, microbiological or enzymatic processes,
- energy-production processes harnessing chemical transformations with special attention to issues of environmental compatibility, safety, energy and raw material savings.
The specialist curriculum will ensure that graduates have in-depth knowledge of a homogeneous range of subjects consistent with the degree programme goals. In particular, they will be offered theoretical and experimental courses on:
- the chemistry and technology of the main material or product categories, including biologically active products, innovative functional materials and nanomaterials; techniques to design, prepare and characterize these; criteria for choosing and employing materials or products for industry, agriculture, services and the consumer market;
- issues connected with transferring chemical and biochemical processes from the experimental laboratory phase to their commercial exploitation, including scale-up methods, reconfiguration of industrial processes, safety issues, environmental impact assessment, quality control of production, economic factors and assessment of process return of investment;
- the principles governing structure-activity or structure-property relations of products and materials; chemical, physical, spectroscopic and mechanical characterization of products and materials, including their behaviour under various operational conditions;
- techniques of molecular modelling, computer simulation, design and manufacture of new products and materials, including liquid crystals, molecular crystals, polymers, biologically active products and bio-compatible materials;
- thermodynamic and transport properties of fluids, transport phenomena (thermal and matter exchange between phases, elements of fluid mechanics); thermodynamic, kinetic and catalytic factors connected to development of chemical processes, as well as to their management and optimization;
- methods for the preparation of organic, metal-organic and inorganic, polyfunctionalized or polymeric products or materials; use of innovative reagents and versatile intermediates in industrial or laboratory production of compounds, including enantiomerically pure species; physical chemistry methods of preparation, characterization and reactivity of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic systems and enzymatic catalysts; criteria for selecting optimal catalysts;
- methods for the determination of structure and properties of natural and synthetic products and application of the main techniques for their quali-quantitative determination, even in complex matrices, in keeping with the needs of the Scientific and Industrial systems, and of the national and international standards of Good Manufacturing Practices and of Good Laboratory Practices.
To achieve the goals mentioned above, it is deemed essential for students to spend a prolonged and uninterrupted period of experimental and practical training in the Department laboratories or in those of selected industries and institutes after a mutual agreement.


The degree programme is divided in two curricula:

- Curriculum A39 Chimica Industriale

- Curriculum A40 Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry - Curriculum Erasmus Mundus

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

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