Master’s degree courses
Access methods
2 years
Department of Science and high technology

Course description

Chemistry is a fast-evolving basic science, with strong connections to any aspect of human life, environment, nature, and technological development. Chemistry research activities involve planning, developing, and investigating cutting-edge processes and materials impacting on both basic knowledge and industrial applications. Chemistry plays a key role in moving forward to a healthier society and a sustainable development, by reducing the impact and increasing the efficiency of industrial processes (green chemistry), decreasing consumption of resources and wastes (circular economy), and fostering the use of renewable energy.

The Master Program in Chemistry belongs to the LM-54 class (Chemical Sciences). As required by the rules of this class, the Master Program in Chemistry is aimed at deepening the theoretical, methodological and experimental aspects of the four fundamental fields of Chemistry, namely: Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, as well as acquiring fundamental notions in Industrial chemistry. The four fields are attributed at least 12 University Educational Credits (CFUs) each, while Industrial chemistry is attributed 10 CFUs. This enables the Master students to complement their previous curriculum with strong and versatile knowledge and understanding, crucial to tackle the manifold challenges presently posed by Chemistry, and easily face the rapidly changing requirements of the labor market.

The educational plan enables the Master students to independently build part of their career, privileging their cultural and professional interests with optional courses (16 CFUs) which provide specializing competences. The educational path is completed with electives (8 CFUs), to acquire further specializing competences, as well as the thesis experimental activity (33 CFUs). The latter requires the implementation of an original experimental research activity under the supervision of a faculty tutor.

The Master Program in Chemistry will make the cultural and professional preparation of the students adequate to face the present and future job challenges in both industry and private practice, with tasks and responsibilities typical of a Senior Chemist. The Chemistry Master’s Degree enables laureates to undergo the examination to be admitted as Senior Chemists to the professional register of the National Federation of Chemist and Physicist Practitioners (Federazione Nazionale degli Ordini dei Chimici e dei Fisici). The master laureates shall further widen their preparation attending post-degree specialization schools, masters, or PhD courses.

Some of the lessons are held in Italian, some in English.

Degree classification: Chemistry
Presidente del Consiglio di corso: SIMONA GALLI
Credits: 120

What you need to know

The admission to the Master Program in Chemistry is subject to the assessment of curricular requirements and adequacy of personal preparation. The following curricular requirements are mandatory to be admitted:

  1. a degree belonging to the class of degrees in Chemical Sciences and Technologies (L-27, DM 270/04) or the corresponding class 21 (DM 509/99);
  2. a degree from another class obtained at a national University, or a qualification obtained abroad, provided that they are recognized as suitable by the Degree Course Council.

Qualifications at point 2 are evaluated by a four-professor Commission, covering the four fundamental areas of Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry), which evaluates the topics of the previous career exams, with particular emphasis on the basic and characterizing Scientific-Disciplinary Sectors for the L-27 class. In particular, the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • at least 12 CFUs in physics and mathematics;
  • at least 80 CFUs in the basic and characterizing Scientific-Disciplinary Sectors for the L-27 class.

After confirming the curricular requirements, the Commission assesses the personal preparation through an interview on topics related to the basic and characterizing disciplines of a Degree Course of class L-27. The Commission also verifies the correct use of the technical lexicon typical of chemical sciences, and if the English language knowledge is adequate to understand a scientific English text.

Applicants are enrolled in the Master Program if their preparation is considered adequate. If this is not the case, the Commission indicates the Scientific-Disciplinary Sectors (SSDs) in which they show inadequate knowledge and understanding and quantifies the amount of CFUs needed for each of these SSDs. Students have to acquire these CFUs before admission to the Program may be granted, e.g. by enrolling in single courses of the Bachelor Program in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry.

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Curricula and study plans

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To consult the teaching material:

  1. go to https://elearning.uninsubria.it/ 
  2. log in with your university credentials: email username and password (without typing the @studenti.uninsubria.it part)
  3. choose the courses of your study plan in the I miei corsi (My courses) section
  4. there you will find all the materials that the teacher makes available.

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  • the day scheduled for the exam
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  • the teaching course, i.e. the title of the teaching
  • the teacher.

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