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Master in Chemistry

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Master in Chemistry

This formation is taught in french.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Chemistry
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-CHIM
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Sciences
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Sciences and technics/Sciences
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Plaine/Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Sciences and technics - Sciences
  • Jury President
    Michel LUHMER
  • Jury Secretaries
    Anne DE WIT and Gwilherm EVANO

Details

General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Plaine/Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Sciences and technics - Sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
Infor-études

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

Due to its central position among hard sciences, chemistry opens up extremely broad possibilities, with links to biochemistry, medicine, geology, physics, or biology. Creating materials with new properties, developing alternative energy sources, synthesising new medicines, ensuring high quality in foodstuffs, and monitoring and reducing pollution are all examples of the challenges that chemists take on. Today, chemistry is the cornerstone of many sustainable development topics. ULB's Chemistry Department is fully aware of these challenges and trains students to analyse new societal problems and call upon their creative potential to solve them. The goal of the Master in Chemistry is to complete the basic training provided in the Bachelor programme, and develop the students’ analytical skills and autonomy.

Lecture classes, practical activities, hands-on training, personal assignments, projects.

ULB's Chemistry Department is ideally situated, both geographically and strategically. Located in Europe’s capital, at the heart of a vast network of chemical industries, the department provides high-level training through direct contact with SMEs and major players in the industry on the one hand, and with cutting-edge academic circles on the other hand.

Moreover, due to its international scientific reputation, it strives to provide excellent training in a multidisciplinary academic context, in line with the major technological and environmental issues of our time.

At the Master level, student mobility is encouraged in the form of work placements in private companies, either in Belgium or abroad.

Chemists play an active role in our society. The Master programme includes content targeting various professional activities (industries, research and teaching). In the professional world, graduates of this programme put their knowledge and skills into practice as chemists in research laboratories and production units, or as scientific experts and advisors. They are often hired in leading-edge chemical industries, in which they can quickly reach senior positions.

The Master programme's curriculum allows students to:

Develop specialised interdisciplinary knowledge

Understand advanced concepts in the various branches of chemistry

Acquire an interdisciplinary culture

Conduct original research in a specialised branch of chemistry

Show innovation and creativity

Apply skills and knowledge to autonomously develop and manage a project

Solve complex problems

Identify risks and anticipate the consequences of decisions

Integrate multidisciplinary aspects into project management

Identify the potential for technological developments in a given research project in the field of chemistry (research focus)

Recognise the industrial and economic importance of intellectual property (professional focus)

Be an active partner of multidisciplinary projects in a complex industrial context (scientific, economic, environmental, etc.) (professional focus)

Transpose the knowledge and methods acquired into various objects of study

ULB is the only comprehensive university located in the capital of Europe. Almost one third of its students are foreigners, a major asset that makes ULB the most open university in Belgium.

The Chemistry Department includes various research groups that are internationally recognised, whose works were rewarded by several prestigious prizes. ULB's Chemistry Department is the only one in Belgium that has received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The Chemistry Department also benefits from the scientific activities (symposia, conferences) organised by the Solvay Institutes of Physics and Chemistry located within the University.

Moreover, due to its international scientific reputation, it strives to provide excellent training in a multi-disciplinary university context, in line with the major technological and environmental issues of our time.

At the Master level, the mobility of students is encouraged in the form of traineeship in a formal enterprise, either in Belgium or abroad.

Chemists play an active role in our society. The Master degree covers education targeting various professional activities (industries, research and teaching). In the professional life, the graduate students put into practice their knowledge and skills as chemists in research laboratories and production units, or as scientific experts and advisors. They are often hired in leading-edge technology chemical industries in which they quickly get high positions of responsibility.

The Master curriculum allows the student to:

Develop specialized transverse knowledge

Understand advanced concepts in the various domains of chemistry

Acquire an interdisciplinary culture

Make an original research in a specialized domain of chemistry

Show innovation and creativity

Apply skills and knowledge to develop and manage a project in an autonomous way

Solve complex problems

Identify the risks and anticipate the consequences of decisions

Integrate the multidisciplinary aspects into the management of a project

Identify the potentialities of technological developments of a research in the field of chemistry (MA “Finalité spécialisée”)

Recognize the industrial and economic importance of the intellectual property (MA “Finalité spécialisée”)

Be an active partner of multidisciplinary projects in a complex industrial context (scientific, economic, environmental, etc.) (MA “Finalité spécialisée”)

Transpose the acquired knowledge and methods into various objects of study

ULB is the only complete university located in the capital of Europe. Almost one third of the students are foreigners, which constitutes a real advantage and makes ULB the most open university in Belgium.

The Chemistry Department is composed of different research groups that are internationally recognized, whose works were rewarded by several prestigious prizes. The Chemistry Department of ULB is the only Belgian one having been rewarded by the Nobel Prize of Chemistry.

The Chemistry Department also benefits from the scientific activities (colloquia, conferences) organized by the Solvay Institutes of Physics and Chemistry localized in the university.

Exchanges—lasting 6 to 12 months—with other Belgian or foreign universities can be organised.

ULB has concluded partnerships with 10 secondary schools and around 20 companies, research laboratories or centres, offering attractive opportunities for work placements. Many exchange opportunities with foreign universities are available (see the list provided by the DRI)

http://www.ulb.ac.be/international/index.html

Access conditions

Programme

One fundamental goal of the Master in Chemistry is to give students a deep understanding of the basic concepts used in chemical sciences, and how they interact. The programme places emphasis on teaching autonomy, with personal projects and a Master's dissertation to be defended at the end of the second year.

The curriculum includes both theoretical and practical teachings. Six series of lectures must be chosen amongst the seven following:

  • Polymer chemistry

  • Macroscopic physical chemistry: from self-assembling to self-organisation,

  • Strategies for organic synthesis,

  • Computational approaches to the states of matter,

  • Chemistry of interfaces and nanostructures,

  • Chemistry and structure of biological macromolecules,

  • Environmental chemistry and chemical risks.

Students also choose a number of elective courses in a field of interest, and complete a research-oriented dissertation in the second year, working within one of the department's research units.

What's next ?

Prospects

In the professional world, graduates of this programme put their knowledge and skills into practice as chemists in research laboratories and production units, or as scientific experts and advisors. They are often hired in leading-edge chemical industries, in which they can quickly reach senior positions.

A Master's degree in Chemistry opens up job opportunities in the following areas:

  • Industrial or academic research

  • State-run services: crime laboratories, heritage conservation laboratories, health services, etc.

  • Teaching

  • Production

  • Analysis

  • Technical and commercial sectors

  • Health

Chemists can be viewed as architects, creating new molecules, developing new materials, developing and optimising manufacturing processes, contributing to improving the quality of life in many areas (medicine, environment, energy, food, cosmetics, etc.).

Activity sectors

Chemical companies (petrochemical industry, polymers, fertilisers, fine chemistry, specialties, paints, pigments, oleochemistry, catalysts, etc.)

Pharmaceutical companies

Consumer goods (cleaners, glues, cosmetics, etc.)

Environment, recycling

Chemical engineering

Analysis and control laboratories

Research and development

Teaching

Academic sector (research and teaching in universities and higher education institutions)

Federal institutions

Types of functions:

Research and development, intellectual property, product stewardship, project leading, etc.

The chemist can be viewed as an architect, creating new molecules, developing new materials, developing and optimizing manufacturing processes, contributing to the improvement of the quality of life in many areas (medicine, environment, energy, food, cosmetics,…)

Activity sectors

Chemical companies (petrochemical industry, polymers, fertilizers, fine chemistry, specialties, paints, pigments, oleo chemistry, catalysts,… )

Pharmaceutical companies

Consumer goods (cleaners, glues, cosmetics,… )

Environment, recycling

Chemical engineering

Analysis and control Laboratory

Research and development

Teaching

Academic sector (researcher or teacher in universities and high schools)

Federal institutions,

Types of functions :

Research and development, intellectual property, product steward, project leader, …