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Master's Degree in Chemistry

General description of the programme

The 2nd cycle Master's programme offers two possible directions: 1) materials chemistry and engineering or 2) instrumental and applied organic chemistry. In the second year, students choose a specific focus: research-oriented, professional or teaching. Whichever focus the student chooses, he will devote a signigicatn amount of his second year to preparing a thesis with one of the research labs in the Institute of Chemistry or with an associated laboratory (biochemistry, molecular biology, toxicology, pharmacy,...).

Students who wish to finish their studies quickly can opt for a one-year Master's programme. It does not allow further studies (doctorate) and may not qualify you for certain jobs. After completing the one-year Master's programme, it is possible to register in the higher secondary school teacher certification programme.

Profile of the programme

The first year includes internships and individual projects (12 ECTS credits) that allow students to choose their direction (materials chemistry and engineering or instrumental and applied organic chemistry) and to prepare for the thesis they will write the following year. Two sets of specific courses (18 credits) are offered for the two subprograms and all the Master's students have a common core of courses (22 credits). The programme is finished out with elective classes (8 credits) that students choose based on the subject of their thesis.

In the second year, all students write a Master's thesis (28 credits) in a field that is researched in one of the host labs. They all take a course together in the history of chemistry, and there is also a set of electives and internships related to the focus they have chosen.
The research focus prepares students for the profession of researcher through in-depth courses and through an internship in a research lab outside of UMONS, most often abroad.

The professional focus prepares students for jobs in business, thanks to specific courses and an internship in the chemical industry.

The teaching focus ensures that students receive training in compliance with the legislation (general courses, methodology for chemistry and biology, internships in schools). This programme corresponds to the higher secondary school teaching certification programme (AESS), which holders of a research or professional focus Master's degree in chemistry can formalise later as additional training.

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Key learning outcomes

After completing this curriculum, students will be able to:

  • independently solve problems that chemists encounter in their profession
  • practice scientific research
  • carry out group work
  • master spoken and written scientific communication.


Occupational profiles of graduates

The Master’s Degree in Chemistry opens the door to (bio)chemistry laboratories, chemical laboratories,  pharmaceutical research laboratories in universities or in industry, and many other opportunities.

At the end of their master's studies many holders of a Master’s Degree in Chemistry are hired in basic or applied science research programmes.  They can also take advantage of numerous job opportunities offered by UMONS laboratories and other research institutions. After completing a doctoral dissertation, many chemists leave academic labs to work in industrial laboratories.

Access to further studies

The Master’s Degree in Chemistry gives access to Advanced Master’s degrees and to doctoral studies in the field of chemistry.

Master’s Degree holders can also register for the upper secondary school teacher certification programme.

Mode of study

Full time

Programme director or equivalent

President of the Institute of Chemistry:  Roberto LAZZARONI