MSc in Transition Metals in Molecular Chemistry


Program Description

The “Transition Metals in Molecular Chemistry” (T2MC) Master Program provides a high-level education in Molecular Chemistry. It distinguishes itself from the National and European training offers by emphasizing on Transition Metal Chemistry and their applications. The learning and teaching approaches are attractive since they will provide students with solid skills in Molecular Chemistry while illustrating how this knowledge may be used for example to reduce the ecological impact of a synthesis process or to contribute to the development of medical imaging. Also, T2MC is implementing further a driving policy to open up internationally: for instance each year a strong partnership with UCT Prague allows 3-4 students to get a double degree.

Program description

There is a strong need for qualified chemists (Graduates, Undergraduates) to support activities in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, one leading industrial segment. ICMUB and UTINAM laboratories at UBFC in Dijon and Besançon develop research activities online with such industry-relevant chemistries. The T2MC Master program is based on research activities developed at ICMUB and UTINAM, such as medical and molecular imaging and sustainable development. T2MC Master program focuses on the delivery of up-to-date skills in these main facets of chemistry with a special emphasis given on transition metals. A series of courses will be taught in the main fields of chemistry, from organic, inorganic and bio-inorganic chemistries, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, molecular modeling. More specific courses will be taught in electrosynthesis, metals in biology and coordination chemistry, reaction mechanism and molecular modeling, catalysis in specific /non-specific media, molecular nanomaterials, labeling of molecules for medical imaging. Throughout the Master program, transversal courses will be given such as, project management, innovation and communication, visiting industries and having lectures given by people from the industry. Moreover, tutored project and two 3-6 internships in research projects, both inside/outside ICMUB, will be part of the T2MC curriculum.

Future career prospects

Master T2MC aims at preparing top-level molecular chemists. The courses rely on a strong background in multidisciplinary chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, theoretic, and of materials) and focus on fine chemistry with an accent on transition metal chemistry. The formal knowledge is highlighted by various practical examples related to transition metal chemistry applications. Graduate students will be suitable candidates for positions in companies, such as research, R&D engineer or manager position, project leader, product manager, technical salesman or consulting, production manager. The field of activity may be very wide: pharmaceutical industry, petrochemicals, and agrochemicals of course, but also all companies using chemistry (e.g. automotive, aeronautics, or energy sector, environmental protection, etc.). This Master is oriented towards research, and students will be well prepared to pursue their studies with a Ph.D. position in high-level international labs, which may open the door to either academic careers (lecturer, researcher, professor, etc.) or top-skilled positions in the industry. The possibility to get a doctorate is particularly interesting for applying to research positions outside France. The broad scope of job market opened by the T2MC Master enables to apply for worldwide positions (numerous former Ph.D. students trained in our two laboratories are currently employed abroad, including USA and Canada). Moreover, Dijon is ideally positioned: close to Germany and Switzerland, which are two of the leading countries in chemistry around the world.

Student profile

Students eligible to the master T2MC program must have obtained a degree equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor of Science. Background knowledge in general chemistry, molecular synthesis, and spectrometry is mandatory. Candidates must have very good academic qualifications and very good practice of English.

Double degree

T2MC gives the opportunity to 3-4 students to obtain a double degree (Master degree of Université Bourgogne Franche – Comté + Master degree of UCT Prague). The selected students will perform their first year of Master in UCT Prague and the second year of Master in Université Bourgogne Franche – Comté in Dijon.


Several scholarships will be awarded each year to high-quality students.

Application procedure


  • All other applications should been made through the UBFC application portal from February 2020 to June 19th 2020 no matter if you are from a European country, a Campus France country, or any other country worldwide. Application should NOT be made on Campus France website since our university is not connected to Campus France platform. Candidates will be asked to upload the application form and supporting documents assembled in a unique PDF file. The electronic application form and the detailed list of supporting documents will be provided after first email contact (see above).

Once selected only :

  • students coming from a Campus France country : you will be required to make your visa application on the « Etudes en France » website following the 3rd option « I am accepted ». Download here the guide with the instructions for Campus France procedure to follow
  • students coming from any other country : you need to contact the closest French Embassy
  • non European student, living in a European country : you will need to contact the French Embassy located close to your place of residence.

Countries with a Campus France office :

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Chad, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Guinea (Guinea-Conakry), Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic go ... Read More

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic goals are to foster Excellence and Internationalization of BFC Higher Education and Research; increase attractiveness for national & international Students, Professors & Researchers; develop Innovation, Transfer and socioeconomic Partnerships. Read less
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