Official Degree Title: Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry (Universitat Ramon Llull)
Requirements: Degree in chemistry, pharmacy, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology or other degrees
Credits: 90 ECTS credits (master's thesis constitutes 30 credits)
Duration: 1 year + master's thesis (3 semesters in total)
Practical work: Laboratory training (more than 400 h in the laboratory)
Academic calendar: October to June
Timetable: Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm
Objectives of the degree
The aim of the master's degree in Analytical Chemistry is to train students as professionals interested in the research and development of products, processes, and services in the different industrial sectors related to analytical chemistry.
The Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry will provide you with the necessary tools to handle analytical processes (progress in analytical chemistry, identification, and structural characterization). Special emphasis is placed on knowledge of the main matrices to which analytical processes are applied. You will work with matrices of agricultural and food origin (agricultural and food analysis), with matrices of pharmaceutical origin (pharmaceutical products analysis), and you will gain a deeper knowledge of the contribution of analytical chemistry to preserving and improving the environment (environmental quality analysis). You will also acquire the necessary skills complementing your degree to be able to deal with analytical processes.
Skills to be acquired
The Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry will provide students with the following skills:
- Advanced knowledge of the different disciplines of analytical chemistry, especially those disciplines that play an important role in the environment, in food and agriculture and in pharmaceutical sectors, enabling you to identify and analyze problems, develop and apply original ideas and acquire new knowledge in your professional life
- Knowledge of chemical and management tools for research, development, and production of chemical products and services
- Knowledge of industrial sectors and new trends in the use of analytical chemistry
- Ability to apply in knowledge in management and the leading of projects
Acceptance to Master's degree programs
The Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry is aimed at students with a degree in chemistry, pharmacy, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology or engineering degrees in the same fields. It is aimed at students who want to broaden their career options or direct their professional career towards the field of analytical chemistry. Once students have obtained their master's degree, they will be able to work as professionals in high-level research, development, and innovation in the industry. They will also be able to further develop their academic career by undertaking doctoral studies.
In order to be admitted to the Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry, students will need to have obtained an undergraduate University degree from a Spanish institution, or an equivalent degree issued by a higher education institution established within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), accrediting access to master's level programs in the country issuing the qualification.
Students with degrees issued outside the EHEA will also be able to enroll in the master's degree without the need to validate their undergraduate coursework after IQS has ensured a level of education equivalent to the corresponding officially recognized Spanish University degree. The country issuing the qualification must be capable of issuing access to graduate level studies. Access via this route will by no means require validation of the qualification of the person interested and its recognition will not be used for any other purposes than for the enrollment in a master's program.
|An undergraduate program in chemistry
||No additional specific academic modules are necessary
|An undergraduate program in chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology or environmental science
||Additional specific academic modules required
|An undergraduate program in engineering in the aforementioned fields
||Additional specific academic modules required
The Permanent Committee of the Academic Board, which examines each applicant and establishes the recognition of credits, will handle the admission of students from any national or foreign University system, that have studied at the undergraduate level within the EHEA framework.
In the case of students from EU member states, or from countries with which Spain has established international agreements, students are required to have a qualification enabling them to undertake graduate level University studies in their home country. Students from outside of the EU, or from countries that do not have an established agreement with Spain, must have passed the corresponding University entrance exam.
Students must have earned all the credits undertaken in order to obtain a master's degree.
During the academic year, students will normally have two opportunities to pass exams: in February and in June – for the first semester subjects – and in June and in September – for the second-semester subjects, or for subjects that last two consecutive semesters. Additionally, in the event that a student has not earned a minimum of 36 ECTS credits within the first year, he or she will not be able to submit the master's thesis.
If a student does not pass an exam on the second attempt, two additional opportunities will be allowed. In the event that the student still has not obtained a pass in the subject, they can apply to the Permanent Committee of the Academic Board for a final opportunity to take the exam, justifying their position. The Permanent Committee of the Academic Board will examine the student's case and may complement this information by consulting the master's coordinator. If a student does not obtain a pass after having been granted an extra opportunity to take the exam, they will have to abandon the master's program.
At IQS, your professional expectations are high, as you are in contact with cutting-edge companies from the very first day.
- Work as a professional and researcher in several industrial sectors related to academic or industrial research, development and production in the chemical industry, food industry, pharmaceutical industry, diagnostic industry, agricultural industry, materials, biomedical and environmental industries, etc
- Work at Universities or research centers in the field of academic research and technology transfer
- Develop your professional activity in the field of academic instruction
IQS has a Professional Careers Service that helps the students of the Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry with their job search once they have completed the program.
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