Master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation

University of Bologna

Program Description

Master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation

University of Bologna

The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Chemical Innovation and Regulation (EMMC ChIR) is a Joint Master course developed by the Consortium of Universities. These are the University of Algarve, the University of Barcelona, the University of Bologna and Heriot-Watt University.

The Universities in the Consortium have agreed on the following Quality Policy regarding the EMMC ChIR:

The mission of the EMMC ChIR is to provide its students with the all tools and knowledge from the scientific, the regulatory and the economic point of view necessary to manage the risks of chemicals responsibly and to meet responsibilities over chemical legislation worldwide. ChIR stakeholders are any institution or individual concerned with the risks of chemical substances over humans and the environment, namely the European Chemicals Agency, the national chemicals regulation bodies, chemical industry companies, and the public in general. ChIR will continuously update its curriculum and structure looking towards the fulfillment of its stakeholders’ expectations by preparing professionals highly competent to deal with the challenges of chemical innovation and safe regulation of chemical substances.

The vision of the EMMC ChIR is to become the reference to Higher Education for the regulation of chemical substances. The EMMC ChIR aspires to be a model of successful European cooperation, promoting scientific research to support regulations on new chemical substances. The EMMC ChIR will contribute to the competitiveness of European and non-European companies by compliance with international regulations on the use of chemical substances and through the development of new safer alternatives. The Universities of the consortium will implement a quality management system for the EMMC ChIR in order to pursue this vision and continuously enhance the quality of the joint master course and have established the following quality objectives:

  • to implement adequate internal quality assurance mechanisms at three different levels: lecture modules, program, and host institutions facilities;
  • to implement transparent external quality assurance mechanisms by the respective competent national authorities and to contribute to the development of international quality assurance mechanisms for transnational courses;
  • to collaborate with the national authorities and ENQA in establishing a common framework of reference for Quality Assurance.

The Universities in the Consortium are totally committed to quality and will put forward all necessary and available resources for quality assurance.

Partner Universities

  • UNIVERSITADE DO ALGARVE, Coordinator, Faro, Portugal
  • HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY Scotland, United Kingdom

General organization


Learning activities will be organized in Modules of 2 ECTS each, corresponding usually to 12 hours of contact and 38 hours of individual study.

Modules are grouped into thematic fields:

  • Design
  • Industry
  • Market and Social
  • Assessment
  • Regulation

Transferable Skills

Students will be free of choosing their own Modules set, at least 30 Modules corresponding to 60 ECTS, provided that general learning outcomes of the Course are fulfilled and all constraints of the approved Study Plans of each Partner University are satisfied. However, possible Study paths will be suggested to students by the Program Management Team.

Learning activities will be taught in a single University (the Host University) by teachers from all the Partners and by invited teachers from elsewhere. Students will stay in the Host University during the first year.

The Host Universities will be:

1° Edition 2013/14 University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal)

2° Edition 2014/15 University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

3° Edition 2015/16 University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy)

4° edition 2016/17 University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal)

5° Edition 2017/18 University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

Research and Thesis

During the second year, students will move to a different Partner University (the Research Host University) for Research activity corresponding to at least 60 ECTS.

Part of this period can also be spent at another Partner University to contribute to a joint project (max. 30 ECTS) or at an Associated Partner Institution (max 15 ECTS)

Discussion of the thesis and proclamation will be held at the Research Host University.

During the Course, the student must stay in at least two Countries of the European Union different from their living Country.


ChIR graduates gain an in-depth knowledge in chemical design, industrial processes, marketing, risk assessment and chemicals regulations. The EMMC ChIR is designed to attend the needs of chemical companies, research centers, and regulatory bodies. It opens student’s perspectives for bright professional careers as risk assessment experts, regulatory affairs specialists, regulatory scientists, regulatory professionals, innovative chemical scientist.

The EMMC ChIR is a second cycle degree that grants access to third cycle degrees in the fields covered by the course. In particular, it is an excellent step towards a doctorate in regulatory science and doctorate in innovative and sustainable chemistry.

Among possible Ph.D. programs:

SINCHEM an Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Sustainable Industrial Chemistry

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 10, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
2 years
Full time
3,000 EUR