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Course Overview

Learning objectives and outcomes

The Master's Degree in Chemical Sciences provides advanced training in chemistry in various scientific disciplines and specific skills through the acquisition of methodologies useful for understanding phenomena at the molecular level.

The aim of the master degre in Chemical Sciences is to train a 'chemical scientist' capable of dealing with problems of high scientific and technological interest, which appear more and more frequently both in the field of applied chemistry and in general scientific research.

The course aims to provide its graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the most advanced chemical issues, enabling them to approach a wide range of chemical and biochemical problems in a multitude of fields such as medical, health, environmental and industrial fields.


Job possibilities and opportunities

The Master's Degree in Chemical Sciences allows graduates to take the state examination to practice the profession of chemist and register with the Order of Chemists (Section A), regulated by Presidential Decree no. 328 of 5 June 2001.

Master's degree graduates in Chemical Sciences can carry out activities in the promotion of scientific and technological innovation, as well as technology management. They can also autonomously apply the acquired disciplinary methods of investigation and hold positions of high responsibility in the fields of industry, synthesis, and characterisation of new materials, health, food, environment, energy, security, cultural heritage, and public administration.

Finally, Master's graduates in Chemical Sciences can hold positions in the field of education and dissemination of scientific culture.


Admission requirements

Sufficient knowledge in the mathematical, physical, and chemical disciplines is required, referring to the model elaborated by the Italian Chemical Society concerning the basic contents for degree courses activated in the L-27 class, a document known as 'Core Chemistry' ( in order to meet the parameters of the Eurobachelor (the first qualification cycle in chemistry recognised at European level).

Graduates of class L-27 and class 21 ex DM 509/99 from the University of Florence are guaranteed direct access to the Master's Degree, as well as graduates of class L-27 and class 21 ex DM 509/99 coming from courses at other universities that meet the minimum requirements of "Core chemistry".

For graduates in scientific disciplines from other classes, as well as students with a degree obtained abroad, access will be granted following verification of adequate individual preparation. Verification is based on an analysis of the personal curriculum, which may be followed by an interview. Special attention will be provided to fill any training deficit.


Degree curricula

The course has the normal duration of two years, with a total of 120 CFU. It is organised into five curricula, which have in common general subjects that all students must follow in order to deepen their general chemical knowledge. Each curriculum then allows students to achieve specialised and advanced knowledge in a specific area of chemistry. The proposed curricula are:

  • Curriculum Struttura, dinamica e reattività chimica “Structure, dynamics and chemical reactivity”
  • Curriculum Chimica supramolecolare, dei materiali e dei nanosistemi “Supramolecular, materials and nanosystems chemistry”
  • Curriculum Chimica dell'ambiente e dei beni culturali “Chemistry of the environment and cultural heritage”
  • Curriculum Chimica delle molecole biologiche “Chemistry of biological molecules”
  • Curriculum Sintesi, struttura e proprietà dei composti organici “Synthesis, structure and properties of organic compounds”

All curricula of the Master's degree include 10 exams and several elective exams corresponding to 18 CFU. The curricula share 4 courses in the first year, corresponding to 24 CFU. 6 CFU are assigned to practical training and 36 CFU to the final examination (thesis writing and discussion).


Teaching methods

The teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, and training in chemical, physical, and computer laboratories.


Attendance modes

Attendance is recommended but free for theory courses. It is mandatory for laboratory classes.


Educational activities

The educational activity includes: lectures, seminars, workshop and lab activities in order to acquire important knowledge, skills, and competences.



The methods for assessing the effective achievement of the learning objectives consist of final written and/or oral exams. Students may also take part  mid-term profit tests, which are valid for the partial assessment of the acquisition of the teaching content provided by the course. Integrated courses include a single final examination.


Final exam

The final examination consists of the discussion of a written paper (thesis) that the student drafts based on an experimental or theoretical research activity conducted at one of the university departments, either in a public research center or in a private company. 


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