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The PCCP program aims to integrate Master students within academic and industrial fields of fundamental physical chemistry. Read more

The PCCP program aims to integrate Master students within academic and industrial fields of fundamental physical chemistry. Various aspects are concerned: study of matter and its transformations, analysis and control of physical and chemical processes, light-matter interactions and spectroscopy techniques, modelling of physical and chemical processes from molecular to macroscopic scale. Applications cover scientific fields ranging from nanotechnologies, photonics, optoelectronics and organic electronics, to environmental sensors and detection systems.

The PCCP Master is supported by high-level educational and research partners, represented by the consortium of universities engaged in the program. Students follow their courses within a challenging, international environment. Annual summer schools, organized by the consortium partners, complete the students’ training by offering a focus on several topics relative to PCCP.

Program structure

The first year of the Master degree is focused on the fundamental aspects of Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy and numerical tools). International aspects of the program are introduced progressively during the first year, with some courses taught in English. A remote research project is also programmed to promote collaboration between students of the partner universities within the context of international scientific project management.

The second year is dedicated to specialized topics (advanced spectroscopy and imaging, photonics, computational chemistry, environmental sciences). All courses are taught in English and international mobility is mandatory (at least during the second semester for the Master thesis work), thus strengthening the international dimension of the degree. Numerous mutualized lectures are carried out featuring high-level, local research activity. Practical aspects are emphasized to favor the future integration of the student within the working world. 

Master students following the specific UBx-USFQ double degree program spend between five and nine months in Quito (Ecuador) to complete the Master thesis. During this period, assistant professor positions at the USFQ are available for Master students of the program. 

Year 1: Courses are in French, except when international students are attending.

  • Numerical methods (6 ECTS)
  • Thermodynamics (6 ECTS)
  • Quantum mechanics (6 ECTS)
  • Inorganic materials or structural analysis (6 ECTS)
  • Theory of chemical bond (6 ECTS)
  • Solid state physics (6 ECTS)
  • Analytical chemistry (6 ECTS)
  • Spectroscopy (6 ECTS)
  • Quantum Chemistry and molecular simulation (6 ECTS)
  • Remote research project/English (6 ECTS)

Year 2: Courses are in English.

  • Photonics, lasers and imaging (6 ECTS)
  • Dielectric and magnetic properties (6 ECTS)
  • Large scale facilities or auto-assembly, polymers and surfactants, or hybrid and nano-materials (6 ECTS)
  • Computational chemistry or energy, communication and information (6 ECTS)
  • Research project/English (6 ECTS)
  • Professional project (6 ECTS)
  • Master thesis/internship in one of the universities of the consortium (24 ECTS)

Strengths of this Master program

  • High-level educational and research environment, proposed by the partner institutions.
  • Master students acquire project management skills at an international level.
  • Mobility during the second year offers access to a wide range of courses and training.
  • International mobility facilitates integration within both academic and industrial domains.
  • Supported by the International Master program of the Bordeaux “Initiative of Excellence” program.

After this Master program?

After graduation, students are fully prepared to pursue doctoral studies and a career in research. They may also work as scientists or R&D engineers within the industrial field.

Associated business sectors:

  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere and environmental science
  • Energy and photovoltaic technologies
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Aeronautics and space
  • Chemical industries, pharmaceutical technologies
  • Fine chemicals and cosmetics
  • Forensic science and artwork restoration
  • Molecular modeling and simulation

Academic research domains:

  • Spectroscopy/analytical chemistry
  • Astrochemistry
  • Properties of materials, solid state physics, reactivity at the interfaces
  • Nanotechnology
  • Imaging, bio-detection
  • Organic electronics, optoelectronics, and photonics
  • Theoretical chemistry, molecular modeling and simulation etc.

Other possible activities:

  • Teaching, education and dissemination of scientific knowledge
  • Linking public and private actors in research, development and marketing
  • Participating in the purchase and investment of scientific equipment


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