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Erasmus Mundus Master - Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry

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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    A two-year (4 semesters, 30 ECTS each) Master program.

  • Course Type

    MSc, Erasmus Mundus

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  • Last Updated

    19 October 2018

Become an expert in Chemical Analytics

The 5 ASC universities offer state of the art equipment and expertise covering applications of spectroscopic techniques to chemistry. Mobility within this network prepares students to become experts and develop international skills towards doctoral studies, and/or professional industrial careers in chemical analysis and characterization of the structure of materials in the fields of molecular synthesis, biology, nanotechnologies, modeling, pharmacy, green chemistry, materials, and sustainable energies.

A 2 year Master's course across 5 European Countries: Finland - France - Germany - Italy - Poland

Chose a high quality joint master's course labeled Erasmus Mundus and funded by the European Union (grants for students) Benefit from a cross cultural education and the added value of the ASC Network including 14 associated industrial / research partners for increased opportunities towards international careers in modern fields of chemistry.

  • University Alma Mater of Bologna, Italy
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland
  • University of Leipzig, Germany
  • University Lille1, France (Coordinating institution)

This European master’s course has been funded and awarded the Erasmus Mundus label by the European Commission twice for the periods 2008-2014 and currently for 2015-2020 and is now highly recognized.The program includes a mandatory mobility within the ASC consortium and is taught in English in all universities.

Over the years, the ASC consortium has developed links with 14 associated partners: global industrial partners producing spectrometers (Bruker, Magnetech) as well as regional competitiveness clusters (MATIKEM in Lille, NEU in Leipzig). A privileged partnership has also been established with great research facilities such as Synchroton SOLEIL in France and ELETTRA in Italy.

This large academic and industrial network merges its state of the art equipment and expertise to offer international students a high quality education program covering the application of spectroscopic techniques to chemistry in a broad sense, leading to careers in chemical analysis and characterization of the structure of materials in the fields of molecular synthesis, biology, nanotechnologies, modeling, pharmacy, green chemistry, materials, and sustainable energies.


The ASC network aims at preparing students to become experts and develop international skills towards professional industrial careers in spectroscopic characterization of matter and/or doctoral studies.

The ASC program has reached a high level of harmonization, with a single Master program scheme applicable at each partner institution and thus yielding to a better integration into the European scheme.

All successful students receive a multiple degree from the institutions where they attended courses.

This ASC master program will:

  • guarantee quality (all partners have official accredited Masters in chemistry)
  • Allow students access to techniques not available locally (mutualisation of the equipment)
  • provide a sound background in Advanced Spectroscopy, both in experimental techniques and in scientific knowledge;
  • promote students’ mobility within a network of research laboratories spread amongst countries from a large area of Europe in an environment where they will be well looked after and acquire transferable skills in a multicultural environment.
  • prepare students to become experts in far reaching experimental techniques in Spectroscopy.
  • help and prepare students to develop skills to follow future doctoral studies, and/or towards professional activities.

The originality of this program is to allow students to choose their research master thesis in one highly specialized field according to their professional objectives. The high level of equipment available in the consortium is unique.

A mobility scheme ensures that, in addition to high specialization and access to state of the art technologies, students will do a common core curriculum of studies in different higher education institutions within the ASC consortium. ASC graduates are at least bilingual and have been studying and working for 2 years in a multicultural environment. They are well prepared for European or international careers.

The ASC Master is awarded to students who have shown themselves by appropriate assessment to:

  • have competences which make them fit for employment as professional chemists in chemical and related industries or as entrepreneurs;
  • be able to apply modern and advanced spectroscopy techniques within the framework of the most recent European requirements;
  • be able to use the modern theoretical and experimental applications of spectroscopy;
  • have attained a standard of knowledge and competence which will give them access to third cycle course units or degree programs (Ph.D.).

 Type of degree

Multiple Master of Science degree with thesis in «Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry» awarded by the universities of the consortium, after completion of 90 ECTS of courses and 30 ECTS of a Master thesis. Each host university of the student issues a master degree, provided the student has validated at least one semester (30 ECTS) at each host university.

A joint diploma supplement is provided, which explains the specificities of the program and individual mobility and specialization for the student.

The Chemistry Euromaster® Label has been awarded on 01.12.2008 by the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTNA) to the consortium members for the EM Master Course in « Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry » for a period of 5 years.


79% of ASC Graduates have carried on to doctoral studies, some of which in Doctoral programs of excellence such as ITN Marie Curie Fellowships or Erasmus Mundus Ph.D., and 4 % went on to a teaching position directly after their M.Sc., usually in their country of origin.

Although our students are inclined to pursue third cycle higher education training, 13% found a job in industry directly after their Master’s graduation in European and non-European based companies (e.g. L’Oreal France, L’Oreal China, Merck-Millipore Germany, Reckitt-Benckiser UK, Dow Agrosciences Mexico, Rotam Global agrosciences, Multiceras S.A.). 73% of ASC graduates currently have a position in Europe.

The step to obtain a Ph.D. grant or job is predominantly secured by the student before graduation, which is an excellent indicator for the attractiveness of our students profile to these R&D economical actors.

Qualitative feedback from those employers is also excellent, as they proved to be very interested in our students’ unique profile.

Visit the Erasmus Mundus Master - Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry page on the University of Lille website for more details!






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