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University of Bordeaux Masters Degrees in Physical Chemistry

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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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This international Master program provides a complete training offer in the domain of chemistry and physical chemistry of materials. Read more

This international Master program provides a complete training offer in the domain of chemistry and physical chemistry of materials.

Program outline

The aim of this Master program is to provide students with a complete training in the domain of chemistry and physical chemistry of materials, starting from the stage of conception, synthesis and elaboration, to physico-chemical characterizations, and their use for specific functions and applications.

The studied materials are very diverse (inorganic materials, polymers, colloidal materials, hybrids, composites etc…) and draw upon the main research fields studied within the laboratories of the University of Bordeaux.

Strengths of this Master program

  • Students develop skills based on the large range of materials topics studied in the University of Bordeaux campus laboratory: inorganic materials, colloids, polymers, hybrid and composite materials etc… 
  • Students are trained and equipped to enter both academic (fundamental research) or industrial (more applied research) fields. Whatever their profile, upon completion of their studies, they master a high level of skills in materials science.
  • Students have the opportunity to test and apply their skills during two training periods occurring in Year 1 (two months) and Year 2 (six months) of the Master. These training periods most often take place in the chemistry labs (eight in total) located on the Bordeaux campus but other opportunities are available and may arise in other academic or industrial laboratories.

After this Master program

  • Master students with good marks may apply for PhD applications in chemistry labs. The local labs offer many opportunities with funding included from various agencies. After a PhD, the majority of our students find employment in the R&D department of chemical companies of various sizes. 
  • Master students who do not wish to apply for a PhD have a suitable profile for engineering positions in companies.

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