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Erasmus Mundus in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling

Course Description

Get in at the bleeding edge of contemporary chemistry! Theoretical and computational chemistry are marking the new era that lies ahead in the molecular sciences. The Erasmus Mundus Master of Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling
is a joint initiative of seven European Universities, including KU Leuven. A two-year Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme co-ordinated by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. It will train you to master a wide range of theoretical and computational tools. The first year brings all participants to a common level of excellence. The second year starts with a four-week intensive course taking place in the summer between
the two years. It welcomes several international experts as lecturers and is organised by one of the participating universities (Valencia in September 2011). The remainder of the second year is devoted to tutorials on the material of the intensive course and to a thesis project, carried out in part at one of the other universities in the consortium.

Coordinated by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the initiative for a European Master's programme in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (TCCM) was launched in 2005. In 2007, the programme was awarded accreditation by the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTNA). In 2009, it was selected for the Erasmus Mundus Action for joint Master's courses, which came into effect in 2010.

This programme is organised in cooperation with:
- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (coordinating institution)
- Universiteit Groningen
- Università degli Studi di Perugia
- Universidade do Porto
- Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III
- Universitat de Valencia.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


Modern Chemistry is unthinkable without the achievements of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. As a result these disciplines have become a mandatory tool for the molecular science towards the end of the 20th century, and they will undoubtedly mark the new era that lies ahead of us.

In this perspective the training and formation of the new generations of computational and theoretical chemists with a deep and broad knowledge is of paramount importance. Experts from seven European universities have decided to join forces in a European Master Course for Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (TCCM). This course is recognized as an Erasmus Mundus course by the European Union.

Graduates will have acquired the skills and competences for advanced research in chemical, physical and material sciences, will be qualified to collaborate in an international research team, and will be able to develop professional activities as experts in molecular design in pharmaceutical industry, petrochemical companies and new-materials industry.

[[Career paths]]
In addition to possessing sound theoretical knowledge, the programme's graduates are prepared to apply any of the scientific codes currently on the market, or to develop new codes to address new requirements associated with research or productive activities. Graduates will have attained the necessary skills to pursue a scientific career by advancing on to doctoral programmes in chemistry, physics or material science. Some graduates also take up consultancy or advisory roles as experts in molecular design in the pharmaceutical industry, petrochemical companies and new-materials industry. Graduates also have a suitable profile to work in any company as a computational expert.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor (of Science) in Chemistry, Physics or Material Science, or any equivalent level if authorized by the legislation of the corresponding European Country. Other scientific bachelors can be accepted, provided the student takes complementary levelling courses, under the supervision of his local Tutor. Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate equivalent to a TOEFL score of minimum 500/213, or an IELTS score of 6. The selection of the students applying for the Master is made (this applies both to European and third-country students) by the International Committee of the Master. More: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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