Physical-Chemistry and Chemical-Physics (PCCP)

This international Master program focuses on the fundamental aspects of physical chemistry and then leads on to specialized topics so that graduates may be integrated within both academic and industrial fields.

Program factsheet

  • Academic cooperation: University of Bordeaux (UBx, France), Université de Namur (Belgium), Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain), Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands).
  • Admission requirements: Hold a Bachelor degree of Science in Physical-Chemistry, Chemistry, Physics or an equivalent degree.
  • Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS).
  • Language requirements: Master 1, 70% of lectures and all tutorials are taught in English and Master 2, all classes are taught in English.
  • Level:
    • Master of Science in Chemistry (specialization in Physical-Chemistry and Chemical-Physics).
    • Specific agreement with CSM for a double degree: UBx-CSM.
  • Tuition fees: University registration fees of 400€.
  • Grants:
    • International Masters grants: for Bordeaux students, covering 5 to 9 months.
    • AquiMob grants:
    • Eiffel grants: for international students, covering a full year in Bordeaux.
    • Mobility grants from UBx or host institutions.
    • Erasmus program scholarships.

Program outline

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 full time 2-month research project is also organized in 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 dual Master agreement with CSM spend their first year at the partner university.

How to apply?

> Applications may be completed online via this link.

Updated on 10/12/2020


Frédéric Castet
Program Coordinator

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