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), Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ, Ecuador), 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, some classes 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 USFQ for a double degree: UBx-USFQ.
  • Tuition fees: University registration fees of 400€.

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 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. 

How to apply?

> Applications may be completed online via this link

Updated on 23/07/2020


Cédric Crespos
Program Coordinator

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