The network of universities participating in the course of study bring together cutting-edge equipment and expertise to provide you with a high-quality educational programme. Its focus lies on applying spectroscopic techniques and thus enables you to enter into careers that involve analysing chemicals and characterising the structures of materials. Mobility within the network prepares you to become an expert in this field, developing international skills for a doctorate and/or your professional career.

At a glance

  • Field of study

    natural and earth science
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Science
  • Language of instruction

  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    four semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • A first academic degree, or a degree from a state or state-recognised university of cooperative education, in chemistry or in another natural science or engineering subject with a comparable proportion of chemistry-related content
  • Knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


The programme is a joint degree programme culminating in a dual degree and includes an integrated study stay abroad. It was developed by a consortium of five universities (Bologna, Helsinki, Krakow, Leipzig, Lille) and is carried out with these international partners. The language of instruction and examination is English.

The master’s programme conveys extensive knowledge of applying spectroscopic techniques to analyse chemicals and characterise the structures of materials. The focus lies on materials from the areas of molecular synthesis, biology, nanotechnology, modelling, pharmacology, green chemistry, materials and sustainable energy. With its innovative structures, the programme offers you the opportunity to succeed in modern fields of work that are often interdisciplinary in nature.

The programme consists of a compulsory area (30 credits), a compulsory elective area (60 credits) and the master’s thesis in the fourth semester (30 credits). The language of instruction is English. Special emphasis is placed on subject-specific English language skills. All students commence their studies in Lille.

The research-oriented programme is structured as follows:

  • In the first semester, students take six compulsory modules, worth a total of 30 credits, from the range of modules offered by Lille University of Science and Technology.
  • In the second and third semester, students take the compulsory module on “Synchrotron Radiation and its Applications”, worth five credits. They also choose nine compulsory elective modules, worth five credits each, and one compulsory elective internship module worth ten credits.
  • The master’s thesis, worth 30 credits, follows in the fourth semester of study.
  • English-language degree programme
  • Applications submitted exclusively to Lille University
  • All students commence their studies in Lille
  • Mandatory study stay abroad of at least one semester at one of the other partner universities
  • All network partners have officially accredited master’s programmes in chemistry
  • Support of student mobility in a network of European research labs
  • The programme concludes with the award of a joint master’s diploma

The programme aims to teach students a broad range of knowledge in chemistry that can be easily applied in practice so that graduates can work in many areas such as:

  • in the industrial sector, in particular in chemistry but also in physics, optics, medical technology and scientific instrument construction
  • in research institutions outside of higher education institutions and at state institutions
  • as a chemist at universities and higher education institutions in research and teaching.

Possible fields of work include:

  • application chemist at spectrometer companies (infrared, UV, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray crystallography)

The joint master’s programme described here is offered simultaneously at five European universities with an identical structure at each university. The partner universities are:

  • University of Bologna
  • University of Helsinki
  • Jagiellonian University Krakow
  • Leipzig University
  • University of Science and Technology of Lille

A period abroad of at least one semester is compulsory. All students commence their studies in Lille.

The following mobility options are available:

  • Mobility option 1: a single change after two semesters in Lille
  • Mobility option 2: change to Leipzig in the second semester, with the option of changing again afterwards.

In any case, at least 30 credits must be completed per place of study.

The master’s thesis can be written at any of the five universities, with a joint master’s degree awarded accordingly.


More information is available on the master’s programme website.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

More information is available on the master’s programme website.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.


One semester of study at a foreign partner university

Compulsory curriculum in English

Award of a double degree with an international partner university