Chemistry

Program type : Initial Training
Degree : Master's
Discipline(s) : Chemistry, Life Sciences
Place : Paris
Domains : Fundamental Sciences
Teaching language : French, English
Internship required
International course
Prerequisites : Bachelor
Presentation
CSDV
C&I
Admissions
Students' stories

The “Master de Chimie de Paris Centre” is a co-accredited training between PSL and Sorbonne University (SU). Rich and modular, it presents chemistry in a general and thorough way, both transversal and open to all of its interfaces, notably with physics and biology.

This master's degree is part of the graduate program in Chemistry.


Anchored in the most contemporary research in chemistry and committed to undertake the current challenges of our societies, it trains high level scientists who, at the end of their master's degree, can be part of a wide variety of professional backgrounds, from entering the job market to the preparation of a PhD.

Within the framework of PSL, this master's degree offers two specific courses "Chemistry and Life Sciences" (CSDV) and "Chemistry and Innovation" (C&I). For a description of these courses and their modalities, please click on the "CSDV" and "C&I" tabs on this website. Brochures are also downloadable in the right-hand side column.
To apply for these courses, click on the "Admission" tab.

Discover PSL Graduate program in Chemistry 

A chemistry track is also available at Sorbonne Université.
+ Training at the interface with physics is ensured by the sharing of modules with the Master of Physics.

In the second year, the following tracks are proposed (see their description there):
- Analytical, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (CAPT)
- Molecular Chemistry (MOL)
- Chemistry of Materials (MAT)
- Chemical Engineering (IC)
- Chemistry and life sciences (CSDV)
The originality of the Master resides in its modularity which makes it possible to combine teaching units of these typical “specialty programs” to build personalized specialization profiles.

The completion of the Master in two years will be done in one of the following ways:
- The CSDV program - see dedicated tab
- The C&I program - see dedicated tab
- A first year at PSL or SU then, in the second year, one of the 5 courses (CSDV, CAPT, MOL, MAT or IC, with the possibility to mix teaching units), or one year devoted to the preparation for ‘aggregation’ (see information there).

Note that it is also possible to apply to directly enter in the second year of the Master (M2).

Warning :
- The methods of application must be strictly respected. Refer to the admission tab for details
- All programs are selective and correspond to a training purpose. The follow-up of a program is subjected to the acceptance by the pedagogical managers of the program concerned.

Built on the renowned expertise of several schools and research institutes of Université PSL - the École normale supérieure - PSL, Chimie ParisTech - PSL, ESPCI Paris - PSL, MINES ParisTech - PSL, the Institut Curie, the Institut Pasteur and the Collège de France - the program Chemistry & Life Sciences proposes high quality core courses in chemistry and biology, and a broad range of specialized courses covering various topics at the chemistry/biology interface.

This track prepares students in exploring biological systems in new ways using the knowledge of chemistry and biology. Because of their complexity, biological systems appear to chemists as the ultimate playground in terms of chemical reactivity, analytical challenges and modeling, while chemistry is often considered by biologists as the most appropriate level of description to unravel biological processes.

Beyond the academic applications, exploring the chemical frontiers of living matters opens new opportunities for addressing important problems of our world. Small molecules able to restore and correct function in the context of human diseases can potentially have a transformative impact in medicine. Personalized medicine could benefit from a combination of chemistry, genomics and disease biology to establish novel diagnostic tools and alternative therapeutic approaches. Chemistry and Biology have also a major role to play in the development of new renewable energies and sustainable materials, in particular through the combination of knowledge in biosynthetic pathways, metabolic engineering and bioinformatics.

Download the brochure
! Covid-19 / Whatever the travelling restrictions, the CSDV track will open in next september and distance learning options avalaible during the two semesters will be offered to allow more time for students to reach Paris.

Learning outcomes

The program Chemistry & Life Sciences aims at training highly motivated students interested in interrogating quantitatively and comprehensively biological systems at the molecular, cellular and network levels using various experimental and theoretical approaches. It allows students to develop their creativity through various research projects and internships, and to learn the latest discoveries and innovations at the chemical frontiers of living matter through privileged interactions with PSL faculty members.

Opportunities

This program leads to a large number of opportunities, including:

  • Academic research (PhD, postdocs)
  • Private sector research, development and production
  • Medical research
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Scientific patenting
  • Consulting

Prerequisites

The Chemistry & Life Sciences track is a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) at the interface between Chemistry and Biology. Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Biochemistry or equivalent.
Please note that the Master is taught in English. 

 

 

 

Each year consists in two semesters: one semester of courses in Chemistry and Biology (core and specialized courses), and one semester of research internship(s). With the assistance of tutors, students will build their two-year curriculum in function of their initial background choosing courses in the different partner schools and research institutes (Chimie ParisTech, ESPCI Paris, MINES ParisTech, the École normale supérieure, the Institut Curie, the Institut Pasteur and the Collège de France).

CURRICULUM

MASTER'S YEAR 1

Semester 1 (30 ECTS)
— Current challenges at the Chemistry & Life Sciences interface (6 ECTS)
— Chemistry and Life Sciences Seminar Series (3 ECTS)
— n courses to be choosen (21 ECTS)

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
— A 20-weeks lab internship or equivalent

MASTER's YEAR 2

Semester 1 (30 ECTS)
— Research design and project conception (6 ECTS)
— Chemistry and Life Sciences Seminar Series (3 ECTS)
— n courses to be choosen

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
— Master thesis (20 weeks)
 

- More information: Detailed curriculum

 

*Courses

Fundamentals in Chemistry and Biology
Topics: Organic Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sustainability, Biointerfaces, Catalysis & Green Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Colloid Chemistry, Biophysics, Chemometrics, Biocatalysis, Statistics, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Morphogenesis, Microbiology, Epigenetics, Oncology  

Chemical and Biological Engineering for Biotechnology and Sustainable Chemistry
Topics: Synthetic Biology, System Biology, Chemical Biology, Applied Microbiology, Medicinal Chemistry & Biotechnology, Biomaterial Science, Tissue engineering, Hybrid Materials

Modeling Approaches and Analytical Tools for the Study of Biological Systems
Topics: Machine Learning, Big Data, Medical Imaging, Bioanalytics, Microfluidics, Analytical Physical Chemistry, Multiscale Theory and Computational Methods for Biomolecule Simulations, Principles and Applications of Fluorescence Microscopy


ADMISSIONS

Prerequisites : Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Biochemistry or equivalent.
Admission after a Master 1 degree (or equivalent) is also possible.

Admission process:

1 - Online application through PSL portal.
Submission deadlines: from March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020 

Some of attachments and information to be provided:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in this program (in English)
  • Academic transcripts since first year of higher education
  • Copy of English language certificate if available (TOIEC, TOEFL etc.). C1 level recommended. For the record, the master is taught in English.
  • Contact details of 2 academic references
  • A recto verso copy of passport ID page(s)/ identity card/ or resident's card

2 - Interview (for preselected candidates) 
from June 1st to mid-June, 2020

Location: Paris, 5th district, on the campus of the École normale supérieure - PSL, Chimie ParisTech - PSL, ESPCI Paris - PSL, MINES ParisTech - PSL, Collège de France.

Academic Fees: about 243 euros/year (fixed by ministerial decree)

Institution of registration: Chimie ParisTech - PSL
Degree issued: French Master’s degree delivered by Université PSL

Supported by renowned schools and research institutes - ChimieParisTech - PSL, ESPCI Paris - PSL, Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL, Institut Curie, Collège de France, MINES ParisTech - PSL - the Chemistry & Innovation track of the Graduate Program in Chemistry of PSL University aims at providing students both with a broad background in chemistry and with abilities to transform scientific knowledge into innovative research or economic ouputs.

Download the brochure and 2020 application guidelines
! Covid-19 / Whatever the travelling restrictions, the C&I track will open in next september and distance learning options avalaible during the two semesters will be offered to allow more time for students to reach Paris.

Learning goals

The Chemistry & Innovation track is a first-year master program (M1 level), entirely taugh in english, combines both an academic teaching and specific activities dedicated to the development of innovative skills. It is articulated along three major goals:

  • a broad training in fundamental chemistry (molecular design and synthesis, analytical and physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry and modelling, materials chemistry) based on the up-to-date research developped at PSL University
  • a training by research through strong interactions with research laboratories and various formats ranging from research challenges to laboratory internships
  • a training in scientific and technological innovation processes and multiple skills development through dedicated activities including group projects

To complete a full master program (M2 level), students will then have access to any of 2nd-year tracks of the Master of Chemistry.

Opportunities

This program leads to a large number of opportunities, including:
•    Academic research (PhD, postdocs)
•    Private sector research, development and production
•    Innovation and entrepreneurship
•    Scientific patenting
•    Consulting

Prerequisites

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent in Chemistry, or any science at its interface.
A C1 level in English is highly recommended since all courses are taught in English. 

Curriculum

MASTER YEAR 1 (M1 level)

Semester 1 (30 ECTS)
- 4 basic courses in Molecular design and synthesis (MDS), Analytical and physical chemistry (APC), Theoretical chemistry (TC) and Smart materials (SM)
- 3 advanced courses to be chosen among 4 in MDS, APC, TC and SM
- Mathematics and physics for chemistry
- Research challenge
- Innovation 1: Design thinking
- French language for foreigners

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
- 2 super-advanced courses chosen among a broad offer in MDS, APC, TC and SM
- Innovation 2: Prototyping
- Pre-internship project
- 3-month research internship
- French language for foreigners

MASTER YEAR 2 (M2 level)

Any of the M2 tracks of the Chemistry Master's degree: Analytical, physical and theoretical chemistry; Molecular chemistry; Materials chemistry; Chemical engineering; Chemistry and life sciences
 
*Courses:

> Molecular Design and Synthesis (MDS)
Topics: Organic and organometallic chemistry, bio- and bioinorganic chemistry, advanced spectroscopies, chemical tools for biology and health sciences, medicinal chemistry, molecular biotechnology

> Analytical and Physical Chemistry (APC)
Topics: Environmental chemistry, separation sciences, physico-chemistry and interfaces, spectroscopies and imaging, analytical chemistry for biotechnology and diagnostics, interfaces of biomaterials

> Theoretical Chemistry (TC)
Topics: Electronic structure theory and statistical mechanics, from electronic structure to chemical properties and reactivity, molecular simulation in chemistry

> Smart Materials (SM)
Topics: Concepts from inorganic materials to soft matter, from materials to applications: design, synthesis and properties, materials for energy or optical applications, advanced materials: research and applications
Mathematics and Physics for Chemistry (MPC)
Topics: Statistics, quantum physics, chemical bonding, group theory, crystallography and diffraction

Admissions

Prerequisites

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent in Chemistry or at its interfaces
  • A C1 level in English is recommended

Admission process:

1 - Online application through PSL portal.
Submission deadlines: from March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020 
Some of attachments and information to be provided:
•    Resume
•    Cover letter explaining your interest in this program
•    Academic transcripts since first year of higher education
•    Copy of English language certificate (TOIEC, TOEFL etc.) if available. C1 level recommended.
For the record, the master track is taught in English.
•    Contact details of 2 academic references
•    A copy of passport ID page(s)/ identity card/ or resident's card
Guidelines to prepare your application

To apply for the Chemistry & Innovation track (M1 level), please follow this link

2 - Interview (for preselected candidates) 
from June 1st to mid-June, 2020

Duration: 1 year for the Chemistry & Innovation M1 track + 1 year for the M2 level
Location: Center of Paris, on the campus of PSL

Institution of registration: Chimie ParisTech - PSL
Degree issued: French Master’s degree delivered by Université PSL

Prerequisites

The course is intended for students holding a degree or equivalent in a scientific field, mainly in chemistry or physical chemistry/chemical physics. Students with a background in one or several chemistry interfaces (for example, physics, biology, biochemistry, etc.) are also eligible. 

Covid-19 / Whatever the traveling restrictions, distance learning options will be offered in order to give more time for students to reach Paris, and we program it for the two semesters.

Selection process

  • For the CSDV program (1st or 2nd year): 

         - To apply in Master 1, please follow this link
         - To apply in Master 2, please follow this link

1/ Online application on PSL portal.
Submission deadlines for the academic year 2020-21: from March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020
2/ Interview (for preselected candidates):
from June 1st to mid-June, 2020

  • For the C&I program (1st year): 

    - To apply in Master 1, please follow this link

    1/ Online application on PSL portal.
    Submission deadlines for the academic year 2020-21: from March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020
    2/ Interview (for preselected candidates):
    from June 1st to mid-June, 2020

 

  • For other courses (1st or 2nd year):

- The candidates originating from PSL (ENS, ESPCI Paris, Chimie ParisTech) or from partner training of PSL institutions (for example, Gay Lussac Federation), ask their affiliated PSL institution to know the methods of application.
- All other candidates apply to SU (application procedure)
- To apply to the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), see the dedicated page

Mazzarine, student of the master's program in Chemistry (Chemistry and Life Sciences track)

“My only advice? Experience as much as you can, so you don’t have any regrets later on”

Mazzarine – enrolled in the Master’s program in chemistry (Chemistry & Life Sciences track) offered by Chimie Paris Tech - PSL, Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL and ESPCI Paris - PSL – is currently doing an internship at Johnson & Johnson Laboratories. She tells us about her university experience and explains how she discovered the path she wanted to follow.

Check out her story
 

 

Glen, alumni of the master's program in Chemistry (Chemistry and Life Sciences track)
 

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