Program type : Initial Training
Degree : Master
Discipline(s) : Chemistry, Life Sciences
Place : Paris
Domains : Fundamental Sciences
Teaching language : French, English
Internship required
International course
Prerequisites : Bachelor

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.
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.

The generalist character and excellence in chemistry is ensured by a first year at PSL (information and how to apply) or at SU (information and how to apply).
Thanks to its positioning at the interface with biology, this master's degree also includes a specific 2-year program "Chemistry and Life Sciences" (see the dedicated tab CSDV).

Training at the interface with physics is ensured by the sharing of modules with the Master of Physics.

In addition to these interface programs, four typical “specialty programs” are offered in the second year (see their description there):
- Analytical, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (CAPT)
- Molecular Chemistry (MOL)
- Chemistry of Materials (MAT)
- Chemical Engineering (IC)
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 two following ways:
- The CSDV program in 2 years
- 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, Chimie ParisTech, ESPCI Paris, MINES ParisTech, 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.

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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.


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


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).



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


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



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


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 26, 2019 to May 27, 2019 

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.). 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

Guidelines to prepare your application

2 - Interview (for preselected candidates) : June, 1st to June 14, 2019

Duration: 2 years

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

Academic Fees: about 250 euros (fixed by ministerial decree)


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. 

Selection process

For the CSDV program (1st or 2nd year): all applications have to be made on the dedicated PSL portal from March 30 to May 22, 2020
  - To apply in Master 1, please follow this link
  - To apply in Master 2, please follow this link
See the application guidelines

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

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