Enrolment: from July 22nd to October 22nd
COURSE STRUCTURE DIAGRAM WITH CREDITS
Profile of the programme
Industrial Chemistry involves the use of chemical knowledge for researching and developing processes aimed at obtaining industrial products and materials of industrial interest. The second cycle Degree Course in Industrial Chemistry of the University of Parma is designed to provide training in the most relevant aspects of industrial chemistry, such as the study of energy-efficient synthesis processes with high selectivity for a reduced environmental impact, aimed at obtaining high consumption and high quality products for different fields of application. The Course includes 11 theoretical and experimental subjects, with as many exams to assess learning outcomes. The programme is completed with elective subjects, which count as a twelfth exam, and ends with 6 months dedicated to the preparation of an experimental thesis. The second cycle Degree course trains graduates for the profession of industrial chemist, with career opportunities in research, development and process control laboratories in different industrial sectors requiring chemical knowledge, both in the context of production and of quality, safety and environmental protection control. The Second Cycle Degree in Industrial Chemistry also prepares students for work in private practice, in particular as consultants, or for further studies in a PhD, normally in the field of chemical sciences and applied chemistry.
TThere is no set number of places on the course. Admission to the Second Cycle Degree course requires a three-year degree or university qualification, or other suitable study qualification obtained abroad. Entry is not permitted to applicants who do not meet the academic requirements.
Admission to the course is subject to applicants possessing the academic requirements, and sufficient personal competence. Access to enrolment is:
1) direct if the student possesses a Degree in the L-21 categories, as per Ministerial Decree 509/99 or L-27 as per Ministerial Decree 270/04; a Degree in Chemistry or in Industrial Chemistry of the five-year degree systems in force prior to the Ministerial Decree, or other equivalent qualification attained abroad and recognised by the Council of the Degree Course.
2) subject to approval by the Council of the Degree Course, in the absence of the requirements listed under point 1) and shall in any case be subject to having attained the minimum number of University credits as specified to follow, documented by a Degree certificate with a list of the examinations completed:
- at least 18 University credits overall in sectors FIS/01-08, MAT/01-09, INF/01 or specific courses linked to IT or statistics.
- at least 39 University credits overall in sectors CHIM/01-12, ING-IND/21-27, BIO/10-13, AGR/13, AGR/15, GEO/06, of which at least 21 University credits linked to teaching courses in sectors CHIM/01-12 with sufficient attendance in laboratory practical sessions.
3) not consented for those not in possession of the requisites stipulated under points 1) or 2). In this case, the student involved may still request the prior opinion of the Educational Board of the Degree Course Council, which may indicate the study courses to be pursued, and any examinations which must be passed to eliminate the academic shortfalls, subsequently enabling the applicant to register in the second cycle degree course in question.
METHOD FOR ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE
These academic requirements, together with the suitability of the competences, are assessed by the Educational Board, which summons the student (on dates listed on the degree course website
http://scienzechimiche.unipr.it/cgi-bin/campusnet) for an interview to determine the knowledge and skills to be acquired and/or to ensure the candidate is sufficiently prepared.
CRITERIA FOR ASSIGNING SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
The Educational board will assess any academic shortfalls in respect of the indicators detailed under point (2), and shall provide the student with guidelines regarding the subject areas that are lacking, and which (if any) courses of the three-year degree course must be followed to assure sufficient knowledge for tackling the second cycle degree course successfully.
Key learning outcomes
Introduction to areas of learning in relation to professional areas.
The Second Cycle Degree Course in Industrial Chemistry sets out to complete the education of students that have obtained a three-year Degree in Chemistry, and to develop more specialist subjects and examine them in detail. Industrial Chemistry graduates possess in-depth scientific and operational knowledge linked to chemistry, as well as to industrial production process technologies, in particular with regard to connections between product and process, and the best possible use of natural resources with complete respect for the environment. Their background allows them to tackle problems related to design, experimentation, dimension and implementation, including the choice of equipment and materials used, and the relevant assessment of production costs for small, medium and large-scale plants, as well as management of the plants, and controlling and guaranteeing the overall quality of the products. Graduates from the second-cycle Degree in Industrial Chemistry have in-depth knowledge of modern instrumental techniques, and of how to use equipment and instrumentation to define the relationship between structure and properties, and data analysis. Accordingly, they are able to act with considerable autonomy, even when taking responsibility for managing production structures and processes at the highest levels. The interdisciplinary nature of their educational backgrounds allow them to interact effectively with a variety of technical and scientific professionals, with coordination and managerial functions. In particular, graduates from the second cycle Industrial Chemistry degree are capable of:
- conducting basic and applied research;
- conducting technical and economic assessment of a research and innovation project;
- implementing changes in scale from that of the laboratory to industrial production;
- implementing promotion and development of scientific and technological innovation, and managing the design of advanced, environmentally-friendly production technologies;
- quality control, certification and global quality assurance;
- adoption of innovative biotechnologies to safeguard and amend damage to the environment;
- providing technical and scientific assistance to clients and users;
- conducting checks and assessments of the environmental impact of industrial production processes and those linked to the use of products and materials;
- planning in fields related to the chemical subjects, in particular in the industrial sector, with regard to aspects related to systems as well as those of an economic, corporate, patent, quality control and safety nature, in addition to those linked to protection of the environment and health.
Structure of the course
- with regard to the description of the course, in the first year and the first semester of the second year, alongside in-depth analysis of a number of basic chemistry subjects, lessons are also dedicated to analysing subjects of a more "industrial" nature such as the Chemistry and Technology of Industrial Processes, Organic Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry of Materials in relation to their applications, Industrial Chemistry in its applications to energy production and environmental protection. The second year is mainly dedicated to producing an experimental degree thesis (which involves an internship of at least 6 months), allowing the second cycle degree graduate to tackle the world of work with the necessary knowledge, or to continue training with a PhD.
- the regulations sets a single course programme without any further divisions.
The professional knowledge attained by Master's Degree graduates in Industrial Chemistry enables them to perform roles in all sectors of industrial chemistry and in companies utilizing chemical knowledge, up to management level.
The fields of work accessible to graduates include: the promotion and development of scientific and technological innovation, the design and management of technology, professional and design activities in areas correlated to chemical subjects, above all in the industrial sector, as regards plant, economics, company management, patents, quality control, safety and environmental protection.
Master's Degree graduates in Industrial Chemistry will also be able to work in the sector of organization and coordination of laboratories for analytical work, synthesis processes, quality control, chemical and physical measurements, and materials surveys and testing, including work as independent consultants.
Knowledge and understanding
In order to attain the Master’s Degree, students taking Industrial Chemistry in Class LM-71 have to demonstrate having accumulated learning and understanding at a higher level than for the three-year degree course, above all in the subject areas Industrial Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Chemical Plant, which are characteristic of the professional profile in this sector. Such knowledge and understanding must be developed on three levels: the theoretical level of general culture, the level regarding the ability to solve problems, and the level regarding experimental laboratory techniques.
These skills will be acquired by means of frontal lessons in the various subject courses, and by means of the laboratory exercises comprises in the course. Students have to be capable of independently furthering their professional knowledge of chemistry and industrial chemistry, using highly specialized research papers and articles.
The assessment of knowledge and understanding as detailed above is performed by means of oral and/or written examinations in the subjects included in the academic course structure.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The qualification of a Master’s Degree in Industrial Chemistry in Class LM-71 can be awarded to students who have sufficiently developed their professional skills. They will have to be capable of solving complex, hitherto unseen problems of interdisciplinary nature, which are typically encountered during the design work related to the industrial manufacture of a product or material; they will have to be capable of developing and/or optimizing the respective processes. Therefore, they will have to be capable of independently planning their own technical or research work, promoting research or data processing work independently, within a wider context of activities linked to the research and development of new products and new processes.
The capability of applying knowledge and understanding will be achieved by students’ attendance of frontal lessons and laboratory work, as provided by the academic course structure.
The assessment of knowledge and understanding as detailed above is performed by means of oral and/or written examinations in the subjects included in the academic course structure. Particular attention is dedicated to the assessment of the work performed for the dissertation, in order to evaluate the skills acquired.
Independence of judgement and analysis, and satisfactory skills of organization, developed during the period of work on the dissertation, enable Master’s Degree Graduates in Industrial Chemistry to lead multidisciplinary research groups, once they have entered employment, and to create, develop and conclude independent research projects.
As a result, Master’s Degree Graduates will be able to enter employment up to management level, or continue their scientific studies with a Research Doctorate, in view of higher qualifications.
The assessment of independence of judgement is based above all on oral examinations, on the reports presented during laboratory activities, and on the organization of work during the preparation of the dissertation.
The level of preparation attained by Master’s Degree graduates by means of the course-specific subjects included in the new framework for the Master’s Degree course enables them to acquire knowledge in a range of different fields, which in turn gives them the capability of studying all the themes linked to their profession, with optimum skills of developing their knowledge. The assessment of learning skills is performed continuously, by means of oral and/or written examinations, and by the conduction of laboratory work. Particular attention is dedicated to the assessment of work performed for the dissertation.
The fact of having to take oral examinations for most of the subject courses means that students necessarily improve their capacity for communications; they become accustomed to conducting technical and scientific discussions with other graduates or graduating students. During the laboratory courses, students are generally asked to compile a written or digital report regarding the work that they have performed. This helps them develop communications skills in the written form, and in good Italian. In addition, particularly during work on the dissertation, students have the opportunity to illustrate the results of their research activities orally, and in this way they acquire greater skills of communication in public.
The assessment of communication skills may be performed during the oral and/or written presentations during examinations, and by processing experimental data and presenting it at the end of the period dedicated to the preparation of the dissertation.
Final examination, if any
Training regarding preparation for the final examination for attaining the second cycle degree qualification in Industrial Chemistry consists of a thesis period performed in a university laboratory, or in public or private organisations, under the guidance of a supervisor, to perform research of an original and experimental nature. The final examination consists of discussing a degree thesis before a Board appointed by the Dean. The thesis must be presented in written form, in compliance with the methods and deadlines indicated in the Degree course regulations. The methods for gaining admission and those used for the Thesis are also detailed in the course regulations.