Enrolment: from July 22nd to October 22nd
COURSE STRUCTURE DIAGRAM WITH CREDITS
Year of study: 2
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Profile of the programme
Chemistry is a science which plays a fundamental role on the journey towards sustainable development. The Second Cycle Degree Course in Chemistry of the University of Parma offers complete and in-depth training on cutting-edge aspects of chemistry: synthesis, catalysis, quality of the environment, theoretical comprehension of chemical processes and their computer modelling, analysis of biological processes on a molecular level, development of advanced materials and nano-science. The course covers two areas: biomolecular chemistry and the chemistry of materials. The course consists of 12 theoretical and experimental subjects. Learning outcomes are tested through 11 exams. The programme is completed by elective subjects and ends with a six-month preparation of an experimental thesis. The degree prepares students for the profession of chemist with career opportunities in laboratories for the research and development of chemical products, in quality and control laboratories in chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, and all industries that make considerable use of chemical products, as well as in the research and analysis laboratories of both public and private organisations, including in environmental protection and emission control sectors. The second cycle degree in Chemistry prepares graduates both for practising the profession of Chemist and for continuing studies in a PhD, usually in the fields of chemistry or materials science.
The course pays great attention to the productive world, as proved by the satisfactiory results in terms of graduates’ employment, accounting for more than 90%. Great importance is given to internationalisation as well, in order to prepare students for the global market: the course provides at least a subject in English (especially for the acquisition of the specific terminology) encourages students to attend study periods abroad and foseùters students exchange through programmes like Erasmus or international agreements. In particular, the University of Parma has signed an agreement with the University of Cape Town (South Africa) for the double degree in Chemistry (Second Cycle Degree in Parma + Master of Science Degree specialising in Chemistry – Cape Town).
There 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.
Entry 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. Students are also required to have knowledge of English at level B1 (or higher) officially certified or obtained through the language proficiency in any degree course.
2) subject to approval by the Council of the Degree Course in case of 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 sat:
- 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.
- language proficiency level B1
3) not consented for students not possessing 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 geared towards establishing any knowledge and competences which must be acquired to adapt the individual's knowledge base.
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
The second cycle degree course in Chemistry trains up professionals capable of working in laboratories, corporate structures or private and public organisations, even at a managerial level, in the following fields: (i) innovation in the synthesis of old and new products which meet the criteria of environmental efficiency and sustainability imposed by social awareness and recent strict European guidelines; (ii) use of cutting-edge technology for structural determination of new molecules; (iii) identification and use of the most suitable technologies for analysing the quality and control of processes in the clinical, toxicological, forensic and environmental fields; (iv) familiarity with calculation techniques geared towards resolving structural and mechanistic problems and a statistical approach for handling data and optimising processes.
Great attention is given to the acquisition of “soft skills” through seminars on: 1) protection of intellectual property; 2) teamwork; 3) technical/scientific communication, even in English and with multimedia devices. The specific terminology in a foreign language will be acquired through at least a subject taught in English.
The agreement for the double degree with the University of Cape Town (South Africa) allows students to broaden their international vision through a direct contact with different study and working environments and to widen their working opportunities at a global level. This European and international vision is increased not only for students actively participating in the exchange programme, but also for all the students of the course, as South African students will come to the University of Parma and study there for a long period.
Course Structure. The second cycle degree in Chemistry is structured in 12 course subjects, seven of which form part of a common programme, whilst the remaining subjects are divided into two programmes: these make it possible to acquire particular specialisations and professional skills in the fields of Biomolecular Chemistry and the Chemistry of Materials. The common programme provides knowledge regarding the latest instrumental analytical techniques and the ability to assess their quality parameters critically. It also enables students to plan and execute efficient, environmentally-sustainable synthesis of inorganic, organic and organometallic molecules for a wide variety of applications, as well as theoretical and experimental concepts for analysing the links between properties and structures of molecular and super-molecular systems.
Biomolecular programme: the theoretical/mechanistic foundation that students acquire allows them to grasp the mechanisms governing biologically active molecules, including natural organic substances, those involved in secondary metabolism, pharmaceutical drugs and all substances applied to the agro-chemical, food and health-related sectors, and in producing molecules interacting with cells and biological macro-molecules. Programme on innovative materials and nanotechnologies: the theoretical and mechanistic foundations given to students cover the design, synthesis and characterisation of new molecules with the capacity to organize themselves in such a way as to create materials with interesting and unusual properties, and to develop new theoretical and calculation methods and models for calculating the properties of molecules either isolated, in solution, in aggregates or in a solid state.
Final examination, if any
The final examination analyses the undergraduate's capacity to work independently, and to outline and discuss the results of an original experimental research project on a given subject in line with the training objectives of the student's Degree course. This task is supervised by an expert, and may be conducted as part of a research group within the University or within Italian and foreign companies or organisations. The results of the task are detailed in an original thesis drafted by the student, in accordance with the Course Regulations. The final examination consists of a degree thesis involving work for an equivalent of 35 credits, equal to 875 hours of work. The candidate is obliged to hold a final seminar with the aid of a multimedia presentation. This must be successfully completed in order to gain admission to the final degree examination. In order to be entitled for the final examination, the candidate must present work in paper and electronic format in Italian, with an extended abstract in English. It is possible to present the work in English with an extended abstract in Italian. The thesis is assessed by a Board comprising at least seven lecturers from the Decree Course, and any experts in the subject.
According to the double degree agreement, the studetns taking part in the international project will work on their experimental thesis at Cape Town University. In turn, South African students will come to the University of Parma to conduct research activities in the laboratories. The mobility programme of Italian students is financed by specific University funds (the BRICST project), while South African students will access to benefits supplied bu the agency for the right to study.