Profile of the programme
Chemistry is a science of crucial importance in the general acquisition of scientific knowledge and its applications. The Chemistry Degree Course of the University of Parma provides a solid foundation covering all key aspects of the various branches of chemistry, enabling the student by the end of the course to achieve a comprehensive, structured and unified vision, and to make independent decisions about further studies or employment choices. The subjects of the Course include theoretical study, exercises and laboratory work. A course in English and a Safety Training course are also given along with the relevant qualifications. The course is completed by two elective subjects to be chosen by the students and ends with a three-month internship at research laboratories within public or private agencies, companies, or the University. Career opportunities for Chemistry graduates are typically in the fields of analysis, preparation (synthesis), control and quality certification laboratories, by public and private research bodies, by public and/or private agencies or companies, working as employees or freelance consultants, and by all those industries that require basic knowledge in chemistry sectors and the use of chemistry as an essential part of their activities.
There is a set number of places on the course. There are 90 places available for registration on the Degree Course in Chemistry. A further five places are set aside for extra-EU students, as established by the Ministerial Memorandum for the three year period 2011/2014 (Reg. no. 602, 18/05/2011). The request for matriculation or enrolment in the first year is subject to receiving a pass in the entry examination, as per the methods and deadlines indicated in the call for applications for the Degree Course in Chemistry. For the entry examination, the Degree Course avails of the cooperation of the CISIA (http://www.cisiaonline.it/index.html). The test is held on 8 September 2014 in accordance with the procedures published on the relevant website http://scienzechimiche.unipr.it/cgi-bin/campusnet/home.pl.
All students who have attained a higher secondary school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification are entitled to enrol in the degree course. The rules of the Degree Course stipulate the procedure involved in verifying the requested knowledge. They also indicate any additional educational requirements and recuperation work to be undertaken if the assessment is not passed. To this end, if the analysis of the entry exam results should reveal any academic shortfalls in the secondary school studies, support in the form of educational tutorials will be provided.
Admission to the course is locally regulated by the chronological order of enrolments and assessment of the students’ preliminary preparation. Admission is not subordinated to any entrance test.
The number and modalities of enrolment are set every year by the Course Council and are published on the Study Manifesto and on the institutional website.
The limited number of enrolments is necessary due to the intense laboratory activities scheduled from the first year of the course, so as to assure quality of teaching, adequate structures, instruments and technical assistance to as many students as possible, in coherence with the right to study and the course objectives.
Admission to the First Cycle Degree Course in Biology requires possession of a secondary school qualification or a valid certificate obtained abroad and recognised as an equivalent qualification.
Further information will be promptly published on the Study Manifesto and on the institutional website.
Key learning outcomes
Introduction to areas of learning in relation to professional areas.
The aim of the Degree Course is to provide graduates with basic skills and knowledge of chemistry for the purposes of seeking employment. This calls for familiarity with scientific methods, the ability to apply innovative methods and techniques, to use complex equipment and to acquire technological skills of a theoretical and experimental nature. Basic knowledge of the four main areas of the chemical disciplines (analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, general and inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry) combined with specific skills in the industrial chemistry sector, enable the chemistry graduate to successfully enter a variety of professions with flexibility, as well as to access subsequent levels of higher education. The skills acquired allow the Graduate to adapt to evolutions in the subject, to interact with professions in similar fields, and to continue his or her studies in second cycle degree courses.
Structure of the course
The course is structured in line with the "Chemistry Eurobachelor" and with the model created by the Italian Chemistry Society as regards the basic "Core Chemistry" content for Degree Courses in Class L-27. The course is divided into semesters and covers three years; the subjects are distributed over the course of the three years, and two subjects may be chosen by the student. The final internship involves a short apprenticeship in a research laboratory either inside or outside the university, and the preparation of a brief technical and scientific report which the student presents during the final examination. The basic courses include mathematics and physics in addition to chemistry subjects. They are distributed throughout the first and second year of the course, in order to provide the student with a solid grounding with which to successfully tackle typical, similar or additional subjects.
Besides a basic preparation, graduates in Chemistry acquire useful soft-skills for entering the world of work or pursuing their studies, for example the study of a second language (English) and the capacity of reporting work results both in written and oral form.
Final examination, if any
The aim of the final examination is to assess the graduate's ability to outline and discuss a subject related to chemistry tackled during the internship. To this end, the student must prepare a brief written report on the internship and present his or her work in public before a degree examination Board. The precise procedure for conducting the final examination and the corresponding method of assessment is described in detail in the appendix of regulations, which can be consulted on the relevant website http://scienzechimiche.unipr.it/cgi-bin/campusnet/home.pl/View?doc=LT_Pr.... It is possible to consult a list of the written work presented during the last academic year on the same website.