Objectives and competences

One of the chief contributions of chemistry in today's society is the discovery and creation of materials that have led to technological development and an improvement in our quality of life.

This master's degree, organized by the Faculty of Chemistry, is intended for graduates interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge of materials chemistry.
The specific objective of the master's degree focuses on providing students with the interdisciplinary training, both theoretical and practical, needed to conduct research, development and control in the materials area within research centres and in the private sector.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Chemistry
Branch of knowledge
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical engineering, materials engineering and environmental engineering
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available20
Length of course1 academic year
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentYes
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences


The objective of the master's degree is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of materials based on chemical principles. Students will develop a foundation that enables them to develop and use the concepts of applied chemistry in flexible and original ways.


General competences

  • Ability to work through practical examples and obtain results.

  • Capacity to apply the specific experimental techniques of applied materials chemistry.

  • Capacity to consult the scientific literature, databases, patents and current legislation.

  • Ability to write scientific reports and papers and prepare presentations of scientific material.

  • Ability to plan and design a research project.

Specific competences

  • Understanding of methods for the synthesis and characterization of different types of materials.

  • Ability to identify the correlation between the structure, composition and properties of materials.

  • Knowledge of the applications of different materials in different areas of industry.

  • Ability to design specific materials for energy and environmental applications.

  • Capacity to apply instrumental techniques for the study and characterization of materials.

  • Capacity to conduct experimental research independently.

  • Ability to conduct chemical laboratory work in compliance with regulations on safety, hygiene and waste management.

  • Ability to conduct laboratory work in compliance with quality management criteria.

Full list of competences.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should be interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge of chemistry and materials with the aim of pursuing a career in research, innovation and development.

To ensure success in this master's degree, applicants should have a strong level of chemistry, physics and mathematics and a good working knowledge of English, at least level B1. Although English is not the language of instruction for the subjects, information in English (e.g., bibliography) will be used extensively. Applicants will also need user-level software skills.

The master's degree is also open to professionals in the private sector who wish to deepen their knowledge in specific fields or of specific techniques.

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements
Graduates in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering have direct access. For students with other national or foreign qualifications, the Coordination Committee will evaluate their profiles on the basis of their curricular pathways.
Besides, sufficient knowledge of at least two of the languages of instruction is required, one of which must be English with a minimum level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.



9 April - 10 September 2024.


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

The Coordination Committee for the master's degree will select students following these criteria:
  • Academic record (special credit for subjects related to chemistry, physics and mathematics): 75%.
  • Knowledge of languages above level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: 10%.
  • Publications: 5%.
  • Other proofs of merit: 10%.


Admissions and selection of students is managed by the Coordination Committee for the Master's Degree in Applied Materials Chemistry. The Committee will assess each of the applications received. The final announcement of admission decisions will be notified individually by email and via an announcement on the master's degree web page. This list will include details of assigned tutors.
Candidates that have been granted admission and received notification by email, who wish to reserve a place in the course, must confirm their intention to enrol in the master's degree by email to master.qma@ub.edu.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Specific information about the faculty

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 18
Optional 24
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 18

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Applied Materials Chemistry
Alternative Energy: Chemistry and Materials Optional 3
Analysis of Crystalline Structures by Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction Optional 3
Applied Chemistry Compulsory 3
Applied Organometallic Chemistry Optional 3
Biomaterials and Bioinorganic Systems Optional 3
Characterization Techniques Compulsory 6
Coating Technology Optional 3
Databases in Chemistry Compulsory 3
Electrochemistry of Materials Optional 3
Electronic Structure in Solids Optional 3
Final Project Compulsory 18
Integrated Laboratory Practice Compulsory 3
Modelling and Simulation Optional 3
Molecular Structure and Chemical Reactivity Optional 3
Nanomagnetic Systems Optional 3
Nanostructured Materials Optional 3
New Challenges in Solid State Chemistry Optional 3
Practical Research Optional 9
Seminars on Applied Chemistry Compulsory 3
Soft Matter Optional 3
Sustainable Chemistry Optional 3

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 750 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

The master's degree is aimed at students who wish to further their understanding of chemistry and materials in order to specialize in research, innovation and development. Acquired training improves the career opportunities for students in research centres or private companies in the industrial (metalurgy, petrochemistry, detergents, plastics, painting, ceramics, etc), environmental (energy, sustainability, etc) or physiological (biomaterials, therapeutics, agri-food, cosmetics, pharmacy, etc.) sectors. It also provides excellent training to pursue doctoral studies.

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

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Coordinator: Gabriel Aullon López 

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