Objectives and competences

The Erasmus Mundus master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation is intended for professionals involved in the security and regulation of chemical substances. Chemicals are everywhere: they are an essential component of our daily lives and definitely contribute to the well-being and prosperity of our society. However, some chemicals can severely damage our environment and health and are dangerous if not handled properly. 
Chemicals are everywhere: they are an essential component of our daily lives and definitely contribute to the well-being and prosperity of our society. However, some chemicals can severely damage our environment and health and are dangerous if not handled properly. A large number of substances has been manufactured and placed on the market in Europe for many years, sometimes in very high amounts, and yet there is insufficient information on the hazards that they pose to human health and the environment.  

These are some of the reasons that make sound chemicals management and regulation so important. Policy frameworks are being implemented around the world and should be in place by year 2020. These frameworks are in accordance with the recommendations of the UN's Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Among international regulations such as the US's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Japan's Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL), the European REACH regulations, implemented in 2007, are the most ambitious. The REACH regulations (EC 1907/2006, REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances) are recognized internationally and have been adopted and adapted by the main trade partners of the EU such as China.  

The REACH legislation allows for the gathering of scientific information (registration and evaluation) and the application of preventive risk management measures (authorization and restriction) of all chemicals manufactured or imported to the EU. European manufacturers and importers of chemical substances are required to provide extensive information regarding all potential hazards caused by chemical substances contained in their products. This affects European and non-European companies supplying the European market and requires an extensive amount of research from public and private research centers in order to assess the toxicity of chemical substances and to design new safer alternatives to their use.  

The EMMC ChIR - Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Chemical Innovation and Regulation provides professionals with all the tools and knowledge needed from  scientific, regulatory and economic points of view to manage the risks of chemicals responsibly and to meet obligations over chemical legislation worldwide.

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
Length of course2 academic years
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main universityUniversidade do Algarve
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universidade do Algarve
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences



Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

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.



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Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 9
Optional 66
Compulsory placements 15
Compulsory final project 30

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Specialization: Erasmus Mundus Master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation
Alternative Pharmaceutical Product Design Optional 6
Applied New Products Optional 6
Business and Enterprise Optional 6
Business and Marketing Optional 6
Chemical Plant Safety Optional 6
Chemical Regulation Optional 6
Chemical Safety Optional 6
Chemical Sustainability Optional 6
Chemistry from Nature Optional 6
Circular Economy Optional 6
Communication Attitude Optional 6
Data Management Optional 6
Environmental Assessment Optional 6
Environmental Sustainability Optional 6
Final Project Compulsory 30
Food and Drug Regulations Optional 6
General Assessment Optional 6
Global Concerns Optional 6
Green Chemistry Optional 6
Human Toxicology Optional 6
In-Company Placement Compulsory 15
Industrial Innovation Optional 6
Innovation Attitude Optional 6
Innovative Product Design Optional 6
IT Skills Optional 6
Laboratory Assessment Optional 6
Laboratory Training for Research Project Compulsory 9
Nanotech Industry Optional 6
Quality and Enterprise Optional 6
Raw Materials Optional 6
Regulation and Nanotechnology Optional 6
Research Attitude Optional 6
Safety and Risk Optional 6
Sustainable Pharma Industry Optional 6
Toxicological Assessment Optional 6
Toxicological Perspective Optional 6
Waste Management Optional 6

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 500 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.

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