Master’s in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modelling – MACMoM provides students with the skills needed to address the design of new synthesis of products based upon catalyzed processes, integrating the most innovative synthetic routes, and directing the students towards more sustainable, efficient, and economical catalytic methodologies. This Master provides also the students the opportunity to endeavor a more theoretical or computational approach to the subject.
University of Girona / Banco de Santander call is to award 23 grants to cover the registration fees of the University of Girona’s official master’s programs (2 are reserved to Master’s in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modelling – MACMoM) for students who are qualified to study a master’s degree by a university that is not part of the Spanish university system.
(requirements need to be fulfilled before the application period ends):
Have completed the access degree to the master’s program in a university outside the Spanish state and not have a Spanish residence permit.
Have pre-registered for one of the official master’s programs.
Have paid the corresponding administrative fee for academic services related to university master’s programs, according to the current price index for academic services at public universities.
Have completed the pre-registration with all documents, including the grades equivalence document issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
The MACMoM structures the curriculum with a twofold training: application of catalysis aimed at developing new sustainable processes in chemical synthesis, and the computational chemistry particularly applied to the understanding and improvement of these processes.
It is an internationally oriented course comprising 60 ETCS credits (a full academic year from October to June), which is taught entirely in English. The course is designed around a modular system of teaching and assessment, with modules covering the range of both theory and applications of catalysis. The course is divided into three periods, each of them roughly covering a quadrimester.
The first period (Oct to Dec) is dedicated to most of the core modules of the course. The second period (Jan to Feb) comprises one core and the optional modules (up to 12 ECTS). The last period (March-June) is then spent essentially on the master’s research project. The latter can be carried out a) in the laboratories of the IQCC on the Science and Technology Park of the University of Girona, b) in collaboration with the chemical or pharmaceutical industry, mainly in the Girona/Barcelona region, or c) in another European University/research center.
A special module of Scientific Communication and Technology Transfer spans most of the academic year.
Follow the links below to check the syllabus details of each subject. Module evaluation and qualification may suffer minor changes each academic year. Particular details of every academic year and materials are provided through the UdG intranet (only for students)
Fundamentals of Catalysis (6 ECTS)
Fundamentals of Computational Chemistry (6 ECTS)
Integrated Theoretical-Experimental Laboratories: Structural and Spectroscopic Characterization (6 ECTS)
Challenges in Modern Organic Synthesis (6 ECTS)
Integrated Theoretical-Experimental Laboratories: Reaction Mechanisms (6 ECTS)
Scientific Communication and Technology Transfer (6 ECTS)
PLUS 12 ECTS TO CHOOSE FROM
Sustainable Catalysis (4 ECTS)
Catalysis for Energy Production (4 ECTS)
Design and Simulation of Bioactive Molecules (4 ECTS)
New Tools for Chemical Bonding Analysis (4 ECTS)
External Practices in Industry (12 ECTS)
Master Thesis (12 ECTS)
The Master’s research project will be chosen from a list of options proposed by the research staff of the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis, typically in an area of current research interest. Alternatively, the research project may be carried out in the R+D labs of one of our partner companies or European universities.
Online Course Materials can be accessed through the University’s Intranet Moodle system (UdG users only).
How to apply
Access and Admission
Candidates must hold a national diploma awarding the grade of Bachelor’s Degree in a field that is compatible with that of the chosen Master’s Degree course, or an equivalent title.
The official B.Sc. degree with direct access to the Master in Chemistry. Students holding related B.Sc. Degrees such as Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering or Material Science can also access the Master, provided they have proven knowledge in Organic Chemistry, Chemical Kinetics, and Thermodynamics
English knowledge equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages is required. B2.1 level achieved after completion of B.Sc in Catalan Universities is also accepted.
If necessary, the Admission Commission can arrange interviews with the candidates that do not hold the required title in order to assess whether or not the student will be able to follow the contents of the course.
The application involves several steps:
Students interested in registering for this Master are encouraged to contact first the Master Coordinator or any person of the Coordination Team for up-to-date information.
An online pre-registration must be completed through the website of the University of Girona. The pre-registration is usually open from February up even past the beginning of the master course, in October.
Students are encouraged to start with the pre-registration process as soon as possible, even before completion of the BSc degree. The application form can always be accessed and the necessary files are updated. However, the pre-registration is only considered by the admission committee after all necessary documents have been uploaded (therefore, upon completion of the BSc degree) and after the payment of ca. 30€ has been issued.
In the case of international B. Sc. students, the following documentation will be necessary for the pre-registration to the Master
Passport or National Identity Card or Document.
University qualification – diploma or degree – that allows you to access the Master.
Academic certificate listing the subjects/modules completed, the grades awarded, and the number of hours/credits. It should also provide information about the grading system used.
Official translation of your B.Sc. score to the 0-10 system used in Spain, using this online application of the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Document certifying that your degree allows you to access a master’s degree in the country in which it was awarded. Even if not strictly necessary in all cases, we suggest you obtain such a document.
A brief motivation letter
In some cases, the documents must be translated to English/Spanish/Catalan and may also be properly legalized.
As a reference, for 2019-20, the Spanish Government, through the Royal Decree-Law 14/2012, has established the tuition cost of the official Masters of Science offered by public Universities. According to this RDL, the price for 2013 is 65.87 Euros/ECTS. Registering for the full course (necessary to achieve an M.Sc. degree) amounts to 60 ECTS (60 ECTS x 65.87 Euros/ECTS = 3.952 Euros). A 30% discount is applied to EU students or students coming from a double-degree agreement (60 ECTS x 46.11 = 2766.6 Euros). In addition, the administrative taxes sum up to roughly 140 Euro.
These prices may be subject to minor changes in the future until every June when the official tariffs are published. Attention: for 2020/2021 the Catalan Government has not yet fixed the prices, but they will the same or including a reduction of 30%.