Master in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modeling (MACMoM)


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Program Description

The IQCC offers the Master in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modeling (MACMoM) with the commitment to transfer the most recent research in computational chemistry and catalysis to future professionals.

Prospective students are mainly graduates in chemistry, but the Master is also open to graduates in Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, who wish to pursue a career in research, innovation and development, both in the industry and at the university, through access to doctoral studies.

The course provides students with the skills needed to address the design of new synthesis of products based upon processes catalyzed by transition metals, integrating the most innovative synthetic routes, and directing the students towards more sustainable, efficient and economical catalytic methodologies. This Master also provides the students the opportunity to endeavor a more theoretical or computational approach to the subject.

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Course structure

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 the 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 during most of the academic year.

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)

First Quadrimester

  • 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)

Second Quadrimester

  • 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)

Third Quadrimester

  • 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 on 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).

Master Thesis – Academic

Students can carry out his/her Master thesis under the mentoring of our Academic Staff or other researchers of the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis and/or the Department of Chemistry of the Universitat de Girona. Master thesis projects may also be carried out in other Universities of Research Centers, via a corresponding agreement. Within the EU, such possibility may be partially funded with the Erasmus+ for traineeship program.

Enrolled students are encouraged to directly contact research groups to establish his/her Master thesis tutor and project. Official assignation of the projects to the students will be carried out internally using the platform for BSc/MSc thesis and internships of the Facultat de Ciencies of the UdG in due course.

The students are expected to dedicate full-time to their Master Thesis from mid-March until the public defense around mid-July or mid-September the latest.

Internship in companies

Internship in a company is an optional module of the Master (B7 module, 12 ECTS). In-class teaching starts by the end of September and ends by February of the next year. At this point, the students can perform a full-time internship in a company for up to 4-5 months and a total of 750h. Usual income starts at 400€/moth.

In this case, the Master Thesis will be associated with the work carried out in the company. It will be co-tutorized by the responsible person of the company and a member of the IQCC (so it may also be partially carried out in the research labs of the IQCC, too)

Some internship offers from our partners will be posted on this website (also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates). After registration and once the master course starts, the official offers will be posted using the internal online system developed by the Facultat de Ciencies for B Sc and M Sc thesis and internships. Students interested must

  1. Contact the Master’s coordinator. There will be more offers than those posted on our website.
  2. Proceed through the Registration to the master, choosing “Internship in the company” as the optional module

The companies will perform selection among the applications received. The selected candidates will be properly informed, and they must then contact the Master’s Coordinator to confirm their acceptance.

The last step is to formalize a cooperation agreement between the University, the Company, and the Student, stating the conditions of the internship such as extension, remuneration, etc. This will be carried out by the proper admin service of the Facultat de Ciencies.

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 is 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.
  • A 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.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A brief motivation letter.

In some cases, the documents must be translated to English/Spanish/Catalan and may also be properly legalized.


After pre-registration is fully completed, the student will be notified by email with the admission decision.

Admitted students must register before the registration deadline. There are different periods for registration, the usual one from mid-July until the end of August. In the second half of September, there is another registration period, just before the beginning of the lectures. The registration can be carried out online, but students must bring the original documents that were requested for pre-registration once in Girona.

Last updated Oct 2020

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