Master of Science in Chemistry

In the framework of the ‘Louvain’ Academy, the UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain à Louvain-la-Neuve) and the FUNDP (University of Namur in Namur) jointly offer the masters programmes (120 ECTS) in Chemistry as described below.

These two programmes are focused on the chemistry of life and materials. Each of the two institutions offers a research focus and a professional focus. In the two programmes, a teaching focus is also offered, in which students follow a general training in education and pedagogy, in parallel with training specific to epistemology and the practise of chemistry in secondary school.


FUNDP: “Chemistry of life and nanomaterials”

The Department of Chemistry is specialised in areas oriented on one hand towards the chemistry of life, i.e. biological and pharmacological aspects of chemistry, and on the other hand, towards the chemistry of new materials with a strong application to surfaces and nanomaterials.

Students follow obligatory courses (31 ECTS) and specialised courses (12 ECTS) along the chosen orientation: chemistry of life, chemistry of matter or theoretical modelling. The master thesis (29 ECTS) is spread over the two years of the masters.

In the research focus, students are trained in scientific research in the areas of supramolecular and biomolecule chemistry, the chemistry of nanomaterials and surfaces, and theoretical chemistry.

In the professional focus entitled “chemistry in business”, students are trained more particularly for the business world with an internship of three months and introductory courses on economics and management, intellectual property and patents, and scientific information. The students should write a report about his internship stay and present it to a jury at the end of the second masters year.

UCL: “Chemistry of life and matter”

The Department of Chemistry is specialised in the conception, synthesis and the characterisation of original molecular architectures and in the interactions that the molecules can establish between themselves, with the formation of auto-organised structures (micelles, lamellas…). All of these molecular and supramolecular architectures are studied with the help of spectroscopic tools and are the subject of modelling. Lastly, an important aspect treated at the Department of Chemistry covers the reactivity of molecules.

A professional focus and a research focus entitled “Industrial Chemist” are provided. The students receive training in the discipline of chemistry with compulsory courses (35 ECTS) and specialised courses by branch (10 ECTS):

  • chemistry of inorganic matter,
  • organic and medicinal chemistry,
  • structural chemistry and reactional mechanisms,
  • macromolecular and supramolecular chemistry.

The complementary training (15 ECTS) includes courses specific to the degree and courses with transversal skills.

The thesis is foreseen in the second year of the masters (30 ECTS) or spread over the two years following the moment that the practical mobility internship, that personalises the degree, takes place (30 ECTS).


The two universities are creating an international mobility network with universities in, and external to, the European Union, to ensure state of the art scientific training and to provide students with experience of living in a foreign country. Internal mobility in other Belgian universities is also possible.