The Master in Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Design


is a joint Master organized by the University Rovira i Virgili (URV) and the Institut of Chemical Research of Catolonia (ICIQ).
The Master takes place over a year (October to July) and is divided in two practically equal parts devoted to theoretical courses (first term) and to develop the Master Project (second term).

 Duration/credits required: 1 year / 60 credits
 Language: English

the Triptych. Master Synthesis Catalysis and Molecular Design

The Master offers a scientific training that includes new methods of synthesis, development of catalysts, computational design and management of environmentally friendly chemical processes.


The Master provide a wide formation in the field of synthetic chemistry by integrating methods and design of organic synthesis, modern methods of catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous, organo- and biocatalysis) and quantum chemistry.

The organization of the Master allows the student define their own curriculum by the selecting different topics. Thus it is possible to have formation in all the areas indicated above or to be specialized in a particular one.

The master provides access to doctorate studies, and the graduated students also acquire the skills required to address research, development tasks and innovative activities in the industry.

General objectives:

To provide a high level scientific training in the fields of chemical synthesis, catalysis and molecular design, that will facilitate a further development of a doctoral thesis in these fields.

To provide students with the capacity for innovation and for developing sustainable synthetic processes.

To be able of designing routes of synthesis for obtaining new products with the help of computational tools.

To know and understand the principles and the advanced applications of catalysis, included metallo-, organo-, bio- and surface catalysis.

The master also offers the possibility to continue the formation through PhD programs supervised by researchers of the organizing institutions.


Career oportunities

The Master is oriented to develop I+D+i activities in chemistry, providing a solid access to the doctorate, but the formation provided is also appropriate for developing those activities in the industry


Thus, job opportunities are:



Incorporating a doctorate and completion of a doctoral thesis.

Access to leading productive sectors that have interdisciplinary research groups. The spectrum is broad, as most industrial processes require a catalyst. However, the sectors most involved with the masters are generally fine chemicals: synthesis of intermediates, pharmaceutical chemicals, agrochemical, plant and synthesis of polymers and smart materials. The training received enables graduates to design and develop new products and processes in the field of general chemical companies.