Master in Chemistry

Master in Chemistry

Master 2 Organic synthesis

Presentation and goals

This Master 2 program aims at educating in synthetic chemistry, by putting emphasis both on the experimental aspect of this scientific field (a lot of experimental training and internship in academic or industrial laboratories) and on theoretical aspects with teaching based on the most up-to-date methods and concepts, coming from research in this field.

Students are gradually educated in organic synthesis of molecules, from the first year of the Master’s degree (M1 in Chemistry / M1 Chimie), learning the fundamental principles of organic chemistry, to the second year of the Master’s degree in Organic Synthesis, during which students will learn retrosynthesis of complex molecules, the latest methodological developments in asymmetric organic synthesis, as well as the real implementation of syntheses, analysis, identification and characterization of the obtained products.

This program of the Master’s degree in synthetic Chemistry aims at training research and development executives for laboratories and industries involved in fine chemicals (for example flavourings and fragrances) and the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. The course program is drawn up in close collaboration with SMEs in these sectors (Aromatech, @rtMolécule, Cisbio Bioassays, Diverchim, Edelris, Eras Labo, Inventiva Pharma and Naturamole) and with major industrial companies in France and Switzerland (BASF, Bayer, Galderma (Nestlé), Givaudan, Novartis, Oril (Servier), PCAS, Pierre-Fabre, Sanofi and Syngenta). As well as hosting students during their internships, these industrial stakeholders regularly take part in the course during classes and/or conferences.

Depending on their choice of courses, the students can choose either to directly work with five years of university education (“turning professional” option), or to continue with doctoral studies (“research” option). Students who want to quickly enter the professional setting will be able to set their sights on positions at the level of design engineer, research engineer and process engineer in the R&D sectors. Students wishing to continue their studies with a PhD will be able to aim for jobs as researchers in organic chemistry (academic or private).

Reminder of the scientific and professional objectives of the M1 in Chemistry program

The first year of the Master’s degree in Chemistry leads to four Master 2 programs: ChemTechCo, CLS, PTA and SOIPA. The different first semester courses offer a scientific knowledge in chemistry and its interfaces with life sciences and polymeric materials. During the course, students acquire the disciplinary skills vital for any type of chemist (in particular analytical methods, spectroscopy, experimental and bibliographic techniques, amongst others), and also skills more focused on the applications specific to each program. These classes are supplemented by cross-disciplinary classes focused on languages and graduate employment and by a mandatory internship (from 2 to 5 months) which enables students to get to grips with working in a team, in an academic or industrial setting, in France or abroad.



International dimension :

Internationally-oriented programmes

Internationally oriented courses

Internationally oriented classes both through the teaching in English and the fact that internships can be carried out abroad (Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Canada and the USA).

Students taking this M2 program will attend courses all taught in English (30 ECTs).


Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Entrance requirements

First year Master's degree: If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Science or are enrolled in the final semester of a Bachelor’s programme in Science, you are eligible to apply for the Master’s degree in Biology. 

Second year Master's degree: to be eligible to apply you should have completed, or be enrolled in a first year of a Master programme in Science, and totalize 60 ETCS.

Candidates from a foreign university : see more information here :

Public continuing education:

You are in charge of continuing education:
• if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies,
• or if you followed training under the continuous training regime one of the previous 2 years
• or if you are an employee, job seeker, self-employed.

If you do not have the diploma required to integrate the training, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional achievements (VAPP).


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And after

And after

Further studies

Generally, students who want to (in particular those who have chosen the “research” option of the Organic Synthesis program) can continue their studies with PhD study in order to become Doctors in Organic Chemistry.

Students who do not want to do a PhD (“professional” option of the Organic Synthesis program) can either directly work or can apply for an additional Master's degree, often in a school of management or business administration.

Sectors of activity

- Fine chemicals (flavourings, fragrant active principles for cosmetics) and pure compound synthesis

- Pharmaceutical industries

- Agrochemical industries

- Research and teaching

The M2 in Organic Synthesis leads to the following careers:

Graduates of the M2 in Organic Synthesis can apply for jobs such as technical manager or research and development manager in the public sphere (research bodies, universities) or in private companies.

Following a doctoral degree, students can become researchers (in public bodies or private companies) or research professors.

Following the M2:

                - design engineer

                - process engineer (R&D, monitoring / optimisation of processes)

                - chemist / advanced research technician

                - careers in scientific leadership, communications and education

Following a doctoral degree:

                - researcher (bodies such as CNRS, INSERM, etc.)

                - research professor (universities and higher education establishments)

                - chemical engineer or researcher (private companies) in research and development

Other potential careers (after additional training):

                - purchasing manager

                - quality manager

                - HSE manager

                - specialist in regulatory affairs

                - specialist in intellectual property

                - product manager

                - documentalist

                - product flow manager

                - technical sales representative

                - physics/chemistry professor or school teacher

Vocational placement

According to the 2014-2015 survey, 6 responding graduates are on the labour market (in employment and job seekers). Among them, 83% are in employment 30 months after their degree.