Master in Chemistry

Master in Chemistry

Organic synthesis 2nd year

Presentation and goals

Students are gradually educated in organic synthesis of molecules, from the first year of the master’s degree, 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.

This 2nd year's 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.



Further information

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).

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 2nd year's program will attend courses all taught in English (30 ECTS)



Master 2nd year

Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Access condition

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

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)

Candidature / Application

Opening period : from 4th of march to 27th of march 2024 included with e-candidat

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UGA Registration fees: 243€ + 100€ CVEC

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 2nd year's master in Organic Synthesis leads to the following careers : Graduates 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 2nd year's master : 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