Master's in Molecular Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis 2021–2022

Por qué cursar esta titulación

The aim of the Master is the training in molecular design applied to the preparation of new compounds with specific properties and the development of catalysts to carry out transformations in an efficient, clean and selective way. The Master provides the students with an adequate training:

i) to design new synthetic routes and apply the appropriate synthetic methodologies for the preparation of new products with predetermined properties or functions, involving also, in some cases, computational methods.

ii) to familiarize students with the use and interpretation of structural characterization techniques of molecular compounds, both in solution and for condensed phases.

iii) to understand and apply the principles of catalysis to the design of catalytic processes for the preparation of chemical products at a laboratory scale, observing the standards of sustainability and environmental respect.

This Master is aimed at training researchers with adequate skills for their integration both in the academia and in the industrial R&D departments. This research expertise is obtained through the transmission of the most current knowledge in chemical synthesis and catalysis, and facilitating employment of the most advanced techniques and programs for structural characterization, processes monitoring, theoretical modeling, and the search of scientific information through databases and bibliographic resources.

There is more information at the Master's website:

Access requirements

Those who fulfil one of the following requirements may request admission in the official Master's courses at the University of Zaragoza:

a)     Access requirements:

  • Hold an official university degree from Spain or a degree issued by a higher education institution in a state within the European Higher Education Space (henceforth, EHES), or hold a international university degree officially recognized in Spain and that entitles the holder to access Master's courses.
  • Hold a higher education degree issued by a non-EHES country (only for non-qualifying university Master's degrees). In this case, the application must follow the procedure established by the University of Zaragoza Postgraduate Studies Committee. This Committee will verify that the qualification is of an equivalent educational level to official Spanish university degrees and that access to Postgraduate studies is entitled through this qualification in the country of origin.

The tariff noted in the Public Prices Decree must be paid for this document to be studied and the equivalence between the international qualification and the corresponding Spanish one(s) established.

No access application which fails to meet these requirements will be processed.

Further information

  • Have studied part of a doctorate study programme, in accordance with the Royal Decree 778/1998 or prior regulations. Official proof of the courses and research work undertaken from the centre that managed the university master's programme will be requested.
  • Students who are studying Bachelor's degrees in the Spanish University System  as well as foreign students (both from the EHEA and outside of it) who are in the process of completing their university studies, and who therefore do not meet the academic requirements of access on the dates of requesting admission in phases I, II and III, they may request a conditional admission provided that in the course prior to the start of the university master's degree they are enrolled in all the credits necessary for the completion of the undergraduate studies (or equivalent) and can prove compliance with the academic requirements on the date on which they are going to enroll in the month of July and / or September, provided that there are vacancies.

  • In the case of accessing university master's courses qualifying for regulated professions in Spain that do not require a specific degree, use will be made of the provisions of RD 967/2014, dated 21 November, which establishes the requirements and procedures for the certification and statement of equivalent qualifications and official university academic level and for the validation of international higher education studies, and the procedure to determine the correspondence with the levels within the Spanish higher education qualifications framework for the official Architect, Engineer, Graduate, Technical Architect, Technical Engineer and Certified qualifications.


b)     Language requirements:

  • Anyone wishing to undertake a university master's course imparted in Spanish at the University of Zaragoza whose mother tongue is not Spanish must hold a Spanish language certification so as to guarantee that he/she is able to properly follow the classes.
  • If the University Master's has specific language requirements, documentary evidence must be provided to show the student has the required level (see the corresponding master's web page).

  • For those university master's courses which are taught in full or part in a language other than Spanish, applicants must provide documentary evidence to support their competence of in such languages (see the corresponding master's web page).

Application for admission

Admission application is undertaken in accordance with the phases and dates established annually for the academic calendar, available in: 

The application should be submitted via the Internet, once the form has been completed and the necessary documents have been uploaded to the platform and following the instructions given in:      Online administration office      Internet admission application 

Should it prove not possible to do this by Internet, then the application shall be presented in the administrative office of the university centre where the official Master's programme is imparted. The printed admission application, accompanied by the corresponding documents.

Offer of a place

Places are offered in the centre on the basis of the academic documents provided by the applicant.

The lists are published on the official University of Zaragoza bulletin board [].

The following are published for each master's:

  • A list of the admitted and excluded candidates (as indicated in the annual notification).
  • A waiting list in ranking order.

This publication is considered to be the official notification for the interested parties, but has no definitive effect for the same should the University detect any errors therein, in which case modifications will be made to the same.

In case of non-admittance, an appeal can be submitted to the Rector within a period of 7 working days after publication.

Those students who are offered a place in each phase should complete the following forms:


Registration will be done via the Internet, following the instructions provided in  Online administration office

Exceptionally, registration can be done by presenting the standard application form available in the administrative office of the centre where the course is imparted.

Further information (registration dates, cost …)

Perfiles de salida

The Master aims to facilitate the acquisition of advanced knowledge and scientific skills which allow the incorporation of the Master students in research and development (R&D) departments, both in public or private research centers, as well as in the chemical industry. The Master’s contents and developed competences guarantee the acquisition of the specialization and updated training necessary to access, among others, the PhD Programs of the Inorganic and Organic Chemistry departments. In addition, it provides an ideal training for potential technologists and researchers of public R&D&I centers and chemical companies related to the fields of fine chemistry, pharmacology, agri-food, or in the more general areas of green chemistry, new materials and energy.

El entorno profesional y social en el que se ubica este estudio

Chemistry is the science that has contributed most to the well-being and quality of life that we currently enjoy. The chemical industry is in charge of the production, transformation and large-scale development of new chemical compounds that contribute to a higher quality of life. For decades, these processes have been carried out without taking into account the exhaustible character of many natural resources and their environmental impact. Giving these facts, public opinion and competent organisms promote an increasingly demanding legislation that compel chemical industry to innovate production processes. The combination of all these factors suggests that it is crucial to change the industrial philosophy of work, seeking for less polluting industrial activities, and considering a sustainable use of raw materials.

The chemical sector has a strong commitment to sustainable development and the solution to environmental problems necessarily involves chemistry. In this context, it should be noted that of all industrial sectors, the only sector that, on a voluntary basis, has taken a responsible initiative for continuous safety and environmental protection improvement in the development of its activities, is the chemical sector

The success of the chemical industry is largely a merit of the discovery of new synthetic routes, many of which have required the development of specific catalytic processes. Catalysis is one of the keys to sustainability since it allows more efficient production methods, as it promotes the use of scarce natural resources in a much more efficient way, reduces the waste production and allows the efficient use of energy. It is estimated that at least one catalytic process is involved in the production of 85% of industrial products. The main sectors are the refining of petroleum crude, the production of raw materials and the control of emissions. However, an increasingly important part of the chemical industry is currently devoted to the production of high added-value compounds, such as active ingredients or synthetic intermediates for use in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food additives and fragrance industries (fine chemistry) in which catalysis plays a fundamental role.

To face the challenge of sustainable production scientists with advanced knowledge at the molecular level, with creative ideas both in the design of catalysts and new compounds, and in the search for better properties, and with ability to imagine and develop new efficient and sustainable synthetic strategies are required. The integral training of these scientists is the aim of the “Master on Molecular Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis” that is based on the potential of the Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (ISQCH) and on the teaching and research experience of its members. In addition, a part of the research carried out in the Aragon Material Science Institute (ICMA) is closely related to that of the ISQCH, so this Master's program is also adequate for the training requirements of students who wish to continue a PhD program in the research groups integrated in both institutes or to incorporate to the R&D&I sector of industrial companies.

Finally, the University of Zaragoza is endowed with a high national and international strategic value, being a point of confluence of universities from contiguous communities such as, for example, Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country, or in the French regions of Limusin-Aquitaine or Midi-Pirinees -Languedoc. In fact, at present, the University of Zaragoza together with the Public Universities of Navarre, La Rioja and Lleida have created the Campus del Valle del Ebro (Campus Iberus) distinguished with the mention of the Campus of International Excellence. The Master is expected to be especially attractive for the students of these Universities.

Qué se aprende

The Master's in Molecular Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis is aimed at satisfying the training requirements of students who wish to develop a career as researchers and professionals in the field of molecular chemistry and its applications. The purpose of the Master is to transmit the most current knowledge in these fields and facilitate the use of the most advanced structural characterization techniques with the overall objective of training highly qualified researchers.

In this context, the Master:

1.- Provides advanced, rigorous and highly specialized scientific training in the field of chemical synthesis, reactivity and properties of new molecular substances and catalysis.

2.- Provides advanced training in experimental and structural characterization techniques in Molecular Chemistry.

3.- Introduce graduate students into scientific research by providing the level of skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to join research teams or R&D departments of innovation and technology-based companies.

Detailed description of the competences acquired in the Master degree:

Descripción detallada de las competencias que se adquieren en la titulación

Basic skills

1. To demonstrate advanced knowledge on the essential facts, principles and theories involved in chemical synthesis and catalytic processes, with special emphasis on current research topics.

2. To be able to develop and apply ideas, in a research context, in order to make original contributions in Chemistry transferable to the social environment.

3.- To be able to judge and discriminate data and results.

Specific Competences

1. To be able to expand and use appropriate vocabulary and specific terminology within the framework of Inorganic, Organometallic, Organic Chemistry and Catalysis.

2. To be able to design and synthesize new organic, inorganic or organometallic molecules of industrial and technological interest.

3. To be able to apply protocols, procedures and advanced experimental techniques of synthesis.

4. To be able to get relevant information and to evaluate the degree of risk, toxicity and environmental impact of chemical products, to manage them safely and responsibly.

5. To be able to select and use autonomously different instrumental and structural determination techniques, including the handling of key scientific instruments as well as the interpretation and validation of the obtained results.

6. To understand the fundamental principles, the most important catalytic processes from the industrial and technological point of view, and the new trends in catalysis.

7. To understand, interpret and investigate the mechanisms of stoichiometric and catalytic reactions.

8. To be able to assimilate and objectively evaluate research results in Molecular Chemistry and Catalysis, as well as to interpret them critically and relate them to theoretical knowledge.

9. To prepare a clear and concise report of the results and conclusions derived from a research project in the fields of Inorganic, Organometallic, Organic Chemistry or Catalysis.

10. To be competent to publicly expose and defend the development, results and conclusions of a research project in the fields of Inorganic, Organometallic, Organic or Catalytic Chemistry.

Presentación general del plan de estudios

The Master on Molecular Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis is obtained after passing 60 ECTS, distributed as follows:

• 24 compulsory ECTS credits

• 24 ECTS credits for Master's Dissertation (based on an experimental research project)

• 12 optional and complementary ECTS credits

The Master's degree is designed to be completed in a full-time academic course, but it can also be done as a part-time student. The training offer of optional/complementary courses is 24 ECTS.

The Master's degree is structured in modules that group several courses. The modules are as follows:

Molecular Chemistry and Catalysis

Compulsory module that provides advanced knowledge in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry, and Catalysis.

Structural Characterization

The objective of this module is to address the principles and applications of diverse characterization techniques of molecular structures and materials.

Horizons in Molecular Chemistry and Catalysis

Optional module where the concepts and knowledge that stand out for their novelty and current interest are addressed.

Master's Dissertation

This compulsory module involves the development of an original research project in a research topic related to the contents of the Master. The research projects will be conducted in any of the research groups of the University Research Institutes ISQCH, ICMA, or in any other public or private research center related to the Master contents.

Academic orientation, information and support system for students

The course coordinator is the key figure for any query, clarification or problem that may arise during the academic year. The coordinator is in regular contact with the students and their representatives and provides support and set up the necessary actions to support the student’s learning process. In all degree courses, per the directives of the Academic Guidance Programmes at the University of Zaragoza, each student is assigned an individual lecturer-tutor, who will be responsible for offering the student academic advice on aspects related to the student’s integration and adaptation to the work expected to be completed in each degree. The academic tutor will also provide advice on the most suitable academic options as well as guidance on the student’s personal or professional academic interests, the resources and services available to them at the University and on the general workings of the University in its administrative and academic facets and for participation in its governing structures.

The University of Zaragoza has a University Centre for Modern Languages where international languages classes are offered. The language instruction offer includes German, Arabic, French, Modern Greek, English, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. The courses offered include: year-long General & Specific Courses, Intensive Summer Courses in July & September, and single-term Self-Study & Conversation Courses (English, French & German).

Summer courses. Students may also wish to participate in any of the summer course programmes on offer every year in July, August and September in various locations in Aragon, albeit most of them take place in the following locations: Teruel & Jaca.

The University of Zaragoza has its own Guidance and Employment Office: UNIVERSA. The main goal of this University Employment Observatory is to provide specific information, guidance and training to facilitate professional integration among university students, in addition to overseeing voluntary work placement for final year students. Courses are offered to both students and recent graduates to improve their training in professional skills, job seeking strategies, etc.

Furthermore, there is a Job Fair (EMPZAR) every year, which provides students with the possibility to contact directly with companies, as well as gain first-hand knowledge of the labour market demand, get advice on how to prepare a CV, and so on.

Libraries & study rooms. The University of Zaragoza has 4,803 reading seats across its libraries and study rooms. These are comprised of the main Library and a further 21 libraries in the various centres and faculties. They contain a total of over 1,000,000 books and approximately 33,500 different journals.

Library staff supports first-year students. Staff offers an online course on Information and ICT skills. This course is offered as a practical activity within one of the subjects imparted in year one.  The students are also offered other training courses on information skills, at various levels, chief among which are the Guide to Tools and Guidelines for preparing the undergraduate/master’s dissertation.

Counselling, accommodation and services

Halls of Residence. The University of Zaragoza has two main Halls of Residence located in the San Francisco Campus: The Pedro Cerbuna University Hall of Residence (CMU) (250 rooms) and the Santa Isabel CMU (192 rooms), plus another one located in the Río Ebro Campus (102 places) and two other halls in the cities of Huesca (Ramón Acin CMU – 125 rooms) and Teruel (Pablo Serrano CMU – 96 single rooms). There are also other university halls of residence in the city of Zaragoza run by private companies. Furthermore, there is a University web service that helps students to find a room or rent a flat. 

Accommodation can also be found using the Zaragoza Council programmes for young people and students.

Counselling. The University of Zaragoza has four free and anonymous counselling services for youngsters, which are run by a team of professionals who provide advice on academic, legal, sexual and psychological areas.

The University of Zaragoza international relations Office will provide international students with all the necessary support in the registration process. It also provides students with practical information about the city, transport, flats on offer, rooms, halls of residence, medical assistance, courses for international students, etc.

Student diversity. The main role of the University of Zaragoza Student Diversity Office (OUAD) (pertaining to the Vice-Chancellor for Students & Employment) is to ensure equal opportunities through inclusion of all university students in university academic life. In addition, it encourages awareness of student diversity within the university community. This office is particularly committed to providing attention to any university student with special educational needs or disabilities.

University information centre. The University Information & Appeals Centre offers general information about the University of Zaragoza: access, offer of undergraduate/master’s study programmes, doctoral programmes, as well as information on non-official degrees, registration process, grants, summer courses, administrative information, and so on. Equally, they manage appeals of any situations that are not subject to the established regulated procedures.

Information and Communications Service. All computers on campus are connected to the Internet. WiFi is available in all the buildings. Any student may use the University of Zaragoza IT services.

Vehicle management service. A permit is required so that a member of the university community can park their vehicles in the car parks available in the different campuses.

Sports and cultural activities

Cultural activities. The 'Cultural Agenda' provides a monthly programme of the events in the areas of Cinema & Animation, Music, Theatre, Exhibitions, Cycles, Conferences, Literary Activities and Courses. It also offers cultural association activities and those of the Cultural Committees in Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel.

Sports activities. The University of Zaragoza sports complex is located in the San Francisco Campus and features a leisure centre, gym, outdoor basketball, handball and 5-a-side football facilities, a certified athletics track and a football pitch. Every academic year, over a hundred activities are organised.

Participation in university life

The University of Zaragoza Student House ('Casa del Estudiante') (inaugurated in 2005) is home to the University Student Council, the student groups represented on the Cloisters and Governing Board, and the multinational student associations. The Student House supervises activities pertaining to student representation and, additionally, work meetings, presentations, conferences and other events of interest to the students at our University. These activities are promoted and run by the student groups and coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor of Students:

Information Feelers. Voluntary student members of the University of Zaragoza faculties and centres act as 'information feelers' to counsel, inform and help their own peers. 

University Ombudsman. This person defends the rights and freedoms of the university community and attends to complaints and requests from students.

El profesorado de esta titulación

The courses of the Master's Degree on Molecular Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis are imparted by the academic staff of the Inorganic Chemistry ( and Organic Chemistry ( Departments of the University of Zaragoza. Additionally, research staff of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) of the Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis Institute (ISQCH,, and to a lesser extent, of the Aragon Material Science Institute (ICMA, also collaborates as teachers.

The Master's degree is based on the research and training potential of the ISQCH researchers who have an accredited teaching and research experience. The academic staff in charge of the courses are experts in the different Master's subjects, which guarantees a high level of teaching quality. Also a part of the research carried out in the ICMA involves several synthetic aspects, consequently this Master's Degree is adequated to the training requirements of the students who will continue their doctorate in the research groups integrated in both institutes.