Universitat de Barcelona

Organic Chemistry


Organic chemistry plays a crucial role in modern society. It is particularly important in the synthesis of drugs and other biologically active compounds, new materials for technology, polymers and the petrochemical industry.
This master's degree provides specialized training in organic chemistry to prepare professionals who are capable of responding to the research and development needs of research centres and industry in this branch of chemistry, enabling their involvement in cases where a cross-disciplinary preparation in chemistry is needed. Students gain the knowledge and skills required to conduct research tasks and pursue a successful academic or professional career focusing on research, development or innovation. The master's degree also prepares students for admission to the doctoral program in organic chemistry.

Learning objectives

The objective of this master's degree is to complete the training of degree holders in chemistry and related disciplines. The master's degree provides additional training in advanced theories of organic chemistry and includes an experimental focus that covers more than half of the total ECTS credits required. Students will develop the majority of their cases in the laboratories of research groups whose members form part of the master's degree teaching staff. The master's degree will train professionals who can adapt to various research and development areas in the field of organic chemistry or in cross-disciplinary areas of chemistry in which organic chemistry predominates. The master's degree is intended to encourage students to develop rigour, initiative and critical thinking in their laboratory work, to stimulate the motivation needed to tackle a research project in new settings, and to produce students who are knowledgeable about the theoretical and practical tools that are available for the proper development of their work.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan, 50%; Spanish, 25%; English, 25%
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Chemistry
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants to the master's degree Organic Chemistry should have an interest in in-depth study in the field, leading to a professional career in R&D&i. In order to ensure their success in the master's degree, applicants should have a strong level of preparation in chemistry and especially in organic chemistry, obtained through a bachelor's degree in chemistry or an equivalent discipline. Applicants should also have strong manual skills in the use of laboratory equipment, a good working knowledge of English, including reading, speaking and writing, and strong user-level skills for relevant software.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

  • EHEA bachelor's degree or llicenciatura degree in Chemistry
  • EHEA bachelor's degree or llicenciatura degree in Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or similar, subject to approval by the Admission Committee.
  • Sufficient knowledge of at least two of the languages of instruction, one of which must be English (level B1).

Skills and competences

  • Skills to deliver scientific presentations orally and in written form in the three languages used in the master's degree.

  • Understanding of scientific and technical documents about chemistry written in English.

  • Ability to work in a coordinated manner in the preparation and development of a project.

  • Practical knowledge of current laboratory techniques used in organic chemistry.

  • Knowledge and mastery of the common techniques used in the characterization of organic compounds.

  • Knowledge of the regulations on risk prevention in laboratories and in the organic chemical sector.

  • Mastery of the practical aspects involved in the use of chemical documentation.

  • Knowledge of the reaction mechanisms commonly accepted in organic chemistry.

  • Capacity to design synthesis routes for organic molecules of average complexity.

  • Solid knowledge of the most important synthesis methods in organic chemistry, including the fundamental aspects of stereoselective processes.

  • Capacity to take a comprehensive view of organic chemistry in order to apply acquired knowledge to adjacent branches of science, such as biochemistry, pharmacy, medicine and materials science.

  • Understanding of the most common processes and concepts in the organic chemical sector.

  • Basic knowledge of the most common techniques used in the theoretical study of organic structures and reaction mechanisms.

Pre-enrolment calendar

19 April - 7 September 2022.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

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Required documentation

Selection criteria

  • Student's curricular pathway (45%).
  • Academic record (40%).
  • Physical ability to work independently in a laboratory (15%).


Admissions and selection of students is managed by the Coordination Committee for the Master's Degree in Organic Chemistry. The Committee evaluates each application received, and draws up a list of pre-selected candidates.
If the number of potential candidates who, in the opinion of the Committee, would be able to take full advantage of the master's degree exceeds the number of places available, or in cases where a student's academic record indicates that his or her level of knowledge may be insufficient, the Committee may convene a personal interview or written test, depending on the number of participants, consisting of a questionnaire on significant fundamental aspects of organic chemistry. Thus, the Committee's decision to grant admission or not may be based on the demonstration of relevant knowledge.
The Committee's will then issue their resolution of each application, notifying the applicants individually by email.
Candidates that have been granted admission and received notification by email, and wish to reserve a place in the course, must confirm their intention to enrol by email to master.qo@ub.edu.


See the information in Enrolment.

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