University of Barcelona

Organic Chemistry

Objectives and competences


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.


  • 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.