Content & Mobility

A two-year (4 semesters, 30 ECTS each) Master program.

Courses are taught in English. The selected students will study in at least 2 countries.


1st semester : Common core courses (30 ECTS, compulsory)
in Lille

The first semester  is dedicated to providing all candidates with a common platform in advanced spectroscopic methods, including magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy and diffraction techniques.


  • Quantum chemistry and chemical bonds 5 ECTS
  • Nuclear magnetic resonnance 5 ECTS
  • Optical spectrosc. 5 ECTS
  • English and professionalisation 5 ECTS
  • X ray diffraction 5 ECTS
  • Mass Spectrometry 5 ECTS



2nd semester : Pre-orientation courses (30 ECTS to choose)
in Leipzig or Lille

In the second and third semesters, more specialized instruction is provided with applications in molecular synthesis, biology, nanotechnology, modelling, “green chemistry”, medicine, and new energy sources.


  • Homogeneous Catalysis in Industry, Synthesis and Nature 5 ECTS
  • Spectroscopy at Liquid Interfaces 5 ECTS
  • Receptor Biochemistry 5 ECTS
  • Selected Topics of NMR Spectroscopy 5 ECTS
  • Highlights in Natural Products Synthesis 5 ECTS
  • Time-Resolved and Surface Spectroscopy 5 ECTS
  • Modern Concepts in Catalysis 5 ECTS
  • Quantitative Analytics & MS hyphenated Separation Methods 5 ECTS



  • Imaging and Chemometrics 5 ECTS
  • Physical organic chemistry 5 ECTS
  • Advanced chemical kinetics and catalysis 5 ECTS
  • Methodologies in inorganic chemistry 5 ECTS
  • Experimental method. in environmental sciences 5 ECTS
  • Spectroscopy for Biology 5 ECTS
  • Organometallic chemistry 5 ECTS
  • Applied molecular spectroscopy 5 ECTS



3rd semester : Specialization courses (30 ECTS to choose)
in Bologna, Helsinki, Krakow, Leipzig or Lille

Semester 3 also contains 10 ECTS credits dedicated to soft skills: a mandatory internship or research project together with seminars dedicated to project management, bibliographical research and norms and regulation in chemistry.


  • Spectroscopy of Condensed Phases 4 ECTS
  • Sustainable Industrial Chemistry and Polymers 4 ECTS
  • X-ray Methods of Analysis 4 ECTS
  • High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy 4 ECTS
  • Spectroscopic Methods in Coordination Chemistry 4 ECTS
  • Organic Chemistry for Nanotechnologies 4 ECTS
  • Physical Chemistry of Condensed Phases 4 ECTS
  • Project Case Study and Transferable Skills 10 ECTS



  • Personal Study Plan 1 ECTS
  • Computational Chemistry Basics for Organic Chemistry 3 ECTS
  • Green Chemistry for Organic Chemists 4 ECTS
  • Green Chemistry: Renewable Raw Materials and Durable Energy 3 ECTS
  • Mathematic and numeric methods 4 ECTS
  • Drug and Doping Analysis 3 ECTS
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry 3 ECTS
  • Advanced NMR Applications 5 ECTS
  • Project Case Study and Transferable Skills 10 ECTS



  • Quantum-Chemical Molecular Modeling 10 ECTS
  • Forensic Chemistry 5 ECTS
  • Multivariate Analysis in Chemistry 5 ECTS
  • Spectroscopy of Hydrogen-bonded Systems 5 ECTS
  • Advances in Spectroscopic Characterisation of Nanomaterials 5 ECTS
  • Spectroscopy Characterization and Imaging of Biomaterials 5 ECTS
  • Project Case Study and Transferable Skills 10 ECTS



  • Protein Crystallography 5 ECTS
  • Medicinal Chemistry 5 ECTS
  • Analytics of Solid State Surface 5 ECTS
  • Nano Structured Catalytic Systems 5 ECTS
  • Surface Analysis of Solids 5 ECTS
  • Mass Spectrometry 5 ECTS
  • NMR on Biosystems 5 ECTS
  • Project Case Study and Transferable Skills 10 ECTS



  • Characterization of Disordered or Nanostructured Solids 10 ECTS
  • Molecular Modeling 5 ECTS
  • Organic Photochemistry 5 ECTS
  • Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere 5 ECTS
  • Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques for Environmental Analysis 5 ECTS
  • Project Case Study and Transferable Skills 10 ECTS



4th semester : Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
in Bologna, Helsinki, Krakow, Leipzig or Lille

In the 4th semester, the Master‘s thesis will be strongly encouraged to be based on a collaborative project between two of the partner institutions, thus adding an even more challenging European dimension to the program.


  • Spectroscopy for Fluid and Condensed Phases
  • Sustainable Chemistry



  • Green & Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry



  • Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials
  • Spectroscopy of Biomaterials



  • Surface Science and Catalysis
  • Spectroscopy for Bioorganics



  • Spectroscopy for Solid State
  • Spectroscopy and Catalysis





The selected students will study in at least 2 countries; a standard mobility of two semesters (one academic year) is recommended, the simplest scheme being a selection of two different locations: one per academic year, according to the specialization field of the targeted master thesis topic.

Students can visit up to 3 universities. Students wishing to come back to the University Lille1 for the 4th semester master thesis will have to spend the 2nd AND/OR 3rd semester at another location.

  • 1st semester : Lille (FR)
  • 2nd semester : Lille (FR) or Leipzig (DE)
  • 3rd and/or 4th semester mobility in another of the consortium institutions. The ASC consortium covers all fields of spectroscopy, with an emphasis on specialization courses in the following specialties:
    • Univ. of Helsinki (FI): Spectroscopy of Environmental and Green Chemistry
    • Univ. of Krakow (PL): Optical Spectroscopy, Computational and Forensic Chemistry
    • Univ. Leipzig (DE): Bioorganic NMR, Protein Crystallography
    • Univ. of Lille (FR): Solid State Spectroscopy – NMR, X ray diffraction
    • Univ. of Bologna (IT): Quantum Chemistry, Catalysis, Cultural Heritage

Mobility is organized well in advance, as early as mid- November of the first semester of the ASC program: each student will select his/her mobility pathway towards the choice of a specific field for his/her master thesis in the 4th semester: A ranking of 3 choices per student is required, each different choice being duly motivated and explained in a common letter of motivation. This ranking will be discussed by the Academic Board in a meeting held for the purpose of reaching a minimum distribution of 3-4 students per ASC institution for the second year of ASC studies.



Winter school

A winter school is organized each year in the ASC Master program, end of February or beginning of March, between the 1st and 2nd / 3rd and 4th semesters, to ensure all students can attend.
It aims at bringing all ASC students in one location as a group. Participation is recommended for EM students with a scholarship, as part of the ASC workload. The topic will deepen one specific field of application of spectroscopy. Beside the scientific content, it is also meant to be a joint social event: it is the occasion for the students of the first and second year to meet and exchange on their experience.