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Erasmus Mundus Master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation (EMM-ChIR)

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2023

October 2024

October 2025

About this program

Erasmus Mundus Master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation (EMM-ChIR)

The EMM-ChIR is a complete and flexible program preparing professionals qualified to deal with all aspects of chemical safety and chemical sustainability.

The University partners of the ChIR consortium are:

  • Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna (IT)
  • University of Barcelona (ES)
  • University of Algarve in Faro (PT)

The multicultural environment fosters innovation while exploring the most recent trends on chemical circular economy and sustainability To ensure a toxic-free environment, modern society demands chemicals strategies for sustainability. International chemical regulations such as the European REACH are an essential step in the direction of a green, safe and sustainable chemistry, promoting innovation to design safer chemicals and search for innovative chemical applications. Knowledge of regulations and sensitivity towards safety and preservation issues are the prerequisite that motivate the chemists to make sustainability the center of their interest. The graduate will be charged to respond to these societal needs through the design of innovative chemicals and innovative technologies for their production. The knowledge of the design of alternative chemical substances, of the activity-structure relationships, of the green synthetic methods, of the catalysis techniques, of the use of alternative solvents, of the issues of recycle and environmental impacts will be the scientific basis to formulate research and innovation proposals. Knowledge of basic economic issues will provide graduates with the required reference framework.

5 reasons to enroll on the degree program:

  1. ;Build your own personalized study plan to become familiar with the management of chemicals' safety and the design of innovative products and processes.
  2. Travel while learning, visiting at least two different EU Countries, and possibly a third EU country or UK, USA, South America and Asia.
  3. Study in a truly multicultural environment, learning from international experts and working with colleagues from all over the world.
  4. Gain a European Joint Master Diploma from a program selected by the European Commission as an example of excellence in European higher education
  5. Improve your English and learn new languages! The teaching language is English but a local language "survival" course is offered to all students.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the Masters are:

  1. Strong Academic Background in appropriate disciplines, meaning that candidates must hold a high education diploma issued by a competent High Education authority attesting the completion of a degree equivalent to a 1st cycle (180 ECTS), in a field where Chemistry plays an important role. This may be a degree in Chemistry, Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering, Clinical Analysis, Medicine, etc.
  2. Demonstrated command of the English language, meaning that the candidate must prove he/she can understand, speak and write English proficiently enough to take the majority of modules, which are taught in English.

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Program content

Year 1

Students can choose courses from the following units:


  • Innovative products design
  • Applied new products
  • Alternative pharmaceutical products design


  • Industrial Innovation
  • Sustainable pharmaceutical industry
  • Nanotech industry


  • Business and enterprise
  • Quality and innovation
  • Business and marketing

Chemical sustainability

  • Chemical sustainability
  • Green chemistry
  • Chemistry from nature

Circular Economy

  • Circular Economy
  • Waste management
  • Raw Materials


  • Toxicological perspective
  • Human toxicology
  • Toxicological assessment ;

Enviromental Sustainability

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Global concerns
  • Environmental Assessment


  • General Assessment
  • Data Management
  • Laboratory Assessment

Risk and safety

  • Safety and risk
  • Chemical safety
  • Chemical plants safety


  • Chemical regulation
  • Food and Drugs Regulations
  • Regualtion and nanotech

Student's choice

  • Communication attitude
  • IT skills
  • Innovation attitude
  • Research attitude

Year 2

  • Final examination / thesis
  • Laboratory training for research project
  • Internship

Scholarships & funding

The Master Degree in Chemical Innovation and Regulation – ChIR is supported by the Erasmus Mundus program and the higher ranked candidates who apply within the Erasmus Mundus deadlines ( January 15th, 2021) will be considered for Erasmus Mundus studentships according to the rules defined by the European Commission such as of geographical balance.

Program delivery

The master duration is 2 years: 1 year of taught modules in one of the Universities of the consortium and 1 year of internship, research project and thesis. Teaching takes place in one of the Universities of the consortium by Lecturers from all the partner institutions. The Host University rotates every year. In the 2nd year each student moves to a second country of the consortium to complete the internship, research project and thesis. Part of the research project can be done in collaboration with one of the associated partner institutions of the Consortium either in Europe, in Brazil, China, Japan, India, Argentina or Uruguay.


The final Qualification obtained is a Join Master Degree in Chemical Innovation and Regulation awarded by the three Universities of the ChIR Consortium.

Career paths

ChIR prepares professionals with the scientific, regulatory and economic knowledge necessary to manage the risks of chemicals and to meet responsibilities over chemical legislation worldwide. Its ;multicultural environment ;fosters innovation while exploring the most recent trends on ;chemical circular economy ;and ;sustainability.

In particular the accessible professional profiles are:

  • Chemist, expert in regulatory field, who ;is in charge of the assessment of the risk profile of chemical products or chemical plants, ;coordinates the preparation of dossiers (Chemical Assessment Report) for registration of chemical substances under the REACH regulation and / or other national and international regulations, acts as evaluator of Chemical Assessment Reports, ;co-supervise in the design and improvement of chemical plants safety and production.
  • Chemist, expert in research, development and analysis who can ;design innovative and effective products (molecular designer) and synthetic processes meeting the criteria of economy, environmental sustainability, safety, feedstock saving, recyclability. ;


About this institute

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

The Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research, a constant and increasingly broad international perspective and a strong third mission....

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Why study at Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna


Over 700 teachers with responsibilities that include international relations. Students from more than 140 countries. 70 teaching projects with international Universities. The University of Bologna is part of several international networks that promote research activities in every field.


252 degree programs, of which 101 first-cycle degrees, 14 combined bachelor/master degrees, 137 second-cycle degrees. Among these, 87 are international (Academic Year 2021/22).


Projects, initiatives and research structures for the development of innovation and the knowledge to tackle global challenges. More than 2,700 professors and researchers. Over 11,000 research products every year. Over 87,000 students enrolled of which more than 6,000 international.

Contact info

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna


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