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Join our ChemBio&Mat programme and become part of CiQUS!!. You will receive training in interdisciplinary research in molecular chemistry and in its interface with biology an materials science, all under the guidance of leading international researchers.

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A study programme beyond the classical scientific boundaries

Training in a multidisciplinary environment to approach problems and challenges in the fields of Chemistry, Biomedicine and Materials Science

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High rate of practical training

Perfect balance between theoretical understanding and hands-on experience in laboratories


State-of-the-art equipment

First class laboratories and a broad range of facilities for advanced research


Training by world-renowned researchers

The teaching staff includes 5 European Research Council (ERC) grantees and other internationally renowned scientists. The programme leads to a Master’s degree awarded by the University of Santiago de Compostela.


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This Master programme is a full-time degree aimed at providing a multidisciplinary scientific and technological education in chemistry and at its interface with functional materials and cell biology.

The Master is especially suited for students seeking an innovative and highly interdisciplinary training programme in molecular sciences, and eager to learn about the opportunities provided by Chemistry to approach problems in Cell Biology and in the field of Materials Sciences.

Students will be exposed to a leading international research environment, and will have the opportunity to acquire the necessary practical skills and knowledge to start a research path, by enrolling in a PhD programme; or to pursue a successful career in different industrial sectors (Chemistry, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, among others).

  1. Module I

    Structural characterisation

    12 ECTS

  2. Module II

    Biological chemistry

    12 ECTS

  3. Module III

    Functional materials

    12 ECTS

  4. Module IV

    Reactivity and synthesis

    12 ECTS

  5. Module V


    Introductory Research Project
    15 ECTS

  6. Module V


    Master’s dissertation
    30 ECTS

1st Semester (1st year - 30 ECTS)2st Semester (1st year - 30 ECTS)3rd Semester (2nd year - 30 ECTS)


Admission conditions

  • Prospective students should hold a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or in another major including training in Chemistry and related to the programme learning objectives (Biology, Pharmacy, Physics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering).
  • The Master's Academic Committee will assess the suitability of other bachelor's degrees based on the general level of candidate's previous education and specific background knowledge.
  • Applicants must prove their knowledge of English (at least CEFR B1 level)

Selection criteria

  1. Academic record (1-10 scale): 85%
  2. Other merits: 10%
  3. Motivation Letter: 5%
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Part-time research contracts

The CiQUS offers every year 8-10 part-time research contracts for the development of research Master Projects at the CiQUS.

Selected graduate students will receive a gross salary according to individual’s qualification/experience.

For 10 months*, they will enroll a dynamic international environment, working in cutting-edge research areas as well as actively participating in all the scientific activities at CiQUS.

* For those students enroled in the Master in Chemistry at the Interface with Biology and Materials Science (90 ECTS), the contract could be extended under certain conditions.



The Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxia e Materiais Moleculares (CiQUS) holds the accreditation as Research Centre of the Galician University System (ED431G 2023/03; Xunta de Galicia and ERDF).

CiQUS has the vision of being a reference research center distinguished by the excellence and impact of its scientific work and its commitment to the demands of society. Our research activity focuses on the following three major areas:

  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Functional Materials with Technological Application
  • Synthetic Technologies for Sustainable Development

The CiQUS building has 22 modern research labs, which have been designed under the criteria of flexibility, safety and sustainability, and are provided with first class laboratory furniture suited to fit the needs of the different research areas.

CiQUS core facilities are organized along 1,000 m2 of research support spaces, including a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) room, a radioactive, a culture cell and a high-pressure laboratories, dark room and cold rooms, four rooms for the chemical storage, a central purchasing centre and a computer cluster. In addition, there are some highly specialized labs: Advance Microscopy, AFM microscopy, lithography, electrophysiology, PLD, among others.

CiQUS researchers also have access to the general research support services of the USC, nearby, at the CACTUS building.

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Faculty of Chemistry

The studies of Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela were officially launched in 1922. However, chemical studies exist in the USC since the mid-nineteenth century, being one of the Spanish universities with more tradition in this scientific field.

Nowadays, the Faculty of Chemistry is located at the Campus Vida and offers the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Chemistry, double bachelor degree in Chemistry and Biology, double bachelor degree in Physics and Chemistry, Master in Chemistry at the Interface with Biology and Materials Science, Master in Organic Chemistry (3rd ed), Master in Chemical Investigation Research and Industrial Chemistry and Master in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (3rd ed).

USC study in compostela

The University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) is a public university located in Galicia, in the north-west of Spain. With more than five centuries of tradition, the USC is a historical institution that projects itself to the future and beyond its frontiers. Currently, USC is ranked among the leading universities in Spain, being in the top-10 institutions in research and tech transfer.

The University is organised in two campuses, in the cities of Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, which together include 30 faculties, nearly 50 departments and more than 60 degrees, apart from numerous institutes, specific centres and research centres, halls of residence, sports and cultural facilities, and libraries. The CiQUS and the Faculty of Chemistry are located in Santiago de Compostela.

The USC has more than 2,000 teachers involved in study and research, more than 25,000 students (approximately 2,000 Master students and 2,700 PhD candidates), and more than 1,000 people working in administration and services.

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