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Curriculum Summary

Each subject can be checked from the tables organised by academic year and optional subjects. Each subject contains the course description and all relevant information.

 

MASTER'S DEGREE COURSE - CREDITS AND SUBJECTS

 
Type of subject Credits
Compulsory (OB) 18
Optional (OP) 27
Master's Degree Final Project (TFM) 15
TOTAL CREDITS   60
 


 
   DISTRIBUTION OF SUBJECTS BY MODULE   

FIRST SEMESTER 18 ECTS

18 COMPULSORY ECTS

SUBJECT AREAS (CORE MODULE)

SUBJECTS

TYPE

ECTS

 

SOLID STATE

 

SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY

OB

6

SOLID STATE PHYSICS

OB

6

SURFACE CHEMICAL PHYSICS

SURFACE CHEMICAL PHYSICS

OB

6

 

SECOND SEMESTER (30 ECTS)

27 OPTIONAL ECTS + 15 COMPULSORY ECTS CORRESPONDING TO THE MASTER’S FINAL PROJECT

SUBJECT AREA (CORE MODULE)

SUBJECTS

TYPE

ECTS

CHARACTERISATION TECHNIQUES

CHARACTERISATION TECHNIQUES I: X-RAY SCATTERING, NEUTRON AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

OP

6

CHARACTERISATION TECHNIQUES II: SPECTROSCOPY AND SURFACE TECHNIQUES

OP

6

SUBJECT AREAS (SPECIALISATION MODULE)

SUBJECTS

TYPE

ECTS

CARBON MATERIALS

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CARBON MATERIALS

OP

3

APPLICATIONS OF CARBON MATERIALS

OP

3

BASICS OF ADSORPTION AND CATALYSIS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS

OP

3

PHASE-TRANSITION TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO THE STUDY OF SOLID-GAS INTERACTIONS

OP

3

THERMAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS AND POROUS SOLIDS

BASICS OF ADSORPTION AND CATALYSIS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS

OP

3

PHASE-TRANSITION TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO THE STUDY OF SOLID-GAS INTERACTIONS

OP

3

THERMAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

IN SITU VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY FOR CHARACTERISING INTERFACES

OP

3

FUNCTIONAL AND STRUCTURAL MATERIALS

MAGNETIC AND SUPERCONDUCTOR MATERIALS: PHENOMENOLOGY AND FUNDAMENTALS

OP

3

NEW MATERIALS And NANOMATERIALS IN CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

SEMICONDUCTORS: BASICS AND DEVICES

OP

3

COMPOSITE MATERIALS

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

MATERIALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

OP

3

ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR POLYMERIC MATERIALS

OP

3

POLYMER SCIENCE

OP

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTROCHEMICAL MATERIALS

SURFACE ELECTROCHEMISTRY

OP

3

ELECTROCHEMISTRY OF SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS

OP

3

ELECTROCATALYSIS, ELECTROCATALYTIC MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY

OP

3

IN SITU VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY FOR CHARACTERISING INTERFACES

OP

3

CORROSION AND PROTECTION

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

MATERIALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

OP

3

 

SIMULATION AND COMPUTING IN MATERIALS SCIENCE

MODELLING IN MATERIALS SCIENCE: INTRODUCTION TO ATOMIC SIMULATION AND MONTE CARLO METHODS

OP

3

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR CALCULATING MOLECULAR STRUCTURE

OP

3

INTRODUCTION TO DENSITY FUNCTIONAL THEORY

OP

3

NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY

OP

3

 

 

 

POLYMERIC MATERIALS

POLYMER SCIENCE

OP

3

ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR POLYMERIC MATERIALS

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

ADHESION And PROCESSES OF UNION OF MATERIALS

OP

3

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

NEW MATERIALS And NANOMATERIALS IN CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

OP

3

APPLICATIONS OF CARBON MATERIALS

OP

3

BASICS OF ADSORPTION AND CATALYSIS

OP

3

CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS

OP

3

MATERIALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

OP

3

HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS

OP

3

FINAL PROJECT

OB

15

 

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Timetables and examination calendars

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Competences

 

 

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Mobility and exhange programmes

The Faculty of Sciences, along with the UA International & Mobility Programmes Office, manages a comprehensive mobility programme with actions covering the following objectives:

  • Encouraging the University of Alicante's internationalisation actions to promote the mobility of the University members.
  • Promoting the learning of languages for teaching and research purposes.
  • Boosting the students' training at other national and international universities (Programmes: SICUE/SENECA; DRAC; ERASMUS + ; NON-EUROPEAN MOBILITY).
  • Allowing university students to perform work placements at foreign companies and, thus, improving their qualifications (Programmes: LEONARDO DA VINCI; IAESTE).

Stays at other universities, either nationwide or abroad, are included in the framework of an agreement signed between the University of Alicante and the corresponding host university.

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Work experience

The Faculty of Sciences manages a work placement programme aimed at students who have successfully passed 50% of undergraduate credits and/or meet the requirements stated on their syllabi. The main goals of such work placements are the following:

  • Allowing students to apply and complement the knowledge acquired in their academic training to pre-professional activities to be developed at collaborating companies and thus, promoting the acquisition of the skills that will be required for their professional activity and that will help them find job opportunities and boost their entreprenurial capacity.
  • Linking the needs of the job market to the University training activities.

Internships will be developed within the context of an agreement signed between the University of Alicante and each of the public and private institutions and companies.

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Final-Year Master's degree Project

All official Master's degree courses will be completed with the preparation and public defence of a Master's Final Project (MFP), which must be carried out in the final phase of the study programme and focused on the evaluation of the Master’s content.

The MFP will be an original, self-reliant and individual work, which may also be coordinated, in which case each student will carry it out under the guidance of a tutor who will allow the student integrate all the content and the skills acquired associated with the Master’s degree.

The tutor’s task will consist of guiding, advising and planning student activities, monitoring the activities during the period that they carried out the project, and collaborating in everything that allows for a good achievement.

The MFP can be organised in several experimental and academic modalities, depending on the Master’s content, as well as on its professional, research and academic approach.

The assignment of the work proposed by the departments and that requested by the students will be carried out in accordance with the procedure established by the School Board.

Through the platform established for this purpose, students may choose one of the MFP offered by the departments. In addition, each student may propose a topic of their own.

The registration for the MFP will be completed within the deadlines established by the University of Alicante each academic year.

Credit recognition and transfer

Credit Recognition is the approval by a university of those credits which, having been obtained in other official degrees, in the same or another university, are counted for the purpose of obtaining an official degree in other universities. In other words, it is the acceptance of subjects passed in university studies when the student begins a new degree. The term of "recognition" has replaced the old concept of validation/adaptation.

Credit Transfer refers to the process of including, in the student record and in all official academic documents accrediting the courses taken by each student, all the credits obtained in official courses taken previously in the same or another university, which have not led to the awarding of an official degree.

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Master's degree coordinators

The University of Alicante’s AUDIT programme has been certified for all its centres. For this reason, the Polytechnic School (EPS) has implemented an Internal Quality Assurance System to manage vertical and horizontal teaching coordination in all its degree programmes.

The Quality Assurance System at the EPS includes, among others, the following committees:

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Applicable regulations

 

Continuation of Studies for Master’s degrees

The University of Alicante Social Council approved a new regulation on the continuation of Master’s studies, dated May 29, 2018 (BOUA 5-6-18), in accordance with a new teaching/learning model focused on students, within the philosophy of the European Higher Education Area. 

 

Assessment of learning outcomes

The UA Governing Council has issued regulations on assessment and marking procedures and criteria, programmes and examination sessions, publication of marks, the mark review and complaint procedure (where appropriate), and completion and modification of final mark records.

These regulations bring teaching planning criteria in line with the continuous assessment system implemented in current UA official degrees, and combine and update previous regulations.

The most relevant measures are:

  • Continuous assessment, which as a general rule will be the applicable assessment system.
  • Alternative assessment systems are available for students eligible for curriculum adjustments.
  • Assessment criteria will be public and objective. Prior to the registration periods, they will be included in the course description of all subjects and cannot be modified during the academic year without due cause.
  • Course descriptions will contain a list of assessment activities and specify which can be retaken or resubmitted and which cannot.
  • There are two assessment periods: a regular examination session and a resit session, as per the academic year calendar.
  • The final examination schedule can be modified only in cases of force majeure. The final examination dates of all subjects will be known before the registration periods. The place will be published at least 30 days in advance.
  • Marks will be numerical, on a scale of 0 to 10, with one decimal place. A distinction with honours may be awarded to students having achieved a mark of 9 or higher. In each subject, up to 5% of enrolled students may receive a distinction with honours (maximum 1 student for subjects with up to 20 students).
  • Results of partial and final examinations will be published on UACloud (for partial examinations, within 30 calendar days; for final examinations, within the time frame set out in the academic calendar). In the case of final examinations, the place, date and time of the examination review will be published at least 48 hours in advance.
  • The mark review and complaint procedure is introduced.
  • Learning outcomes regulations (Official Journal of the University of Alicante, 09/12/2015) [pdf in spanish].

 

For further information on learning outcomes, please refer to the following documents:

 

What are curriculum adjustments? Who can request them?

Curriculum adjustments are academic and technical actions that, at a student's request, can be implemented in order to help the student take full advantage of the academic year and facilitate admission and continuation of studies. Curriculum adjustment management will be based on the principles of confidentiality and privacy.

Students eligible for curriculum adjustments are divided into two categories:

  • First category. Students who provide proof that they have at least 33% physical, sensory or mental disability and students with specific educational needs due to health conditions, whether congenital or acquired.
  • Second category. Students who provide proof that they are elite, high-level or university athletes. Victims of gender-based violence. Students who have recently given birth, adopted or fostered children. Students in charge of children less than 3 years old or caring for dependent family members. Students whose working hours are incompatible with attending classes. Members of UA governing bodies, participants in tournaments or cultural or academic activities as UA representatives, and participants in mobility programmes.

Adjustment applications must be submitted two weeks before the start of the academic year or semester. As an exception, applications due to unexpected circumstances may be submitted anytime.

Applications of first-category students will be submitted to the Student Support Centre. Applications of second-category students will be addressed to the centre (faculty/polytechnic school).

Adjustments may fall into either of the two following categories:

  • In-class support, concerning adjustments in relation to materials, lighting/sound quality in the classroom, work placements or academic contents, or use of alternative or complementary communication systems. Excused absences (maximum 25% of lessons per subject) may also fall into this category.
  • Examination-related adjustments. This category includes extending the time available for completing the exam or using alternative communication systems to transcribe the exam.

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Faculty/School

Faculty of Science

E-mail: facu.ciencies@ua.es

Web:  https://ciencias.ua.es/en/

Phone  : (+34) 96 590 3557 / (+34) 965 90 34 00 - ext. 3284

Fax : (+34) 96 590 3781

 

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