Inorganic Chemistry – Field of study catalogue MU
“New inorganic compounds and materials for the future”
The goal of the study programme of Inorganic Chemistry is to prepare graduates with deep theoretical and practical knowledge in inorganic chemistry. The basis of the education in this area is knowledge of all areas of chemistry, with enhanced competence in systematic inorganic chemistry, the structure and properties of inorganic compounds and methods for their study. To this basis are added subjects that broaden students' view, such as coordination chemistry, solid state and materials chemistry and organometallic chemistry, as well as special lectures on advanced synthetic methods, X-ray structure analysis, NMR spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and other analytical methods. Practical training is conducted with emphasis on synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- solve comprehensively chemical problems via qualified preparative research and subsequent structural research
- use appropriate technology for working with volatile compounds, extremely sensitive to air humidity and oxygen, and with aggressive materials
- functionally use physico-chemical and computational methods to study the structure of materials
- safely handle dangerous chemical substances and instruct others how to deal with them
- work effectively with professional literature in a foreign language
- present to the public and defend the results of their scientific work
The graduates of this study programme will find employment in a wide range of professions that require specialist qualifications at a university level. They will find a job in many branches, particularly in chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, quality control laboratories of industry, environmental protection, health care and agriculture, as well as in chemical process design and various commercial institutions, home and abroad.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters and to be admitted to the final state examination students must obtain a total of 120 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses. The required courses are aimed at systematic inorganic chemistry, the structure of inorganic compounds and physico-chemical study methods. Students choose one of the topics offered by the programme to write their diploma theses. The exact distribution of credits among required, selective and elective courses and recommended study plans can be found in the Course Catalogue for the given year of matriculation.
Practical Training course, which lasts three weeks, is a compulsory part of the Master's degree study. Its main goal is to become acquainted with the operation of a chemistry research workplace outside Masaryk University or with a manufacturing plant/laboratory. The factual job description during the training is specified in cooperation with a chosen external workplace.
Students write up their Master's theses on one of the topics offered by the Chemistry Department. The final state examination comprises the defence of a diploma thesis and an oral exam in two compulsory courses (Systematic Inorganic Chemistry and the Structure and Properties of Inorganic Compounds and their Study Methods) and one optional course, out of: Coordination Chemistry, Solid State and Inorganic Materials Chemistry or Organometallic Chemistry. Relevant knowledge will be obtained by completing required, selective and elective courses of the study plan. Examination topics for individual courses are available at http://ustavchemie.sci.muni.cz/files/pdf/pozadavky_mgr_anorgchem.pdf
Completing the Master's degree programme in Inorganic Chemistry will enable a smooth transfer to doctoral programmes in chemistry. Having mastered the basis of inorganic chemistry, students can build their specializations by choosing optional courses in inorganic, material, organometallic, coordination and structural chemistry, according to their interest.