Erasmus Mundus Master in Sustainable Catalysis

February 20, 2022

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Location (s):

  • France
  • Portugal
  • Spain
Poitiers, Aveiro, Tarragona


The SuCat project is based on catalysis and sustainable chemistry. The main objective is to provide expertise and knowledge on all declinations of catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic) and sustainable chemistry. The European leadership in catalysis is progressively eroded for different reasons. One of them is the decrease of funds for fundamental research in many European countries, the lack of synergies and cohesion between research groups on catalysis. In high education level, there are many master degrees dedicated to one declination of catalysis, but there is no master degree that gathers knowledge on homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic catalysis, to the best of our knowledge. Chemical industries are widely interested in recruiting persons who will have a mulitidisciplinary background.



Sucat is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Sustainable catalysis organized by a consortium of there Universities and Graduate Schools across Europe:

  • University of Poitiers in France (UP)
  • University of Aveiro in Portugal (UA)
  • University of Rovira i Virgili in Spain (URV)

The University of Poitiers is the coordinating institution of the Sucat Consortium.

The three partners are well known in each of these domains. University Rovira i Virgili (Spain) is specialised in homogeneous catalysis, University of Aveiro (Portugal) in biotechnologies and University of Poitiers (France) in heterogeneous catalysis.

The consortium is in direct connection with industrials in the field and institutional administrations (see associated partners) in Europe and out of Europe.

The SuCat programme



The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Sustainable Catalysis (SuCat) trains students to provide them with a real perspective of technical, research and development, applied in different areas of catalysis. The SuCat programme is an integrated Master Programme designed by 3 Universities with a wide-range leadership in homogeneous catalysis (University Rovira I Virgili), enzymatic catalysis (University of Aveiro) and heterogeneous catalysis (University of Poitiers).

This degree is a 2-years study programme with 120 ECTS credits welcoming around 15 students each year. All courses are taught in English in all Partner institutions. All students are asked to study full time.

The educational aim of this degree is to prepare students to become international experts and develop skills towards doctoral programmes and/or professional activities in all declinations of catalysis. The programme will provide students with the expertise needed in modern European catalysis and prepare them for professions in research laboratories, industries and administrative organisations.

The two-year curriculum (4 semesters, 30 ECTS credits each) is designed to provide a solid background in catalysis, both in theoretical and experimental knowledge. It includes common basic courses on all declinations of catalysis (1st semester) at UP, where all students start the programme and a mandatory mobility scheme of a minimum of one semester (30 ECTS credits).

Teaching plan

  • SEMESTER 1: Fundamentals of catalysis - University of Poitiers (France) (30 ECTS)
  • SEMESTER 2: Internship (30 ECTS)
  • SEMESTER 3: Specialisation in each partner country (30 ECTS)
  • SEMESTER 4: Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Admission requirements

Students are admitted to the program as follows:

  • All prospective students apply on line using the SuCat master website
  • The application must be submitted in English
  • Applicants must hold a Eurobachelor degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or similar studies. Having obtained a minimum of 180 ECTS prior to the beginning of the course and have a good knowledge in English (minimum B2, preferred C1 level or equivalent to 550 TOFEL score)
  • Students are selected by the partners according to their internal regulations and processes.
  • Application received before the end of the deadline
  • Application form filled out in English
  • Application containing all requested elements and documents


Deadline: February 20, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

EMJMD Scholarships

Two different types of EMJMD scholarships are awarded:

  • Scholarships for Program Country students
  • Scholarships for Partner Country students (see below the exception for 12-months residency rule) which include some scholarships for students coming from targeted region of the world

For 2022:

  • 2 scholarships for program country students
  • 9 scholarships for partner country students

Students who are awarded an EMJMD scholarship will benefit from the following financial support:

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