Master’s in Chemistry

Master’s in Chemistry

General information

Master’s in Chemistry
Mention: Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics

2 years
Courses: 35
Total credits: 125
Academic hours: 2667


Full time.

Registration: $1.636,36
Tuition: $16.363,64

Start of classes:
January 2019

Dates of entrance examination:
4 August, 15 September, 20 October, 17 November of 2018.

Extra information:
Third semester takes place in the University of Bordeaux – France, as per international agreement.
Includes learning with on-line education tools – USFQ D2L virtual platform


The Master’s in Chemistry is a postgraduate study program based on scientific research. Having a multidisciplinary focus and with high international standards, it seeks to form professionals that possess broad knowledge regarding the sub-disciplines of physical chemistry and chemical physics, and that have sufficient skills and abilities to join and participate in both higher education and research activities.

Though the program covers various general topics concerning physical chemistry and chemical physics (thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, catalysis, spectroscopy, etc.), the core concerns of study are, on one hand, the theoretical aspects of computational chemistry and molecular simulation, and, on the other, the application of computational simulation tools in the design of new materials and the development of new technologies.

Candidate profile:

  • Inclination towards scientific and academic fields
  • Interest in the development of new materials and new technologies
  • Disposition towards independent and group work
  • Time availability

Program contacts:

For further information:

F. Javier Torres
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1418

Santiago Tapia
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1821

Occupational field

  • Program graduates will be able to join:
  • Higher education institutions
  • Research institutes, both public and private
  • Research and development departments in public or private companies
  • Science PhD programs, both nationally and abroad.


Program graduates will have acquired the knowledge in physical chemistry and chemical physics sufficient and necessary to thoroughly understand, and explain in detail, how different methods of quantum-mechanical simulation of molecular dynamics are applied to the description and study of different properties of both molecular systems and materials.

In addition, graduates will receive a double degree awarded by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the University of Bordeaux (France). The cost of the program includes air tickets, registration to the University of Bordeaux, and financial aid for the completion of one semester in France during the second year of studies.

This master’s program is designed to form professionals that display critical thinking and have inquisitive minds, allowing them to adequately analyze problems from a scientific perspective; define the importance and relevance of a particular problem to determine if it should be studied or not; and, advance efficient solutions to problems under investigation. It teaches skills and applies methodologies that encourage students to stay informed and conduct independent research through continuous learning.


Basic requirements:

  • University degree from a nationally accredited university, duly registered with SENESCYT, in chemistry, physics, biochemisty, pharmaceutical chemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology engineering, petrochemical engineering, environmental engineering, nanotechnology engineering, materials engineering, petroleum engineering, or related fields.
  • Demonstrate sufficiency in English equivalent to Level B1 in the Common European Framework
  • Copy of national identity card or passport.
  • Degree certificate with final grade.
  • Official grade transcript.
  • Printed SENESCYT registration of degree.
  • Approve the USFQ postgraduate entrance examination. Please refer to the postgraduate admissions process at USFQ:

Program-specific requirements:

  • Letter of intent.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Funding and scholarships

  • Full payment of program.
  • Payment with credit card, cash, or bank transfer.
  • Monthly payments by means of predated checks
  • Educational loan
  • Scholarships for second year of studies, under selection criteria stipulated in the Postgraduate Scholarship Regulations of the program