The EMMC-ChIR allows students to reach the following general learning outcomes upon its successful completion:
1. have a thorough understanding of international regulations on the use of chemical substances, namely the registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals;
2. understand the principles behind the design of new safe chemical products;
3. project a business plan for the commercialization of new chemical products;
4. understand the principles behind the industrial implementation of new processes;
5. evaluate potential environmental hazards of chemical substances;
6. evaluate potential toxicological hazards of chemical substances;
7. evaluate potential physical hazards of chemical substances;
8. evaluate potential chemical reactivity hazards of chemical substances;
9. understand the global economy from the chemical industry perspective.
The Masters course has a total of 120 ECTS. There are two main components: first a fully integrated taught (Curricular) part of 60 ECTS credits (one year); second a research project leading to a thesis dissertation of 60 ECTS credits (one year). The course is hosted in turn at the European member institutions in subsequent years.
Staff dealing with the regulation of chemicals need an integrated, interdisciplinary view of the lifecycle of chemical substances: the Design, including the most recent technology for the production of alternative materials; the Industry, including a solid understanding of the current economy of chemical industry and the requirements for implementation of new processes; the Market, including understanding the social perception of the risk of chemicals; the Assessment, including a deep understanding of the mechanisms of environmental and human toxicity of chemicals and of the most advanced techniques to evaluate it; and the Regulation, including a thorough knowledge of European and non-European legislation related to the use of chemicals.
The EMMC ChIR covers these five fields essential to understand chemical regulation:
Design of chemical products;
Industrial implementation of chemical processes;
Marketing of chemical substances;
Assessment of risks, including toxicological and environmental assessment;
and International Regulations.
A list of stand-alone modules is offered within each of these fields. An example of the modules offered can be downloaded from here (113 kb).
Each module is worth 2 ECTS credits and has the duration of one week. Students must take 30 modules (60 ECTS credits) to complete the course. Each student comes from a different background and has different career prospects, so they are free to choose modules that best suit their professional training and development, and those they are qualified to follow. However, the choices must respect a minimum of 3 modules (6 ECTS credits) in each field, and together must fulfill the expected general learning outcomes of the master as described below.
In addition to the fields described above, modules on transferable skills (TS) are offered. These are valuable for the personal and professional development of students, and include: Communication Skills; IT tools, Research Skills, Laboratory Skills and Fieldwork Skills. Intensive local language courses are offered as TS modules. Students receive ECTS credits when taking TS modules, and are allowed to include up to 3 TS modules in their study plan.