The European Master’s course ASC labelled Erasmus Mundus for the second time

The European Master’s course “Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry”, approved by the competitiveness cluster MATIKEM, has been awarded the Erasmus Mundus label for the second time in recognition of its excellence!

 The ASC Consortium has been allocated a budget of up to 2 165 000 euros, allowing the funding of student scholarships including a living allowance of 1 000 euros per month and the payment of participation and travel costs for 4 European students and 14 non-European students for the course edition starting in September 2016

The European Master’s course ASC

The European ASC Master's Course is a two year (4 semesters, 30 ECTS each) Master's programme including a mobility period within the ASC network. It has been jointly designed and is operated by 5 European universities since 2007 (Lille1, Alma Mater of Bologna, Jagiellonian of Krakow, Leipzig and Helsinki). The University Lille1 has been coordinating the programme since the beginning. The ASC master’s course has been selected for the second time by Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union, based on excellence criteria with respect to the quality of its academic content and teaching, its expertise in the management of a European Programme and the development of an industrial network ensuring the employability of its students.

High quality education programme

The ASC network offers state of the art equipment and expertise covering the application of spectroscopic techniques to chemistry in a broad sense. The course prepares students to become experts and develop international skills towards doctoral studies, and/or professional industrial careers in chemical analysis and characterization of the structure of materials in the fields of molecular synthesis, biology, nanotechnologies, modeling, pharmacy, green chemistry, materials, and sustainable energies.

A network of global partners

Over the years, the ASC network has developed links with global industrial partners producing spectrometers (Brüker, Magnetech) as well as with regional competitiveness clusters (MATIKEM in Lille, NEU in Leipzig). A priviledged partnership has also been established with great research facilities such as synchroton SOLEIL in France and ELETTRA in Italy.

Highly qualified international graduates

Since it first opened, 165 students from 27 countries have attended the course. 80% of the ASC graduates have started a PhD, mainly in European universities. 20% are working in their home country in industry (60%) or in higher education (40%).

Applications are submitted via the online procedure on the ASC website:

The next application session will be open from November 1st, 2015 to March 13th, 2016 for beginning the course in September 2016 in Lille.

Contacts :

Coordinator of the ASC Master’s course: Sylvain Cristol

Local coordinator of the ASC Master’s course in Lille1 : Cédric Lion

Administrative manager: Francine Chanier