TRACK - Master’s in Molecular Chemistry (FOQUAL)

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TRACK - Master’s in Molecular Chemistry (FOQUAL)

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ISO 9001 certified since 2003, the Formulation Analysis Quality track (FOQUAL) is an interdisciplinary program spanning the fields of Analytical Chemistry, Quality, Regulations, and Formulation. Read more


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ISO 9001 certified since 2003, the Formulation Analysis Quality track (FOQUAL) is an interdisciplinary program spanning the fields of Analytical Chemistry, Quality, Regulations, and Formulation.  In the second semester of the academic year, students will have the option to choose between one of the two areas of specializations available for this track, to continue expanding their knowledge while specializing in general chemistry. 
To provide students with direct access to the job market, this program is offered as a work-study course.  Throughout the year, potential graduates will develop both theoretical and practical skills, as they gain hands-on experience.

This program aims to train experts in the following fields: 
Analytical Chemistry
  • Characterization and Quantification of Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Compounds and Thermal Analysis
  • Method Development
  • Various types of formulations such as galenic formulations, raw materials, their specific features and characterization methods
Aromas, Perfumes, and Cosmetics
  • Industry-Specific Formulation, Analysis, Quality, and Regulations
  • Knowledge of standards, setting up a Reference System, Audit, and other improvements
  • Main regulations for Fine Chemistry industries
Pharmaceutical and Veterinary Industries
  • Industry-specific Galenic Formulation, Analysis, Quality, and Regulations

The FOQUAL track is a professionally-oriented program allowing students to gain real-life experience throughout the year, by alternating between university courses and the workplace.  Students entering the work force have the opportunity to put theoretical teachings into action in a non-academic work environment applying their acquired knowledge to a business or laboratory.
The FOQUAL track includes the help of an association composed of 5 Oticon medical students, created to strengthen both inter-promotional relationships and the ties between students and the program partner companies.

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The FOQUAL track works closely with Pays de Grasse and its economic agents.  Located in the Grasse Campus, academics have access to state-of-the-art facilities and materials.  And because the program is conducted in a multi-site setting, students interact not only with experts in other fields, but also with faculty members and researchers. 

Further, in such an environment, this track allows a higher industry integration thanks to business incubator InnovaGrasse and the ERINI platform.

Université Côte d'Azur
CFE Epure Méditerranée



Undergraduate level

Master's degree or the first year of a master’s degree (M1) in one of the following fields:
Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Chemistry/Physics, Biochemistry.
Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Research Master (DEA Chemistry).
Candidates outside the European Community are strongly advised by the faculty to register for their first year of their Master’s in Chemistry, and then follow the initial program procedure with a required diploma.

Conditions of applications

Applications must be submitted through our eCandidat platform
This program is for students holding a Master’s degree in: 
  • Chemistry
  • Physics/Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Pharmacy
Research (DEA chemistry)
Admission requirements include duly filled-out application forms, a cover letter, and an interview with preselected candidates


Semester 1

The first semester aims to impart to the students a solid understanding of the concepts applied in formulation, analysis, quality, regulations and professionalization.
Each subject matter contains the following key components:

  • Internship
  • English
  • Communication Skills and Team Bonding
  • Project Management
  • Chemistry and Eco-Design
  • Sustainable Development
  • Statistical Tools
  • Scientific Writing Skills
  • Gas-Liquid Chromatography
  • Analysis of Metallic Trace Elements and Atomic Spectrometry
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • RMN
  • Sample Preparation and Extraction
  • Structural Characterization
  • Analytical Method Internal validation
  • Project
  • Practicum
  • Preformulation
  • Liquid, Semi-Liquid and Paste Forms
  • Dried Forms
  • Biological and Microbiological Concepts
  • Introduction to Encapsulation
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Formula Characterization
  • Rheology and Thermal Analysis
Quality Regulations
  • Introduction to Quality Standards
  • ISO 9001
  • Introduction to Metrology
  • Risk Management, Safety, Health and Environmental Standards (OHSAS, ISO 14 001)
Semester 2

The second semester aims to strengthen students’ professional approach to their field of expertise through English courses, communication, and projects.
Objective for options 1&2:  Study field-specific characteristics, how they impact works in galenic analysis, quality, and regulations.

Core Cirriculum:

  • Internship
  • English
  • Communication
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Innovation and Valorization
  • Biocides
  • Food Supplements and Medical Devices
  • Projects

Option 1: Pharmaceutical and Veterinary Industries

Galenic Formulation
  • Solid Formulations for Oral Administration:  Tablets and Capsules
  • Unfamiliar Pharmaceutical Formulations, Medicinal Drugs (Human and Veterinary)
  • Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Advanced LC/MS Elements
  • Immunochemical Analysis Methods
  • Sample Preparation for Biological Matrix Analysis
  • Analytical Chemistry as applied to medicinal drugs
  • Drugs Chemical Grade
Quality Regulations 
  • Process Validation
  • Introduction to the legalities of drugs
  • USP, Ph. Eur and JP Pharmacopoeias
  • Good Manufacturing and Laboratory Practices
  • Quality System in a pharmaceutical laboratory

Option 2:  Flavors, Fragrances and Cosmetics

  • Flavor Formulation
  • Cosmetic Formulation
  • Perfumery Professions
  • Flavors and Perfumes Raw Materials
  • Cosmetics
  • Fragrance Formulation
  • Natural Characteristics and Compliance
Regulatory Quality
  • Cosmetic Legislation
  • SMQ Aroma Perfume
  • Regulation of Cosmetic and Perfumed Products
  • Flavor Legislation
  • CLP - Transport
  • ICPE and DU
  • GMP Cosmetics
  • Health Safety

School and work experience alternating

3 days at the company/ 2 days at the university

What's next ?

Year of highschool graduation

Graduate level

Level of education obtained after completion

Graduate level