Green chemistry

Green chemistry

Degree level: LMD/Master 2
Field(s) of education LMD: Science - technologies - health
Majors(s): Chemistry
Specializations: Green chemistry
Outgoing level: Master level
Location: Toulouse
Leads to a qualification - national degree
Possible in: initial course / Continuing education / VAE (accreditation for work experience)


The aim of the Green chemistry Master's degree is to give students the skills necessary to innovate in favor of a sustainable chemistry in order to integrate the academic world or R & D teams of large industrial groups or SMEs.

The objective of the training course is to train high-level executives of chemical industry companies, mainly for the fine chemical sectors, able to innovate for cleaner and more efficient chemistry and to dialogue with the different actors involved in the issue of sustainable development.

Training offered is an undifferentiated Master 2 and can, depending on the student's professional project, either facilitate the hiring of the graduate at the end of the course or continue with a doctorate. For this, the master's degree is locally backed by various research laboratories recognized by the Doctoral School of Materials Science ( and has a partnership with the industrial cluster (

The UPS is co-accredited with the INP (ENSIACET) to deliver this diploma.


Required curriculum

  • Students who have the 1st year of Master in Chemistry of UPS are automatically admitted (M1 in Pure and Applied Chemistry recommended).
  • All the other students can only be admitted after an examination of their file and if they have completed the first year of a Master's degree, or equivalent.


  • Identify and analyze sustainable development issues related to the development of a chemical using the principles of Green Chemistry (Mastery),
  • Design and implement syntheses in a sustainable development context using the principles of Green Chemistry (Expertise),
  • Propose and develop methods of chemical valorization of biomass as alternatives to fossil resources (Mastery),
  • Propose and develop alternative chemical methods for energy (Mastery),
  • Dialogue with the various actors involved in the issue of sustainable development (Mastery).


Details of Semester 1 teaching units:

Common core (TU common to all courses within the Chemistry Master's degree)

  • Professionalization (6 ECTS). Management tools, project management, legislation, conferences by industrials and academics.
  •  English (3 ECTS).

Teaching units specific to green chemistry (these units will be taught in English)

  • Further advances in organic synthesis (3 ECTS). Advanced strategies and synthetic tools towards greener chemistry.
  • Heterochemistry and stereoselective synthesis (3 ECTS). The chemistry of heteroelements and transition metal complexes, and their vital role in synthesis and reactivity.
  • Tools in green chemistry and processes (3 ECTS). This TU will introduce the currents stakes of the chemical industry and will demonstrate the advantages of cleaner chemistry.
  • Catalysis and alternative energies (3 ECTS). This TU will describe the theoretical bases necessary to develop novel energy technologies.
  • Homogeneous, heterogeneuous and nano-catalysis (3 ECTS). This TU will describe will describe catalysis in eco-friendly settings.Project (3 ECTS). Students will have the opportunity to exploit some of the knowledge and skills they acquired during the course by putting forward a green chemistry strategy in response to a particular challenge.
  • Toxicology/ecotoxicology (3 ECTS). This TU will develop basic notions of toxicity that are necessary for debating with chemistry professionals.

Semester 2: internship

The 5 to 6-month internship will be most students' first interaction with the real world R&D. It can be done in an academic or industrial laboratory, in France or abroad. The internship will be finalized with a written report and an oral presentation.

After the Master's degree

Further studies

  • Beyond M2 Green Chemistry: Graduates of the green chemistry Master's course can carry on towards a PhD, particularly within the Science de la matière graduate school ( .

Professional prospects

Activity sectors

  • Food industries
  • Chemical industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Scientific Research and Development


  • Executive-engineer in consulting and engineering offices or consulting firms
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical engineer-engineer R & D
  • Executive engineer in technological innovations
  • Industrial Research and Development Project Manager
  • Ecoconcepteur
  • Life Cycle Analyst
  • Product Manager



Contact Toulouse INP-ENSIACET

L'école de la transformation de la matière et de l'énergie

4, allée Emile Monso - CS 44362
31030 TOULOUSE Cedex 4, France

+33 (0)5 34 32 33 00