Frequently asked questions

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How is the ASC Master organized?

What about mobility?

What are the funding opportunities ?

Who can apply?

How do I apply?



How is the ASC Master Programme organized?

ASC Master Course is a two-year (4 semesters) progamme.  Each semester (30 credits) must be completed to obtain ASC Master Diploma.

The third semester comprehends theoretical courses (20 credits) and a Project Case Study (10 credits).

The fourth semester is dedicated to the research project & master thesis (30 credits).

The Project Case Study and Master Thesis can be linked (same lab, same topic).

For details, please click here.


When does it begin?

Students need to arrive in Lille at the end of August. The program begins in the first week of September in University Lille1.


Is the whole program in English?

YES, in all ASC partner institutions.


Apart from English, are there OTHER language requirements?

NO, you will attend an intensive French course (“survival kit”) upon arrival in Lille, and you will have to decide if you wish to pursue with an extensive course during the first year (both free of charge).

Each ASC institution will provide the same kind of opportunity, in their own national language, not necessarily organized in the same way.


Is Mobility inside the ASC network MANDATORY?

The ASC Master’s course is a joint Master’s program and mobility is therefore a mandatory component of the program, and one of its features of interest.


Where will I go?

When chosing the universities of the Consortium where you wish to study, please bear in mind the following:

  • Within the ASC Master, students must study in at least 2 different universities of the Consortium.
  • Your choice must be based on your own scientific preferences and specific topics offered at each university.
  • Please see the ASC Master mobility scheme
  • Think about the location where you wish to do your Master Thesis. Namely if you wish to do it in Lille: you should then make sure you spend the second and/or third semester at another institution.
  • Check the academic calendars, they vary at each place; make sure there will be no overlapping.
  • Instruction language is English at all Universities.

You will have the opportunity to meet the ASC coordinators of the partner universities in Lille shortly after your arrival, in October. They will present their institutions and specificities to help you confirm/make your choice.

Where can I find practical information about ASC partner INSTITUTIONS?

Information about the academic calendar, housing, laboratories… can be found here.


What are the funding opportunities ?

Erasmus Mundus funding

Please note that Erasmus Mundus scholarships for student intake 2021 have already been awarded.

General information follows that is not applicable for students applying to ASC from Nov 15 2020 to April 15th 2021 for joining the course in September 2021:

Am I a Programme or Partner country applicant ?

Students applications will be considered for Partner or Programme Country scholarships, according to their nationality (see details), AND to the following rule: students with a  Partner  Country citizenship who are residents or have  carried  out  their  main  activity  (studies, training  or  work)  for  more  than  a  total  of  12 months  over  the  last  five  years  in  any  Programme Country are considered as Programme Country students.

Students  with  a  double  nationality (of  a  Partner  and  of  a  Programme  Country) must  specify  the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application (the above mentioned rule will apply).

Other financial support

For students who are selected without an EM scholarship:

Erasmus+ mobility grants are available for each mobility period. Region Hauts de France offers mobility scholarships on a regular basis for the second year of the master spent in any of the consortium’s institutions. Students spending the second year of the programme in the University of Bologna can apply for the « Toso Montanari » scholarship.

Tuition fee waivers are possible upon request on the basis of academic excellence and social needs.


Who can apply?

Pre-requisite level: Eurobachelor in Chemistry or equivalent degree (BSc in Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry). Students with a BSc in Pharmacy have enrolled and successfully completed the ASC master’s course in the past, although they may have had to catch up in some fields of chemistry. The selection board carefully screens the academic background of each applicant (content and level) to ensure all selected students will have all chances of success.

And of course, students from all over the world are welcome into our European programme.

For details, please click here.


Application procedure

Please bear in mind that the assessors are spread out all over Europe and only evaluate the on-line version of your application. The common language of the jury  is English, which means that ALL documents must be either originally in English or accompanied by a certified translation into English (this also applies to French students). You will find more details about the selection criteria and application calendar here.


Online application procedure

It will open on October 15th and close on February 28th, midnight, Brussels time.

A few hints:

First stage: you will enter your personal data and create your account (e-mail address and password). You will not be able to change this part anymore.

Second stage: It is divided into several items or parts. To prevent you from losing data in case of connection problems you can save after entering data in each item. You will then be able to modify each part untill you proceed to submission.

Motivation letter: we advise you write it first in your computer and copy paste it in the online application to avoid losing data in case of problems with your internet connection.

When you have carefully completed and checked each part you will proceed to submission and access the third stage. You won’t be able to access stage 2 anymore.

Third stage: you have to download your application form and save it in your computer AND upload all requested documents into the platform.

You will then have to click on « complete your submission » before the deadline.

Please note that you will not be able to login and access your application file any more after this last action.


When do I send my HARDCOPIES?

The paper version will only be requested for students who are selected for admission. It will have to reach Lille within 2 weeks, as from the provisional selection decision we will send you by e-mail in April. It is required for verification and validation of on-line material. In case of a problem with the authentication/certification of your documents, the admission decision will be cancelled. You have to send certified/authenticated copies of all the original documents that you have uploaded in the application platform, along with the pdf application file you have printed and signed (No need to upload the latter in the application platform).


What do certified / authenticated documents mean?

You can scan your original documents (namely degrees), but you shall always keep the original document. The copies you will send by post must be certified “true to the original” by your university or other official body. When your documents have been translated into English (if not issued in English directly by your university) they must be done by sworn translators or officially authenticated by your university.

Please bear in mind that, even if you have received a provisional admission decision by email, we will reject your application if you do not comply with these rules.


If I don’t hold a BSc yet

Students who have not yet obtained their first degree may be admitted conditionally to the ASC Master’s Course and selected conditionally for scholarships, on the basis that the admission and the scholarships only become effective if the students obtain their first degree before the start of the Master’s Course. These students should provide a school leaving certificate (or equivalent: degree or certificate granting access to higher education)


What proof of my English Level do I need to PROVIDE?

Courses are taught in English. All students need to have a good knowledge of English (B2 level or equivalent to 580 TOEFL score). If you don’t hold any English language certification when filing your application, please proceed to your self-assessment by creating your own Europass Language Passport

If English is the medium of instruction in your university, then an official certificate stating this, issued by an officer of your university will be accepted instead of IELTS or Toefl.
All students will be tested upon arrival before starting the language classes.

For your information, here are the main tests and requested scores:

TOEFL Paper> 550
TOEIC> 605
IELTS> 6.5
CEF/EuropassB2 and above
GRE> 1800 (V+Q >1200)
 VEC Online> 74


What about the recommendation letters?

There is no specific format. The letters, in English, need to be on official letterheads, signed and stamped and show the full contact details and position of the referee.

Content: the referees will evaluate the candidate’s suitability for the “Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry” Master’s program. The candidate should have already fully briefed the referee about the program.

An electronic version of the recommendation letters will be uploaded when possible or sent to us by the referee. Hardcopies will be included in your application package with all other documents.


Valid passport (Non-EU students)

If you do not hold a passport at application stage, please enter ’no passport’ in the relevant field while applying on-line. In this case you will provide a copy of your national identity card as proof of your identity at application stage.
But note that admission into ASC Master Course can only be granted if you send us a copy of your passport in your paper application package within two weeks of the selection notice which will be sent by e-mail in April.
Non-EU students must also be aware that in case they are admitted to the program, they will need to quickly start their visa application (an average of 2 to 3 months is necessary to get a visa), and a valid passport will of course be requested to file the visa application. Check expiry dates !
For details about the visa application: Campus France guidelines
The official visa website for France: government’s website

Residence certificate

You have to provide a recent residence certificate issued in accordance with your municipality normal registration rules OR a recent certificate from your place of work, study or training, issued by the employer or institution in question. Documents must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline.

I submitted my application, what happens next?

After you have completed all parts of the application procedure, uploaded the requested documents, and submitted your file, you will not be able to access it anymore. The eligibility of your application will be checked by the administrative team and you will receive an email to inform you if your file has been validated for the next step: evaluation by the selection board.


What is the validity period of applications and selection results?

Your application is valid only for the current call, even if you are selected and cannot attend: you will have to apply again for the next call (keep a copy of you application documents). In such situation, if you have sent hardcopies of your supporting documents the year before, we may be able to use the same hardcopies for the next call, upon specific request sent to the ASC office at the coordinating institution .

In any case you need to repeat the online application.


If you did not find the answer to your question please contact the ASC office at the coordinating institution.

Page updated on 28/01/2020