Master in Crystallography and Crystallization Ph.D. Programme

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The Master provides a unified, in-depth examination of the crystalline state, its properties and applications to the various scientific/technical disciplines deemed as ‘users’ of crystallography, such as structural chemistry, materials science, molecular biology, crystal growth, industrial crystallization, nanotechnology, pharmacology, mineralogy and solid-state physics.

Admissions requeriments
Engineering and Sciences degrees will be accepted with priority.The official language for tuition during the Master is English, but single-student or small-group activities such as supervised work or tutorship can be done in any other language agreed to by the teacher and the student. Students must be fluent in speaking, reading and writing in English to be accepted. The Master’s Thesis must be prepared and presented in English.

At the end of the course the student will have acquired:
• Advanced, in-depth knowledge about the fundamental aspects of crystallography and crystallization. Skills to develop new research topics in these fields.
• In depth knowledge of the fundamental of crystallization and the use of various crystallization techniques.
• The necessary training for the student to be able to design his own protocol to grow both small molecule and macromolecule crystals.
• Fundamental and practical knowledge on the design, implementation and realization of diffraction experiment for the collection of structural data and the characterization of crystals.
• Training in the use of cutting-edge techniques for structural resolution by X-ray diffraction, including inorganic, organic and biological macromolecules.
• Methods for the exploitation of structural information in different disciplines.
• Practical experience in the use of large facilities related to crystallography: synchrotron and neutron radiation.
• Adequate preparation to enter the third cycle of university studies (doctorate), embarking upon a research line in order to develop the doctoral thesis.

The Master’s runs for a whole academic year from October 2012 until July 2013 and comprises 60 ECTS credits organized in three modules (600 hours of lecture time plus 900 hours of personal work).

More than 50 lecturers from Research Centres and Universities in Spain, Europe, America and Asia participate in this Master. The lecturers have been selected for their recognised scientific and teaching excellence in the fields of crystallography and crystallization.

The official language for tuition during the Master is English

From October 2012 to July 2013. Maximum number of students: 25

Location: Module I will be taught at ‘Casa de la Ciencia del CSIC’ in Seville from October to December 2012. The last subject of Module I and the presentation of the final research project will take place in Santander (International University Menéndez Pelayo), in July 2013. Laboratory training in Module II and specialised subjects of Module III will be offered at the chosen laboratories in Spain and Europe.

Registration fee: 30,03 €/ECTS. Administrative fee: 66 €.
CSIC Grants: The CSIC offers 5 grants to cover registration fees. La Factoria support: The Factoría Española de Cristalización will support up to 10 students attending the Master.

Director of the Master:
Juan Manuel García Ruiz, Research Professor at the CSIC