mcc in a nutshell

If this is your first glance at mcc or if you just would like a quick overview,this section provides a summary of information on mcc and how to find topics of your interest in this website.

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What is mcc? mcc is a master of the Official Master and PhD Program of the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas within the rules of the European Space for Higher Education. The master consists of 60 credits and gives access to the UIMP PhD Program.

What will I learn? Fundamentals of Crystallography and Crystallization, Solving and Refining structures of Macromolecules and Small Molecules, Diffraction Methods, using Large Facilities in crystallography, how crystallography is used in disciplines such as chemistry, biology, materials science, crystal growth, earth sciences, engineering, nanotechnology or pharmacology. See "Program & Courses" for more information.

Is it theoretical or practical? Both of them with a biass towards practice. The first module (28 credits) correspond to fundamentals (but problem solving, computer practices and visits to laboratories and companies are integral part of the program); the second module (14 credits) is completely practical (tutored work in a laboratory), the third module (6 credits) is made of optional courses so you choose your orientation. The same applies to the master thesis work (12 credits).

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What are the prerequisites? You must have a completed degree in sciences or engineering. This degree must give access to Master programs in the country of the organization issuing your degree. The courses are taught in English, so fluid verbal and written skills in this language are also required.

Which courses are included? Foundations of Crystallization, Foundations of Crystallography, Diffraction Methods, Solving and Refining crystal structures, two months of laboratory practical work in any of the crystallography or crystallization laboratories offered, and two specialized courses in the subjects of your choice.

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Who is teaching that? An international team of research scientists coming from some of the European institutions most recognized in the fields of crystallography and crystallization. Some lecturers also come from institutions outside Europe, mainly in the specialized courses of the third module, where the professor/student ratio is larger.

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Where is mcc taught? The first module, consisting of four compulsory courses, on the foundations of crystallography and crystallization are held in Seville. The practical work will take place at the laboratory facilities chosen by you; currently, laboratories more than 20 different locations in Spain and other European countries are offered. The same applies to the specialized courses of the third module, which are organized in different places.

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When? Tuition of the first module starts in October in Seville and lasts till Christmas. Practical laboratory work (2nd module) goes from January to April depending on the laboratory you select. Specialized courses (typically 7-11 days each) are held from April to July.

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How much does it costs? 41 euros per credit (plus about 30 euros for administrative fees). Check with the UIMP.

What do I get for that money? This fee includes official registration and teaching materials. Travel, accommodation or other expenses are not included.

Are there any scholarships? Yes but not as many as we would like. UIMP has a program for grants covering half the registration fee. IUCr, ECA and GE3C can also provide support. Other public and private institutions, notably the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, also offer grants you can apply for as a mcc student.

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