MSc (Res) in Chemistry

The MSc by Research, or MSc (Res) degree, is an increasingly popular one-year Masters by research degree offered by St Andrews.

The course is designed for those students and professionals who have a degree in Chemistry or a similar subject. It provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in modern chemical sciences with a major emphasis on laboratory skills and gaining high-level research experience.

The research will be carried out in the laboratory of one of the School's full-time academic staff members. You will be involved in the design, planning, implementation, analysis and write-up phases of a high-level research challenge. Through this degree, you will develop a wide range of practical and computational skills.

Assessment involves:

  • writing a literature review
  • giving a research presentation to your colleagues
  • writing a thesis that is examined (no viva).

Students typically choose this course to increase their practical research experience in an intensive one year of study. In most cases, it is intended that students will go on to study for a PhD degree after completing the MSc (Res) course.

If you are interested in a carrying out an MSc (Res) degree, then please contact the School by emailing Find out more about applying to a research programme.