- Contemporary Research Awareness: research colloquia and seminars delivered by external speakers and covering areas within current chemical science research.
- Homogeneous Catalysis: demonstrates the links between catalyst structure, performance, commercial utilization and sustainability.
- Literature Review for MSc Catalysis: an in-depth survey of the published literature within the area of catalysis, which is related to the prospective research project, including peer-review-like assessment and a short oral presentation.
- Natural Products, Biosynthesis and Enzyme Co-factors: introduces the origin of natural products and the diversity of enzyme reactions.
- Literature Review for MSc: an in-depth survey of the published literature within a specified research area which is related to the prospective research project.
- Research Skills in Chemistry: develops knowledge of specialised research techniques for the prospective research project.
- Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis: introduces the important general concepts of the chemistry of heterogeneous catalysis.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
Semester 1 – students choose one optional module for the first semester.
- Advanced Metal Chemistry
- Advanced Spectroscopic Methods
- Asymmetric Synthesis
- Electrochemistry and Computational Chemistry
- Heterocyclic and Pericyclic Chemistry
- Nanostructured Materials
- Processing of Materials
Semester 2 – students choose two optional modules for the second semester.
- Advanced Main Group Chemistry
- Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry
- Blockbuster Solids
- Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations
- Chemical Biology
- Energy Conversion and Storage
- Fragrance, Food and Colour Chemistry
- Functional Materials and Electrons in Solids
- Fundamentals of the Spectroscopy of Molecules and Solids
- Molecular Recognition
- Reactive Intermediates
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University's position on curriculum development).
During the final three months of the course, students undertake a research project finishing in a 15,000-word dissertation. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, and the project topic and aims will be selected by both supervisor and student.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.