The MSc in Catalysis is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Chemistry. It is designed to equip students and professionals who have a degree in Chemistry or a similar subject with a range of analytical, critical and communication skills.
- Provides you with understanding of the science of catalysis in the context of its impacts on industry and academia. You will gain knowledge in all major branches of catalysis, including homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, organocatalysis, biocatalysis, asymmetric catalysis and ligand design.
- Skills acquired in the taught element will be applied in a short, intensive research project. This research-led teaching component is aligned with the interests of the School's world leading research groups.
- St Andrews has extensive expertise in catalysis research; this has been recognised by the award of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis. Some of the specialised teaching is delivered in collaboration with this centre.
- Students have access to major facilities across the full spectrum within the School of Chemistry, including X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and NMR (both solution and solid state).
The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by a significant research project and dissertation (15,000 words) focused over the summer months.
Teaching methods include:
- practical laboratory work
- consultation sessions with supervisors.
Modules are assessed through coursework, written examinations, or a combination of both. Typical class sizes range from around 5 students for seminars and tutorials and around 40 students for lectures.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.