Catalysis (MSc) 2018 entry

The MSc in Catalysis provides students with specialised advanced knowledge and skills in modern catalysis with the ability to undertake a significant research project for their dissertation. The course aims to introduce awareness of the role catalysis plays in improving sustainability and solving environmental issues in chemical manufacture.

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Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)

Course dates

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2019

If you started this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Catalysis (MSc) page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in chemistry or a closely related subject area. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £8,500
Overseas: £20,980

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • personal statement (optional)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

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.

Highlights

  • 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).

Teaching format

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:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • 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.

Modules

Students will take six compulsory modules during the course and choose three optional modules during Semester 1 and 2.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

 

  • Introduction to Metal Catalysis, Organocatalysis and Biocatalysis: an overview of current challenges and major achievements in current catalysis.
  • Research Skills in Chemistry: covers specialised research techniques for the prospective research project.
  • 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.
  • Homogeneous Catalysis: demonstrates the links between catalyst structure, performance, commercial utilization and sustainability.
  • Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis: introduces the important general concepts of the chemistry of heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Contemporary Research Awareness: research colloquia and seminars delivered by external speakers and covering areas within current chemical science research.

Optional modules require a minimum number of participants to be offered.

Semester 1 – students choose one optional module for the first semester.

  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Advanced Spectroscopic Methods
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Processing of Materials
  • Advanced Metal Chemistry
  • Heterocyclic and Pericyclic Chemistry

Semester 2 – students choose two optional modules for the second semester.

  • Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Blockbuster Solids
  • Natural Products, Biosynthesis and Enzyme Cofactors
  • Reactive Intermediates
  • Chemical Biology
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations
  • Energy Conversion and Storage

 

During the final three months of the course, students undertake a research project culminating 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 a MSc.


The modules listed ran in the academic year 2017–2018 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

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Conferences and events

There is an active student-based Chemical Society which hosts guest speakers and organises social events throughout the year.

The School of Chemistry is accredited through the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, its activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public. The RSC often organises events and conferences in the Tayside area. 

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

After the MSc

Research degrees

In addition to the taught MSc, the School offers a one-year research MSc(Res) and a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Chemistry.

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere. The School of Chemistry offers a large number of fully-funded PhD studentships each year. Key areas of PhD research include:

  • Molecular Synthetic and Structural Chemistry (including homogeneous catalysis)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Surface Science
  • Theoretical Chemical Physics.

The School hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis, which provides studentships and innovative training in catalysis research. UK and EU students are eligible for full fee studentships and will receive a stipend (£14,553 per annum in academic year 2018-2019) throughout their four-year course.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Studentship Funding
The University of St Andrews offers around seven funded doctoral training grants each year in Biology and linked subject areas such as Psychology, Chemistry or Physics.

 

PhD in Chemistry

Careers

Chemistry graduates have gone on to successful careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries with companies such as:

  • BP
  • Shell
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Siemens
  • GSK
  • Pfizer
  • AstraZeneca.

Other career routes outwith a research environment include scientific publishing, patent law, forensic science, IT and energy consultancy.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Contact information

School of Chemistry
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3800
Email: chempg@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).