Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 September 2022
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate 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.
Wednesday 11 August 2021. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language)
- letter of intent (optional).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
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Students will take three compulsory modules during the course and choose four optional modules in Semester 1 and three optional modules in Semester 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 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
- Contemporary Research Awareness: research colloquia and seminars delivered by external speakers and covering areas within current chemical science research.
- 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.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
Semester 1 – students choose four optional modules for the first semester.
- Advanced Metal Chemistry
- Advanced Spectroscopic Methods
- Asymmetric Synthesis
- Heterocyclic and Pericyclic Chemistry
- Homogeneous Catalysis
- Integrating Chemistry
- Nanostructured Materials
- Organic Chemistry Laboratory
- Physical Chemistry Laboratory
- Processing of Materials
Semester 2 – students choose three optional modules for the second semester.
- Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry
- Blockbuster Solids
- Chemical Biology
- Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations
- Energy Conversion and Storage
- Molecular Recognition
- Natural Products, Biosynthesis and Enzyme Cofactors
- Reactive Intermediates
- Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis
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 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 an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.