Chemistry (1 Year) [MSc]

This twelve month chemistry MSc is designed primarily for international students, either to act as a preparation for PhD studies or for students wishing to broaden their research experience and knowledge of chemistry within the context of the English language.

The programme consists of six taught modules, worth a total of 90 credits, delivered in the first six months of the course followed by a substantial research project, also worth 90 credits.

The modules will include both analytical and synthetic topics and a research project from a wide range of areas may be selected.

The separate programme in Analytical Chemistry will be discontinued for September 2015 entry.

Aims of the course:

  • To provide students with essential skills in the characterisation of materials by spectroscopic, structural and analytical techniques. This will be achieved with reference to organic, organometallic and polymeric materials.
  • To give students an in-depth experience of chemical research through individual, extended Masters research projects.
  • To develop confidence in the use of English oral and written skills within a chemical context.

Taught modules:

  • Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • X-Ray Diffraction
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Linguistic and Research skills

The taught modules will be delivered as lectures with extensive support from workshops and practical classes. The Linguistic and Research skills module will address issues of scientific report writing, presentation skills and database searching as a preparation for the research project. 

Research project

The research project constitutes one half of the course credits and assessment. Following examinations on the Taught Modules in January and May, successful candidates progress to a five month dissertation project (MSc) or an eight week research project (Diploma). Projects will be available in Biological, Organic, Inorganic, Materials, Polymer, Analytical, Structural and Theoretical Chemistry.


Academic entry requirements

Applicants for MSc courses will require a minimum of good 2(ii) honours degree or equivalent in chemistry, analytical chemistry or a chemistry related discipline.

English Language requirements

Students whose first degree has not been studied in English will normally have to reach a required standard in an International English language examination such as TOEFL > 570, TOELF (IBT) > 90 or IELTS > 6.5

The University offers a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their programmes.  Admission to the pre-sessional course requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each section.  You must contact the School of Chemistry's Postgraduate Admissions team for advice before applying for a pre-sessional course.

The deadline for receipt of MSc applications for admission in September is 15th July 2014.

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