2019 start


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

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Chemstry postgraduate with equipment

Course description

This course is similar in structure to our MSc Chemistry, but has a larger proportion of research experience, and fewer lectures. This weighting of components should appeal to students who are planning to use their studies as a stepping-stone to PhD study,or chemical research in industry.

Research project

You'll carry out an extended research project across the full 12 months of the academic year and work alongside professional scientists. You will have the opportunity to get really involved in your research area and enough time to produce some academically significant results.

You’ll select your project from a wide range of research areas across the department.

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Lectured modules allow you to select from topics which span the breadth of chemistry, tailoring your studies to your own interests.


Assessment of the research project is through a literature review of your research area, a 20,000-word dissertation, poster presentation, oral presentation and viva, as well as assessed performance during the project.


1 year full-time

Chemistry postgraduate Liam Smith with a colleague in lab

My current research is within the world of artificial photosynthesis, trying to produce molecules that would hopefully end our reliance on harmful fossil fuels. Other than that I have gained a copious amount of transferable skills that would be perfect within the chemical industry or professional environment.

Liam Smith
MSc(Res) Chemistry

Entry requirements

You need a BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent in chemistry or a chemistry-related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.