2019 start


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

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Course description

Securing a place to complete a chemistry PhD at a top institution, or joining a research and development lab in industry, is a competitive process. This masters course is designed to help you stand out, by giving you a significant amount of independent research experience at postgraduate level, with access to state-of-the-art facilities in a Russell Group university.

You'll spend two-thirds of your time on this course working on your own research project as part of a team of professional scientists. There are also more than 20 different optional lecture topics for you to choose from across organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

You’ll have access to a number of our multimillion-pound research labs, including the Lord Porter Laser Laboratory, which has three different laser stations, and our Soft Matter Analytical Laboratory, where scientists can study samples that are 100 times smaller than a human hair.

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For most of this course, you will be working full-time as a chemistry researcher on your own independent research project. You will get to choose a topic that you're interested in, be assigned an academic supervisor who specialises in your area and work in their laboratory as part of a team of scientists.

There are also two lecture modules, and each one allows you to pick the topics that most interest you. Current topics range from metals in medicine and enzyme catalysis, to graph theory and quantum chemistry, to polymer architectures and nanochemistry.

  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry 2
  • Chemistry Research Project


As well as your independent research project, you'll be taught via lectures and laboratory training.


You'll be assessed through examinations, laboratory reports and a dissertation of 20,000 words and viva.


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, or equivalent.

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.