2020 start


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

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Course description

For most of this one-year course, you will be working full-time as a chemistry researcher on your own research project. You will choose a topic, learn advanced lab techniques and be trained to use state-of-the-art chemistry equipment.

There are also two short lecture modules to help you continue to develop your chemistry expertise. Each one allows you to pick the topics that most interest you from a range of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry subjects.

Your career

You will be an active, contributing member of your project supervisor’s research group, which makes this course great preparation for a PhD, or a research and development role in industry. Employers and PhD supervisors really value the experience students get from completing an extended project on an MSc(Res) degree.

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Core modules

  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry 2
  • MSc(Res) 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

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

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score 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.