MSc Chemistry / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

This twelve month chemistry MSc is designed as a preparation for PhD studies or for students wishing to broaden their research experience and knowledge of chemistry.

The programme consists of 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 taught modules in Semester 1 will cover all areas of chemistry at core and advanced level. In addition a module specially designed to improve scientific language, research and presentation skills will be available. In the second semester students can choose six from a broad range of nine taught modules covering advanced chemistry topics. The research project is chosen from a wide range of world-leading research groups within the department with the work being carried out within the individual research group laboratories.


  • To provide students with essential core and advanced chemistry skills required for mastery of all areas of chemistry allowing progression to conduct independent research in an area of choice.
  • 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

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Chemistry Topics I CHEM60101 30 Mandatory
Advanced Chemistry Topics CHEM60112 15 Mandatory
MSc Core Chemistry 3 CHEM60211 15 Mandatory
MSc Core Chemistry 2 CHEM60311 15 Mandatory
MSc Core Chemistry 4 CHEM60312 15 Mandatory
MSc Core Chemistry 1 CHEM60411 15 Mandatory
Research and Communication Skills CHEM61000 15 Mandatory
Dissertation CHEM61022 90 Mandatory
MSc Integrated Spectroscopy and Separations CHEM61201 15 Mandatory

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