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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Chemistry

Programme code:MSC-CHEMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Bruce Turnbull Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in Chemistry or a related Chemistry subject. Applicants must have taken and consistently scored 2:2 level marks (or higher) in modules covering: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry.
All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Chemistry

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Chemistry

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

The MSc Chemistry programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Programme specification:

The programme will provide students with in depth knowledge of contemporary chemistry, while allowing students to direct their studies to specialised areas of chemistry which are most relevant to them. The course places strong emphasis on practical chemistry, complemented with focus on current topics in chemistry research that is informed by our internationally recognised research and innovation. This enables the principles and theories of chemistry to be applied within a laboratory setting to solve real-world challenges.

Students will study compulsory modules on Advanced Topics in Chemistry which provide opportunities for the students to engage with the role of chemistry in addressing key global challenges, for example, climate change, sustainability and healthcare, through research-led teaching. Optional modules allow engagement with a wide range of chemistry-related subjects, ensuring that the course is highly interdisciplinary and contains expertise from a range of specialisms, including chemistry, food science and nutrition, colour and polymer science, physics, structural biology and material science. Optional modules are taught by experts across several faculties, providing students with opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed for a career within the chemical sciences industries. They will gain extensive hands-on practical experience within the laboratory by undertaking an optional foundation of practical chemistry module and a compulsory advanced practical, professional and research skills module, which will prepare students for conducting their independent original research project. As well as learning crucial research techniques, students will acquire an understanding of research culture, ethics and safety, while developing a range of key skills in problem solving, information technology, scientific presentation, and scientific communication.

The focal point of the degree course is the extended research project. A wide range of projects will be available in areas aligned to our research themes: atmospheric and planetary chemistry, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, functional materials & molecular assemblies, sustainable & digital chemistry, and chemistry pedagogy. Students will be helped to select a project that is right for them, in an area that interests and motivates you. This is your chance to make your own contribution to science. The project will equip students with the independent research and critical thinking skills that they will draw on throughout their future careers.

This masters degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, meaning you’ll have the qualifications and skills you’ll need to succeed in industry upon graduation.

Accreditation of a university course by professional and statutory bodies is a mark of assurance that particular standards are met. Masters accreditation provides access to qualified membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and forms a basis for satisfying the academic requirements for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s award of Chartered Chemist (CChem), through further study or continuing professional development.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM5503MResearch Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
CHEM5617MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CHEM5619MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined S2)15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM5700MAdvanced Practical, Professional and Research Skills for Chemists30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study 2 modules (25-30 credits) from the following optional modules:

CHEM5011MSynthesis and Characterisation of Organic Molecules15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM5012MFoundations of Chemistry - Coursework15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CHEM5014MFoundations of Practical Chemistry15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM5107MModern Drug Discovery15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM5618MAdvanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined S1)15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COLO5162MAdvanced Colour Science15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOOD5016MPhysical Aspects of Food10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS5016MSoft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Students will be required to study 1 or 2 modules (15-25 credits) from the following optional modules:

BMSC5231MStructure-based Drug Discovery15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CAPE5760MCeramics, Polymers and Composites15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CAPE5770MNanomaterials15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COLO5055MCosmetic Science15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOOD5115MColloid and Dairy Science10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOOD5481MFood Quality Assurance and Control10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS5342MSoft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS5530MPhysics of Biological Systems15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

In total, students should take 180 or 185 credits (this will just be 180 credits from 2024-25 after the FOOD modules are replaced with 15-credit versions).

Students will need a minimum of 150 credits for award.

Last updated: 12/05/2023 16:51:47


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