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MSc Chemical Research

This research degree allows you to train in practical and theoretical research within your specialist area of chemistry with guidance from an experienced researcher.

The main component of this course is a one-year research project. In addition, you'll take two taught modules in subjects that complement your project.

It is possible to undertake a PGDip course instead of the MSc programme.

View the MSc Chemical Research course
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Part-time study option

The MSc programme can be taken part-time over two years. In your first year, you’ll normally be required to complete optional modules totalling between 10 and 20 credits, and start the two compulsory modules.


In your second year, you’ll normally be required to complete the two compulsory modules and any remaining optional modules.

Fees, funding and scholarships

A variety of funding support is available to our master’s students.

UK/EU students can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. You may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries.

Both UK/EU and international students can apply for scholarships, which are awarded based on previous academic achievement.

Postgraduate fees and funding

Your career

Our MSc in Chemical Research programme prepares you for a career in research and development or for a PhD.

You'll acquire valuable transferable skills such as organisation and time management, communication, information handling, numeracy, problem solving and team working.

Career guidance for master's students

A new independence

“At the beginning of my master's, I realised I would have a lot of independence. I could decide what topics to study and how to do it. My supervisor was always ready to give me guidance.”

Yuanyuan Wang, master's and PhD graduate

Read Yuanyuan's story

Athena SWAN Silver Award