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The MSc in Electrochemistry taught course builds upon our international reputation for excellence in research and education in Electrochemistry by offering an advanced, postgraduate education in Electrochemistry from the fundamental principles through to applications in Electrochemical Engineering. Read more

The MSc in Electrochemistry taught course builds upon our international reputation for excellence in research and education in Electrochemistry by offering an advanced, postgraduate education in Electrochemistry from the fundamental principles through to applications in Electrochemical Engineering. The course provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the identified areas.

Introducing your course

Electrochemistry is central to processes with huge economic and societal impacts, e.g. electroplating, corrosion, chlorine, sodium hydroxide and aluminium production, electricity storage, sensing (blood glucose, pH). The MSc Electrochemistry will offer you a platform to develop your theoretical and practical skills and to undertake a challenging research project.

The modules offered will allow you to explore this fascinating interdisciplinary science and to specialise e.g. in batteries, fuel cells, electroanalytical techniques or electrochemical engineering.

Overview

The MSc in Electrochemistry course aims to:

  • Instil an enthusiasm for electrochemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying;
  • Establish an appreciation of the importance and sustainability of the chemical sciences in an industrial, academic, economic, environmental and social context;
  • Develop, through an education in chemistry, a range of appropriate generic skills, of value in chemical and non-chemical employment;
  • Extend your comprehension of key chemical concepts as applied to Electrochemistry and so provide you with an in-depth understanding of this specialised area of chemistry;
  • Provide you with the ability to plan and carry out experiments independently and assess the significance of outcomes;
  • Develop your ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar types of problems;
  • Instil a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of Electrochemistry;
  • Prepare you effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies.

Find out more about the course visit the programme specification

Career Opportunities

A Chemistry masters degree will give students valuable insight into postgraduate research skills. Independent project work will support students to develop transferable skills in areas such as time management, communication and presentation skills that are key for career success in a wide range of areas such as industry, analysis, policymaking and scientific communication. Completing an MSc qualification will help individuals tackle the challenges of an advanced research degree at PhD level and prepare them for a career in academia.

Typical career destinations for the MSc in Electrochemistry include;

  • Further study towards a PhD in Electrochemistry
  • R&D specialist in electrochemistry and material science for the development of batteries, fuel cells, electric vehicles, photovoltaic devices, dye sensitised solar cells
  • R&D specialist in corrosion
  • R&D specialist in electrodeposition
  • R&D specialist in sensors
  • R&D specialist in electrochemical engineering
  • Scientific journalists/ editors
  • Materials scientist
  • Computational chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Environmental chemist


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NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU? If you are an international student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Mechanical Engineering. Read more
NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU? If you are an international student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Mechanical Engineering. It includes an extra semester of preliminary study to prepare you for postgraduate learning in the UK. We strongly recommend that all international students take this option as it is proven to improve your chances of success. Take a look at this alternative course here.

Engineering is a major wealth creator for the UK and many other economies worldwide. Highly qualified engineers command a high salary and are much sought after. This course will provide you with significant skills in the major engineering functions allowing you to work in a senior technical or project management role within industry.

Course content

The course consists of 8 taught modules plus a major personal project leading to a written thesis. The taught modules cover the broad range of activities involved in designing and validating new products and machinery. You will study topics such as solid and surface modelling, rapid prototyping, Finite Element Analysis, advanced materials and thermodynamics. The subject area of your final thesis can be selected to suit your own aspirations and interests. You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely to develop an academically challenging portfolio of work.

Core modules are:
-Research Methods & Project Management
-Design Technologies for Masters
-Energy Management
-Structural Integrity
-Advanced Engineering Materials
-Applied Structural Integrity
-MSc

Project Option Modules are:
-Industrial Robotics & Control
-Control System
-Sustainable Design & Manufacture
-Industrial Placement

This course can be completed within 1 year. However this timescale is dependent on students starting the course in September, passing all modules, undertaking their project during the summer semester and experiencing no other delays (such as health issues). Many students choose to delay their project start and enjoy a well-deserved summer break to ‘re-charge their batteries’ which also has academic benefits. In this case a more realistic duration is 15 months.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council (partial CEng). The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Employment opportunities

Upon graduation you will be ideally placed to work in a manufacturing or engineering company at a senior level working towards Chartered (CEng) status. If you prefer the course also gives a good grounding in research techniques which could allow you to continue your personal research interests to PhD level.

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The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, new lightweight vehicular structures, techniques for carbon capture and storage and climate engineering. Read more

The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, new lightweight vehicular structures, techniques for carbon capture and storage and climate engineering. This is a broad-based MSc, designed for graduates who wish to acquire skills in energy and materials science in order to participate in the emerging challenges to meet climate change targets.

About this degree

Students gain an advanced knowledge of materials science as it applies to energy and environmental technologies and research skills including information and literature retrieval, critical interpretation and analysis, and effective communication. They can benefit from modules in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering, thus offering future employers a wide-ranging skills base. Graduates will be well qualified to deal with the problems of energy decision-making and the implications for the environment.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (15 credits each) and a research project (60 credits).

An exit-level only Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is available.

An exit-level only Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is available.

Core modules

Students take all of the following, totalling 90 credits, and a 60-credit research dissertation.

  • Advanced Topics in Energy Science and Materials
  • Microstructural Control in Materials Science
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Research Project Literature Review (30 credits)

Optional modules

Students take 30 credits drawn from the following:

  • Climate and Energy
  • Materials and Nanomaterials
  • New and Renewable Energy Systems
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Energy, Technology and Climate Policy

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 7,000-10,000 words, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, self-study and research supervision. Assessment is through unseen written examination and coursework. The literature project is assessed by written dissertation and the research project is assessed by a written report and a viva voce examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Materials for Energy and Environment MSc

Careers

The UK has committed to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions on a 1990 baseline by 2050. CERES, the organisation that represents the largest institutional investors would like to see 90% reduction by 2050. National Systems of Innovation (NSI), which includes the universities, research centres and government departments working in conjunction with industry, will need to apprehend new opportunities and change direction, diverting personnel to energy and climate issues in response to changing markets and legislation. This MSc will contribute to the supply of personnel needed for the era of sustainability.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Engineer in Development, ProElectric
  • Researcher, Chemistry Institute
  • Cell Technician, Nexeon
  • PhD in Nanomaterials, University of Oxford
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is designed for graduates from a wide range of science and engineering backgrounds who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills into materials science with an emphasis on the energy and climate change issues that will drive markets over the next century. It delivers courses from five departments across three faculties depending on options and includes a self-managed research project which is intended to introduce the challenges of original scientific research in a supportive environment.

Research activities span the whole spectrum of energy-related research from the development of batteries and fuel cells to the prediction of the structure of new water-splitting catalytic materials.

Students develop experience in scientific method, techniques for reporting science and in the many generic skills required for a future career.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemistry

94% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The MSc in Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering is a broad based 1 year MSc course, that provides you the opportunity to specialise in the engineering sciences that are key to the design, monitoring and analysis of propulsion and engine systems. Read more

The MSc in Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering is a broad based 1 year MSc course, that provides you the opportunity to specialise in the engineering sciences that are key to the design, monitoring and analysis of propulsion and engine systems. You will do compulsory modules on gas turbine, internal combustion, electrical and hybrid engines for a range of transport applications.

You will be able to further specialise by selecting optional modules in related technologies including condition monitoring, materials, engine tribology, noise control, environmental aspects, batteries, fuel cells and spacecraft propulsion. After completing the taught section (8 modules) you will complete the MSc course through an individual project. Projects will be available in a wide range of topics including engine materials, combustion modelling, electrical motors, engine noise control and engine tribology.

Introducing your degree

Do you love speed? Are you fascinated by the design and development of plane and car engines? Then choose MSc Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering and see your career take flight. Propulsion and engine systems are the driving force of many life-defining technologies.

Overview

You will learn to confidently analyse and design advanced electrical systems. You will also study modules on gas turbines, internal combustion and electrical and hybrid engines for transport applications, including aircraft and automotive.

The year will be divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will study core modules as well as choosing specialist modules from Spacecraft Propulsion to Acoustics. You also have the option to specialise in topics relating to condition monitoring, materials, energy efficiency and engine tribology.

The final four months will focus on research. You will engage in experimental and practical study and complete a research project and dissertation. Projects cover a wide range of subjects including combustion modelling, electrical motors and engine noise control.

View the specification document for this course



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This programme provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of sustainable energy generation, distribution and consumption. It is intended to respond to a growing skills shortage for engineers with a high level of training in renewable energy, smart grids and sustainability. Read more
This programme provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of sustainable energy generation, distribution and consumption. It is intended to respond to a growing skills shortage for engineers with a high level of training in renewable energy, smart grids and sustainability.

By the time you graduate, you will have a thorough understanding of sustainability standards, various renewable energies, smart grid and power electronics for renewable energy and energy use management in buildings, urban design and other areas. Research on sustainable energy technology has opened up many job opportunities in industry, government institutions and research centres.

What are benefits of the programme?

• studying at international university recognised throughout the world
• close cooperation with world-famous universities and research centres to solve major technical challenges including energy crises and environmental pollution
• excellent research opportunities, using advanced experimental equipment including a network analyser, power analyser, Dspace controller, wind turbine and PV testing system
• continuous development of core modules to meet the requirement of industrial innovation
• cutting-edge research in the intelligent and efficient utilisation of solar, wind energy and other renewable energy sources

Lab Facilities

Power electronics laboratory equipped with advanced experimental equipment
• Sustainable energy laboratory equipped with advanced experimental equipment including a 600W wind turbine, two 270W solar modules, batteries, an inverter with sinusoidal output and main controller
• Electric machine and power system laboratory

Modules

• Sustainable Energy and Environment
• Nuclear Energy Technology
• Power System Network and Smart Grid
• Integration of Energy Strategies in the Design of Buildings
• Photovoltaic Energy Technology
• Renewable Kinetic Energy Technologies
• Power Electronics and Applications for Renewable Energy
• Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies
• Msc Project

What are my career prospects?

Graduates of this programme will typically work on professional tasks including the implementation of sustainable energy technologies within existing or new systems, and modelling and evaluation of the impact on ecosystems, economics and society. Graduates may be employed as electric power system engineers, electric power system consultants, sustainable technology consultants, electric power projects managers, sustainable cities and building design consultants, managers and team leaders in government.

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The MPhil is offered by the Department of Chemistry as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Read more
The MPhil is offered by the Department of Chemistry as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Students are integrated into the research culture of the Department by joining a research group, supervised by one of our academic staff, in one of the following areas of Chemistry:

Biological:

with a focus on enzymes, nucleic acids, protein folding and misfolding, and physical techniques; with relevance to health and disease, drug discovery, sensors, nanotechnology, ageing and energy research applications.

Materials Chemistry:

including surfaces, interfaces, polymers, nanoparticles and nanoporous materials, self assembly, and biomaterials, with applications relevant to: oil recovery and separation, catalysis, photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries, crystallization and pharmaceutical formulation, gas sorption, energy, functional materials, biocompatible materials, computer memory, and sensors.

Physical Chemistry:

including atmospheric sciences, surfaces and interfaces, materials, and physical and chemical aspects of the behaviour of biopolymers and other soft systems.

Synthetic Chemistry:

including complex molecule synthesis, synthetic catalysis, synthetic assembly, synthetic biology and medicine, new technology for efficient synthesis, green synthesis, and preparation of new materials.

Theory, Modelling and Informatics:

including quantum dynamics, modelling soft materials, protein folding and binding, biomolecules in motion, pharmacological activity, molecular switches, redox chemistry, designing bioactive molecule and drugs, chemical biology, crystallography, and simulation of spectroscopic studies.

Potential supervisors and their area of research expertise may be found at Department of Chemistry (Research): http://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/research

Visit the website: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/pcchmpmch

Course detail

Educational aims of the MPhil programme:

- to give students with relevant experience at first degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision; and

- to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests and a broader set of transferable skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

The MPhil involves minimal formal teaching. Students may attend the Department's programme of research seminars and other graduate courses, including the Transferable Skills programme that forms part of the PhD programme. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring and other opportunities by fellow students and members of staff. However, most research training is provided within the research group structure and all students are assigned a research supervisor.

All graduate students receive termly reports written by their supervisors.

Assessment

The scheme of examination for the MPhil in Chemistry shall consist of a thesis, of not more than 15,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics and Chemistry, submitted for examination at the end of 11 months. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis shall provide evidence to satisfy the Examiners that a candidate can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspectives of the subject.

Continuing

The Department offers a PhD in Chemistry course and MPhil students can apply to continue as a graduate student on this course.

MPhil students currently studying a relevant course at the University of Cambridge will need to pass their MPhil course (if examined only by thesis) or obtain a minimum merit (if there is a marked element) in order to be eligible to continue onto the PhD in Chemistry.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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Introducing your degree. Maritime Engineering Science is an MSc course designed for graduates, or similarly qualified, with an engineering, scientific or mathematical background, who desire to pursue a career in maritime sector. Read more

Introducing your degree

Maritime Engineering Science is an MSc course designed for graduates, or similarly qualified, with an engineering, scientific or mathematical background, who desire to pursue a career in maritime sector. An introductory module is provided at the start to give students the fundamental knowledge necessary for them to succeed in the course.

This masters in Maritime Engineering Science / Marine Engineering one-year course enables students to specialise in marine engineering systems on board ships and offshore platforms that facilitate their functional capability.

Overview

Understanding how marine systems work is essential to their efficient design and operation. You will learn to apply advanced control design techniques and enhance your knowledge of instrumentation and sensors. You will also learn to analyse and design advanced power, propulsion, heating and cooling systems using thermodynamic principles.

The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, in addition to a set of specialist modules, you have the opportunity to select option modules including fuel cells, batteries and maritime robotics. In the last four months, you will focus on research. You will complete a major research project and take advantage of our world-class maritime engineering facilities to perform your experimental work. You will also learn the broader principles of marine safety, law and management.

View the specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

The maritime sector provides many and varied career opportunities in engineering and project management related roles. Maritime Engineering Science graduates are in strong demand with good starting salaries and excellent career progression opportunities.

Our graduates work across many different organisations. The Solent region around Southampton is the main UK hub for the maritime sector with organisations such as Lloyd’s Register, Carnival, BMT Nigel Gee, Maritime and Coastguard agency and many others based nearby. Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support primarily the defence sector and employ a good number of our graduates. The offshore and marine renewable developments are offering excellent prospects both to work in the UK (locally, London or Aberdeen) or worldwide in places such as Singapore, Houston or Perth, etc.



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