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Course content

The principal component of this degree is an intensive novel research project providing 'hands-on' training in methods and techniques at the cutting edge of scientific research. The programme is particularly suitable for those wishing to embark on an academic career, with a strong track record of students moving into graduate research at UCL and elsewhere.

Degree information

Students develop a systematic approach to devising experiments and/or computations and gain familiarity with a broad range of synthetic, analytical and spectroscopic techniques, acquiring skills for the critical analysis of their experimental and computational observations. They also broaden their knowledge of chemistry through a selection of taught courses and are able to tailor the programme to meet their personal interests.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), four optional modules (15 credits each) and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules - all students undertake a literature project (30 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits), which are linked.
-Literature Project

Optional modules - students choose four optional modules from the following:
-Advanced Topics in Energy Science and Materials
-Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
-Biological Chemistry
-Concepts in Computational and Experimental Chemistry
-Frontiers in Experimental Physical Chemistry
-Inorganic Rings, Chains and Clusters
-Intense Radiation Sources in Modern Chemistry
-Microstructural Control in Materials Science
-Numerical Methods in Chemistry
-Pathways, Intermediates and Function in Organic Chemistry
-Principles of Drug Design
-Principles and Methods of Organic Synthesis
-Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
-Stereochemical Control in Asymmetric Total Synthesis
-Structural Methods in Modern Chemistry
-Synthesis and Biosynthesis of Natural Products
-Topics in Quantum Mechanics
-Transferable Skills for Scientists

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words and a viva voce examination (90 credits).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and research supervision. Assessment is through the dissertation, unseen written examinations, research papers, a written literature survey, and an oral examination. All students will be expected to attend research seminars relevant to their broad research interest.


This MSc is designed to provide first-hand experience of research at the cutting-edge of chemistry and is particularly suitable for those wishing to embark on an academic career (i.e. doctoral research) in this area, although the research and critical thinking skills developed will be equally valuable in a commercial environment.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Analyst and Adviser, Silver Peak
-Sales Associate, Sino Chen
-Phd in Nanoparticle Synthesis, UCL
-Secondary School Teacher (GCSE), Ministry of Education
-PhD in High Performance Organic Coating for Aerospace, University of Surrey

Why study this degree at UCL?

With departmental research interests and activities spanning the whole spectrum of chemistry, including development of new organic molecules, fundamental theoretical investigations and prediction and synthesis of new materials, students are able to undertake a project that aligns with their existing interests.

Students develop crucial first-hand experience in scientific methods, techniques for reporting science and using leading-edge research tools, as well as further essential skills for a research career.

Visit the Chemical Research - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!






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