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This MSc programme is designed for those students and professionals who have a degree in Chemistry or an allied subject.

The course is broadly based with flexibility for you to choose from a wide range of modules. Educational aims of the programme include introducing modern chemical science concepts and techniques, exploring further advanced research led topics through a range of optional modules and to equip you with a range of analytical, critical, and communication skills. A key aspect of the programme is undertaking a significant research project for your dissertation. Through this research project you are able to develop skills in one of
many areas aligned with the research interests of the School of Chemistry; for example catalysis, surface science, energy materials, chemical biology, synthetic chemistry or structural chemistry.


The Purdie Building, the adjoining Biomolecular Sciences building and the brand-new Biomedical Sciences Research complex offer excellent accommodation and facilities for teaching and research in some of the most modern and well equipped laboratories in the UK.

The School has major facilities across the full spectrum of Chemistry, including NMR (both solution and solidstate), X-ray crystallography (single-crystal, powder and macromolecular), electron microscopy, catalyst evaluation, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, computational chemistry and surface science, together with all the standard chemical evaluation techniques.

The School of Chemistry also houses its own reading room containing all of the major books required for postgraduate research work. Comprehensive online access to journals and national and international databases is available. Taught postgraduate students are allocated working and write-up space within their respective research groups.


Chemistry graduates have gone on to successful careers in the chemical industry with companies such as BP, Shell, Johnson Matthey, Siemens and the pharmaceutical industry e.g. GSK, Pfizer, AstraZeneca. Many also continue in academic life, pursuing a research-based PhD in universities or research institutions in the UK, Europe, North America, Japan and others worldwide. Other career routes outwith a research environment include scientific publishing, patent law, forensic science, and IT and energy consultancy.

Visit the Chemical Sciences (MSc) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!





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