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Chemistry MRes

Course Description

About the course

Discoveries in chemistry research improve lives and solve global problems, and this course - undertaken as part a collaborative multidisciplinary team - looks towards solving a diverse range of real problems, from ageing to environmental remediation.

The MRes qualification is designed for students looking to undertake a postgraduate qualification that incorporates a greater level of research activity than a taught MSc, either with a focus on preparing for a PhD, or on applying transferable research methodologies to industry roles.

You’ll have the chance to develop advanced knowledge of techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy and electro-analysis, and benefit from working in specialist laboratories in our new Huxley building. Supervisor feedback will help you develop as a chemist, and the combination of both self-evaluated activities and tutor-based support will serve to enhance your employability.

This course offers a window into modern chemistry research that moves beyond studying chemistry as an isolated subject, and into creating real-world solutions alongside subject specialists from microbiology, pharmacology, cell biology, environmental sciences and beyond.

Course structure

Your time will be divided between taught modules (80 credits, including research methodology modules) and your year-long research project (100 credits) supervised by one of our chemistry staff.

Lectures, interactive workshops and practical laboratory work advance your chemistry knowledge, while specialist modules allow you to complement your interests and career options. The course is also integrated with the wider research community, including talks from visiting experts and a programme of seminars, with the result that our students often publish research project findings in leading journals and have the chance to present at international conferences.

Our chemistry research is very diverse, with particular strengths in medicinal, environmental, materials, analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. Current example project areas include:
- Artificial enzymes
- Squaraine sensors
- Synthesis, reactions and bioevaluation of putative anti-ageing compounds
- Trace metal analysis of tidal river sediments and/or water
- Water clean-up using iron-based nanomaterials
- Surface modification of tissue engineering skin substitute scaffolds to enhance their in vivo biocompatibility
- Synthesis and medicinal chemistry of novel pro-drugs


- Recent developments in chemistry research
- Specialist chemistry options
- Individual research project
- Research methodologies
- Work in progress seminar

Career opportunities

This course is for students who wish to enhance their knowledge in order to pursue a career in chemistry research, or to develop transferable skills for professional employment in areas as diverse as archaeology and interplanetary exploration.

Our graduates have been awarded PhD studentships at top UK universities as well as working in a wide variety of local and global companies, including GSK, Southern Water and Novartis.

Visit the Chemistry MRes page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements:Degree and/or experience: a first or upper second class honours degree in Chemistry or a related subject. Individual offers may vary. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS score of 6.5, no component below 6.0. For help meeting English language requirements contact our Language Institute.For help meeting academic entry requirements contact our International College.

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