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Course content

Discoveries in chemistry research have the potential to improve lives and solve problems of global significance, from ageing to environmental degradation.

Our MRes programme aims to address such far-reaching issues with the combined expertise of a multidisciplinary department. Through supervisor feedback, self-evaluated activites and tutor-based support, we will help you to develop as a chemist whether you're looking to embark on a PhD or to pursue work outside academia. 

As a Brighton student, you'll gain advanced knowledge of techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy and electroanalysis, and benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories in our new Huxley building. You'll graduate with a highly prized qualification and a bank of scientific expertise.

Course structure

Your time is divided between taught modules (80 credits) and your year-long research project (100 credits), which is 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 integrated within the wider research community, as we host talks from visiting experts and a programme of seminars. The result is that our students often publish research project findings in leading journals and have the chance to present at international conferences.

Areas of study

Our own chemistry research is very diverse, with particular strengths in medicinal, environmental, materials, analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. 


  • Research Project
  • Research Methods
  • Frontiers in Contemporary Chemistry
  • Current Research in Chemistry


  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • New Medicinal Products
  • Advances in Biochemical and Clinical Analysis
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Applications of GIS
  • Water Quality Analysis
  • Applied Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology and Drug Development
  • Regulatory Affairs

The research project is central to the course and allows you to work at the forefront of the discipline as you advance your knowledge of research methods and chemical principles. You design your own project under the supervision of one or more members of the Chemistry Research Group.

Careers and Employability

Our graduates have been awarded PhD studentships at top UK universities and now work for companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Southern Water and Novartis.

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




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