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Chemistry MSc by Research

Course Description

The School of Chemistry is undergoing a period of renaissance and growth. We have received significant investment in surface chemistry and analysis laboratories (£500,000), and won £2.5 million-worth of investment from Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and refurbish laboratory space for carrying out research under the heading of Advanced Materials Research.

Please consult the School of Chemistry website and decide the area of Chemistry in which you want to work, and with which member(s) of staff (also see Research Unit links below). You can then approach staff members directly, or contact the School Postgraduate Admissions Secretary, who will be happy to provide advice about the admissions process and help put you in touch with members of staff who have similar research interests to your own.

Please note that you may upload a research proposal when submitting your application form, however, this is not mandatory.

About the School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry is committed to tackling current and future scientific challenges, and our current research priorities, facilities and infrastructure put us in a strong position to achieve this. We currently have over 100 postgraduate students and postdoctoral research fellows carrying out research across a broad range of chemical disciplines.
We are one of the leading centres of research and teaching in chemistry in the UK. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities, with enthusiastic and dedicated staff and students, the school is looking forward to continuing our proud tradition of excellence long into the future.
The standing of the research conducted in the School of Chemistry has been recognised in the 2008 HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise where 60% of our research activity was rated "internationally excellent" or "world leading". The School is one of the best-equipped in the United Kingdom and the University and Research Councils have made very significant investments in the research infrastructure. In fact over the last five years, the school has seen an investment of more than £2 million in Research and Teaching infrastructure and the creation of 15 new staff posts. Following these investments, the School is in position to play a leading role in research well into the future.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Chemistry MSc by Research page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of Chemistry International Students Postgraduate Bursary - 5 Awards

The School of Chemistry has five bursaries available to support international students for the duration of their programme (subject to satisfactory progress).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4000 towards tuition fees


To be eligible for this opportunity students must: - Be classified as overseas for fees purposes
- Be privately funded
- Have or expect to obtain a Class I (Honours) (or equivalent) first degree in Chemistry or a relevant related discipline from a recognised institution
- Satisfy the University’s entry requirements for postgraduate studyAll eligible students will be considered.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made online at the University of Birmingham Direct Application Service. http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/apply-pg/index.aspxFurther information about the School of Chemistry and the research interests of staff members is available on the University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have at least an upper second-class UK Honours degree (or the equivalent) in Chemistry or a relevant related discipline.

Course Fees

£4,195 FT. £2,098 PT (UK/EU); £19,710 (overseas)

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