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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    12 October 2018

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In the Department of Chemistry we offer a range of programmes that can be taken full or part time. Research projects can be carried out in virtually any area of chemistry as long as a suitable project and supervisor can be allocated, meaning you can specialise in your own specific area of interest. You will work under the guidance of an academic supervisor who is expert in that particular field, and alongside other members of the research group including academics, post-doctoral researchers as well as fellow postgraduate students.

As a research student in the Department of Chemistry, you can expect:

-A dedicated supervisor to help direct your research and training

-A Thesis Advisory Panel (TAP) comprising two members of staff to monitor your progress and offer impartial advice

-TAP meetings every six months for which you are required to prepare a report on your research

-Progress meetings with your supervisor approximately every 2 months, and more informal interactions with your supervisor on a day-to-day basis

-Training programmes designed to provide you with research, teaching and transferable skills. This is delivered through our Innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry Programme

-Seminar programmes from leading scientists, and opportunities to present your own research

-A student mentor to support your transition to postgraduate research and provide collaboration and networking opportunities


The Department of Chemistry offers all research students the opportunity to access its state-of-the-art research facilities as required by their research. This includes a range of NMR Spectrometers, Mass Spectrometers, Laser Spectrometers, X-Ray Diffractometers, EPR Spectrometers, Electron Microscopes, and a dedicated Crystallisation Suite.

All Chemistry research students are provided with access to dedicated research space within the Department. This includes allocated writing space with others from your research group, which is usually adjacent to your supervisor’s office to facilitate regular discussions about progress. if your project is laboratory-based, you will also have access to a fume hood or bench space in a purpose-built research laboratory. All research students have access to a communal area for discussions with other researchers.


The Innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC) programme offers the advantages of a cohort-based postgraduate experience to all PhD, MPhil and MSc by research students studying Chemistry at York*. The latest innovations in graduate training are offered to all of our postgraduate research students to support the development of scientific, transferable and employability skills, enhance the research output of each student, and meet the needs of employers.


During your time at York, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, which will support not only your studies, but also prepare you for the world of work beyond your research degree. The Researcher Development Team offer a wide range of training under the Research Development Framework, and the Careers Service provides a wealth of guidance and opportunities to develop the types of skills employers are looking for.

The Chemistry Department has a dedicated Employability and Diversity Officer who arranges a range of careers events for postgraduate chemists each year. She also offers one-to-one careers advice sessions for all graduate students to support you to develop your Curriculum Vitae, complete job applications and prepare for interviews. Your supervisor will also offer support and guidance for your career development.

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





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