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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    12 months

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  • Last Updated

    29 November 2018


Our Chemistry degree is a highly versatile course allowing you to direct your studies to specialised areas of chemistry. The course places strong emphasis on practical chemistry and focuses on current topics in chemistry research.

You will gain extensive hands-on practical experience within the laboratory with a practical skills module that provides tuition in essential practical and analytical procedures and carry out an independent original research project. The practical and analytical skills obtained, in combination with the reporting of the data generated, are essential abilities that enhance employability within the Chemical Sciences industries.

Course content

You will study compulsory modules on advanced topics in chemistry, and laboratory skills for chemists as well as undertake a 90 credit extended laboratory project during the summer months.

This will be complemented with a choice of optional modules, allowing you to gain specialist knowledge in a topic that suits your career plans or personal interests. Optional module topics in the following areas: polymer chemistry, food science, chemical engineering, atmospheric chemistry and colour chemistry, amongst others.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Chemistry MSc module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Chemistry MSc in the course catalogue


Compulsory modules

  • Extended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry
  • Practical Skills and Instrumental Analysis

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Biomaterials and Applications
  • Polymer Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Properties
  • Properties and Applications of (Nano)
  • Advanced Colour Science
  • Synthesis and Application of Polymers
  • Colour Application Technology
  • Colloid and Dairy Science
  • Structure and Function of Food Components
  • Food Analysis
  • Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals
  • Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses

Learning and teaching

Teaching methods involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, case studies, workshops and contact with relevant industries. The final stage of study is an individual extended research project which is typically carried out within a research group and may also include external industrial involvement.


Assessment is based on course work, research project performance and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

31 July 2019 - International applicants

31 August 2019 - Home/EU applicants


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: £10,500 (total)
  • International: £22,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Find out more about the scholarships offered by the School of Chemistry.

Career opportunities

This course includes modules that have a direct commercial relevance, for instance Food Processing and Synthesis and Applications of Polymers. You'll have the flexibility to design your master's degree allowing you to gain specialist knowledge in a topic that suits your career plans. The 90 credit research module, and a 20 credit introduction to practical skills module, will further enhance your employability.

Visit the Chemistry MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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