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We provide a unique Master’s education in Materials Chemistry, offering the opportunity to carry out a 12-month research project from a selection that covers all aspects of Materials Chemistry.

Optional modules enable you to gain specialist knowledge of core areas such as:

  • supramolecular and nanochemistry
  • polymer chemistry
  • inorganic materials chemistry

Both synthesis and characterisation are integral to the teaching around these areas.

Materials Chemistry is a key multidisciplinary area, and a growth area for both academic and industrial research. Employment prospects in this area are excellent - the programme will prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, or in production or manufacturing roles.

Professional accreditation

We will be seeking accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).


Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

What you will study

The MSc in Materials Chemistry qualification comprises of 180 credits. These are divided into modules, the smallest being 20 credits (20 credits are equivalent to 200 student learning hours).

In semester one the programme consists of two core compulsory modules (40 credits) to provide the appropriate framework and a compulsory module (20 credits) to develop your research skills, professional development and commercial awareness.

Semester two also consists of two core compulsory modules (40 credits) to provide the appropriate framework and a compulsory module (20 credits) to develop your research project design skills. Students will be introduced to the concept of peer-review, and will provide feedback on a project proposal from one of their peers.

Students will be guided on how to:

  • strategically plan experimental work
  • carry out all appropriate COSHH assessments involved in practical work
  • source and access relevant published work

In support of this, students will be required to meet with their supervisor regularly to discuss interim reports and to propose the next steps in the planning of a project. Instruction will be given by library staff in critical reading of the scientific literature. A presentation of the work achieved will be given in the form of a poster presentation.

In semester three students are expected to devote a significant period of time to an individual and original piece of research. The student is required to work independently on their project, and to seek advice or practical help when appropriate, with regular communication with their project supervisor(s). The students’ supervisor will provide guidance on data collection, data analysis, discussion, summarising of findings and writing up of the final dissertation and associated research paper.

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

A variety of teaching methods appropriate to the learning outcomes of the individual modules are employed throughout the programme. The learning activities include lectures, workshops and directed study.

Core modules are dedicated to developing generic key skills, specialism practice and project management experience. The specialist modules relating to materials chemistry include lectures, workshops and use of specialist software packages under the instruction of a team of interdisciplinary specialists in the area.

The modules are assessed through course work (problem solving exercises, project plan, training plan), oral presentations and formal exams.

These progressively focus on student-centred approaches to learning and will reflect increasing reliance on independent responsibility for learning. In this way you will develop the attributes needed for life-long learning and continued professional development.


Postgraduate students at the University of Bradford learn in a high-quality environment with teaching by academics from around the world, many engaged in ground-breaking research.

You will join a growing community of more than 2,700 students who choose to continue their higher education here each year, whether it's on a taught course such as an MSc in Cancer Pharmacology, or a research degree such as a PhD in Archaeological Sciences.

When you join the University of Bradford as a postgraduate student you gain access to our world-class facilities designed to give you the best possible environment in which to learn and undertake research.

Career prospects

Materials Chemists work in a diverse range of areas including: medical devices; electronic devices; sustainable energy generation; nanomaterials; surface coatings; controlled delivery of drugs and agrochemicals and many other areas.

Transferable skills are also a key component and graduating students will be equipped for careers in both academia and industry.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 


Research in Chemistry is broadly themed into Molecular Science and Materials Chemistry, comprising the development of synthetic, analytical and computational methods.

Visit the Materials Chemistry - MSc page on the University of Bradford website for more details!





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