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Chemistry is a fundamental science that underpins a vast array of topics and our research based Master's will extend your depth and breadth of knowledge in a number of areas such as analytical chemistry, experimental design, advanced laboratory techniques, spectroscopy, computational and materials chemistry.
On our one-year MSc by research degree you will carry out a research project for a full year in a member of staff’s research group, giving you the opportunity to engage with the team on projects that have real-world impact using fundamental chemistry research.
Our courses also offer a variety of practical training including the full use of the analytical instrumentation and services available, which ensures that our postgraduate students possess a wide range of skills to aid
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A first or second class honours degree in Physics or Chemistry. We will also consider applicants with degrees in computer science, electronics, biochemistry or other closely related disciplines.
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Why did you choose at Kent?
I came here to do my BSc (Hons) degree in Forensic Science because the course came first in the UK in the NSS and I was also very impressed with the programme structure. Kent has a large campus with lots of facilities and lovely views of Canterbury.
What are you researching?
I’m working on solid state chemistry materials, namely chalcogenides, making new compounds which contain oxygen, selenium and sulphur, which is toxic. As per their property measurements, I will infer what their use might be in practical settings such as engineering.
What are you enjoying about your studies?
I’m enjoying the amount of knowledge I’m gaining, in particular from my supervisor, who is so passionate about her subject. I am benefiting from attending training courses to expand my grasp of my subject area.
How does postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?
Studying for a PhD is more like having a full-time job, you have to be in pretty much from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. As a PhD student you have to do your own research and supervise project students or teach, which I love because I enjoy sharing knowledge.
What career are you interested in?
Ideally I’d like a career in the international oil industry, in a research capacity based off-shore if possible. Teaching is always a possibility and I’ve been tutoring people for quite a while.
How will your studies at Kent will affect your employment prospects?
The University of Kent is in a good position in the UK, it’s a good university and has a good ranking, so I think studying here will stand me in good stead with future. I have learnt a lot of transferable skills throughout my time here and the Graduate School workshops help.
What does doing a further degree give you that a first degree doesn’t?
It gives you a better chance of getting a job and having a second degree makes you stand out from the crowd in the job market.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about taking a research degree at Kent?
When you study for a PhD you are specialising in your chosen field and you need to be passionate about it because you’re going to spend a lot of time working on it.
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