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Chemistry research at Swansea University is vibrant and covers a wide range of research areas and interests, and will be growing at a fast pace over the next 2-3 years. Read more

Chemistry research at Swansea University is vibrant and covers a wide range of research areas and interests, and will be growing at a fast pace over the next 2-3 years. It is focused on 4 themes: Energy, Health, New and Advanced Molecules and Materials, and Water and the Environment. These research initiatives transcend the traditional discipline boundaries, integrate the core areas of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistries and intersect with other scientific disciplines, engineering and medicine.

Key Features of MSc by Research in Chemistry

The new Department of Chemistry has excellent, purpose-built modern laboratories and has access to a diverse type of laboratories research infrastructures to develop its research. For example, high-quality, high-impact chemistry research is already taking place in World Class Centres based in Swansea such as The Centre for NanoHealthThe Institute of Mass SpectrometryThe Institute of Life SciencesThe Energy Safety Research InstituteMultidisciplinary Nanotechnology CentreThe Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research and The Materials Research Centre. The integration of the new Chemistry Department with Engineering, the Medical School and other departments in the College of Science provides an environment of research excellence and allows our chemistry students and research staff to invent, innovate and develop products in a way that is best suited to research in the 21st century and the need to generate disruptive, step-change advances with impact on current global challenges.

Department of Chemistry Research Group:

Energy: One of the key areas where advances in chemistry will be needed is in providing solutions to the global energy challenge. Chemistry research in Swansea University is participating in fundamental and applied research initiatives focused on: 

  • Conversion and storage of electrochemical and solar energy 
  • Capture, storage, and chemical conversion of carbon dioxide 
  • Development of new molecules, materials and nanotechnologies related to energy production, conversion, transport, and storage and their incorporation into devices.
  • Electron transfer reactions
  • Development and implementation of advanced characterisation techniques for acquiring in-depth understanding of photovoltaics, batteries and processes, which enable improvement in performance.
  • Routes for rapid processing and manufacturing at scale.
  • Optimized utilization of fossil energy 
  • Hydrogen as an energy vector

Health: Chemistry research provides new routes to more effective, cheaper and less toxic therapies and to non-invasive disease detection and diagnosis tools – a requirement to transform the entire landscape of drug discovery, development and healthcare, which is unaffordable and needs to benefit more patients. The chemistry research laboratories for this theme are adjacent to Swansea Medical School – which ranked 1st in the UK for research environment, and 2nd for overall research quality in the REF 2014.

Current chemistry research includes: 

  • Nanoparticle-based drug delivery
  • Antibody-drug conjugates
  • Nanoparticle-enabled chemoimmunotherapy and immunoengineering
  • Chemical systems for cell and tissue imaging
  • Stimuli-responsive and adaptive systems for drug activation and release
  • Construction of biofunctional artificial motor systems
  • Bioelectronic medicines and sensors
  • Mass spectrometric analysis of clinical samples, lipids, proteins and natural products
  • Pharmaceutical analysis and analytical technologies for medical/chemical analysis
  • Magnetic nanoparticles for magnetic resonance and multimodal imaging
  • Silicon processing, microfabrication and microelectronic fabrication
  • Self-assembly of colloids at interfaces and the use of colloids and nanoparticles dispersed in complex biological fluids
  • Microneedles for transdermal blood sampling and drug delivery
  • Biosensors – surface functionalization, fluorescence detection, electrochemistry, chemical sensing and lab-on-a-chip
  • Microfluidics and MEMS 
  • Studying structure, dynamics and function of enzymes as a route to understanding and controlling nature's chemistry
  • Natural products biosynthesis (particularly involving compounds with antibiotic, antifungal, or other medically relevant activity).

New and Advanced Molecules and Materials: There is major interest in synthesing, designing and controllling molecular and macromolecular assemblies at multiple length scales. In Swansea this research involves use of: 

  • Soft condensed matter including surfactants, colloids and polymers
  • Synthesis and characterization of transition metal-based and organic dye molecules for application in dye sensitized solar cells
  • Materials for efficient multiphoton absorption and upconversion 
  • Natural products
  • Molecular recognition and self-assembly to generate novel materials
  • Continuous flow synthesis
  • Molecular scale and nanoscale characterisation of ordered and amorphous assemblies
  • Development of nanocomposites comprising metallic nanoparticles and hydrogels
  • Autonomous and remotely guided micro- and nanoscale objects
  • Studying and tuning the characteristics of nanomaterials and biomaterials 

Water and the Environment: Chemistry at Swansea university has a strong profile in the development of analytical tools for measuring environmental impact, environmental impact assessment of polymer-based materials through their lifetime (including the effects of recycling and biopolymers), technologies for the efficient removal of environmentally harmful materials (and thus reduced emissions per output of discharge), membrane technologies and new methodologies for desalination, and for dewatering and killing pathogens for sanitation applications and the use of new molecules and materials for photocatalytic water splitting and development of self-propelled micro and nanomotor systems for environmental remediation. In collaboration with the Biocontrol and Natural Products (BANP) group in the Department of Biosciences, there is also growing research interest around the characterisation and application of natural products, in particular those derived from fungi and microalgae, to provide therapeutics and nutraceuticals and to act as agents for biocontrol and bioremediation.

Facilities in the Department of Chemistry

Our new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories are being built as part of a multi-million pound investment to create a chemistry hub for the high quality Chemical Sciences research being carried out across the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Careers for Chemistry Graduates

A chemistry qualification opens the door to a wide range of careers options, both in and out of the lab. There are endless interesting and rewarding science-based jobs available – these can be in research, outdoors or in other industries you might not have thought of. Please visit the Royal Society of Chemistry website for details. 

Find out more about the huge range of jobs in chemistry by exploring the job profiles on the Royal Society of Chemistry website (eg Cancer Researcher, Flavourist & Innovation Director, Chief Chemist, Sustainability Manager, Fragrance Chemist, Household Goods Senior Scientist, Analytical Scientist, and many more).



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Your programme of study. Chemists have always been in demand worldwide with pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, fine chemicals, and within research laboratories across the globe. Read more

Your programme of study

Chemists have always been in demand worldwide with pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, fine chemicals, and within research laboratories across the globe. The programme at Aberdeen is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Aberdeen is noted for Nobel prizes within Chemistry which include the invention of modern chromatography (Synge 1952) and the discovery of a new element - protactinium (Soddy 1921).  Teaching at Aberdeen is informed by world class research within food security. Class sizes are kept small to enable you to have strong teaching interaction and support in your studies. You will be taught by many staff in the environment group (TESLA) and (MBC)

The programme focuses on specialised modern analytical methodology. The range of industries or institutes where these skills are asked for includes the pharmaceutical industry, environmental institutions, research institutes and also the oil & gas industry. There are many new innovations which require chemists with advanced skills to analyse and test new methods of providing health via IOT devices, smart phones and small sensors deployed throughout the body to quickly provide analysis and customised recommendations.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Advanced Analytical Methodologies A and B
  • Practical Exercise and Professional Skills in Analytical Chemistry

Semester 2

  • Research Techniques and Professional Skills and Problem Solving Theory and Practice
  • Research Project in Analytical Chemistry

Semester 3

  • Research Project in Analytical Chemistry

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • A Royal Society of Chemistry accredited degree programme
  • Alumni feedback and mentor students on this programme
  • Main areas are Bimolecular Chemistry (Natural products, medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, surface and catalysis

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

Find out more from the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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Your programme of study. If you are interested in studying for advanced level skills in measuring and analysing different issues in the environment and assessing their risks to that environment the programme at Aberdeen allows you to cover core disciplines and allows you to specialise in specific areas of interest. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are interested in studying for advanced level skills in measuring and analysing different issues in the environment and assessing their risks to that environment the programme at Aberdeen allows you to cover core disciplines and allows you to specialise in specific areas of interest. You can convert from a range of science and engineering degrees which are especially relevant though you can apply with demonstrable competency to study at postgraduate level from any degree discipline.

There are many employment options with an environmental science degree which can include regulating the environment across industry areas at government and local level. At Aberdeen you can choose to specialise in Hydrocarbon Risk Assessments which are very relevant to the city's oil and gas industry and air pollution generally worldwide, you can study ecology and management plans in relation to development, catchment management in relation to waterways and you can look at how we protect soils and other essential resources related to the food chain and species protection.

You can work in policy, regulation, consultancy or private companies with social responsibility and regulatory concerns internationally. There is also opportunity to explore further research and new enterprise development, further specialisms within environmental sciences and regulatory areas over the course of your career.

The systematic approach of this MSc programme enables you to deal with all scales of the environment. Throughout your studies you will have various opportunities to participate in work outdoors and apply your classroom and field work knowledge to real life situations. You will also gain experience using a range of tools for biological, chemical and physical measurement as well as models and data handling methods. Most importantly, at Aberdeen you will be part of a community that will help improve your knowledge and awareness of environmental science.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Compulsory
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Core Skills in Environmental Science
  • Soils for Food Security
  • Applications of GIS

Optional

  • Plant Ecology
  • Global Soil Geography

Semester 2

  • Compulsory
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deeside

Optional

  • Remediation and Technology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Catchment Management
  • Ecological and Environmental Modelling

Semester 3

  • Project in Environmental Science

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You have great natural and industrial resources to apply skills in outdoor field work, locations include the North Sea, and NE  Scotland. Field stations include OceanLab, Cromarty lighthouse, and Eynhallow in Orkney
  • We are No.1 in the UK for research in earth systems and environmental sciences (REF 2014)
  • You are taught by internationally renowned experts in their field

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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Your programme of study

Do you have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a substantive element within the subject and are you wondering what to study next to get into a specialised field? An oil and gas chemist is a highly skilled, highly paid professional with a vital impact on the world's energy industry production both now and in the future. You would not only look at the production side of energy exploration but you are looking at bioremediation, analysis, flow risk, natural gas and in depth analysis to ensure that energy producers supply the correct quality constantly.

You also get involved in corrosion prevention in terms of facilities and development of a new supply of chemical products to ensure improved production and remediation techniques are applied. This is a highly skilled profession with international applications across global facilities often working within interdisciplinary teams. The programme draws on expertise at Aberdeen which has been known for its energy production since the 1970s. This has allowed for both strong academic rigour and industry input to develop a consistently high standard of industry relevant vocational advanced degrees specifically for the oil and gas industry. Programmes are run from the university or online from Aberdeen where it is possible to do this. Aberdeen, Scotland is located at the heart of the European oil and gas industry and on a par with Houston, Texas in terms of knowledge and skills in the city.

The programme addresses a growing need for environmental responsibility looking at production and refining materials, energetics and environmental impact remediation in a constantly evolving oil and gas environment and within a constantly changing regulatory environment internationally.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Materials for the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Processes, Materials and Bioremediation for the Energy Industry
  • Chemistry at Interfaces and Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Analytical and Instrumentation Methods

Semester 2

  • Flow Assurance and Oil Field Chemicals
  • Chemistry of Refinery and Natural Gas
  • Applied Analytical and Instrumental Methods
  • Industrial Engagement and Applications

Semester 3

  • Extended Research Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and high commended as an exceptional programme
  • You are taught by a research intensive university with close interaction with the oil and gas industry
  • The department was ranked 1st IN Scotland for Chemistry research impact (REF 2014)
  • Your skills will enable you to perform a wide variety of industrial processes

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months
  • Full time
  • September to January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

Find out more from the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

You may be interested in:



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This analytical chemistry masters is structured around a solid core comprised of the three main analytical techniques – Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Read more

This analytical chemistry masters is structured around a solid core comprised of the three main analytical techniques – Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Each of these techniques contains a number of key common themes (data collection, analysis and management). Supporting modules feature further analytical techniques and serve to embed themes of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), facility management and enterprise into the programme. A group analytical project develops interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team and will be the first opportunity for students to independently fully exercise some of the components of the course taught in the first semester. The integral research project provides an opportunity to explore any of the main themes directly or as part of a collaborative synthetic/analytical investigation.

Introducing your course

Analytical Chemistry is the largest employment area for the chemical sciences. The Instrumental Analytical Chemistry MSc gives you a boost to your bachelor’s degree that significantly increases your employability. We offer an advanced, instrumentation-driven postgraduate education in modern analytical chemistry with some elements in combination with one or more specialist research areas such as synthesis or data science.

You will receive comprehensive, hands-on, training with state-of-the-art research-led instrumentation in the techniques and provision of Mass Spectrometry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction. This training will then be used in your research project, which focuses on the application of these techniques to most areas of mainstream chemistry.

Overview

The MSc masters in analytical chemistry programme will provide you with knowledge, understanding and strong practical skills in:

  •  The fundamental analytical techniques¹: Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-Ray diffraction (single crystal and powder);
  • Other general characterisation techniques (IR & UV spectroscopy, TEM, TG/DSC, CD) and separation science methodology;
  • GLP, electronic recording, data management, facility management and exploitation of results;
  • Data analysis, experimental design and chemometrics;
  • Planning of a safe working practice, including evaluation of hazards and environmental effects;
  • Working within a small team to achieve a common research goal;
  • Self-led practical-based research, particularly on characterisation and analytical instrumentation.
  • The ways in which it is possible to exploit the results of research.

¹ Analytical science currently defined by the EPSRC as principally consisting of mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

With a masters in analytical chemistry you could find employment with:

  • Government agencies
  • Publicly funded research councils
  • Hospitals
  • Public health laboratories
  • Environmental agencies
  • Specialist research organisations
  • Consultancies
  • Testing companies
  • Private food, materials, polymers, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical companies.
  • Petrochemical companies


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The first course of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this taught Masters course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills in green chemistry and green chemical technology to prepare you for a range of different careers in research, process development, environmental services, manufacturing, law, consultancy and government. Read more
The first course of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this taught Masters course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills in green chemistry and green chemical technology to prepare you for a range of different careers in research, process development, environmental services, manufacturing, law, consultancy and government.

Course Content

The MSc is a one year full time course consisting of taught material and a substantial research project. Teaching is delivered by academic experts within the Department of Chemistry as well as external experts from other academic institutions and industry. The Teaching component of the course is delivered via a mix of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical work. You will learn about the key principles of green chemistry and the importance of sustainable technology in a variety of areas. In addition to this, you will also have the opportunity to enhance your transferable skills.

Assessment methods include a closed examination, written assignments, presentations, posters and practical work.

Our Students

The MSc course has been running for over ten years over which time there has been a large increase in the range of nationalities represented. The content of the course is globally relevant and so attracts applications from around the world from people keen to develop their own knowledge to pass on when they return to their home country. Students have an opportunity not only to benefit from the degree that will aid them in their future career in industry or elsewhere but also to experience the cultural and social attractions that the university and the city can offer.

Students who have previously studied the MSc programme have come from France, Spain, Ireland, Tanzania, Nigeria, Oman, Thailand, Malta, Lithuania, Brunei, China and Malaysia to name but few – the full range can be seen on the map below. The diversity of our students enriches the cultural experience for all members of the group.

Career Destinations

The course will be of benefit to students who wish to follow a range of career paths including those in chemistry-based industries:
-Speciality chemical and associated manufacturing industries
-Fine chemical and associated manufacturing industries
-Catalyst development
-Pharmaceutical industry in either a research or process-development role
-Chemical formulation
-Chemical user companies along the entire supply chain including retail
-Government departments and science laboratories
-University academic career
-University research career, in particular as a route to PhD research
-Environmental monitoring and evaluation
-Legal services and other organisations

Research Project

A key part of the MSc in Green Chemistry is the research project. The whole course is 180 credits and the research project accounts for 100 of these so is a very significant part of the programme.

Students are able to choose from a range of project areas in order to carry out research in their area of interest. Projects will be supervised by an academic member of staff, and may also involve collaboration with industry. Projects are chosen in the early stages of the course and you will be allocated to a PAG - Project Area Group - that corresponds with larger research projects that are currently taking place within the Green Chemistry Centre.

Projects can vary each year, but examples of recent MSc students' research includes:
-Production of natural flavours and fragrances using biocatalysis in scCO2
-Clean synthetic strategies for production of pharmaceuticals
-Extraction and utilisation of high value chemicals from food waste
-Starbon technology for catalysis
-Microwave assisted pyrolysis of wood pellets
-Bio-derived platform molecules

The research project module is assessed by a substantial written report by each student, a PAG report and an oral presentation on your individual research.

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Why this course?. We've very strong industrial links and an active Industrial Advisory Board which contributes to curriculum design and the overall student experience.. Read more

Why this course?

We've very strong industrial links and an active Industrial Advisory Board which contributes to curriculum design and the overall student experience.

This one-year research-led MRes in geo-environmental engineering is suitable if you're looking for an alternative to an MSc or are interested in carrying out shorter research projects and wish to tailor your studies to suit your own research interests and career objectives. The MRes is suitable for students interested in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

An MRes takes one year full-time or two years part-time to complete. Part-time study is only available to UK students.

You’ll study

This degree combines a number of subjects including:

  • geotechnics
  • microbiology
  • chemistry
  • hydrogeology

You'll complete six taught modules. Four classes are compulsory and you then choose two optional.

MRes thesis

You can choose from a wide range of topics. Supervisors will be chosen from one of our seven main research groups:

Facilities

Our department’s £6M purpose-built and state-of-the-art research laboratories opened in June 2013. These facilities include:

  • Geomechanics Laboratory
  • Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Structures Laboratory
  • Numerical Modelling of Geomaterials
  • Field Investigation Capabilities

Teaching staff

The course is unique in Scotland and the UK, as you'll be taught by a group of professionally qualified civil engineers, chemists, microbiologists and geoscientists.

Learning & teaching

This course is delivered via a mixture or lectures, tutorial, practical laboratories and research seminars. 

Assessment

You'll be assessed via a mixture of written assignments, formal examinations, lab-based assessments, poster presentations and team projects. 

The final MRes thesis is assessed orally in a viva voce examination.  

Careers

An MRes will significantly enhance your CV and improve future employment prospects.

During your studies you'll develop a range of transferable skills that are relevant to careers in industry, academia and the public sector.

In addition, our MRes will develop your communication skills, critical analysis and presentation skills as well as giving you experience of conference attendance and working with large bodies of complex material. An MRes can also be used as a stepping stone for students wishing to continue to an MPhil or PhD, either as a precursor or initial component of the research.



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The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, new lightweight vehicular structures, techniques for carbon capture and storage and climate engineering. Read more

The global challenges of climate and energy require new technologies for renewable energy sources, methods of energy storage, efficient energy use, new lightweight vehicular structures, techniques for carbon capture and storage and climate engineering. This is a broad-based MSc, designed for graduates who wish to acquire skills in energy and materials science in order to participate in the emerging challenges to meet climate change targets.

About this degree

Students gain an advanced knowledge of materials science as it applies to energy and environmental technologies and research skills including information and literature retrieval, critical interpretation and analysis, and effective communication. They can benefit from modules in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering, thus offering future employers a wide-ranging skills base. Graduates will be well qualified to deal with the problems of energy decision-making and the implications for the environment.

Taught modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, workshops and tutorials. These modules will enhance your subject knowledge in materials science, and chemistry as applied to the areas of energy, and environment, and also develop your transferrable and professional skills.

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits across a variety of key disciplines.

The programme consists of core literature (30 credits) and research project (60 credits) modules and also taught modules (90 credits).

An exit-level only Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is available.

An exit-level only Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is available.

CORE MODULES

Students take all of the following, totalling 105 credits, and a 60-credit research dissertation.

  • Advanced Topics in Energy and Environmental Science
  • New Directions in Materials Chemistry
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Transferable Skills for Scientists
  • Literature Project (30 credits)

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 15 credits drawn from the following:

  • Climate and Energy
  • Materials and Nanomaterials
  • Energy, Technology and Climate Policy
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship

DISSERTATION/REPORT

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which features a dissertation of approximately 7,000-10,000 words, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination (60 credits).

TEACHING AND LEARNING

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, self-study and research supervision. Assessment is through unseen written examination and coursework. The literature project is assessed by written dissertation and the research project is assessed by a written report and a viva voce examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Materials for Energy and Environment MSc

Careers

The UK has committed to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions on a 1990 baseline by 2050. CERES, the organisation that represents the largest institutional investors would like to see 90% reduction by 2050. National Systems of Innovation (NSI), which includes the universities, research centres and government departments working in conjunction with industry, will need to apprehend new opportunities and change direction, diverting personnel to energy and climate issues in response to changing markets and legislation. This MSc will contribute to the supply of personnel needed for the era of sustainability.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Engineer in Development, ProElectric
  • Researcher, Chemistry Institute
  • Cell Technician, Nexeon
  • PhD in Nanomaterials, University of Oxford
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is designed for graduates from a wide range of science and engineering backgrounds who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills into materials science with an emphasis on the energy and climate change issues that will drive markets over the next century. It delivers courses from five departments across three faculties depending on options and includes a self-managed research project which is intended to introduce the challenges of original scientific research in a supportive environment.

Research activities span the whole spectrum of energy-related research from the development of batteries and fuel cells to the prediction of the structure of new water-splitting catalytic materials.

Students develop experience in scientific method, techniques for reporting science and in the many generic skills required for a future career.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemistry

94% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

WHO CAN APPLY?

This MSc offers science and engineering graduates with a strong chemistry background the opportunity to expand into materials science and is suitable for materials graduates who intend to focus on energy and climate-related careers.

Students can be self-funded or find sponsorship from alternative sources, for instance via those shown on the UCL scholarships and funding pages



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The MSc in Electrochemistry taught course builds upon our international reputation for excellence in research and education in Electrochemistry by offering an advanced, postgraduate education in Electrochemistry from the fundamental principles through to applications in Electrochemical Engineering. Read more

The MSc in Electrochemistry taught course builds upon our international reputation for excellence in research and education in Electrochemistry by offering an advanced, postgraduate education in Electrochemistry from the fundamental principles through to applications in Electrochemical Engineering. The course provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the identified areas.

Introducing your course

Electrochemistry is central to processes with huge economic and societal impacts, e.g. electroplating, corrosion, chlorine, sodium hydroxide and aluminium production, electricity storage, sensing (blood glucose, pH). The MSc Electrochemistry will offer you a platform to develop your theoretical and practical skills and to undertake a challenging research project.

The modules offered will allow you to explore this fascinating interdisciplinary science and to specialise e.g. in batteries, fuel cells, electroanalytical techniques or electrochemical engineering.

Overview

The MSc in Electrochemistry course aims to:

  • Instil an enthusiasm for electrochemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying;
  • Establish an appreciation of the importance and sustainability of the chemical sciences in an industrial, academic, economic, environmental and social context;
  • Develop, through an education in chemistry, a range of appropriate generic skills, of value in chemical and non-chemical employment;
  • Extend your comprehension of key chemical concepts as applied to Electrochemistry and so provide you with an in-depth understanding of this specialised area of chemistry;
  • Provide you with the ability to plan and carry out experiments independently and assess the significance of outcomes;
  • Develop your ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar types of problems;
  • Instil a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of Electrochemistry;
  • Prepare you effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies.

Find out more about the course visit the programme specification

Career Opportunities

A Chemistry masters degree will give students valuable insight into postgraduate research skills. Independent project work will support students to develop transferable skills in areas such as time management, communication and presentation skills that are key for career success in a wide range of areas such as industry, analysis, policymaking and scientific communication. Completing an MSc qualification will help individuals tackle the challenges of an advanced research degree at PhD level and prepare them for a career in academia.

Typical career destinations for the MSc in Electrochemistry include;

  • Further study towards a PhD in Electrochemistry
  • R&D specialist in electrochemistry and material science for the development of batteries, fuel cells, electric vehicles, photovoltaic devices, dye sensitised solar cells
  • R&D specialist in corrosion
  • R&D specialist in electrodeposition
  • R&D specialist in sensors
  • R&D specialist in electrochemical engineering
  • Scientific journalists/ editors
  • Materials scientist
  • Computational chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Environmental chemist


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Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise. applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Read more
Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise: applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Through working with academics who are leaders in their field, you will be supported and guided to produce research of an international standard.

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. For geochemistry we have MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas:

Petroleum-related geological research
-Reservoir and source-rock geochemistry
-Microbial deep biosphere of petroleum reservoirs
-Origin, significance and maturation of molecular biomarker compounds in the sedimentary record
-Physico-chemical properties and behaviour of mudstone sequences
-Shale gas
-Geological sequestration of CO2
-Palynofacies and organic facies of ancient and modern sediments

Environment-related research
-Geomicrobiology
-Mineral science
-Molecular microbial ecology
-Molecular palaeontology
-Soil biogeochemistry
-Waste management
-Bioremediation of polluted soils and waters
-Biogeochemical cycling of elements through Earth history
-Climate change during past greenhouse conditions
-Processes of carbon cycling and export across the land–ocean transition

Delivery

We offer the MPhil and PhD on a full time or part time basis. You will work with research-active academics who will provide advice and support throughout your research project. You will receive formal training in research skills and methods and discipline-specific training is provided where appropriate.

The first three months of study involve intensive theoretical and practical tuition to ensure that you have the study skills to plan your project and can use the equipment and software related to your research. You are encouraged to attend our weekly research seminar series and to present your work at our annual postgraduate research conference, group seminars and relevant international conferences.

Facilities

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.
-Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories
-Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories

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This masters in chemistry by research is a one year course beginning in October each year and is intended for participants with high quality first degrees in chemistry or a closely related subject. Read more

This masters in chemistry by research is a one year course beginning in October each year and is intended for participants with high quality first degrees in chemistry or a closely related subject.

Introducing your course

Would you like to carry out an extensive piece of research whilst developing your theoretical skills? Our most research-intensive MSc programme includes a year-long research project embedded into one of our leading research groups and with access to our state of the art facilities.

Theory modules can be selected from topics in synthesis, advanced structural, analytical and spectroscopic techniques, materials chemistry, modelling, biological and medicinal chemistry, and electrochemistry.

Overview

 You can specialise in a research area of your choice, within one of our main six research groups:

This programme provides training in chemical research and involves both lecture based units and a one year research project that constitutes 66 per cent of the assessment. In addition to units to enhance knowledge in chemistry, participants are offered training with regard to safety in the laboratory and to improve their professional skills, such as data analysis and presentation and oral presentations for example.

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Your programme of study

If you have an interest in the earth in relation to minerals extraction Geophysics has plenty of scope to get involved in the profession itself and expertise required to explore different types of terrain but in a newly evolving landscape of assistive technology companies offering the latest methods of discovering production and risk issues beneath the earths surface. You learn these latest methods of finding out data to understand risk and potential engineering issues in difficult to reach places. Signal processing uses the latest advances in sensor development to set up an alert system to monitor specific areas which are normally difficult to reach. Seismic processing looks at how the earth moves not only in times of earthquakes but natural movement from chemical reactions beneath the surface of the earth.

Borehole extraction is used in mineral extraction but also to determine if reserves are live or loading is safe and much and more. The skills you learn apply equally to current and future mineral extraction as they do to land and sea where extraction has historically taken place and where there is application for a different use from a remediated coal mine for example where loading can be critical to risk for future use. The programme equips you with skills in hydrocarbon, minerals and associated industries or research. You understand structure from near surface to deep interior learning from geophysical data analysis and interpretation.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Earth Physics, Structure and Processes
  • Seismic Reflection Processing, Imaging and Quantitative Interpretation
  • Time Series Analysis and Signal Processing
  • Geophysical Inverse Theory and Statistics

Semester 2

  • Seismology and Earth Imaging
  • Field Geophysical Data Acquisition
  • Borehole Geophysics', Including Petrophysics and Well- Log Analysis
  • Topics in Advanced Applied Geophysics

Semester 3

  • Project in Geophysics

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You will gain hands on experience within our facilities with a large range of relevant equipment
  • Join the Aberdeen Geological Society for guest lectures and learning and networking opportunities
  • Study in a department ranked no 1 in Scotland for Earth Sciences
  • We research Earth Science over time, with strengths in Geology, Sedimentology, Geochemistry and more.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time
  • 12 Months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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This one-year taught programme offers the opportunity to study Chemistry at an advanced level, covering both the traditional core areas of chemistry, as well as more specialist courses aligned to the research groupings of the department. Read more

This one-year taught programme offers the opportunity to study Chemistry at an advanced level, covering both the traditional core areas of chemistry, as well as more specialist courses aligned to the research groupings of the department. The course provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge, understanding, and practical/research skills.

Introducing your course

Would you like to upgrade your bachelor’s degree to a master’s and gain access to a chemistry career in industry or research? Join the MSc Chemistry and develop your lab and theoretical skills. Specialise in inorganic and materials, organic or physical chemistry, or maintain a broad portfolio, for a more detailed description of the available pathways, click the Pathways tab. Courses are available in synthesis, advanced structural, analytical and spectroscopic techniques, materials chemistry, modelling, biological and medicinal chemistry, and electrochemistry.

Overview

The MSc Chemistry course combines the opportunity for students to take modules from a wide range of cutting-edge fields in chemistry with sessions on practical, technical skills, and scientific writing, communication and presentation and a three month summer project supervised by one of Southampton’s expert academics. The course aims to:

  • Provide you with advanced knowledge the core areas of chemistry and your chosen area of specialisation;
  • Provide you with an opportunity to work in state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated both to education and also to research;
  • Develop your knowledge and research skills applicable to a career in chemistry, particularly in research project driven roles.

Find out more about the course visit the programme specification

Career Opportunities

A Chemistry masters degree will give students valuable insight into postgraduate research skills. Independent project work will support students to develop transferable skills in areas such as time management, communication and presentation skills that are key for career success in a wide range of areas such as industry, analysis, policymaking and scientific communication. Completing an MSc qualification will help individuals tackle the challenges of an advanced research degree at PhD level and prepare them for a career in academia.

Pathways

The following information summarises the typical pathways offered when choosing the MSc Chemistry degree programme:

Organic Chemistry

This area focuses on synthetic organic chemistry, total synthesis, synthetic methodology, reaction mechanism, organocatalysis, organofluorine chemistry, photochemistry and carbohydrate chemistry, both towards the synthesis of bioactive compounds and organic materials, and includes the study of organic reactions under flow conditions. This pathway offers the opportunity to specialise in the following areas

  • organic synthesis
  • medicinal chemistry
  • bio-organic chemistry

This pathway consists of advanced postgraduate courses in synthetic reaction mechanisms and is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in aspects of nomenclature, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms.

Inorganic chemistry and materials

This area focuses on the synthesis of functional inorganic, solid-state and supramolecular materials and assemblies to address key challenges in energy, sustainability, healthcare and diagnostics and the deposition of nanostructured materials. This pathway will give you the opportunity to specialise in the following areas

  • inorganic synthesis
  • metal organic framework
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • zeolites
  • catalysis
  • materials characterisation

This pathway is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in the fundamentals and applications of inorganic chemisry.

Physical chemistry

This pathway is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in the fundamentals and applications of inorganic chemistry. This area covers a wide range of fundamental and applied topics. This pathway will give you the opportunity to specialise in the following areas

  • computational chemistry
  • spectroscopy
  • electrochemistry
  • surface science
  • magnetic resonance

This pathway is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in the fundamentals and applications of physical chemistry, in particular quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and kinetics

General chemistry

You can choose to further your knowledge across a blend of advanced courses from organic, inorganic and/or physical chemistry (any combination). This pathway is suited to those wishing to develop an interdisciplinary expertise. If you choose this pathway you should already have a sound BSc-level grounding in the areas of chemistry in which you intend to choose modules (see other boxes).



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Your programme of study. If your environmental interests are concerned with pollution of any kind the Environmental Pollution and Remediation programme covers all you need to know to assess and analyse pollutants in our environment. Read more

Your programme of study

If your environmental interests are concerned with pollution of any kind the Environmental Pollution and Remediation programme covers all you need to know to assess and analyse pollutants in our environment. You understand legislation and policies relating to pollution control, known environment risk assessment methods and regulation and regulators. In todays world there are many pollution issues not least of which is air pollution and its affect on our health and quality of life. Pollution control is essential in waterways and sea to ensure ecology and the food chain are not affected by major issues and soil can also be contaminated in many different ways over the longer term or in the short term.

Employment options include consultancy work to advise all types of organisations, sectors and business and support regulators at busy times. You can work as a regulator within central and local government and private business involved in operations that affect the environment, Sectors you are likely to work in cross energy, agriculture, fisheries, waterways, and specific polluting industrial areas. New technology is also becoming widely available to sense different pollutants in the environment with many different tools and options becoming available to experts in the area. Different countries require different levels of regulation but there is now a growing social need by major organisations devoted to health and quality of life such as UNEP to solve major pollution issues that put us as a species at risk.

You study environmental science related to pollution and remediation at UK and international level, studying hydrocarbon risk assessment and remediation, environmental analysis and EIA (environmental impact assessments). You look at legislation, risk and analysis.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Global Soil Geography
  • Core Skills in Environmental Science
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Applications of GIS

Semester 2

  • Remediation Technology
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deeside

Semester 3

  • Project in Environmental Pollution and Remediation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeenshire offers access to the North sea, coast, agriculture, forests, nature reserves and sites of scientific interest
  • Many spin out companies have been created as a result of pollution and remediation research
  • Environmental Science and soil science have a strong presence in Aberdeen at the James Hutton Institute
  • You study in the energy capital of Europe with a strong regulatory presence in the city

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 months or 24 months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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Your programme of study. This programme is delivered online to allow you to study flexibly from remote locations and anywhere in the world with internet access. Read more

Your programme of study

This programme is delivered online to allow you to study flexibly from remote locations and anywhere in the world with internet access. You can study this to fit around your lifestyle and study at University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen city, a university providing wide ranging programmes specifically for the oil and gas industry since the 1970s. You study with world renowned academics who have closely studied, consulted with and researched the oil and gas industry. 

If you are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and you have a science or engineering background you might want to consider Oil and Gas Engineering at Master's degree level. This qualification takes you across the full life cycle of production and it contains quite a few employable elements and modules in themselves giving you a wide variety of skills and knowledge to take with you into employment. You will often work with other specialists on offshore drilling platforms and facilities recording information on drilling, researching the most productive areas, ensuring maintenance and health and safety and a constant flow from a well. You also oversee some of the decommissioning aspects to redundant equipment on site.

This is a highly skilled job with a lot of responsibility associated to it, and you receive excellent input from University of Aberdeen which has been teaching oil and gas related subjects since the inception of the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen since the 1970s. Aberdeen is known the world over for energy production out of Aberdeen city and academics have worked with industry to ensure that knowledge is relevant now and in the future. You study use of technology and management of energy innovation projects.

Courses listed for the programme

Year 1

  • Compulsory
  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Fundamentals of Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts
  • Well and Production Engineering
  • Flow Assurance

Year 2

  • Compulsory
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Facilities Engineering

Year 3

  • Individual Project in Oil and Gas Engineering

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  •  You can study online in your own free time and pay by module
  • You can take up to six years to complete the degree if 27 months is not long enough for your personal circumstances
  • You study at University of Aberdeen a world renowned university linked to the oil and gas industry and research
  • You are taught by internationally respected researchers known to the oil and gas industry

Where you study

  • Online Learning
  • 5 Months, 27 Months, or 30 Months
  • Part Time
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

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Campus Facilities

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