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Materials Chemistry (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Materials Chemistry has emerged as an important sub-discipline within Chemistry. It cross-cuts the traditional Organic/Inorganic/Physical boundaries of Chemistry and overlaps many disciplines from Engineering to the Biosciences.

Materials chemists now have a leading role in areas such as microelectronics, polymer science, catalysis and nanotechnology. They also make an important contribution to areas of more traditional chemistry such as the pharmaceutical sector where understanding the 'physical properties' of intermediates and products is now recognised as essential in optimising the synthesis and properties of pharmaceutically active ingredients in medicines.

The degree consists of advanced lecture courses such as:

Properties & Reactions of Matter
Chemistry of Functional Materials
Physical Techniques in Action
Techniques and Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry

These are studied concurrently with a predominantly practical based course offering an introduction to research methods.

Students then proceed to a period of full-time research project work leading to the submission of their Master's dissertation.

Programme structure

Lectures are given by leading researchers in the area of materials chemistry. The lecture courses are supported by tutorial sessions and assessed by examination in April/May.

The Introduction to Research Methods course includes an exciting problem solving exercise where you learn important skills such as Communicating Science, Innovation, Dealing with Intellectual Property and Grant Application Writing, together with a literature survey and written report, defining the scope of the subsequent individual research project work.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you should have developed a depth of comprehension and critique in the core elements of your subject area, including:

Critical analysis and management of data.
Judging the relationship between theory and methodology.
Assessment of the appropriate methods of data collection/analysis to address the research question.
Assessment of relevance of previous studies.
Critical thinking.

Additionally you will have enhanced your professional/practical skills through:

Experience of research design and management.
Advanced instrumentation or techniques.
Production of scientific reports.

You will also have had the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as:

Written, visual and oral delivery and dissemination of research findings.
Interpersonal and communication skills.
Computing proficiency.
Organisation skills.

Visit the Materials Chemistry (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of Chemistry - Tercentenary International Masters Scholarships 2011-12 - 3 Awards

In 2013, the School of Chemistry will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first chair in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. As part of these celebrations the School has introduced the Tercentenary International Scholarships Scheme.
The Tercentenary International Masters Scholarships Scheme helps outstanding postgraduate taught masters students from outside the United Kingdom and European Community to study in the School of Chemistry by providing for some of the costs of their training.A maximum of three scholarships worth £3,000 each will be available in session 2011-12. The awards will be used towards tuition fees and will be tenable for one academic session.
These awards cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships. They can, however, be combined with other partial funding.

The studentships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring the equivalent of a first-class honours degree or upper second-class honours degree from a recognised university or institution. Non-native English Language speakers must meet the University entry requirements of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible to apply for a Tercentenary International Masters Scholarship, you must have applied to start a full-time MSc programme in the School of Chemistry in September 2011 on either the:MSc in Medicinal & Biological Chemistry (or)
MSc in Materials ChemistryApplicants must be liable for the overseas fee and must be of outstanding merit and academic potential.

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply online through EUCLID for admission to the University of Edinburgh by 1 April 2011. Applicants must also notify the School of Chemistry by emailing [email protected] of their intention to apply for a Tercentenary International Masters Scholarship, also by 1 April 2011. In this email, applicants should give full details of their EUCLID application and state why they would be excellent candidates for the scholarships in no more than 250 words. Applicants must also indicate how they will fund the difference between the value of the award and the actual annual cost of studying and living at the University of Edinburgh.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent if outside the UK, in chemistry or a closely related discipline.

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