This programme aims to meet the needs of the fine chemicals, cosmetics, biomaterial, polymers, surface coatings and colorant industries for well-trained, enthusiastic employees having a breadth of practical and academic skills at an advanced level, providing you with advance knowledge and research skills in colour science and in the theory, application and analysis of polymers, fine chemicals and colorants.
The MSc will equip you with skills including planning experimentation and processes, synthesis, characterisation and application aspects, alongside a broad range of generic skills such as problem-solving and communication.
Students study the following core modules: Synthesis and Application of Polymers; Colour Application Technology; Analysis and Characterisation of Polymers; Colorants and Fine Chemicals; Advanced Colour Science; Case Studies in Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical Synthesis.
Together these modules will give you a thorough grounding in concepts, information and techniques relevant to polymers, colorants and fine chemicals, as well as introducing you to topics from the research frontier. In addition you will choose from two optional modules covering organic synthesis for fine chemical and pharmaceutical synthesis, depending on your background knowledge in this area.
The focal point of the course is the extended research project. This project will contribute about 40% of the mark for your degree. Staff will help you to select the project that is right for you, in an area that interests and motivates you. The project will provide you with key research experience to take your career forward. With the core modules behind you, you will be ideally positioned to choose an exciting problem to investigate.