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MSc in Chemistry

Course Description


This twelve month chemistry MSc is designed primarily for international students, either to act as a preparation for PhD studies or for students wishing to broaden their research experience and knowledge of chemistry within the context of the English language. The programme consists of six taught modules, worth a total of 90 credits, delivered in the first six months of the course followed by a substantial research project, also worth 90 credits. The modules will include both analytical and synthetic topics and a research project from a wide range of areas may be selected.

Because of their fundamental importance to chemical research, training in both NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction will be covered in depth using, predominantly, workshops, which are designed to quickly develop the students’ skills and confidence.

Aims of the course

To provide students with essential skills in the characterisation of materials by spectroscopic, structural and analytical techniques. This will be achieved with reference to organic, organometallic and polymeric materials.
To give students an in-depth experience of chemical research through individual, extended Masters research projects.
To develop confidence in the use of English oral and written skills within a chemical context.

Taught Modules

Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Organic Chemistry
Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry
X-Ray Diffraction and Solid State Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Project and Research skills

The taught modules will be delivered as lectures with extensive support from workshops and practical classes. The Project and Research skills module will address issues of scientific report writing, presentation skills and database searching as a preparation for the research project.

Research Project

The research project constitutes one half of the course credits and assessment. Following examinations on the Taught Modules in January and May, successful candidates progress to a five month dissertation project (MSc) or an eight week research project (Diploma). Projects will be available in Biological, Organic, Inorganic, Materials, Polymer, Analytical, Structural and Theoretical Chemistry.


The School has outstanding facilities, with for example 9 high resolution NMR spectrometers and 1 solid state, 3 area detectors and several powder systems for X-ray crystallography, and it hosts a national EPR service. Its research has been recognised both by funding bodies, who are currently providing over £40M of research grants, and by numerous national and international prizes and awards.

Our research community includes over 70 postdoctoral researchers and 220 postgraduate students. We have research links with over 80 different companies and over 150 overseas universities and research institutes.

Visit the MSc in Chemistry page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 2.2 honours or equivalent in chemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmacy, biochemistry or other related disciplines.

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