The MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology is the first course of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The programme 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, law, consultancy and government. There is increasing pressure in industry for companies to become more sustainable by developing environmentally friendly products, minimising waste, using renewable resources, and to maintain cleaner processes throughout.
Graduates of the MSc are well placed to fulfil a variety of roles within this global demand for greener and more sustainable chemicals and processes. The skills gained in this course apply not only to the chemical/related industry but also many other career paths including the manufacturing industry in general, scientific research, legal and environmental services, government and the retail trade..
The start of the course includes taught modules on the Principles and Applications of Green Chemistry, delivered by York academics as well as external academic and industrial experts. Other modules cover advanced chemistry topics, supporting modules on commercialisation, intellectual property and business, as well as transferable skills to improve employability.
During the latter part of the course students will complete a research project, often in collaboration with industry. In the last few academic years, projects have been undertaken with Infineum, BP, Botanix, Cytec, Marks & Spencer, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, Unilever, Johnson Matthey and British Sugar.
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.
The research project will be carried out over a five- to six-month period during the latter part of the course. Students currently employed by industry will be able to carry out most of the research project in the sponsoring company, but the project will be subject to the approval and supervision by an academic supervisor. Research projects will vary widely, depending on the company involved; however, some of the projects available in the last few years were in the areas of: *Antioxidant Properties of Phenolic-rich Extract from Microwaved Biomass *Evaluating the potential of spent coffee ground waste as a feedstock for an integrated biorefinery *Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis of Wood Pellets *Starbon technology for catalysis *Novel bio-derived lubricant additives *Bio-derived Platform Molecules *Production Of Thioesters Using Biocatalysis In ScCO2 *Acids: The Dakin-West Reaction *Bio-Silicates *Supercritical CO2 extraction from waste materials *Life cycle assessment of consumer products *The recovery of pharmaceuticals from waste streams
Projects will normally include laboratory work but may be entirely “desk-top” research.
The Department of Chemistry is pleased to offer bursaries to students from the UK and EU who are eligible to pay fees at the ‘home’ rate who have, or expect to achieve, at least an upper second class degree or the equivalent in Chemistry or a relevant related subject. The bursary will contribute towards the cost of the tuition fees. Each bursary application will be considered on its own merit and awards will be made based on the applicant’s academic excellence and financial need. The University of York is at the forefront in education and research in Green Chemistry. The main centre of activities is the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) which has recently moved into a brand new building with state of the art facilities. The GCCE houses the world famous Green Chemistry Research Group which includes postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and academics working in collaboration with industry on the development of environmentally friendly chemical products and processes. Outstanding achievements in research have led to awards and honours from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Chemical Industry, the European Union and the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacture, as well as features on TV and radio. The Group has excellent links with many organisations around the World. The GCC also houses the Green Chemistry Network and Green Chemistry Centre for Industrial Collaboration providing links with many chemical and other companies.
The MSc in Green Chemistry & Sustainable Industrial Technology course provided me with knowledge of a wide range of topics, many of which now feature regularly in the news and are considered hugely important issues such as climate change and renewable energy generation. Completion of a six month research project – carried out in collaboration with a major pharmaceutical company – allowed the theory learnt in the taught modules to be put into practice and provided me with many new skills, all of which will be of great benefit to me in my future career. The course was a rewarding and enjoyable experience, I believe it has been of enormous value to me personally and professionally and I would certainly recommend it to others interested in the subject.
For my final year of Chemical engineering and chemical sciences studies in a French graduate school, I decided to go abroad and chose the MSc in Green Chemistry & Sustainable Industrial Technology” at the University of York. I thought it would provide me with a good opportunity to discover the English education system and to specialise in green chemistry, a field that had not been covered for my degree in France. And indeed I really enjoyed my stay in York and appreciated the kindness of the staff who were always ready to help. I found great interest in the topics studied and the practical aspect of the course with a lot of discussions, presentations, case studies... My research project allowed me to put all what I had learned into application and gave me an insight into the pharmaceutical industry. I was given a large independence and developed new skills which are very useful in my new job.
During my undergraduate course in Chemistry and Pharmacology at Kingston University (UK), I had a 12 month industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline where I became aware of the industrial ecology and waste problems. I also received an insight into green chemistry through one of the modules in my final year, although it was disproportionately small considering the scope of the subject. Both of these events made me realize how much I wanted to work in the green sector, but that I had too little knowledge of the area to be employable. At that point I knew my study wasn’t over, and after looking for suitable courses I couldn’t find any better one than the MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology at York.
The course was a perfect way to get a taste of the breadth and depth of the growing green sector, with an array of possibilities of career paths. A lot of material on the course was delivered by professionals with first-hand experience in the topics, which made studying feel realistic and worthwhile, and a big step towards an exiting career. I liked the atmosphere of innovation in the Green Chemistry Centre so much that I decided to stay for a PhD, despite my decision from few years ago never to do a PhD. I am currently delving into the world of lifecycle assessment of consumer products and resource efficiency, and despite the workload I am absolutely loving it.
My time doing the Masters in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology proved to be one of the most educational and rewarding years that I've experienced. The course curriculum is unparalleled elsewhere. You become fully equipped with a relevant technical, scientific and global understanding of sustainability and environmental issues, therefore becoming a highly sought after specialist graduate in academia or industry.
The structure of the course means that you can identify your greatest areas of interest and pursue these common themes through related poster presentations, projects and ultimately your final year project. The course encourages you to develop your team building skills through the Project Area Group (PAG), which fosters a team ethic from an early stage.
My final year project was concerned with the theme of Waste Management and Utilisation with the aim to add value to certain waste streams. Specifically, I carried out research for Unilever looking at their most abundant food waste stream, namely palm oil waste and using green chemical methodology, synthesised useful components which could be integrated into some of their popular commodities, such as Vaseline and beauty products. I really noticed the benefit of the research, as it develops your independence and scientific curiosity.
Personally, one of the most exciting aspects of the year was the chance to engage in many educational outreach initiatives, informing and educating all members of the public, from primary school kids to adults, about the local and global environmental concerns that affect us all.
I now work as a Graduate Trainee with Veolia Environmental Services UK in the Hazardous Waste Division focusing on recycling and recovery of various valuable waste resources.
I found the MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology to have a great mix of core science along with other transferrable skills such as communication and commercialisation of science. The taught portion of the MSc is well structured and mostly coursework based which enabled me to do my work on my own terms without having the stress of multiple exams, whilst teaching me how to juggle deadlines and to allocate my time well. The mix of group and individual work is well balanced and further divided up into written and presented assignments. This helped me to improve my writing and presentation and teamwork skills. My 6-month research project focused on the microwave assisted clean synthesis of methyl ketones from biomass derived carboxylic acids using the Dakin-West reaction. This gave me hands-on experience with a range of green-chemical techniques in a laboratory-based research environment and was both educational and incredibly enjoyable. After finishing the MSc at York, I started a PhD in the QUILL centre at Queen’s University, Belfast in October 2011. My research focuses on the structure-property characterisation of binary ionic liquid mixtures using experimental and theoretical techniques.
The MSc in Green Chemistry & Sustainable Industrial Technology at University of York changed my view toward classical chemistry which gave me new skills on how to deal with chemicals in industry and these chemicals must not harm the environment. The Green Chemistry Centre in University of York from my point of view has the best staff that supported me during my study and lab work.
My MSc project was replacing commercial antioxidants that used in fuels and lubricants by extracting natural antioxidants from barley dust using Microwave technology. The positive results of the natural antioxidants in fuels and lubricants made me to continue doing a PhD in this area, with Dr Moray Stark at York.
Since the MSc I have been working as a Chemist at Infineum, a company that develops and manufacturers additives for lubricants which are used in cars, trucks and ships. My role is in the designing and formulating of lubricants for Heavy Duty Trucks so that they meet emissions regulations and also to provide better fuel economy. The industrial focused topics of the MSc, spanning over a number of areas, provided a good stepping stone between an undergraduate degree and a job in industry, helping me decide what area I wanted to work in. The project gives the chance to put into practice everything you've learnt, develop some new skills and also get a good taste of what research is about.
I found the MSc in Green Chemistry & Sustainable Industrial Technology to be very helpful in preparing me for my PhD study. It features cutting edge technology in terms of biomass biorefining and renewable materials, and I learned a lot of fundamental knowledge of green chemistry. During the completion of my research project, I developed my basic research skills and study method, and also learned how to use different analysis instruments such as IR, GC-MS and TG-STA. Everyone in the centre is very friendly and always willing to help.
Karima Al Bulushi
The MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology was an interesting program and I really enjoyed it. The Masters course changed my attitude as chemist - I now do not want to be any chemist, I want to be a green chemist. You will consider everything around you from a green perspective. The MSc has six month taught courses which will introduce you to different aspects of green chemistry. Of particular enjoyment was the outreach activities we took part in, as you have the opportunity to meet members of the public and spread the word about green chemistry. This really enhanced my skills in communicating the principles of green chemistry to a lay audience. After the taught courses, you will implement what you have learned in conducting a green research project, which I really enjoyed and gained important research skills from.
I would like to also to mention that I found the staff and faculty of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence to be really friendly and helpful.
I knew that the MSc course was going to be a challenge for me, coming fresh from an Environmental Science undergraduate and having not done much chemistry since college. However, with help from the staff and my fellow students, I progressed well and managed to keep up with the fast-moving course. The intensity of the course meant that I needed to balance my work load and often take charge in group projects to ensure deadlines were met.
My project was in the area of elemental sustainability – I was attempting to produce heterogeneous catalysts from plants which had taken up metals from ‘contaminated’ waters. However, despite varied attempts, I couldn’t get my final catalysts to work, meaning I had limited time to explain this result and adapt my discussion. This challenge taught me how to work for sustained periods under high pressure, which has been a useful skill in my new job, as has the ability to juggle and prioritise projects.
Since graduating from the Masters, I have been working as a Training, Education & Networks Assistant in the Green Chemistry Centre. This role involves coordinating an EU-wide network of researchers and industrialists working towards creating value from food waste (www.costeubis.org), arranging meetings and conferences with international collaborators and running outreach activities for all ages and abilities. Although it has been a steep learning curve, I feel at home in the department and am steadily growing in confidence, taking on new challenges and spearheading initiatives to increase awareness of green chemistry.
We have a small number of MSc bursaries available to contribute towards tuition fees for students eligible to pay fees at the home rate. Awards are made on a competitive basis and you should have, or expect to achieve a 2:1 or above. Decisions will be made on the basis of academic merit and financial need. If you are interested in applying for the MSc Green Chemistry Bursary, you first need to submit an online application form to be considered for the programme. Once you have submitted your application, you then need to complete an application form for the MSc Green Chemistry Bursary and email it to [email protected]
Value of Scholarship(s)
up to £7000
Any applicant from the UK or EU eligible to pay the 'home' fee rate who has been awarded or expects to achieve at least an upper second class degree or the equivalent in Chemistry or a related relevant subject.
Applicants will need to complete an online postgraduate application to apply for the MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology programme and will also need to complete an MSc Green Chemistry bursary Application Form.
The Bridge Scholarship for September 2015 Entry
The £5,000 will be a contribution towards living costs and will be paid in quarterly instalments.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Scholarship applications are welcomed from applicants of any nationality. You need to meet the University’s academic and English Language requirements and have submitted a complete online application form for the MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology programme for 2015 entry. The scholarship will be awarded on academic merit,
You will need need to complete a Bridge Scholarship Application Form and submit it to [email protected].
Applications for the Scholarship should be received by the Chemistry Graduate Office by 5pm on Friday 8 May 2015.
This is a competitive scholarship based on academic merit and financial need.
Value of Scholarship(s)
25% discount from overseas fees
You will pay tuition fees at the overseas rate (i.e. non-EU students) You hold either a conditional or unconditional offer for study beginning in October 2015 You will be studying a full time programme at York
You will need to complete an online application form.
Min 2:2 or equivalent in chemistry or related discipline. Entry requirements can also take into account relevant prior work experience and we would encourage potential candidates to contact the department to discuss suitability if they are interested in pursuing the course.
Recipient: University of York
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