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
*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.
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.