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MSc Chemistry (by research)

Course Description

An MSc by Research is a one year programme during which you would work on your own research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor. An MSc by Research is often a popular choice, as it can enhance your undergraduate qualification and can be a valuable stepping stone to those wishing to embark on a PhD programme.

Like a PhD, an MSc by Research can be undertaken in virtually any area of chemistry, as long as a suitable project can be identified among the many research groups in the department. As an MSc student, you would work under the expert guidance of an academic supervisor, as well as alongside postdoctoral staff and current PhD students therefore gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience.

How long does an MSc by Research take?

Typically, an MSc will take twelve months if taken full time. You would then have a further three months in which to write up your dissertation. However, it is also possible to take an MSc part time over two years (plus three months to write up) and many students choose this option so they can continue their employment alongside their studies.

How am I assessed?

Assessment for the MSc requires you to submit a dissertation for examination, based on the findings of your research. The dissertation can be up to 25,000 words. Sometimes MSc students are required to have a viva voce examination, however this is not always the case.

What are the entry requirements?

You would need to have, or expect to receive, at least a 2:2, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline. It can be possible to transfer to a PhD at the end of your programme, therefore using the MSc as the first year of your PhD. This would be subject to satisfactory progress and our standard offer conditions.

How much does it cost?

As an MSc is a shorter course, the costs are considerably less than those associated with a PhD. Details of tuition fees and living expenses can be found on the University Postgraduate study pages.

Where can I find further information?

If you wish to find out more about doing an MSc by Research please go to our web pages
or contact us at

Visit the MSc Chemistry (by research) page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Min Ying Tsang

2296.JPG I did my Master (by research) degree in 2009/2010 in Chemistry department under Dr. Richard Douthwaite´s supervision. My project was about tantalum containing macroporous materials and the application to solar hydrogen generation. During my MSc, I learnt different techniques related to solid state chemistry such as PXRD, SEM and TEM etc. Thanks for the well facilitated laboratory and York JEOL Nanocentre, in addition with the easy access to the equipments, also having the friendly colleagues, staffs and my supervisor Richard´s help, and indispensably the Wild Fund scholar support financially for my stay in York, I could undergo my research project smoothly. I enjoyed my master study a lot, not only the research work, but also the campus life. After the MSc, I continue my PhD on material science in Spain (ICMAB-CSIC) until now. My master research experience helps me a lot to keep going on my research career.


Wild Fund Scholarship - 5 Awards

Through the generous benefaction of York alumnus, Dr Anthony Wild, the Department of Chemistry is pleased to offer scholarships to postgraduate research students from outside the UK to start their research degree. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and financial need and will pay up to £7,000 per annum towards fees, subject to satisfactory progress.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 7000


Applicants from outside the UK, including the European Union and Overseas who wish to study for an MSc by research who have or expect to achieve at least the equivalent of a 2:1 degree.

Application Procedure

To apply for a Wild Fund Scholarship you need to meet the University’s academic and English Language requirements for postgraduate study in Chemistry, have submitted a complete online application form to the University for the MSc by research and obtained the support of your proposed supervisor. Once you have done this, you need to complete and submit a Wild Fund Scholarship Application Form to the Chemistry Graduate Office. Nominations will be sought from prospective supervisors for any applicant and all applications will be considered by the Department’s Graduate Awards Panel. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the Panel has met.Applications are accepted all year, although early application is encouraged.

Further Information



Scholarships for Overseas Students - Single Award

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

Application Procedure

You will need to complete an online application form.The deadline for application is 30 April 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

At least a 2:2 or equivalent in relevant discipline

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