Our MSc Courses

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All our courses provide extensive first-hand experience of research at the cutting-edge of chemistry, modelling and materials, and are particularly suitable for those wishing to embark on an academic career, i.e. PhD. However the research and critical thinking skills developed are equally valuable to those considering a career in a commercial environment, and therefore a Masters qualification at the Department of Chemistry, UCL, provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your prospects whatever your career goals.

The Department

The Chemistry Department at UCL is the oldest in England and is one of the best in the UK. We are in the heart of London and offer an exciting and vibrant environment in which to study in one of the UK's and the World's top universities. We offer an excellent education with high standards of teaching in an exciting but friendly environment. We foster a community feel to the department and you will mix throughout your time here with staff, undergraduate students and researchers.

Research Excellence

The department was ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2014 REF exercise for the world-class impact of its research, with 94% of papers submitted for assessment judged as world-leading or internationally excellent, demonstrating the strength of the department in all areas of Organic, Inorganic, Materials, Physical and Computational Chemistry.

We currently offer five Masters Courses in the department, these are:

MSc in Applied Analytical Chemistry

A new MSc course offered by UCL; Dr Daren Caruana talks about the ethos behind this vibrant programme.

This masters programme provides the training and knowledge to be able to design, build and use analytical devices to provide meaningful information. The course covers an extraordinary breadth of training ranging from medical diagnostics to analysis of historical artefacts and environmental air monitoring and water surveillance. Students on this course will appreciate basic principles of analytical chemistry underpins all analytical applications; namely dealing with the matrix and the target analyte; generating data and meaningful interpretation. This degree provides an excellent springboard to forge a career in analytical science either in mainstream analytical chemistry or more niche applications. Further information.

MSc Chemical Research

Students are provided intensive training in the methods and techniques of scientific research. Crucially this is all done ‘hands-on’, providing first-hand experience of using cutting-edge research tools. With departmental research activities spanning the whole of chemistry, including development of new organic molecules, fundamental theoretical investigations and prediction and synthesis of new materials, students are able to undertake a project that aligns with their existing interests.  This programme is also accredited by the RSCFurther information.

MSc Materials for Energy and Environment

Students gain an advanced knowledge of materials science as it applies to energy and environmental technologies, with research activities spanning the spectrum of energy-related research from development of batteries and fuel cells to prediction of the structure of new water-splitting catalytic materials. Students benefit from courses in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering, thus offering a future employer a wide-ranging skills base. Further information.

MSc Molecular Modelling

Students gain detailed knowledge and skills in molecular modelling, focusing on the state-of-the art simulation techniques used to understand the molecular level properties that determine the macroscopic behaviour of matter in a wide range of applications, including catalysis, energy materials and nanotechnology. They gain key research skills in simulation tools and learn concepts in business and entrepreneurship as applied to high tech industries, thereby broadening employment prospects. Further information.

MRes Organic Chemistry: Drug Discovery

This MRes has been developed in response to the needs of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors for highly qualified students as leaders in the discovery of new medicines. Students gain an outstanding training in synthetic organic chemistry applied to drug design, providing a thorough foundation in advanced organic synthesis and molecular modelling, together with a breadth of experience in several areas of synthetic methodology. Further information.

MRes Molecular Modelling and Materials Science

The Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes programme provides training in the key area of the application of state-of-the-art computer modelling and experimental characterisation techniques to determine the structure, properties and functionalities of materials and complex molecules.  Further information.

What our students say

Tania Selina (MSc Chemical Research 2012-2013)
Lisa Richards (MRes Molecular Modelling and Materials Science 2015-16)
Giuliamonica Leonardi (MRes Organic Chemistry: Drug Discovery 2014-15)
Yingxue Hu (MSc Materials for Energy and Environment 2012-2013)
Fernando Pérez Mendez (MSc Materials for Energy and Environment 2013-2014)

UCL Scholarships

Studentships currently available in the department can be found under Further information 


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