Chemical Research MSc
The Chemical Research MSc at UCL is a research intensive programme that introduces students to the methods of scientific research and the techniques of a particular research area in Chemistry. Students also broaden their knowledge of chemistry through a selection of taught courses and are able to tailor the programme to meet their personal research interests.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £10,800
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students develop a systematic approach to devising experiments and/or computations. They gain a familiarity with a broad range of laboratory techniques that may be transferred to other fields of chemistry, alongside direct contact with spectroscopic techniques and the acquisition of tools for the critical analysis of experimental and computational observations.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
Our interests and research activities span the whole spectrum of chemistry from the development of new drugs to the prediction of the structure of new catalytic materials.
Students develop experience in scientific methods, techniques for reporting science, and the many skills required for a future career.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), four optional modules (15 credits each) and a research project (90 credits).
An exit-level only Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is available.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and research supervision. Assessment is through the dissertation, unseen written examinations, research papers, a written literature survey, and an oral exam. All students will be expected to attend research seminars relevant to their broad research interest.
Further details available on subject website:
Students can be self-funded or find sponsorship from funding agencies such as research councils, the European Union, industry or charities.
There are a number of Graduate School Scholarships and departmental bursaries and prizes available.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
This MSc is suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a related subject, who wish to gain an introduction to the methods of Chemical Research. The programme provides an ideal foundation for MPhil/PhD degree courses.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- Why you want to study for an MSc in Chemical Research at graduate level: Please tell us what has led you to research. What were the enjoyable or difficult aspects of your undergraduate projects? Do you have much experience in laboratory work or computing? What are the skills you most need to acquire?
- Why you want to study an MSc in Chemical Research at UCL: The UCL Chemical Research degree is heavily research oriented (67% in terms of credits). Tell us how you will make the most of this opportunity?
- How your academic background meets the demands of a challenging programme: Most applicants for this programme have a first degree in Chemistry. How well did it prepare you for research? What skills do you want to acquire that will help you in a research career?
- How you anticipate that your future career might proceed.
This programme provides the ideal foundation for further doctoral research. First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
- Medical Company: Information Representative
- University of Bath: PhD Chemistry
- UCL: PhD Biochemical Engineering
- University of Cambridge: PhD Chemistry
- UCL: PhD Chemistry
"I was challenged and pushed hard, yet there is also a friendly and relaxed feel about the department. I really didn't want to go anywhere else."
"As part of my PhD project I was able to take part in a three-week summer school, the Urbino Summer School of Palaeoclimatology. This was a very valuable experience where international lecturers gave talks on their research."
Subject: Earth Sciences, Faculty: Mathematical and Physical Sciences