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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • 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.

Core Modules

  • Literature Project
  • Research Project


  • Structural Methods in Modern Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Intense Radiation Sources in Modern Chemistry
  • Numerical Methods in Chemistry
  • Microstructural Control in Materials Science
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Synthesis and Biosynthesis of Natural Products
  • Stereochemical Control in Asymmetric Total Synthesis
  • Topics in Quantum Mechanics
  • Frontiers in Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Energy Science and Materials


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.

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

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.
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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

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