Menu

Taught

Chemical Research MSc

This programme introduces the methods and techniques of scientific research in a particular area of Chemistry via undertaking an intensive novel research project. 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

The objectives of the programme are to provide intensive training in the methods and techniques of scientific research. Students develop a systematic approach to devising experiments and/or computations and gain familiarity with a broad range of synthetic, analytical and spectroscopic techniques, together with the acquisition of skills for the critical analysis of their experimental and computational observations.

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 Certificate (60 credits) is available.

Core Modules

  • Literature Project
  • Research Project

Optional Modules

  • 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
  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Chemical Research MSc

Funding

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 relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

This MSc is designed to provide first-hand experience of research at the cutting-edge of chemistry and is particularly suitable for those wishing to embark on an academic career (i.e. doctoral research) in this area, although the research and critical thinking skills developed will be equally valuable in a commercial environment.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Surrey (2013)
  • PhD, Chemistry, UCL (2013)
  • Product Development Specialist, Imerys (2013)
  • PhD, Chemistry, McGill University (Canada) (2011)

Why study this degree at UCL?

The principal component (50% of assessment) of the degree is an intensive novel research project providing experience at the frontiers of world-leading academic research. With departmental research interests and activities spanning the whole spectrum 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.

Students develop experience in scientific methods, techniques for reporting science, and the many skills required for a future career. Crucially this is all done ‘hands-on’, providing first hand experience of using leading-edge research tools.

Student / staff ratios › 53 staff › 50 taught students › 163 research students

Department: Chemistry

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

Those wishing to continue to a research degree in Chemistry or those seeking research skills valued in a commercial environment.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

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 (50% 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.

Contact Information

UCL+

  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
Register now

Life and learning

At UCL we're proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. UCL is a great place to be a student.

  • World-leading reputation
  • Extensive connections that benefit your study and career
  • The best and brightest staff and students from over 150 countries
Find out more