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Chemical Sustainability MSc

Taught at UCL East, this programme combines multidisciplinary teaching with sustainable and green chemistry research, preparing students for a range of careers within industry, public sector and more.

About this programme

This one-year full-time MSc in Chemical Sustainability is unique and specifically developed in response to the need of pharmaceutical and chemical industries for highly qualified students and scientists with interdisciplinary knowledge of the core concepts and aspects of chemical sustainability and green chemistry, to tackle the major global challenges of today and tomorrow, such as energy and climate changes, pollution in chemicals and drugs manufacturing, clean water and plastic recycling.

The session will be organised by UCL Chemistry - masters.chem@ucl.ac.uk


This degree involves a cutting-edge research project under the supervision of a member of staff at UCL East. Students will initially learn about different aspects of chemical sustainability via a number of taught and practical modules. They will then progress to the laboratory where they will work on an independent research project putting into practice the core experimental skills and foundational knowledge taught in terms 1-2.

Students will carry out a substantial research project on sustainable/green chemistry or chemical biology over a six-month period. MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of the following modules:

  • Core Concepts in Chemical Sustainability
  • Chemical Sustainability Research Skills
  • Literature Project
  • Advanced Research Project: Sustainable Chemistry
  • Transferable skills for scientists
  • Topics in Modern Chemistry

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • This programme is suitable for graduates from various chemical disciplines (chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, synthetic biology) with an interest in sustainability and who wish to enhance their research and practical skills and aiming for a research degree and/or academic career. This programme is also suitable for those working in industry wishing to expand their research experience as well as those in employment seeking continuing professional development.


This programme is designed to provide first-hand experience of research at the cutting-edge of chemical sustainability and is particularly suitable for those wishing to embark on a career within academia or the chemical production and waste industries

Examples of future employment may include: research chemists and biotechnologists working on the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly routes for the molecular assembly of drugs, materials, biofuels and bio-based products; recycling experts with expertise in recycling strategies; sustainability policy – with chemical expertise to contribute strategies; Chemistry teaching; Chemistry analyst across the chemical production and waste industries.

Career destinations

Graduates will be equipped for varied employment in industry (pharmaceutical, chemical, manufacturing) and the public sector: chemical sustainability knowledge has a broad range of applications in many sectors, ranging from chemical production to the recycling industries and public policy development.

Register for a Virtual Postgraduate Open Day at the UCL Department of Chemistry

Join our Virtual Graduate Open Event to learn more about our new Chemical Sustainability MSc programme. Taught at UCL East, this programme combines multidisciplinary teaching with sustainable and green chemistry research, preparing students for a range of careers within industry, public sector, and academia. During the event, you'll have the opportunity to hear from academic staff teaching on the programme, ask your questions in a live Q&A, and find out if this programme is right for you.

Join us for a Virtual Graduate Open Event to find out more about our MSc in Chemical Sustainability, how the programme is taught, and what it's like to study at UCL Chemistry. You'll have the chance to hear from our academics and ask any questions you might have in a live Q&A.

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