MSc

Chemistry / Chemistry (Professional Practice)

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: 2 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

The course covers a diverse range of topical chemical areas and includes a research led project. Students can take the MSc Chemistry route with one year full-time study, or alternatively you can also undertake one year full-time study plus a year long work placement for the MSc Chemistry (Professional Practice) route.

Why study this course?

The course enables you to further your knowledge of chemistry with a range of core modules. You can expand your interest further by selecting from a range of optional modules. You will benefit from working on a research project within one of the diverse range of internationally recognised research groups.

Gain hands on experience

As well as working and studying under the direction of world leading chemistry staff, you will gain hands on experience of a variety of modern instrumentation including multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR), mass spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC).

Academic staff

The Chemistry team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. Teaching and student satisfaction are very important to us and we have won awards and recognition for this aspect of our work.

Scientists from AstraZeneca and Vectura deliver some of the module content. Other guest lecturers also present their research from a variety of other companies and universities.

What you'll study

How do you study?

  • Terms one – two: taught modules
  • Term three: Research project

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills.
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad.
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • First year

    Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds - 20 Credit Points (CP)
    Develop knowledge in the synthesis of relatively complex organic molecules. Topics include: retrosynthetic analysis and total synthesis of biologically important molecules; the controlled formation of C-C bonds and functional group transformations; and structure elucidation of complex molecules

    Physical Properties of Solid-state and Nano-composite Materials - 20 CP
    This module covers the fields of solid-state and nanocomposite materials chemistry. You’ll understand the functional roles, characteristics and synthesis of nanocomposites and inorganic materials.

    Inorganic Chemistry Beyond the Molecule - 20 CP
    Understand the use of the biomimetic and supramolecular approaches in materials chemistry. You’ll learn the importance of interfaces in structure regulation and recognition in the generation of new materials including the recognition and incorporation of materials into the human body.

    Research Methods and Independent Study - 20 CP
    This module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and to carry out a literature review. You will be given practice in the use of the library and learning resources including relevant IT packages.

    Research Project - 120 CP
    You will work on laboratory-based research and will evaluate and review the scientific literature relevant to the topic. Design and conduct experimental work, and present the findings in the form of a presentation, poster and a written thesis.

    Optional modules

    Chemotherapeutics - 20 CP
    This module covers drug action and synthesis including the underlying methodology applied to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Areas include: cancer therapies, antibacterial agents and synthetic methodology.

    Drug Detection, Analysis and Screening - 20 CP
    Study analysis methods including IR and NMR spectroscopic techniques, GC / HPLC, related hyphenated techniques, and immunoassays. Other areas include spectroscopy, chromatography, multivariate data processing, biophysics and related disciplines to the analytical chemistry of drugs and drug containing materials.

    Example of project titles

    • Hydrogen storage
    • Supramolecular materials
    • Liquid crystals
    • Organic superconductors
    • Drug delivery devices
    • MRI contrast agents
    • Metal phosphonates
    • Ionic liquids as solvents for materials synthesis
    • Layered metal halide perovskites
    • Peptide-mineral interactions
    • Biomineralisation
    • Super-hydrophobic / hydrophilic surfaces
    • Carbohydrate Chemistry
    • Asymmetric Synthesis of P-Chirogenic Phosphines
    • Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
    • Multiplexing, Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
    • Fluorescence Microscopy

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be assessed on a variety of components:

  • written exam
  • verbal presentation
  • assignment
  • poster presentation
  • research project.

Careers and employability

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of job markets including:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymers
  • food and drinks
  • liquid crystals
  • advance materials engineering
  • defence
  • teaching
  • finance and sales

Many graduates choose to undertake further study and this course provides a good basis for progressing onto a PhD.

Chemistry (Professional Practice)

This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement following completion of the taught modules (nine months). Study by this route will be two years full-time with a placement.

The school of Science and Technology will work closely with you to help find a placement advisor and strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice. On completion of the placement year students will submit a placement report and continue back at NTU for three months during which time they will complete their research project.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?
  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a chemistry-related subject including forensic science, pharmacology, and pharmacy
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or qualifications will also be considered

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?
  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a chemistry-related subject including forensic science, pharmacology, and pharmacy
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or qualifications will also be considered

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

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Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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