Minimum second-class honours degree in a scientific subject; less qualified students may be accepted, if they have appropriate work experience.
Months of entry
This postgraduate degree in chemical research will provide you with the skills and knowledge to carry out novel research in your chosen area of chemistry. You will join an existing research group under the guidance of a research supervisor, spending the majority of time on a research project. This can be in any of the department’s current research areas that include some reference to chemical and biological sciences. The remaining part of the degree is spent following advanced lecture courses that will provide the necessary theoretical and technical background to your chosen research area.
This programme is intended for students who want to gain the qualifications necessary for pursuing a research career, or who want to update their existing training.
On successful completion of this programme, you will understand the theoretical background required to undertake research in a given topic and be able to explain relevant research methods and tools. You will have acquired a firm grasp of recent advances in your field of study and be able to formulate a research or method development plan and carry out the appropriate literature and data searches. You will also be able to apply a critical and professional approach to data quality, carry out chemical manipulations and operate advanced equipment and work safely and efficiently in a laboratory, carrying out risk assessments where appropriate.
This is a laboratory-based subject, which means individual contact between staff and students is frequent. Numerous opportunities exist and are created for you to comment on, and to take responsibility for, the direction of your studies.
By accommodating you in an established research group and requiring you to partake in group activities, including research colloquia and presentations, the programme aims to provide training in the transferable skills required for successful research. It is individually tailored for each student and arranged by the research supervisor.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.
Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Advice Service
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