Research course


University of Greenwich · School of Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: EITHER a BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above, or equivalent qualification in a relevant science subject OR substantial industrial experience and supervisory responsibility. • Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system. • Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should contact the programme leader via

Months of entry


Course content

The programme comprises taught courses (60 credits) and a research project (120 credits) and is suitable for students who want to gain a postgraduate research qualification and strengthen their practical skills.

The research project may be partially assessed by the publication of an original paper rather than a traditional thesis. The programme is designed to provide a comprehensive insight into the mechanics of research from both the literature and experimental perspectives. On successful completion of the programme, students are able to critically assess the primary research literature in depth, and appreciate the significance of the economic, environmental and social impact of research and development in a competitive industrial world. They can also design and carry out experiments to test hypotheses, and compose and present scientific information for publication purposes. The university has an extensive network of overseas contacts, with staff based in, or regularly visiting, some 40 to 50 countries. Overseas students are able to obtain an MSc by Research by attending classes for three to four months in the UK, with a project based and supervised in their own country, subject to approval by the Faculty of Engineering and Science.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide a critical understanding of the knowledge base required for a proposed research project
  • To provide and build upon analytical, conceptual and research skills
  • To achieve an understanding of the research methods appropriate to the chosen field
  • To undertake a critical investigation of an approved topic.

Research projects

Recent topics include:

  • Analytical informatics and chemometrics
  • Biomarker profiling
  • Biomaterials
  • Cell biology and intracellular gene delivery
  • Medicinal chemistry and drug-delivery systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Pharmaceutical materials science
  • Biotechnology
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Chemostratigraphy and inorganic forensic fingerprinting
  • Geography - sustainable development
  • Landscape ecology
  • Palaeoenvironmental analysis
  • Solar energy conversion and hydrogen production

Students must also take 60 credits of Master's level courses in order to obtain the award.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000