Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in chemistry, or a chemistry related subject. Applicants must have taken and consistently scored 2:2 level marks (or higher) in modules covering: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

At its most fundamental, chemistry is the ‘art’ of transforming one molecule into another. Our highly versatile Chemistry masters course is developed to allow you to direct your studies to specialised areas of chemistry. The course places strong emphasis on practical chemistry, complimented with focus on current topics in chemistry research. This enables the principles and theories of Chemistry learnt to be applied within a laboratory setting to solve real-world challenges.

Engagement with a wide range of Chemistry-related subjects is promoted, ensuring that the course is highly interdisciplinary and contains expertise from a range of specialisms, including Chemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Physics, Chemical Biology and Material Science. You will have the opportunity to be taught by experts across faculties, to gain the skills and knowledge to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

You will gain extensive hands-on practical experience within the laboratory by undertaking a practical skills module , and by carrying out an independent original research project. Optional modules may provide the chance to build up specialist knowledge in areas that align with your interests and career aspirations.

During the Chemistry Masters course, you will develop your knowledge and skills you need for a career within the chemical sciences industries. As well as learning crucial research techniques, you will also develop a range of key skills in problem solving, information technology, scientific presentation, and scientific communication.

Course highlights

  • Our courses are shaped by our world-leading research in areas Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, Colour and Polymer Science, Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics, Crytallisation and Directed Self-Assembly, and Process Chemistry research and development.
  • During your studies, you will access specialist facilities and laboratories.
  • You will complete an individual extended research project, which is typically carried out within a research group and may also include external industrial involvement.
  • Optional modules will give you the chance to build up specialist knowledge in areas that align with your interests and career aspirations.

Specialist facilities

You will have access to excellent teaching and laboratory facilities, supplemented by extensive computing equipment. Our specialist facilities include the latest equipment for synthetic, physical and analytical chemistry, 500 MHz NMR machines, a cutting-edge CCD-based X-ray diffractometer, and instruments to enable mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, thermal analysis, particle size analysis, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis, and rheometry, amongst other forms of analysis. Depending on the modules and projects that you choose to work in, you will also have access to teaching facilities from across the different schools and faculties.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 6410