Taught course

Chemical Research

University of Reading · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Normally at least a lower second class honours degree in chemistry (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Motivated applicants with a degree in other subject areas may be considered for entry. Although the usual route to PhD is by direct entry, it is possible for MSc students to transfer to a PhD.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

* Excellent preparation for a career in research and development, or for a PhD
* Hands-on training using instrumentation in our state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility
* Acquire specialist practical and theoretical knowledge in your chosen area of chemistry
* Comprises two taught modules and a one-year research project
* Aimed at graduates from chemistry or a related discipline

Chemistry at Reading

The Department of Chemistry undertakes a wide range of cutting-edge research in all the important branches of modern chemistry, together with a considerable number of collaborative interdisciplinary projects with colleagues from other departments and industrial organisations.

These activities benefit from our state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility, which provides instrumentation in the areas of NMR, X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, thermal analysis, electron microscopy and molecular spectroscopy.

We are supported by strong links with international companies representing all sectors of the chemical industry. We have excellent relationships with organisations such as AstraZeneca, BP, Cytec, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkel, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Syngenta and Unilever. Industrial collaboration is one of our key strengths, and our research groups have worked on projects with a number of major organisations.

Our MSc Chemical Research programme will train you to undertake practical and theoretical research in your specialist area of chemistry with guidance from an experienced researcher. In addition to a one-year research project, you will follow two lecture courses which are selected to complement your project.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU full-time fee: £8,410 per year
International students
International full-time fee: £18,760 per year

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team