Taught course

Catalysis (MSc)

Institution
University of St Andrews · School of Chemistry
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in chemistry or a closely related subject area.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Catalysis is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Chemistry. It is designed to equip students and professionals who have a degree in Chemistry or a similar subject with a range of analytical, critical and communication skills.

The course provides students with specialised advanced knowledge and skills in modern catalysis with the ability to undertake a significant research project for their dissertation. The course aims to introduce awareness of the role catalysis plays in improving sustainability and solving environmental issues in chemical manufacture.

Highlights

  • Provides you with an understanding of the science of catalysis in the context of its impacts on industry and academia.
  • You will gain knowledge in all major branches of catalysis, including homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, organocatalysis, biocatalysis, asymmetric catalysis and ligand design.
  • Skills acquired in the taught element will be applied in a short, intensive research project. This research-led teaching component is aligned with the interests of the School's world-leading research groups.
  • St Andrews has extensive expertise in catalysis research; this has been recognised by the award of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis.

Teaching format

The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by a significant research project and dissertation (15,000 words) focused over the summer months.

Teaching methods include:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical laboratory work
  • consultation sessions with supervisors.

Modules are assessed through coursework, written examinations, or a combination of both. Typical class sizes range from around 5 students for seminars and tutorials and around 40 students for lectures.

Modules

Students will take six compulsory modules during the course and choose three optional modules during Semester 1 and 2.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9, 000
International students
EU: £9, 000 Overseas: £21, 990

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
chempg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 3800