Normal entry requirements will be an honours degree with at least a 2:2 classification (or an equivalent qualification) in an appropriate chemistry discipline or relevant professional experience.
In addition to the academic entry requirements, international students whose first language is not English require a Secure English Language Test as evidence of English language abilities. A list of approved tests can be found here.
Months of entry
This course trains graduates with a chemistry background specifically for a career as a polymer or biopolymer scientist.
The course content reflects the renewed global interest in sustainably-derived polymers which are in increasing demand in applications including food and beverages, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, personal care, paints and inks. The course is taught within the world-leading Centre for Water Soluble Polymers, by a research group with over 25 years of expertise in this area.
Water soluble polymers are widely used in a broad range of retail and industrial products because of their abilities e.g. to thicken and gel aqueous solutions and to stabilise dispersions and emulsions.
Our MSc Polymer and Biopolymer Science course will equip you with the knowledge to understand the behaviour of both naturally occurring and synthetic water soluble polymers at the molecular level, and how this influences their bulk behaviour. Lectures are reinforced and expanded by study of real-life polymer systems in the laboratory.
You will learn about the vital roles played by polymers in a diverse range of high value products – e.g in mayonnaise, sun tan lotion, wound gels, liquid pharmaceuticals, paper, ink, water based paints and flotation aids in mining to name just a few. You’ll gain first-hand knowledge of biopolymer modification, polymer synthesis, and a wide range of specialist characterisation techniques. In your Research Project you will interface with specialists from manufacturing industries and undertake a programme of experiments designed to develop the skills you want to learn. Through case studies and your research project you will learn how to apply acquired knowledge in real world industrial scenarios, leading the way to success in subsequent employment.
Information for international students
If you are an international student please visit the countries page and select your country to see the relevant Academic and English language entry requirements.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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