The MSc in Electrochemistry taught course builds upon our international reputation for excellence in research and education in Electrochemistry by offering an advanced, postgraduate education in Electrochemistry from the fundamental principles through to applications in Electrochemical Engineering. The course provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the identified areas.
Electrochemistry is central to processes with huge economic and societal impacts, e.g. electroplating, corrosion, chlorine, sodium hydroxide and aluminium production, electricity storage, sensing (blood glucose, pH). The MSc Electrochemistry will offer you a platform to develop your theoretical and practical skills and to undertake a challenging research project.
The modules offered will allow you to explore this fascinating interdisciplinary science and to specialise e.g. in batteries, fuel cells, electroanalytical techniques or electrochemical engineering.
The MSc in Electrochemistry course aims to:
Instil an enthusiasm for electrochemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying;
Establish an appreciation of the importance and sustainability of the chemical sciences in an industrial, academic, economic, environmental and social context;
Develop, through an education in chemistry, a range of appropriate generic skills, of value in chemical and non-chemical employment;
Extend your comprehension of key chemical concepts as applied to Electrochemistry and so provide you with an in-depth understanding of this specialised area of chemistry;
Provide you with the ability to plan and carry out experiments independently and assess the significance of outcomes;
Develop your ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar types of problems;
Instil a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of Electrochemistry;
Prepare you effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies.
If applicable, ensure that you will be able meet any special requirements for international students
Identify how you will fund your postgraduate study
Obtain supporting documentation to support your application
The MSc in Electrochemistry is a one-year course. The taught part of the course is confined within two teaching semesters (Oct to Jan followed by Feb to June). Each semester includes twelve weeks of study followed by two or three weeks of examinations in which any end of module assessments will take place. The research component takes place in semester 3, which runs from June to September (see scheme below).
The course is delivered in a series of modules. Each taught module ranges from 3.75, 7.5 to 30 ECTS points (European Credit and Transfer System). As a rough guide a 7.5 ECTS point module requires 150 hours of work. This would include all work i.e. formal lectures, assignments, revision, examination tutorials etc. plus independent study.
Your theory and skills courses will be confined to the two semester teaching periods mentioned above. There are four compulsory modules totalling 30 ECTS (see the list of modules below), with 30 ECTS of other modules to chosen from the options listed.
The practical phase of your research project will be completed from June until mid August. It is anticipated that the final weeks of August will involve a concentrated period of dissertation preparation with a very limited amount of laboratory work being completed.
The normal entry requirement is at least an upper second class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related subject. Non-UK applicants will usually have completed 4 years or more in higher education. Students who have achieved a lower second honours degree will only be admitted in exceptional circumstances. At interview you will need to be able to demonstrate that your first degree prepares you for the moedules available within your area of interest.
Candidates who do not hold any of the above qualifications, but who have relevant professional experience may be eligible for admissions, but are advised to contact the MSc Admissions Tutor prior to applying.
The selection process will involve close scrutiny of your academic credentials in a process that will include an interview (via Skype for students not available to come to Southampton). The whole process is supported by a Post Graduate Admissions Administrator who remains in touch with students throughout the application process.
A minimum standard of English Language is required for admission to the programme. You will need a band C pass in one of the tests listed at: which is identified as a standard against a number of internationally recognised language tests. A list these may be found at:
The MSc in Electrochemistry is a one year course. The taught part of the degree is confined within two teaching semesters (Oct to Jan followed by Feb to June). Each semester includes twelve weeks of study followed by two or three weeks of examinations in which any end of module assessments will take place. The research component takes place in semester 3, which runs from June to September.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you
through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
A Chemistry masters degree will give students valuable insight into postgraduate research skills. Independent project work will support students to develop transferable skills in areas such as time management, communication and presentation skills that are key for career success in a wide range of areas such as industry, analysis, policymaking and scientific communication. Completing an MSc qualification will help individuals tackle the challenges of an advanced research degree at PhD level and prepare them for a career in academia.
Typical career destinations for the MSc in Electrochemistry include;
Further study towards a PhD in Electrochemistry
R&D specialist in electrochemistry and material science for the development of batteries, fuel cells, electric vehicles, photovoltaic devices, dye sensitised solar cells
R&D specialist in corrosion
R&D specialist in electrodeposition
R&D specialist in sensors
R&D specialist in electrochemical engineering
Scientific journalists/ editors
Learning & Assessment
The Taught Component
Learning and teaching methods will include:
Staff-led lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and demonstrations;
Directed reading in terms of summary texts and primary scientific literature;
Student-led seminars and presentations (verbal and poster) and contributions to regular research group meetings;
Exposure to technical reports, including literature searches and surveys;
Self-led, practical research project work
Workshops and tutorials based around instruments in the laboratory
Individual practical work on instruments
Group practicals designed to teach instrumental electrochemical techniques;
Regular meetings about research work with the supervisory team, with the lead academic as the key provider of guidance;
Engagement with written assignments and other activities associated with the coursework component of the subject and skills component of study;
Revision for written examinations that are a ubiquitous aspect of the MSc qualification.
The Research Project
In the third semester you will carry out a research project will that will enable you to explore one (or more) of the aspects of electrochemistry covered in the taught part of the course in greater depth. Supervisors will be assigned at the start of the second semester and the specific project topic will be agreed with your academic research supervisor. A limited number of industry-based research placement opportunities may be available and it may be possible to complete the practical aspects of your research project whilst on placement. Such placement projects will be jointly supervised by an on-site industrial supervisor and a Southampton-based academic supervisor. During the project preparation stage in the second semester, you will plan the project, in consultation with your academic supervisor, and estimate the time to be spent on each element of the plan. In addition you will carry out a preliminary literature review of your area of research before arriving at a clear judgement of your overall objectives and how they will build on the current level of knowledge in your area of research. MSc level research projects should realistically offer the opportunity of producing results that would be of a standard to publish in the peer reviewed literature.
You will present an overview containing these elements to your project supervisor or your nominated Southampton advisor before the end of semester 2. Subsequently there will be regular fortnightly meetings with either your supervisor or advisor throughout the remainder of the project. You will write monthly reports of research progress, which will be assessed in writing by the supervisor and advisor. This will allow your progress to be discussed and reviewed against the objectives for each month. Furthermore, throughout the summer you will present your results to group meetings and student-led scientific meetings. At the end of the research period, you will present a summary of the research findings to your supervisor and advisor and this, as well as the previous reports, will be used to plan your dissertation.
The Taught Component
Your taught component will be assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework. All your chemistry and skills centred learning is taken at FHEQ Level 7 (which maps to CHEM6XXX modules). The exams will be designed to ensure that you have (a) achieved the learning outcomes of each module and (b) the level of sophistication of your understanding. Coursework will also be designed to test that you have met the learning outcomes specified. The proportion of coursework and exam will be that which is judged to most suit your engagement with the content of the course as well judging your level of understanding. Most scientific modules are assessed by examination while more skills based courses tend towards a higher proportion of coursework.
Past examination papers are available through the library website www.soton.ac.uk/library/resources/index.html under ‘exam papers online’ and also on the Staff Student Liaison Blackboard site under the appropriate heading.
These assessment methods predominantly judge your achievements against the outcomes noted in ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ (examination based) and ‘Transferable/general skills’ (coursework based).
The Research Project
The research component will be assessed on the basis of the practical outcomes of your project work and on your ability to communicate these, and your background understanding, through the authorship of a scientific dissertation. This will be assessed independently by your supervisor and another academic from within the University of Southampton and by a viva voce (verbal examination).
You will also be required to maintain a laboratory notebook and to create a suitable archive and organisation of your research results. These primary sources of information will be reviewed throughout the duration of your research project and will be part of the final assessment.
You will be required to produce short reports describing your progress throughout the summer. These will be reviewed and feedback provided in a suitable timeframe to allow for your development in advance of the next report. The outcomes of these reviews do not contribute to the final grade. However, past experience clearly demonstrates that a high standard of performance in these regular reports greatly assists in the preparation of a high quality final dissertation.
These assessment methods predominantly judge your achievements against the outcomes noted in ‘Subject Specific Intellectual Skills’ and ‘Transferable/general skills’.