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Chemistry

MSc Electrochemistry (1 year)

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.

Introducing your course

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.

MSc Electrochemistry

Overview

 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.

Find out more about the course visit the programme specification

To Apply

You can apply for this analytical chemistry masters through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. You can find out more here.

For all enquiries please contact: mscenq@southampton.ac.uk tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310

When applying you should:

  • Check you meet the general entry requirements
  • 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

Programme Structure

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.

Key Facts

Ranked 8th in the UK for research power (REF2014)

The MSc in Electrochemistry aims to develop your ability to plan, carry out and analyse experiments independently.
Analyse experiments independently
The MSc in Electrochemistry offers opportunities to discover advanced electroanalytical methods.
Advanced electroanalytical methods
The MSc in Electrochemistry aims to develop your ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems.
Adapt and apply methodology
The MSc in Electrochemistry aims to instil an enthusiasm for electrochemistry and an appreciation of its applications.
Electrochemistry applications
Guy Denuault
Dr Guy Denuault is an Associate Professor in Electrochemistry

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 15

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:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page

Further information on language support can be found at:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/international/entry_reqs/english_language.shtml

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

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 or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

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 name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

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.

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Costs associated with this course

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.

Career Opportunities

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
  • Materials scientist
  • Computational chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Environmental chemist

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Chemistry building

Chemistry, Highfield Campus

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