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MSc Chemistry (1 year)

This one-year taught programme offers the opportunity to study Chemistry at an advanced level, covering both the traditional core areas of chemistry, as well as more specialist courses aligned to the research groupings of the department. The course provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge, understanding, and practical/research skills.

Introducing your course

Would you like to upgrade your bachelor’s degree to a master’s and gain access to a chemistry career in industry or research? Join the MSc Chemistry and develop your lab and theoretical skills. Specialise in inorganic and materials, organic or physical chemistry, or maintain a broad portfolio. For a more detailed description of the available pathways, click the Pathways tab. Courses are available in synthesis, advanced structural, analytical and spectroscopic techniques, materials chemistry, modelling, biological and medicinal chemistry, and electrochemistry.

MSc Chemistry

The MSc Chemistry course combines the opportunity for students to take modules from a wide range of cutting-edge fields in chemistry with sessions on practical, technical skills, and scientific writing, communication and presentation and a three month summer project supervised by one of Southampton’s expert academics. The course aims to:

  • Provide you with advanced knowledge the core areas of chemistry and your chosen area of specialisation;
  • Provide you with an opportunity to work in state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated both to education and also to research;
  • Develop your knowledge and research skills applicable to a career in chemistry, particularly in research project driven roles.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

 

You can apply for the MSc Chemistry programmes through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system (red button above). You can find out more about how to apply in this section.

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
  • Choose a pathway
  • If applicable, ensure that you will be able to meet any special requirements for international students, for example English language qualification.
  • Identify how you will fund your postgraduate study
  • Obtain supporting documentation to upload with your application, for example evidence of academic achievement and two references

 

 

Programme Structure

The MSc in Chemistry is a one-year course. The taught part 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 general safety induction lectures will be given during the graduate induction days, together with distribution of the Safety Booklet. Follow up lectures targeting key areas of Health and Safety will be available and you will be required to attend the ones relevant to your research. You can anticipate that there will be 3-4 more sessions after the safety induction.

Key Facts

Chemistry at Southampton is ranked 8th in the UK for research power (REF2014)

100 per cent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for the research environment we provide to staff and students (REF 2014)

Southampton Chemistry is ranked 4th in the UK in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2015)

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 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 modules available within your pathway, for example organic chemistry modules assume a knowledge of organic nomenclature, reactions and their mechanisms.

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.  You will need a band C pass in one of the tests listed at:

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

 Further information on language support can be found at:

https://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.

Typical course content

The MSc in Chemistry is a one-year course The taught part 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.

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
CHEM6133Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
CHEM6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6124Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6134Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6141Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6153Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Semester Two
Compulsory
CHEM6133Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
UOSM6001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
CHEM3036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6092Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6103Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6136Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
CHEM6137Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6144Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6145Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6146Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6147Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6148Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6149Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6154Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Semester One
Compulsory
CHEM6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Semester Two
Compulsory
CHEM6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
ChemistryMSc 2019Full-time£9,250£22,268
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.

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
  • Practical-based classes, which will allow you to demonstrate increasing independence;
  • 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 that will enable you to explore one (or more) of the aspects of chemistry 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. During the second semester you will complete the project preparation stage in the second semester, planning the project, in consultation with your academic supervisor, and estimating the time to be spent on each element of the plan. During semester 2 you will also carry out a literature review of your area of research, which will be assessed by your research supervisor and an independent assessor. 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.

Assessment methods

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’

Course Director

Dr Guy Denuault

The following information summarises the typical pathways offered when choosing the MSc Chemistry degree programme:

Organic Chemistry

This area focuses on synthetic organic chemistry, total synthesis, synthetic methodology, reaction mechanism, organocatalysis, organofluorine chemistry, photochemistry and carbohydrate chemistry, both towards the synthesis of bioactive compounds and organic materials, and includes the study of organic reactions under flow conditions. This pathway offers the opportunity to specialise in the following areas

  • organic synthesis
  • medicinal chemistry
  • bio-organic chemistry

This pathway consists of advanced postgraduate courses in synthetic reaction mechanisms and is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in aspects of nomenclature, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms.

Inorganic chemistry and materials

This area focuses on the synthesis of functional inorganic, solid-state and supramolecular materials and assemblies to address key challenges in energy, sustainability, healthcare and diagnostics and the deposition of nanostructured materials. This pathway will give you the opportunity to specialise in the following areas

  • inorganic synthesis
  • metal organic framework
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • zeolites
  • catalysis
  • materials characterisation

This pathway is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in the fundamentals and applications of inorganic chemistry.

 

Physical chemistry

This pathway is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in the fundamentals and applications of inorganic chemistry. This area covers a wide range of fundamental and applied topics. This pathway will give you the opportunity to specialise in the following areas

  • computational chemistry
  • spectroscopy
  • electrochemistry
  • surface science
  • magnetic resonance

This pathway is best suited to students who already have a thorough BSc level grounding in the fundamentals and applications of physical chemistry, in particular quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and kinetics

General chemistry

You can choose to further your knowledge across a blend of advanced courses from organic, inorganic and/or physical chemistry (any combination). This pathway is suited to those wishing to develop an interdisciplinary expertise. If you choose this pathway you should already have a sound BSc-level grounding in the areas of chemistry in which you intend to choose modules (see other boxes).

Study locations

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