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MSc Electrochemistry and Battery Technologies (1 year)

Previously known as MSc Electrochemistry

The Southampton Electrochemistry Group has a leading international reputation for both research and education. The group is spread across Chemistry in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Research spans the breadth of modern electrochemistry from fundamental studies of electrode surfaces and reactions through to applications in sensors, batteries, and fuel cells. The group has been active in education in Electrochemistry for over 50 years, hosting an annual summer school attended by 20 to 40 delegates per year from across the world.

Introducing your course

This taught MSc builds upon our international reputation for excellence in research and education in Electrochemistry by offering an advanced, postgraduate education in Electrochemistry and Battery Technologies from the fundamental principles through to applications in energy storage, energy conversion and Electrochemical Engineering. The programme provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in these areas.

MSc Electrochemistry

Overview

The MSc in Electrochemistry and Battery Technologies course aims to:

  •  instil an enthusiasm for electrochemistry and battery science, an appreciation of their applications 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 battery processes 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 and Battery Technologies;
  • prepare you effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies.

View the programme specification for this course for 2017/18 entrants

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

Course Director

Dr Guy Denuault

To Apply

You can apply for this masters through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. You can find out more about applying in this section.

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

For information on MSc in Electrochemistry and Battery Technologies please contact Dr Guy Denuault, g.denuault@soton.ac.uk or +44 (0) 23 80 59 21 54

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 and Battery Technologies is of 12 months duration. The taught part of the programme 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 programme 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. The core modules are taught according to the prescribed order presented in the scheme but you will have a free choice for one optional module module worth 7.5 ECTS from a list of relevant modules.

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

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

The MSc in Electrochemistry and Battery Technologies 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 modules 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 admission, 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:

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.

Modules

Typical course content

The MSc in Electrochemistry and Battery Technologies is of 12 months duration. The taught part of the programme 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.

The programme is delivered in a series of modules. Your theory and skills courses will be confined to the two semester teaching periods mentioned above.
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.

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
CHEM6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6133Credit[?]
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
CHEM6135Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
FEEG6007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6096Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SESG6041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SESM6032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CENV6090Credit[?]
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
CHEM6147Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6152Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
CHEM6150Credit[?]
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
CHEM6151Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
CHEM6147Credit[?]
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
FEEG6008Credit[?]
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
CHEM6146Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
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.

Explore funding opportunities

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

Employability is about more than just getting a job. We believe in helping our students gain the necessary experience for a future career, along with the skills to identify opportunities and make the most of them. It is reassuring to know that Chemistry degrees are third only behind Medicine and Dentistry as the degree which offers the highest financial return over the term of the graduate's career, but the rewards of a Chemistry degree lie at a deeper personal level and not just in terms of financial return.
During your year here you will have the opportunity to broaden your options by meeting employers, getting involved in volunteering activities, work placements and much more.

A significant proportion of our graduates decide to go into research by taking a PhD qualification, most of them staying in Southampton. But careers in industry and commerce are available even in the toughest economic times.

There are also research and teaching opportunities and the options to branch out into other fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, even finance, and the law and science journalism. This is because chemistry gives you the confidence to take on so many varied challenges in life.

With a Chemistry degree from the University of Southampton your career path will be limited only by the level of your commitment and determination.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Chemistry building

Chemistry, Highfield Campus

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