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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

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 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 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

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.

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
CHEM6096Credit[?]
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
FEEG6007Credit[?]
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
Semester Two
Compulsory
CHEM6133Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
CENV6090Credit[?]
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
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
CHEM6149Credit[?]
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

Year 2

Semester One
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
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

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
ElectrochemistryMSc 2019Full-time£9,250£22,268
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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
  • 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 and battery sciencecovered 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 peers and a panel of independent academics 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 regular progress reports for which feedback will be provided by your supervisor. 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.

You will be required to produce short reports describing your progress. These will be reviewed and feedback provided in a suitable timeframe to allow for your development in advance of the next report. Some of these reviews will contribute to the final grade. 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’.

Study locations

Chemistry building

Chemistry, Highfield Campus

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