About this course
Develop in-depth knowledge of electrochemical techniques and battery science on this Electrochemistry and Battery Technologies MSc at the University of Southampton. Discover how electrochemistry is essential to energy, sensors, waste treatment and the electronics industry. You’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience and graduate with a UK master’s degree that will prepare you for a wide range of careers.
Electrochemistry looks at the relationship between electricity and identifiable chemical change. On this course you’ll gain practical experience of electrochemical techniques and their use in sensors, batteries, fuel cells and other technologies.
You’ll also study the principles of electrode reactions and learn the techniques to study electrochemical reactions and battery processes.
You’ll graduate from this course with:
- in-depth knowledge of the use of chemical sciences in research, industry, the economy and the environment
- the skills to plan and carry out experiments, and analyse the results
- the ability to adapt and apply different methods to solve problems
- knowledge of the latest scientific developments in electrochemistry and battery technologies
Your course leader is Dr Guy Denuault, Associate Professor in Electrochemistry. His research focuses on electroanalytical chemistry with particular emphasis on the theory and application of microelectrodes, scanning electrochemical microscopy, nanostructured microelectrodes, and the modelling of electrochemical processes. Read Dr Denuault’s staff profile to find out more about his work.
“I chose to study at Southampton because it is the best place in Europe to study electrochemistry.”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related subject.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This full-time course lasts for 12 months, from October to the following September.
You’ll study the taught part of your course over the first 2 semesters (October to June). Each semester includes 12 weeks of study followed by 2 or 3 weeks of exams.
Each semester is made up of a combination of compulsory and optional modules.
The research part of your studies will take place in semester 3, from June to September. This is when you’ll carry out your research and write your research project.
You’ll have regular meetings with your tutor to make sure you’re on track with your project.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include:
- lectures and seminars
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- oral and poster presentations
- research group meetings
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- written exams
- research project
The research project is a chance for you to develop your research skills and build in-depth knowledge of an aspect of electrochemistry and battery technologies.
You’ll begin your planning in semester 2. With the help of an academic research supervisor, you’ll choose a topic from the taught part of the course to explore in depth.
We’ll ask you to present an overview of your plan to students and panel of academics before the end of semester 2.
You’ll then carry out your research and write your dissertation in semester 3 (June to September). You’ll have regular meetings with a supervisor throughout this period to discuss your progress.
You might be able to carry out some of your research project while on placement, if a suitable placement is available.
You’ll be assigned a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor. We’ll also support you with:
- daily supervision
- regular informal meetings to monitor progress and share ideas
- feedback on performance
After graduating, you’ll have the knowledge and practical skills to work as an electrochemist in industry or commerce.
You'll also be qualified to work in related areas such as:
- science journalism
Alternatively, you’ll be in a great position to continue your researches at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000