University of Reading

Chemical Research

* Excellent preparation for a career in research and development, or for a PhD

* Hands-on training using instrumentation in our state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility

* Acquire specialist practical and theoretical knowledge in your chosen area of chemistry

* Comprises two taught modules and a one-year research project

* Aimed at graduates from chemistry or a related discipline

**Chemistry at Reading**

The Department of Chemistry undertakes a wide range of cutting-edge research in all the important branches of modern chemistry, together with a considerable number of collaborative interdisciplinary projects with colleagues from other departments and industrial organisations.

These activities benefit from our state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility, which provides instrumentation in the areas of NMR, X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, thermal analysis, electron microscopy and molecular spectroscopy.

We are supported by strong links with international companies representing all sectors of the chemical industry. We have excellent relationships with organisations such as AstraZeneca, BP, Cytec, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkel, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Syngenta and Unilever. Industrial collaboration is one of our key strengths, and our research groups have worked on projects with a number of major organisations.

Our MSc Chemical Research programme will train you to undertake practical and theoretical research in your specialist area of chemistry with guidance from an experienced researcher. In addition to a one-year research project, you will follow two lecture courses which are selected to complement your project.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a lower second class honours degree in chemistry (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Motivated applicants with a degree in other subject areas may be considered for entry. Although the usual route to PhD is by direct entry, it is possible for MSc students to transfer to a PhD.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Modules may include: Advanced organic chemistry; Advanced topics in physical chemistry; Functional inorganic materials; Chemistry in industry and professional skills; Current topics in chemical research.

Sponsorship information

Industry; private sponsorship.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2018 18,760 (Whole course) International 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time January 2018 8,410 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MSc Part-time January 2018 24 24 Months

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