Synthetic Organic Chemistry MSc

Synthetic Organic Chemistry MSc

School of Physical Sciences and Computing


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year (three semesters)

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    Campus, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

The aim of UCLan’s Master of Science in Synthetic Organic Chemistry course is to provide an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying modern aspects of organic chemistry.

This course blends a theoretical knowledge of advanced concepts in organic synthesis and spectroscopic analysis with industrial applications but, unlike many Masters level courses of this type, does not focus students on one particular application of organic chemistry eg, medicinal chemistry. Instead it provides training, knowledge and a perspective of a broad range of chemical industries reliant upon organic chemistry. 

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Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course are that a student must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Honours degree of the level 2.2 or above from a United Kingdom university or its equivalent.
  • Degree or HNC or HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience
  • Qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to any of the above

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from masters-level studies are especially welcome to apply, and may be interviewed.

Programme at a Glance

  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Organic Synthetic Methods (20 credits)
  • Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry (20 credits)

  • Molecular Spectroscopy (20 credits)
  • Applications in Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Project (80 credits)
    • Further Information

      The theoretical aspects of the course are underpinned by an extensive series of laboratory classes. This cumulates in an 80 credit project where you have the opportunity to specialise an area of organic chemistry. This course will appeal to graduates from chemistry and related disciplines and will provide excellent preparation for anyone wishing to find employment in any organisation where a knowledge of organic synthesis or analysis is important.

      Semester 1 of the course is designed to ensure that you have the basic skills needed to obtain an MSc. It is important that you enhance the skills you have that will be of benefit when you gain employment after the course. The main skills that you will enhance will be presentational skills, report writing, independent working and problem solving. 

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      For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

      For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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      Fees 2020/21

      Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)

      Further information:

      For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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      Industry Links

      We will be seeking accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

      Professional Accreditation

      Our Chemistry department is top in the UK in terms of student satisfaction, ranking first in the Times Good University Guide 2015.

      Learning Environment and Assessment

      Computing Facilities are available in the general computing suites found within the building and throughout campus. Extensive Resources are available to support your studies provided by Learning & Information Services (LIS) – library and IT staff. You are advised to take advantage of the free training sessions designed to enable you to gain all the skills you need for your research and study.

      LIS provide access to a huge range of electronic resources – e-journals and databases, e-books, images and texts.
      Course and module materials are not provided in ‘hard copy’ format, however, wherever practicable, lecture notes and/or presentations, seminar materials, assignment briefs and materials and other relevant information and resources are made available in electronic form via eLearn. This is the brand name for the online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that the University uses to support and enhance teaching and learning.
      All students can access the eLearn spaces for the course and modules for which they are registered. Once logged into your eLearn area you can access material from the course and all of the modules you are studying without having to log in to each module separately.

      The modules are assessed by both coursework and examination. To ensure that you do not have an excessive amount of assessment at any one time, the coursework assessment will take place uniformly throughout the course.


      To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement.

      You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.