MSc by Research

MSc by Research (Chemistry)

1 year
September 2024

Perform cutting-edge research with our Research Groups. Each 12-month project is unique, as the frontiers of research advance.

Why study with us

  • This year-long course gives insights to life as a researcher - excellent preparation for a future research career or alternatively for a wide range of sectors.
  • You'll benefit from one-on-one supervision and gain access cutting-edge facilities.
  • Compared to typical taught postgraduates degrees, you'll pay the lowest fees.

Current projects

Some current projects are listed below. A research project is not necessarily rigid and may evolve as it develops, and as you develop your understanding. If you have an idea for a new project and think one of our academics is a good fit to supervise it, please contact them. Our academic contact details can be found on their staff profiles, linked in the project titles below.

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Students taking notes of an experiment in a chemistry lab

What you'll do

  • You’ll have access to world-class equipment, including state-of-the-art facilities - from atomic force microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy to our Anton Paar Microwave for rapid and green nanoparticle synthesis.
  • You’ll take advantage of our unique experience and capabilities and choose a supervisor whose work mirrors your own interests.
  • You'll have the opportunity to publish your work in academic journals and present results to colleagues and collaborators.

Looking to start your postgraduate journey?

Our range of subjects and study modes can support your goals. Take your next step with a postgraduate degree.

How to apply
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Academic expertise

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Dr Mark Holden
Lecturer in Chemistry
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Mark is a lecturer in chemistry, whose research interests lie in the field of crystallisation. The main focus of his research is gaining a fundamental understanding the mechanisms that govern crystal nucleation and growth. Mark teaches across a range of subjects, with a particula…

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Dr Jioji Tabudravu
Lecturer in Analytical/Natural Product Chemistry
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Dr Tabudravu is a natural product chemist and teaches for our organic, forensic science, and analytical chemistry teams. Dr Tabudravu also supervises postgraduate projects on analytical, and natural product drug discovery subjects.

Future careers

MSc by Research degrees represent an ideal combination of timescale and topic. You choose what to do, and our experienced researchers help you do it effectively. You don’t have to commit 4 years, as for a PhD (though an MSc by Research can be a great route if you plan to subsequently enter PhD research). Where a PhD typically completes 3-4 projects for their thesis, you will complete 1. You’ll gain all of the benefit that is relevant for employment outside academia.


This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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