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Synthetic Organic Chemistry

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Our MSc Synthetic and Organic Chemistry course provides training, knowledge and a perspective of a broad range of chemical industries reliant upon organic chemistry.

Chemistry provides us with an important understanding of our world and how it works. Through understanding the chemistry of materials, we can design and manufacture drugs to fight diseases; computer chips to enhance communication; fuels for transportation; fertilisers to grow abundant food; plastics to package food and replace worn body parts; and much, much more.

Chemistry also helps us to comprehend the nature of our environment, our universe and ourselves. It is pivotal in our understanding of the treatment of diseases such as cancer and AIDS, and provides vital information about issues such as global warming, ozone depletion and acid rain.

This course blends a theoretical knowledge of advanced concepts in organic synthesis and spectroscopic analysis with a focus on applying these skills in industry – so you’ll emerge with a broad range of skills and be equipped to succeed in roles within the chemicals sector and related industries, ranging from pharmaceuticals to micro-electronics.

Why study with us

  • Unlike many master’s level courses of this type, we don’t focus on one particular application of organic chemistry. Instead we give you broad perspectives across a range of chemical industries, maximising your career opportunities.
  • You’ll work with state-of-the-art equipment in modern laboratories. Our JB Firth Building gives you access to the latest analytical techniques to support practical investigations.
  • To enhance your work experience, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in industry as part of your MSc course. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months (depending on the length of the placement).

What you'll do

  • You’ll develop your understanding of key chemical concepts and gain an in-depth understanding of synthetic organic chemistry.
  • As the course progresses, you’ll gain the confidence to plan and carry out experiments independently.
  • You’ll gain a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of synthetic organic chemistry.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

The School has strong links with several chemical industries in the UK and overseas.  

Future careers

After achieving a postgraduate degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, the possibilities are almost endless and you’ll be ready for a career which makes a positive impact on society. 

After graduating, you will be highly employable. The chemical industry provides direct employment for 214,000 people within the UK and supports several hundred thousand additional jobs throughout the economy. 23% of the UK chemical industry is based within the North West region. The UK chemicals industry outperforms virtually all other UK manufacturing industries, with an average growth rate of 2.9% compared to a 0.5% for all other manufacturing industries.

The importance of the UK chemical industry to the balance of trade for the country cannot be overstated. It is the UK manufacturing number one exporter, with a trade surplus of £4.5 billion. This has obvious implications on employment prospects, with a wide variety of industries employing chemists in areas such as pharmaceuticals, paints, soaps and toiletries, and plastics.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Full-time£14500 per year
Full-time£14500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

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