Chemical Research (Physical Chemistry)

MSc, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to develop knowledge and skills in research techniques and methodologies, specifically focused on physical chemistry.

Course Description

This MSc reflects the huge breadth and diversity in research and the application of physical chemistry and physical chemistry techniques, providing you with training and study in the concepts and techniques of physical chemistry, tailored to your own particular research interests.

This full-time postgraduate degree comprises tutorials, lectures and six months of intensive practical work, before undertaking a five-month independent research project. As well as developing your core knowledge of physical chemistry, you will learn how to critically analyse research data and research publications, and how to communicate scientific concepts and processes. Your research dissertation will be a major part of the course, enabling you to draw on the academic and applied research conducted at Leicester, in topics such as electrochemistry, interfacial properties, materials, atmospheric chemistry, gas-phase spectroscopy and microscopy.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year

Professor Sergey Piletsky
+44 (0)116 294 4666

Department of Chemistry website

Why Leicester?

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester has state-of-the-art facilities and strong industrial and international collaborations, ensuring that our research is cutting edge and addresses topical issues.

Our Masters graduates leave us with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to play leading roles in industry, business or in the world of academic research.

Course Structure



  • Methods in Physical Chemistry 1
  • Methods in Physical Chemistry 2
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Research Methodology

Plus your Research project


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, independent work, group and team work, supervised study and directed reading. Assessment is a mixture of written exams, marked assignments, assessed problems, oral exam (viva voce), oral presentations and written project reports.

All of our courses are linked to Blackboard, the University’s online learning environment which gives you access to lecture notes, self-test exercises, supplementary information and background literature.

Entry Requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

A postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future. Like you, we are keen that your investment pays off. There is no doubt that studying for a postgraduate qualification can help your career prospects – you will gain the deeper knowledge and high-end skills and that will set you apart. Studying with us gives a clear signal to employers. It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level. Your employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Chemical Research (Physical Chemistry) MSc 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Chemical Research (Physical Chemistry)
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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