Chemistry MSc

1 year, full-time

Chemistry MSc, 1 year, full-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £9,500

International fee £21,000

Taught by School of Chemistry

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This is a research-focused programme that is tailored to your interests and career ambitions. It provides excellent preparation for advanced level entry into the chemical industries or for PhD research.

Course description

Course description

The course combines theory, practical skills and research elements. You will select three theory modules from a range of advanced chemistry topics, allowing you to tailor the course to your specific interests. All of these modules run throughout Semesters One and Two, align to the School’s research interests and will be taught by world-leading academics.

In Semester One you will receive lab-based training in advanced practical techniques covering areas of synthetic, analytical and physical chemistry. This will be complimented by a module dedicated to developing your skills as a researcher, all of which will prepare you for your research dissertation and subsequent career.

Our specialist research areas include atmospheric chemistry, chemical biology, materials and interfaces, spectroscopy and dynamics, and sustainable synthesis and catalysis. Your research project will be carried out within one of our outstanding research groups. In Semester One you will be supported in selecting a research project that interests you and aligns with your career ambitions. You will meet your supervisor, familiarise yourself with the contemporary literature around your chosen project and begin to plan your experiments. From Semester Two until mid-August you will work alongside PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in one of our research teams to conduct your experimental work and evolve your project report.

You can find out more about postgraduate research and teaching in the School of Chemistry via our on demand content: 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in Chemistry or a related subject or equivalent.

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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

This is the total course fee

Starting in September 2022

  • £9,500

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee

Starting in September 2022

  • £21,000

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The Chemistry MSc course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue a career in chemistry, whether that be academic research and teaching or industry-based roles across the sector. We will support you in choosing your theory modules and research project theme so that you specialise your skill set in a specific area of chemistry that interests you. This will open up opportunities to pursue careers across the sector, for example in green technology, pharmaceutical development, earth and space science or fine chemical production.

The core Research and Communication Skills module will support you in preparing you to embark on your chosen career path. With the support of the School of Chemistry Careers Tutor this module will challenge you to think and plan for your future career with a particular emphasis on your strengths, weaknesses and training needs. The module incorporates the Leicester Award and Leicester Award Gold schemes run by the Career Development Service.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Our research

Our students make a significant contribution to the School of Chemistry’s research portfolio through their research projects. They often find that their results are published in world-class scientific publications which is an excellent accolade to include on your CV!

Our research activities span the full range of chemical science, including:

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Catalysis
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Fluorine chemistry
  • Computational modelling
  • Nanoparticles
  • Molecular spectroscopy
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemistry education

Find out more about our research


Course structure

Core modules

Core modules

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.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

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.

Why Leicester?

Our MSc Chemistry course is tailored to your specific interests or needs. We will support you in selecting theory modules and identifying a research project that will best prepare you for your next career step, whether that be into a PhD, the chemical industries or other professions.

You will receive comprehensive training in laboratory techniques and research skills in Semester 1 in preparation for your research project work carried out from Semester 2 onwards.

A fully integrated curriculum has been carefully designed to allow you to gain a deep appreciation of how theoretical aspects of the subject can be applied to addressing your specific research questions.

Teaching and learning

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 25 July 2022 (Please note this deadline is subject to change dependant on course capacity. If the capacity limit of this course is met before the deadline, applications will be closed early.)
  • Deposit payment deadline: 8 August 2022
  • CAS request deadline: 2 September 2022 
  • 50% payment deadline: 2 September 2022 

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