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Course summary

At its most fundamental, chemistry is the ‘art’ of transforming one molecule into another. Our highly versatile Chemistry MSc course has been designed to allow you to direct your studies to specialised areas of chemistry. The course places strong emphasis on practical chemistry, complemented with focus on current topics in chemistry research. This enables the principles and theories of chemistry to be applied within a laboratory setting to solve real-world challenges. You’ll engage with a wide range of chemistry-related subjects, ensuring that the course is highly interdisciplinary and contains expertise from a range of specialisms, including chemistry, food science and nutrition, physics, chemical biology and material science. You'll have the opportunity to be taught by experts across faculties, to gain the skills and knowledge to work in a multidisciplinary environment. You'll gain extensive hands-on practical experience within the laboratory by undertaking a practical skills module and by carrying out an independent original research project. Optional modules will give you the chance to build up specialist knowledge in areas that align with your interests and career aspirations. During the Chemistry MSc course, you'll develop the knowledge and skills you need for a career within the chemical sciences industries. As well as learning crucial research techniques, you'll develop a range of key skills in problem solving, information technology, scientific presentation and scientific communication. Why study at Leeds:

  • This Masters degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Our globally-renowned research conducted right here in our School feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in areas such as atmospheric and planetary chemistry, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry.
  • Broaden your knowledge and skills in a range of core areas of advanced chemistry, both theoretically and practically.
  • Tailor the course to specialise in your career interests with a selection of optional modules to choose from including modern medicinal chemistry, ceramics, polymers and composites and physical aspects of food.
  • Conduct your own individual project which focuses on a real-world topic, giving you the chance to gain valuable and extensive hands-on experience working within a research group.
  • Access industry-standard specialist facilities as part of your research project, such as state-of-the-art NMR instruments, a cutting-edge CCD-based X-ray diffractometer, electrospray and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, and scanning electron microscopy.
  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and experience across many chemistry topics.
  • Enhance your career prospects and become part of our successful alumni who have pursued exciting careers in global companies.

Assessment method

The wide range of continual assessment formats will allow you to improve your generic skills, and to hone your ability to solve problems. As part of the continual assessment of modules, you will give a wide range of oral presentations; prepare short articles, essays, and research reports; perform computational exercises; and undertake group-based problem-solving activities. Your research project will be assessed through your practical work and a written research report.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in Chemistry or a related Chemistry subject.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5no less than 6.0 in any component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Fees are listed on our website: https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/
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