This flexible and accredited degree will provide you with the advanced knowledge, skills and attributes required for a career in Chemistry and its sub-disciplines, or act as a base for entry to PhD studies.
You can gain the opportunity to develop a competitive research edge to your CV, which is vital when entering the growing Chemistry market within the UK and internationally. This Chemistry postgraduate course enables you to choose from our extensive range of Chemistry modules - allowing you to match the modules with your interests and career aspirations.
If you are already working in industry then you may be interested in studying this course part-time over two to three years. The research project can even be studied over 10 to 12 months doing approved 'in-house' research.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
You can study part-time over 2-3 years if you are already working in industry
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What you'll study
You'll get a thorough grounding for your research project through the underpinning module in research methods. This module is then complemented by a choice of two additional 20 credit point modules from areas including drug detection, organic synthesis, chemotherapeutics and nano-composite materials.
- Research Methods and Independent Study (20 cp) - This module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and to carry out a literature review. You will be given practice in the use of the library and learning resources including relevant IT packages.
- Research Project (20 cp) - You will work on laboratory-based research and will evaluate and review the scientific literature relevant to the topic. Design and conduct experimental work, and present the findings in the form of a presentation, poster and a written thesis. Example titles can be found below.
Choose two modules from the following:
- Drug Detection, Analysis and Screening (20 cp) - Study analysis methods including IR and NMR spectroscopic techniques, GC / HPLC, related hyphenated techniques, and immunoassays. Other areas include spectroscopy, chromatography, multivariate data processing, biophysics and related disciplines to the analytical chemistry of drugs and drug containing materials.
- Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds (20 cp) - Develop knowledge in the synthesis of relatively complex organic molecules. Topics include: retrosynthetic analysis and total synthesis of biologically important molecules; the controlled formation of C-C bonds and functional group transformations; and structure elucidation of complex molecules.
- Inorganic Chemistry Beyond the Molecule (20 cp) - Understand the use of the biomimetic and supramolecular approaches in materials chemistry. You'll learn the importance of interfaces in structure regulation and recognition in the generation of new materials including the recognition and incorporation of materials into the human body.
- Physical Properties of Solid-state and Nano-composite Materials (20 cp) - Study the theoretical background, synthesis and characterization of inorganic and nanocomposite materials, and characterization using solid state methods. You will be given direct practical experience of synthetic and characterization methods in the form of practical laboratory sessions in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
- Chemotherapeutics (20 cp) - This module covers three key areas - cancer therapies, antibacterial agents and synthetic methodology. You'll study drug action and synthesis including the underlying methodology applied to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals.
Research project title examples
- MRI contrast agents
- Peptide-mineral interactions
- Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
- Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
- Fluorescence Microscopy
- X-ray diffraction
- Development of screenable essays
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- Enhance your communication skills.
- Enrich your experience when travelling abroad.
- Boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
Gain hands-on experience
As well as working and studying under the direction of world-leading pharmaceutical and medicinal science staff, you will gain hands-on experience on a variety of modern instrumentation including:
- multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR)
- mass spectrometry
- transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
- scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
- high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)
- 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
- 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
- 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
- Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
How you're taught
This programme is delivered by a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials, together with laboratory classes and laboratory based research project.
If you are a full-time student, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in an a chemistry research group at Nottingham Trent University or with one of our industrial, academic or health sector partners. If you are a part-time student, you will normally conduct the research project in your own workplace.
You will be assessed on a variety of components:
- written exam
- verbal presentation
- poster presentation
- research project
Careers and employability
At Nottingham Trent University, your employability and job prospects are crucial factors in your choice of university - you need to know that your postgraduate degree will be worth the time and money you spend on it. The pharmaceutical and chemical industry is a well-established market growing globally and there has been a steady increase in international employment opportunities within the industry.
95% of our postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2014/15).
Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of job markets including:
- food and drinks
- liquid crystals
- advance materials engineering
- finance and sales
Recent employers include:
- Reckitt Benckiser
- Alfa Aesar
- Birds Eye.
Our strength lies in the relevance of our degrees to the real world. In all subject areas, we encourage you to recognise your transferable skills and its application to a multitude of careers. By taking an MRes in Chemistry you will benefit from the progressive development of a variety of skills, such as advanced laboratory techniques and critical analysis and synthesis of a breadth and depth of relevant chemistry-specific research.
Although this Chemistry Masters course does not offer a formal placement, this course is vocationally focused and benefits from strong links with industry.