MSc Chemical Research - Green Chemistry

The course aims to introduce students to wider political and environmental issues which impact on the chemical industry today. It sets out to illustrate how chemists apply their scientific knowledge to create greener solutions to industrial problems and will equip students with the skills necessary to tackle these important challenges in research.

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Start Date: September each year

Duration: 1 year

Course Description

The MSc in Green Chemistry explores modern approaches to chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances i.e. ways in which technologically important chemistry can be carried out without harm to the environment. It includes such concepts as waste minimisation and atom efficiency, solvent selection, and catalytic and energy efficient processes. It aims to develop research, synthetic and analytical skills for careers in the chemical industry or further research leading to a PhD.

The course has been tailored to meet the demands of graduating chemists who wish to further their training in chemical research or who wish to use this qualification as a route into a PhD programme. The course is designed to match the professional demand for highly-skilled personnel in industry and provides specific training in core areas of chemistry as well as specialised expertise in Green Chemistry.

Course aims and objectives

  • Teach the fundamentals of greener chemical processes including the political and environmental drivers that impact on the chemical industry.
  • Familiarise students with legislation and control of hazardous substances.
  • Provide students with the skills to propose a synthetic plan for any molecule
  • Consolidate and develop knowledge and understanding of the theory and application of modern spectroscopic and analytical procedures for the characterisation of molecules in chemical research,
  • Give the students the opportunity to perform research work as part of an active research group within the Department.
  • Prepare students for employment as scientists in industry, academia or a research institute by direct entry or following further study.

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of green approaches to industrial scale chemical processes.

    Electrochromic Polymer

  • Show a knowledge of specific green alternatives including alternative solvents, reactor design, atom efficient reactions, energy issues and full life cycle analysis.
  • Propose possible synthetic routes for almost any chemical.
  • Recognise and understand the major methods of separation, purification, and characterisation of compounds.


  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of modern spectroscopic techniques and their applications for determination of analytical, structural and stereochemical information.
  • Use scientific skills in a research project on green chemistry.
  • Demonstrate transferable skills in oral presentation, report writing and the use of information technology.

Course Modules

  • Advanced Structure Determination
  • Advanced Synthetic Methods
  • Green Chemistry
  • Research Methodology: Parts I, II and III
  • Research Project: Parts I, II and III

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