Chemistry - MRes
- Mode of study
- Full time, Part time
- Entry months
- Duration of Study
- 1 Year (Full time) / 2 years (Part time)
- Subject Area
- Chemistry, Science
- FEES (2022/23 academic year)
- UK - £9,500
- International - £17,900
The focus of the MRes in Chemistry is learning through substantial "hands-on" research training along with completion of a final written thesis. Alongside this are modules of research-led teaching, to compliment the chosen chemistry research discipline.
About the course
On the MRes Chemistry programme, learning is facilitated through hands-on research training and the completion of a final written thesis. You will experience research-led teaching to compliment your chosen Chemistry research discipline which will derive from organic, inorganic, physical and chemical biology subject areas, along with the teaching of relevant research techniques.
The MRes in Chemistry programme provides the opportunity for you to acquire postgraduate-level research and employability skills across a range of disciplines within Chemistry, providing a strong background for a research career in either academia or industry or for further study (PhD).
Chemistry at Keele conducts internationally recognised fundamental research in many areas, ranging across the traditional core subsets of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and chemical biology. As a postgraduate student on the MRes in Chemistry course, you will benefit from our expertise in these areas and our collaborative research links within academia and industry.
The MRes in Chemistry programme runs full-time (FT) over one academic year (September to August).
The programme totals 180-credits, comprising modules delivered and completed over the year. Aims for these modules are summarised below.
Core Taught Modules
MRes Chemistry Research Project: CHE40052 (120 Credits)
To enhance and further develop your independent research skills in the chemical sciences, focusing on experimental and instrumental skills, development, selection and execution of appropriate research methodologies, data interpretation and analysis, and scientific methods of presentation commensurate with professional standards in the field. It is also possible to complete the course via a Part Time (PT) route over two years.
Advanced Topics in Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry: CHE40048 (30 Credits)
To expand understanding of the essential principles of the main branches of chemistry and the impact they have in different fields. To explore and develop topics at the cutting edge of chemistry and expand knowledge and understanding of how the scientific method is applied to relevant research. To further understanding of how experiments are designed in order provide meaningful research data, whilst developing analytical and problem solving skills to solve unfamiliar problems. To further develop skills in the interpretation of data sets in the context of corroboration/refutation of chemical hypotheses, and increase awareness of the importance of critical scrutiny of research results in order to discover errors, misinformation and incorrect conclusions.
Advanced Research Training for Chemists: CHE40054 (30 Credits)
To further develop information literacy skills in searching for, selecting and critically evaluating relevant peer-reviewed research literature. To gain an appreciation of the chemistry research process, through engagement with issues surrounding funding, publishing, research integrity and ethics, and impact. To further develop written communication skills.
Academic entry requirements
This course is open to graduates with a minimum of a 2:2 BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.
Successful applicants will be interviewed by the proposed research project supervisor and a member of the MRes programme team or another appropriate member of chemistry staff.
English Language Entry Requirement for International Students
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component . The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.
During your degree programme you can study additional english language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.
Some travel costs may be incurred if an external project or placement is undertaken; any such costs will be discussed with the student before the project is confirmed. It will be possible for the student to select an internal project and that would not incur any additional travel costs. There may be additional costs for textbooks and inter-library loans.
Keele University is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town; student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the campus buildings, enabling a cost-effective lifestyle to support studying here.
Scholarships and Funding
We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our scholarships and bursaries webpage for more information.
It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in this case, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.
You will be taught by a dynamic group of staff with a broad range of expertise who bring a wealth of experience to the programme.
Chemistry at Keele conducts internationally recognised fundamental research in many areas, ranging across the traditional core subsets of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. As a postgraduate student on the MRes in Chemistry course, you will benefit from our expertise in these areas and our collaborative research links within academia and industry. Individual project supervisors and their research areas are listed under the 'Project supervisors' tab.
Chemistry research at Keele is based in the Lennard-Jones building which houses excellent, modern, well-equipped research laboratory facilities. You will have the opportunity to use key equipment including NMR (2 x 400 MHz Multi-probe NMR spectrometers), low and high-resolution Mass Spectrometry, X-Ray Crystallography (Bruker D8 Quest Eco single crystal diffractometer), analytical & preparative HPLC and microanalysis laboratories.
Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have completed a substantial research project in Chemistry which could act as a gateway to further research (e.g. PhD or industry).
In addition, you will be able to communicate scientific information, ideas and arguments. You will have developed your problem solving skills and demonstrate key independent learning skills which will inform your future opportunities. The programme aims to assist you with the development of key transferable skills, subject knowledge and awareness of related disciplines.
Please contact supervisors to discuss potential research projects.