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Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Chemistry

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2023/24

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

Chemistry at Hull is taught by the leaders in the field – including members of the pioneering research team who paved the way for the LCD display technology that's on your smartphone, laptop, tablet and TV.

This MSc allows you to explore advanced chemistry topics across the range of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.

The course will help you develop an understanding of where the forefront of chemistry lies and how research advances the boundaries of chemical knowledge. You’ll be trained in advanced practical skills required in a chemical research laboratory and undertake a significant piece of original research work in a selected field.

What you'll study

You’ll learn through a combination of practical classes, workshops, tutorials, masterclasses and lectures. You’ll work independently and within small groups to undertake research and problem-solving tasks. The culmination of the programme is an independent research project, where you’ll write a dissertation to present your results.

Compulsory modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Advanced Topics in Modern Chemistry

    You can choose a range of subjects to study, from a wide variety that includes, but isn’t limited to, nanostructured materials; photochromics; liquid crystals and organometallic chemistry. Training in the advanced research labs will also be given.

  • Preparation for Research

    Training for the research project begins in the first term, with literature searching and reviews on a short topic supervised by one of the academic staff within Chemistry.

  • Advanced Research Topics in Chemistry

    The module will discuss recent research at the forefront of modern chemistry. The module will be shared between members of staff from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, to discuss their own research and cutting edge research through interactive sessions.

  • Literature Review and Preparation for Project

    Preparation for the research project continues with a selection of a research topic supervised by a member of the academic staff and continues with preparing literature searches, project planning, safety and ethical assessments.

  • MSc Research Project

Optional modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    Develop insight into the frontiers of inorganic chemistry, from molecules to solids.

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

    Learn about state-of-the-art organic asymmetric synthesis and retrosynthetic analysis.

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry and Materials

    ​The module includes hot topics in physical and materials chemistry with perspectives in nanostructured smart materials, metal clusters, modern aspects of wetting and capillarity, modern emulsion science and photochromics. 

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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“The supervisors at the University of Hull are excellent, always making time for students. There are plenty of opportunities to present your work here as well as at other universities, which helps grow your professional network."

David Miller-Shakesby, PhD Chemistry, MChem Chemistry
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Fees and funding

  • Home £11,550
  • International £12,000

UK students can take out a Masters Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2023 entry, they provide up to £12,167 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

Please see the terms and conditions for International fees 2022/23

Graduate PGT Scholarship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate PGT Scholarship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Be inspired by leaders in the field including members of the team that gave the world LCD displays.

Cutting-edge facilities include laser technology for elemental analysis, microfluidic fabrication facilities and the latest mass spectrometry facilities.

Industry links include projects with AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt-Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever.

In the latest national assessment of research, 79% of our outputs were classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Bachelor Honours (or international equivalent) in chemistry or related subjects.


In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria (excluding Social Work).

International students

Language requirements

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes.

Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

Future prospects

We teach a modern curriculum covering key areas of analytical chemistry of importance to industry, including process analysis, quality assurance, spectrometry and chromatography; and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research topics in areas such as lab-on-a-chip.

The knowledge and skills you will learn on this MSc will prepare you for a wide range of careers including: analytical chemist, nanotechnologist, and research scientist to name just a few.

We undertake world-class research in many scientific areas and are famous for our pioneering work on liquid crystals. Many of our Masters students choose to progress on to PhD-level study.

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