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Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis MRes

Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis MRes

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12 months

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MRes - Master of Research

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Chemistry (General)

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Course Summary

Heterogeneous catalysis is a key enabler of the chemical industry from refinery to pharmaceuticals. The sectors within which this process has applications includes the pharmaceutical, research and commercial product development, manufacturing and sustainable energy sectors (such as Biodiesel). This programme is designed to give students the practical skills to undertake independent research in heterogeneous catalysis and to supply a thorough theoretical understanding of industrial heterogeneous catalysis. Previous knowledge of catalysis is not required.


  • The University of Glasgow has a long tradition of research in Heterogeneous Catalysis. Over the years this has developed and grown, and we now have a Centre for Catalysis Research that is one of the most up-to-date, well-equipped units in the UK.
  • We have research programmes covering: new catalytic materials, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, energy, fuels and catalyst deactivation.
  • The two projects will have two supervisors: one University of Glasgow academic staff and the second ex-industry honorary University of Glasgow staff.
  • To further enhance this programme, it is intended to build it around a series of short courses that will be accessible to industry.


The two main career paths for students would be further study for a PhD or move into the chemical industry. The programme would give students the skills, both practical and theoretical, to undertake a PhD. The programme would also equip students to work in any aspect of the chemical industry. Students will gain analytical skills in terms of data analysis, interpretation of published work and practical methodologies. They will also understand where heterogeneous catalysis fits into facilitating the chemical industry allowing them to rapidly fulfill plant support, research, QA and QC roles.

Job titles after completion of this programme are varied, from Research Project Manager, Chemical Engineer, to Research Chemist. This programme also prepares those seeking a career in academia or research and development.


The course will introduce the methodologies involved in catalyst preparation. Topics to be covered will include the structure of solids and surfaces, support properties, impregnation, coprecipitation and forming. Aspects of scale-up will be discussed, highlighting common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or life sciences. Previous knowledge of catalysis is not required.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more

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