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MSc - Master of Science

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Chemistry (General)

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About this course

Learn about some of the world’s biggest challenges, from renewable energy to improving the study of disease, with our MSc Chemistry degree. Study in depth traditional areas including analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. You’ll choose from a wide range of specialist modules to match your interests.

Combine theory, practical and research work to develop skills in demand by industry, or prepare for further research study.

On this chemistry master's you’ll take part in sessions to develop your practical, scientific writing, communication and presentation skills. You'll work in state of the art laboratories and gain master's level knowledge of the core areas of chemistry, along with your chosen area of specialisation

Choose from our specialist pathways, including:

Organic chemistry: This covers synthetic reaction and mechanisms. It’s suitable if you already have an undergraduate grounding in nomenclature, stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms. You can specialise in:

  • organic synthesis
  • medicinal chemistry
  • bio-organic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry and materials: The focus here is on functional inorganic, solid-state and supramolecular materials. It’s ideal if you have BSc level knowledge of fundamentals and applications of inorganic chemistry. It addresses challenges in:

  • energy
  • sustainability
  • healthcare and diagnostics
  • the deposition of nanostructured materials

Physical chemistry: This is suitable if you have an undergraduate level grounding in physical chemistry, especially quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and kinetics. You’ll be able to specialise in:

  • computational chemistry
  • spectroscopy
  • electrochemistry
  • surface science
  • magnetic resonance

General chemistry: Further your knowledge in a combination of organic, inorganic and/or physical chemistry. Choose this option if you’re interested in developing your expertise across the different disciplines within chemistry.


On this chemistry degree you’ll gain valuable postgraduate research skills. You'll develop transferrable skills including time management, and the ability to effectively communicate and present.

This will prepare you for career success in a wide range of areas such as industry, analysis, policymaking and scientific communication. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • electrochemistry
  • material science
  • energy storage
  • analytical chemistry
  • environmental chemistry
  • computational chemistry
  • biotechnical and pharmaceutics
  • science communication


The project involves approximately 600 hours of commitment including 14 weeks of full-time practical-based research work (ca. 450 hours). It commences with literature research and project planning, some of which has been performed in other modules previously, and this forms the basis of an assessed project plan (non contributory). An interim report due in August provides an assessed mechanism to build the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake the dissertation preparation (ca. 150 hours). After feedback on the interim report, an assessed formal presentation is made to the MSc cohort (generally late August time) and the dissertation is submitted in mid September.

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Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in chemistry, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. If you’re from outside the UK, you must have 4 years or more in higher education.

University information

With over 100 years of heritage at its Highfield Campus alone, the University of Southampton prides itself on its history and tradition, commitment to prestige, and student success. The university is one of the original institutions that founded the UK’s Russell Group of prestigious, research-focused universities. Southampton is now ranked among the top 15 universities in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022, and has been awarded the...more

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