M.Sc. On Campus

Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals

University of Leeds

12 months
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This Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals degree course from University of Leeds is interdisciplinary, bringing together expertise from a range of specialisms, including chemistry, food science and technology, and design technology and aesthetics. 


In the Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals degree course from University of Leeds, you will be taught by experts from the Schools of Chemistry, Food Science and Nutrition and School of Design to solve problems relevant to contemporary research.

You will also be introduced to a breadth of practical research and high-level academic skills in planning, experimentation and processing in synthesis and characterisation aspects. Optional modules will give you the chance to build up specialist knowledge in areas that align with your interests and career aspirations.

During the Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals Masters course, you will develop your knowledge and research skills you need for a career in a range of industries, including cosmetics, textiles, biomaterials, surface coatings and graphic arts. As well as learning crucial research techniques, you will also develop a range of key skills in problem solving, information technology, presentation and communication.

Career opportunities

A degree from Leeds and the experience you'll gain here will give you the edge to find the career you want. Your course will give you the experience and knowledge that employers are looking for to help you secure a job.

The University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.

There is a range of employment opportunities in areas such as fine chemicals manufacture (e.g. colorants, textiles, cosmetics, food additives, healthcare products etc.), polymers and polymeric additives (e.g. high performance plastics, biopolymers, medical implants, drugs), colour applications (e.g. textile dyeing and printing, inks and coatings), with companies such as:

  • Unilever

  • Procter & Gamble

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Clariant

  • Archroma

  • Huntsman

  • L’Oreal

  • Abbott Laboratory

  • AkzoNobel

  • Sun Chemical

  • BASF

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Extended Research Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses
  • Advanced Colour Science
  • Synthesis and Application of Polymers
  • Colour Application Technology
  • Practical Skills and Instrumental Analysis
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Ceramics, Polymers and Composites

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or a related subject.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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