12 months
33500 GBP/year
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Materials Chemistry has emerged as an important sub-discipline within Chemistry. The Materials Chemistry programme offered by The University of Edinburgh cross-cuts the traditional Organic/Inorganic/Physical boundaries of Chemistry and overlaps many disciplines from Engineering to the Biosciences.

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Materials chemists now have a leading role in areas such as:

  • microelectronics
  • polymer science
  • catalysis
  • nanotechnology

They also make an important contribution to areas of more traditional chemistry such as the pharmaceutical sector.

Here, understanding the 'physical properties' of intermediates and products is now recognised as essential in optimising the synthesis and properties of pharmaceutically active ingredients in medicines.

The Materials Chemistry programme offered by The University of Edinburgh  consists of advanced lecture courses such as:

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Advanced Materials Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry

These are studied concurrently with a predominantly practical based course offering an introduction to research methods.

Students then proceed to a period of full-time research project work leading to the submission of their Master's dissertation.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you should have developed a depth of comprehension and critique in the core elements of your subject area, including:

  • critical analysis and management of data
  • judging the relationship between theory and methodology
  • assessment of the appropriate methods of data collection/analysis to address the research question
  • assessment of relevance of previous studies
  • critical thinking

Additionally you will have enhanced your professional/practical skills through:

  • experience of research design and management
  • advanced instrumentation or techniques
  • production of scientific reports

You will also have had the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as:

  • written, visual and oral delivery and dissemination of research findings
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • computing proficiency
  • organisation skills

Programme Structure

Lectures are given by leading researchers in the area of materials chemistry. The lecture courses are supported by tutorial sessions, and assessed by coursework and examination.

The MSc Research Methods course provides experience and training in activities that are important to professional chemists and to the research process, such as:

  • Science communication
  • Data handling and statistics
  • Modern laboratory techniques in Chemistry
  • Various other transferable skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in chemistry or a closely related discipline with a strong chemistry component e.g. chemical engineering or materials science.
  • We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant work experience and supportive references.
  • Applicants should have a strong chemistry background with at least three continuous years of chemistry subjects throughout their degree. We may accept fewer chemistry courses if applicants have a strong science background e.g. mathematics/physics.
  • Applicants should also have completed a minimum of first year university level mathematics, e.g. calculus or linear algebra.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Home fees have still to be agreed

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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