MSc Advanced Organic Chemistry


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Degree of Master of Science



This MSc allows you to build on your undergraduate training in Chemistry to develop a deeper understanding of the subject, whilst building advanced knowledge in aspects of Organic Chemistry; including organic reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and synthetic strategy.

This kind of high-level training is sought after by employers in the chemical industry as well as top academic institutions working on fundamental research. You’ll receive specialised lectures, seminars and laboratory classes which are tailored to the needs of pharmaceutical, agrochemical, speciality and fine organic chemicals industries.

You’ll also complete an in-depth research project, which allows you to work closely with our pioneering, award-winning academics on a topic of your choice. The School of Chemistry was ranked 4th in the UK for the quality of its research output (REF 2014), so you’ll be taught by some of the best researchers in the country.

Overview

Organic chemistry underpins research and development in many areas of the chemical industry where the demands of contemporary research are such that advanced training beyond honours degree level is becoming increasingly necessary.

There has been a long tradition of postgraduate lecture courses in the School of Chemistry. This taught MSc Advanced Organic Chemistry builds on such expertise and aims to provide an in-depth understanding of industrially relevant applications of the subject.

The course is designed for both chemistry graduates and those with degrees in combined sciences which include a chemistry component, and aims to enhance their broad understanding of chemistry and perfect their skills in underlying aspects of organic chemistry (organic reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and synthetic strategy).

You can expect to reach the frontiers of knowledge in key aspects of this subject through a series of specialised advanced lecture courses, problem solving classes, advanced laboratory exercises and a part-year laboratory research project.

The course is 45 weeks long. Typically you will take nine tested general- and advanced-level lecture courses and three or four problem-solving classes. Recent topics have included synthesis, asymmetric target oriented synthesis, spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, stereochemistry, medicinal chemistry, organometallics, oxidation and reduction, and natural products. These courses are specifically selected to enhance your training on techniques and subjects needed by the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, speciality and fine organic chemicals industries.

The laboratory component of the course runs throughout the working year. It starts with an eight-week programme of advanced laboratory exercises and experiments designed to provide a realistic training in experimental chemistry by building on basic preparative skills. This is followed by a research project, which will be assessed through a written dissertation and oral examination.

Recent Dissertation Titles:

  • Gold catalysed syntheses of complex heterocylic systems.
  • Enzymes in Synthesis.
  • Extending the utility of palladium in cross-coupling reactions.
 

“This intensive course has evolved over many successful years to keep up with the changing demands of modern research. Graduates have a superb record of achievement, securing a wide range of industrial and academic positions.”

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Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

DISSERTATION (ORG CHEM)

Reserved for students on F160T1 'Advanced Organic Chemistry (MSc)' Extensive research project

CHE-7014X

90

LABORATORY UNIT (ORG CHEM)

A series of advanced laboratory experiments will be performed. Reserved for students on F160T1 'Advanced Organic Chemistry (MSc)'

CHE-7010Y

30

LECTURE UNIT (ORG CHEM)

Reserved for students on F160T1 'Advanced Organic Chemistry (MSc)' This module comprises lectures and seminars on advanced topics in organic chemistry

CHE-7011Y

50

RESEARCH TRAINING UNIT (ORG CHEM)

Reserved for students on F160T1 'Advanced Organic Chemistry (MSc)' Skills related to presenting research results to a specialist audience.

CHE-7012Y

10

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject This programme is open to students with a good first degree in Chemistry or an appropriate, related joint discipline (depending on content).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2016/17

  • Home/EU: £9,300
  • Overseas: £20,700

 

Scholarships

50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a First class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2016 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Who do not gain a First class degree will be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply.

 

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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