Chemistry student

Preparing students with the skills and experience required to work in the field of green chemistry.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
ECTS: 90 credits

Students and staff give an introduction to the course

Overview

Green chemistry serves to promote the design and efficient use of environmentally benign chemicals and chemical processes, and this course will introduce key aspects of sustainable chemical practices.

Chemistry plays a pivotal role in determining the quality of modern life. The chemicals industry and other related industries supply us with a huge variety of essential products, from plastics to pharmaceuticals. However, these industries have the potential to seriously damage our environment. This is being addressed by academics and those working in industry to minimise the impact of these processes on our planet.

There is a growing demand from society for a reduced reliance on fossil fuels, and for greener manufacturing processes. There is also a need for future innovations to be built on more sustainable foundations.

These goals can be achieved by the application of green technologies, many of which rely on the application of chemical concepts.

This course is designed to introduce you to key sustainable chemical practices, with nine months dedicated to a unique research project in an area of green/sustainable/environmental science.

This multidisciplinary one-year course features the involvement of several world class departments at Imperial, including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and the Centrefor Environmental Policy.

The aims of the course align closely with those of the Centre for Environmental Policy, the Energy Futures Lab and the Grantham Institute at Imperial College and there are many interactions between them and the students and staff involved in the MRes Green Chemistry course.

The course will also feature contributions from the chemical industry, including guest speakers and project supervision. Past presentations have included ones from Syngenta, GSK, SASOL and other potential employers.

These invited talks provide an insight into the use of sustainable chemistry and technology in industry. A network of alumni from the programme has been set up to allow current Green Chemistry students to find out more about potential areas of employment and career paths.

Study programme

This full-time programme lasts for one academic year and is made up of both taught and research-based elements. The taught modules begin in the autumn term and last for the duration of the year. Taught modules cover topics as diverse as:

  • green solvents
  • renewable chemical feedstocks
  • conducting polymers
  • solar cells
  • fuel cells
  • biofuels
  • metal recovery and recycling

You meet with the Course Director every week to present and discuss your work. Critical skills are developed by group discussions of key papers in Journal Club sessions led by an expert in the area.

The research project is carried out in the spring and summer terms and you will submit your dissertation in late August.

Careers

Graduates of this course can expect to have all the necessary skills and experience to apply green chemical technologies in either commercial or academic laboratories, the research project in particular equipping them admirably for PhD studies.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Taught modules

You take all of the taught modules below.

  • Examined Lecture Courses
  • Journal Clubs
  • Renewable Energy Poster Project
  • Weekly meetings

Research project

You undertake a nine-month research project including the following elements.

  • Dissertation
  • Oral Exam
  • Oral Presentation
  • Research Proposal

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Independent research project
  • Journal clubs
  • Lectures
  • Poster project
  • Seminars

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral examination
  • Presentations
  • Written examinations
  • Written reports

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in chemistry, engineering or a related subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH07-02-01 chemistry

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
£11,400 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£31,800 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Chemistry

Got a question?

Dr Mike Ray
T: +44 (0)20 7594 2678
E: michael.ray@imperial.ac.uk

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