The Chemistry MRes is a research-intensive. The first four months will equip you with the required skills in terms of what is research, how do you go about planning and communicating it, and how do you execute it, either experimentally (in the lab, using instruments) or computationally (using computers and programming), or a combination of the two. It will also cover some cutting-edge areas of scientific research at King’s, and broader skills such as understanding ethics and inclusivity in research.
The remainder of the course will be an open-ended research project that you perform under the supervision of two academic supervisors, to perform an interdisciplinary research project. This might be physically in two laboratories or fully computational; it could also be bridging two different fields of chemistry, or combining cutting edge chemistry with parallel sciences, such as pharmacy, physics, biophysics, biology, biomaterials, biochemistry, etc. All projects enable you to become an active scientist and researcher.
The Chemistry MRes is currently comprised of three required modules, totalling 180 credits. Within each module there is choice, allowing you to customise your study based upon both your previous experience, and your desired research skills. The duration of the course is one year.
The majority of assessment focuses upon active skills required to be a modern researcher, including writing literature reviews, research proposals, computational and experimental laboratory reports, poster presentations, oral presentations and oral viva’s. Your research will culminate in your thesis, which will be written in the style of a scientific article.
Initial learning for this degree takes place at the Department of Chemistry’s research-dedicated building, Britannia House (close to Guy’s Campus, and London Bridge). If required, some learning activities such as lectures will be held at the Franklin Wilkins Building, at the Waterloo Campus. However, please note that the locations of the research projects are determined by which research project students are assigned; while it will certainly be within London, time might be spent in research labs at any of the King’s Campuses, or King’s-affiliated research institutes (such as the Francis Crick Institute or Randall Centre).
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