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Interdisciplinary Chemical Research MRes

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Our Chemistry master's course provides a unique opportunity to work with two academic supervisors from multiple specialisms on an interdisciplinary research project. This will encourage you to think innovatively, outside of the traditional boundaries of chemistry. You will also gain key skills in research techniques, analytical and ethical thinking, project planning, and communication. This Chemistry MRes provides the ideal platform for anyone contemplating a career in scientific research, or associated fields.

Key benefits

  • Research lies at the heart of the department, ranking in the top 10 in the UK for Chemistry (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Most of the chemistry master's is an open-ended research project, where you will work with two expert academic supervisors drawn from different specialisms. This project will enable you to work outside of the traditional boundaries of chemistry, ideally to address cutting-edge research topics and real-world issues.
  • Your research supervisors can be from multiple disciplines including Engineering, Physics, Imaging Sciences, Dentistry, Neuroscience, The Francis Crick Institute and The Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics. This allows you to explore diverse topics aligned to your interests.
  • You'll initially be based in the heart of London at the Department of Chemistry’s Britannia House (near London Bridge), where you will be taught using state-of-the-art lab research facilities.
Hayley

I chose to study at King’s as I was drawn to the rapport between staff and students in the Chemistry department.

Hayley, Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci

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).

Base campus

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Taught elements of the course in Semester 1 will use a combination of lectures, recorded material, group workshops and individual laboratory training to establish the base skills and knowledge required. However, most of your time will be spent on your individual research project in Semesters 2 and 3; here you will learn on the job, mentored by two academics and their research students.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module, including independent study.

Assessment

  • Oral Presentations
  • Research Proposals
  • Tests
  • Assessed Problem Solving in the Lab
  • Poster Presentations
  • Literature Review
  • Thesis written up as a scientific publication

Structure

Required modules

Expanding the Frontiers of Chemistry (30 credits)
Research Methods in Experimental & Computational Chemistry (30 credits)
Research Project in Interdisciplinary Chemistry (120 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this course; all of the choice is built into the above modules, i.e. in ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Chemistry’ there is choice in the topics studied; in ‘Research Methods in Experimental & Computational Chemistry‘ you will choose from a range of experimental skills to best support your project; in ‘Research Project in Interdisciplinary Chemistry’ there is an extensive list of research projects to pick from.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Chemistry master's provides the ideal foundation for those wishing to enter a career in scientific research. Specifically, this course is ideal for those planning to go onto PhD studies, with many of the skills covered here being required when applying for competitive PhD positions. Additionally, it will benefit any career touching upon research, such as the fields of scientific communication, publishing, patents, etc. Finally, numerous transferrable skills are included in this program, which is useful in securing a wide range of professional roles.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (2022/23)

Deposit

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required.

Funding

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).

Base campus

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Taught elements of the course in Semester 1 will use a combination of lectures, recorded material, group workshops and individual laboratory training to establish the base skills and knowledge required. However, most of your time will be spent on your individual research project in Semesters 2 and 3; here you will learn on the job, mentored by two academics and their research students.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module, including independent study.

Assessment

  • Oral Presentations
  • Research Proposals
  • Tests
  • Assessed Problem Solving in the Lab
  • Poster Presentations
  • Literature Review
  • Thesis written up as a scientific publication

Structure

Required modules

Expanding the Frontiers of Chemistry (30 credits)
Research Methods in Experimental & Computational Chemistry (30 credits)
Research Project in Interdisciplinary Chemistry (120 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this course; all of the choice is built into the above modules, i.e. in ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Chemistry’ there is choice in the topics studied; in ‘Research Methods in Experimental & Computational Chemistry‘ you will choose from a range of experimental skills to best support your project; in ‘Research Project in Interdisciplinary Chemistry’ there is an extensive list of research projects to pick from.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Chemistry master's provides the ideal foundation for those wishing to enter a career in scientific research. Specifically, this course is ideal for those planning to go onto PhD studies, with many of the skills covered here being required when applying for competitive PhD positions. Additionally, it will benefit any career touching upon research, such as the fields of scientific communication, publishing, patents, etc. Finally, numerous transferrable skills are included in this program, which is useful in securing a wide range of professional roles.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (2022/23)

Deposit

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required.

Funding

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