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OverviewWe provide a unique Master’s education in Materials Chemistry, offering the opportunity to carry out a 12-month research project from a selection that covers all aspects of Materials Chemistry.Optional modules enable you to gain specialist knowledge of core areas such as:supramolecular and nanochemistrypolymer chemistryinorganic materials chemistryBoth synthesis and characterisation are integral to the teaching around these areas.Materials Chemistry is a key multidisciplinary area, and
We provide a unique Master’s education in Materials Chemistry, offering the opportunity to carry out a 12-month research project from a selection that covers all aspects of Materials Chemistry.
Optional modules enable you to gain specialist knowledge of core areas such as:
supramolecular and nanochemistry
inorganic materials chemistry
Both synthesis and characterisation are integral to the teaching around these areas.
Materials Chemistry is a key multidisciplinary area, and a growth area for both academic and industrial research. Employment prospects in this area are excellent - the programme will prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, or in production or manufacturing roles.
What you will study
You will be guided on how to:
strategically plan experimental work
carry out all appropriate COSHH assessments involved in practical work
source and access relevant published work
In support of this, you will be required to meet with your supervisor regularly to discuss interim reports and to propose the next steps in the planning of a project. Instruction will be given by library staff in critical reading of the scientific literature. A presentation of the work achieved will be given in the form of a poster presentation.
You will devote a significant period of time to an individual and original piece of research. You are required to work independently on the project, and to seek advice or practical help when appropriate, with regular communication with your project supervisor(s). The supervisor will provide guidance on data collection, data analysis, discussion, summarising of findings and writing up of the final dissertation and associated research paper.
Learning and assessment
A variety of teaching methods appropriate to the learning outcomes of the individual modules are employed throughout the programme. The learning activities include lectures, workshops and directed study.
Materials Chemists work in a diverse range of areas including: medical devices; electronic devices; sustainable energy generation; nanomaterials; surface coatings; controlled delivery of drugs and agrochemicals and many other areas.
Transferable skills are also a key component and graduating students will be equipped for careers in both academia and industry.
Candidates should hold a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Biochemistry or other degrees with a significant element of core chemistry; at a minimum classification of a 2:1 (or equivalent), or a 2:2 with two years relevant industrial experience. The University welcomes applications from all potential students, and the most important aspect in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme. Consideration of applications will be based on a combination of formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.
The University of Bradford is a progressive institution which aims to have a positive impact on society through embracing technology-oriented teaching methods and applied research. The university invests heavily in its facilities, and its city-centre campus is built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, such as using hemp-based building materials, edible gardens and even beehives on-site. Bradford has won several awards for its green initiatives.
Additionally, the campus is a technologically rich learning environment, with industry-standard equipment and some of the most highly qualified and widely experienced teaching staff, many of whom continue to be involved in active research alongside their teaching commitments. The university has been publishing ground-breaking research for over fifty years.