The postgraduate MSc in Chemistry by research offers you the opportunity to carry out a research project in your chosen area of interest. You would work under the supervision of an academic member of staff alongside the rest of their research group. The MSc by Research is often a popular choice for those who wish to see if they are suited to a research programme, and can provide a valuable stepping stone to those wishing to embark on a PhD programme. Alternatively, if you do not plan to pursue a PhD, an MSc by Research is a valuable postgraduate qualification allowing you to specialise and develop your research skills further than other graduates. 

All our research students participate in our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC); a cohort based graduate training programme to develop and enhance your scientific, transferable and employability skills throughout your research programme. As an MSc by Research student you would have access to this training for the duration of your studies. An MSc by Research can be carried out full time over 12 months, or part time over two years.

Most MSc by Research projects are agreed between you and a supervisor who works in your area of interest. The research interests of all our academic staff are listed on our web pages – when you apply, you will need to give the names of those members of staff with whom you would be interested in working. If those staff members are interested in pursuing your application, they will contact you to discuss your interests further and identify a suitable project.


Tuition fees for UK/EU students for 2019 entry are likely to be in the region of £4,345 full time or £2,173 part time.  Overseas fees are £21,230.

The Chemistry Department offers scholarships to MSc by research students from the UK and overseas.

MSc by Research applicants from the UK and EU may be eligible for funding from a UK Government Masters Loan.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is one of the UK’s leading Chemistry departments, internationally recognised for both teaching and research. We are currently ranked 3rd in the 2019 Guardian League Table and 7th in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) Research Power table of UK Chemistry departments.  The Department holds an Athena Swan Gold Award demonstrating our commitment to equality and diversity. The University of York is a member of the Russell Group.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Contact details:

Chemistry Graduate Office, Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington YORK YO10 5DD


Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 324544 / 4077


Twitter: @ChemistryatYork



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