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Department of Chemistry | Masters by Research (MScr) Materials Chemistry

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Program Duration

12 monthsProgram duration

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Main Subject Area

Materials SciencesMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Materials Sciences

Degree

MScr

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Masters by Research (MScr) Materials Chemistry at Durham University

[email protected]


Materials Chemistry has revolutionised modern society. Materials with exploitable electronic and magnetic properties enabled the Information Revolution; novel luminescent materials underpin display and lighting technologies as well as enabling a range of biomedical sensors; light-absorbing materials enable solar energy capture and photocatalytic chemical transformations; designer heterogeneous catalysts support much of the chemical industry; ionic and electronic conductors enable battery and fuel cell technologies; while bespoke polymers are ubiquitous in modern life. The need for new materials has never been more pressing. Across these and other application areas chemists need to provide society with materials that are better performing, enable more sustainable processes, and are themselves of low long-term environmental impact.


Examples of current research in Materials Chemistry at Durham University include:


  • the design and development of new materials as electrodes and electrolytes for rechargeable batteries and fuel cells;
  • the design, synthesis and characterisation of inorganic and organic materials with novel electronic, magnetic and optical properties;
  • the development of new catalysts for industrially important chemical transformations;
  • the design and synthesis of molecular and extended sensors for applications ranging from environmental pollutions to early disease diagnosis;
  • the control and understanding of molecular crystallisation and polymorphism that is of crucial importance in enabling efficient drug delivery or materials formulation;
  • the development of sustainably-sourced biodegradable polymers;
  • the design of polymeric materials to interact with biological systems and help detect and capture pathogens and provide information on how biological recognition systems work;
  • the development of new NMR and scattering characterisation methods for understanding materials properties.


We are excited to offer new Materials Chemistry projects for the MSc by Research departmental programme.  These projects offer graduate students year-long research opportunities in interdisciplinary materials chemistry and are excellent preparation for a range of careers in industry or PhDs in Materials Chemistry and related disciplines.


The course is a one-year research project (or 24 months part-time) based in the laboratories of your supervisory team.  During this period students are encouraged to attend and contribute to research seminars, symposia and workshops. To broaden their general Chemistry knowledge students are required to attend a minimum of four lecture courses of relevance to their own research area(s), which provide additional tailored academic and scientific development opportunities. These are chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor from a portfolio offered for students at this level. Training in a wide range of transferrable skills is also provided via our Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD), our aligned Centres for Doctoral Training and through our Department Early Career Researcher Group.


Mutual respect and support are at the core of how the Department of Chemistry functions. Masters by Research students are a valued part of our interdisciplinary community and are encouraged to take part in all of our activities, particularly our Early Career Researcher Group. All postgraduate students are assigned a “supervisory team” comprising their supervisor and a second member of academic staff, providing both scientific direction and more general support.


We offer an enhanced range of opportunities for MSc by Research students to develop as professionals (see list below). In addition to these we offer many wider student experience activities, as well as non-credit bearing skills development courses delivered through the Department of Chemistry and other Department’s across the University including Engineering, BiosciencesEarth Sciences and Physics.


  • Project-specific technical training from the MSc supervisory team;
  • Weekly seminars in the Department of Chemistry covering a diverse range of topics;
  • Monthly Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis research meetings;
  • Industrial engagement and careers events;
  • Access to skill development courses though DCAD and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) linked to the Department of Chemistry, ReNU, MosMed and SOFI-2.


The MSc by Research gives graduate students year-long research opportunities, increasing their research skills and independence. The course provides training in both specialist provided further develops valuable transferable skills. They are excellent preparation for an R&D career in industry or an interdisciplinary research PhD.


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Program overview

Main Subject

Materials Sciences

Degree

MScr

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Masters by Research (MScr) Materials Chemistry at Durham University

[email protected]


Materials Chemistry has revolutionised modern society. Materials with exploitable electronic and magnetic properties enabled the Information Revolution; novel luminescent materials underpin display and lighting technologies as well as enabling a range of biomedical sensors; light-absorbing materials enable solar energy capture and photocatalytic chemical transformations; designer heterogeneous catalysts support much of the chemical industry; ionic and electronic conductors enable battery and fuel cell technologies; while bespoke polymers are ubiquitous in modern life. The need for new materials has never been more pressing. Across these and other application areas chemists need to provide society with materials that are better performing, enable more sustainable processes, and are themselves of low long-term environmental impact.


Examples of current research in Materials Chemistry at Durham University include:


  • the design and development of new materials as electrodes and electrolytes for rechargeable batteries and fuel cells;
  • the design, synthesis and characterisation of inorganic and organic materials with novel electronic, magnetic and optical properties;
  • the development of new catalysts for industrially important chemical transformations;
  • the design and synthesis of molecular and extended sensors for applications ranging from environmental pollutions to early disease diagnosis;
  • the control and understanding of molecular crystallisation and polymorphism that is of crucial importance in enabling efficient drug delivery or materials formulation;
  • the development of sustainably-sourced biodegradable polymers;
  • the design of polymeric materials to interact with biological systems and help detect and capture pathogens and provide information on how biological recognition systems work;
  • the development of new NMR and scattering characterisation methods for understanding materials properties.


We are excited to offer new Materials Chemistry projects for the MSc by Research departmental programme.  These projects offer graduate students year-long research opportunities in interdisciplinary materials chemistry and are excellent preparation for a range of careers in industry or PhDs in Materials Chemistry and related disciplines.


The course is a one-year research project (or 24 months part-time) based in the laboratories of your supervisory team.  During this period students are encouraged to attend and contribute to research seminars, symposia and workshops. To broaden their general Chemistry knowledge students are required to attend a minimum of four lecture courses of relevance to their own research area(s), which provide additional tailored academic and scientific development opportunities. These are chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor from a portfolio offered for students at this level. Training in a wide range of transferrable skills is also provided via our Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD), our aligned Centres for Doctoral Training and through our Department Early Career Researcher Group.


Mutual respect and support are at the core of how the Department of Chemistry functions. Masters by Research students are a valued part of our interdisciplinary community and are encouraged to take part in all of our activities, particularly our Early Career Researcher Group. All postgraduate students are assigned a “supervisory team” comprising their supervisor and a second member of academic staff, providing both scientific direction and more general support.


We offer an enhanced range of opportunities for MSc by Research students to develop as professionals (see list below). In addition to these we offer many wider student experience activities, as well as non-credit bearing skills development courses delivered through the Department of Chemistry and other Department’s across the University including Engineering, BiosciencesEarth Sciences and Physics.


  • Project-specific technical training from the MSc supervisory team;
  • Weekly seminars in the Department of Chemistry covering a diverse range of topics;
  • Monthly Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis research meetings;
  • Industrial engagement and careers events;
  • Access to skill development courses though DCAD and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) linked to the Department of Chemistry, ReNU, MosMed and SOFI-2.


The MSc by Research gives graduate students year-long research opportunities, increasing their research skills and independence. The course provides training in both specialist provided further develops valuable transferable skills. They are excellent preparation for an R&D career in industry or an interdisciplinary research PhD.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

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1 Year
Sep-2024

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We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Undergraduate courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
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  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Opportunities for multidisciplinary studies are also available through the Department of Natural Sciences, Department of Liberal Arts or the Department of Combined Honours in Social Sciences.

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Undergraduate programmes.

Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Masters/Postgraduate Taught courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Masters/Postgraduate Taught programmes.

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