Catalysis (MSc) 2017 entry
The MSc in Catalysis provides students with specialised advanced knowledge and skills in modern catalysis with the ability to undertake a significant research project for their dissertation.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
One year full time
A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in chemistry or a closely related subject area. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £7,500
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate.
- letter of intent (optional).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.Apply for this course
The MSc in Catalysis is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Chemistry.
- The course provides you with understanding of the science of catalysis in the context of its impacts on industry and academia. You will gain knowledge in all major branches of catalysis, including homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, organocatalysis, biocatalysis, asymmetric catalysis and ligand design.
- Skills acquired in the taught element will be applied in a short, intensive research project. This research-led teaching component is aligned with the interests of the School's world leading research groups.
- St Andrews has extensive expertise in catalysis research; this has been recognised by the award of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis. Some of the specialised teaching is delivered in collaboration with this centre.
- Students have access to major facilities across the full spectrum within the School of Chemistry, including X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and NMR (both solution and solid state).
The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by a significant research project and dissertation (15,000 words) focused over the summer months.
Teaching methods include:
- practical laboratory work
- consultation sessions with supervisors.
Modules are assessed through coursework, written examinations, or a combination of both. Typical class sizes range from around 5 students for seminars and tutorials and around 40 students for lectures.
Students will take six compulsory modules during the course and choose three optional modules during Semester 1 and 2.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
- Introduction to Metal Catalysis, Organocatalysis and Biocatalysis: an overview of current challenges and major achievements in current catalysis.
- Research Skills in Chemistry: covers specialised research techniques for the prospective research project.
- Literature Review for MSc: an in-depth survey of the published literature within a specified research area which is related to the prospective research project.
- Homogeneous Catalysis: demonstrates the links between catalyst structure, performance, commercial utilization and sustainability.
- Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis: introduces the important general concepts of the chemistry of heterogeneous catalysis.
- Contemporary Research Awareness: research colloquia and seminars delivered by external speakers and covering areas within current chemical science research.
Semester 1 – students choose one optional module for the first semester.
- Asymmetric Synthesis
- Advanced Spectroscopic Methods
- Nanostructured Materials
- Processing of Materials
- Advanced Metal Chemistry
- Heterocyclic and Pericyclic Chemistry
Semester 2 – students choose two optional modules for the second semester.
- Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry
- Blockbuster Solids
- Natural Products, Biosynthesis and Enzyme Cofactors
- Reactive Intermediates
- Chemical Biology
- Molecular Recognition
- Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations
- Energy Conversion and Storage
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
Dissertation research project
During the final three months of the course, students undertake a research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, and the project topic and aims will be selected by both supervisor and student.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MSc.
Conferences and events
There is an active student-based Chemical Society which hosts guest speakers and organises social events throughout the year.
The School of Chemistry is accredited through the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, its activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public. The RSC often organises events and conferences in the Tayside area.
After the MSc
In addition to the taught MSc, the School offers a one-year research MSc(Res) and a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Chemistry.
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere. The School of Chemistry offers a large number of fully-funded PhD studentships each year. Key areas of PhD research include:
- Molecular Synthetic and Structural Chemistry (including homogeneous catalysis)
- Materials Chemistry
- Chemical Biology
- Surface Science
- Theoretical Chemical Physics.
The School hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis, which provides studentships and innovative training in catalysis research. UK and EU students are eligible for full fee studentships and will receive a stipend (£14,057 per annum in academic year 2016-2017) throughout their four-year course.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Studentship Funding
The University of St Andrews offers around seven funded doctoral training grants each year in Biology and linked subject areas such as Psychology, Chemistry or Physics.
Chemistry graduates have gone on to successful careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries with companies such as:
- Johnson Matthey
Other career routes outwith a research environment include scientific publishing, patent law, forensic science, IT and energy consultancy.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
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