Chemistry - MSc, PhD

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Conduct cutting-edge research and gain expertise in a wide variety of areas within Materials for Energy and Electronics and Supramolecular Interfacial and Synthetic Chemistry.

Overview

We make every attempt to allocate you to a supervisor directly in your field of interest, consistent with available funding and staff loading. When you apply, please give specific indications of your research interest – including, where appropriate, the member(s) of staff you wish to work with – and whether you are applying for a studentship or propose to be self-funded.

Reasons to study Chemistry at Kent

  • Research within Chemistry at Kent focuses on Materials for Energy and Electronics and Supramolecular Interfacial and Synthetic Chemistry.
  • More than 92% of our research outputs and 100% of our research impact was considered to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ according to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We offer a wide range of Master’s research projects for you to choose from. Find one to suit you from our projects for September 2022.
  • Our academic staff are leading experts in chemistry, ensuring you receive the best possible supervision. Find out about the staff who are open to supervising research students, together with their research interests.

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in Physics or Chemistry. We will also consider applicants with degrees in computer science, electronics, biochemistry or other closely related disciplines.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

Duration: MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

PhD 3 to 4 years full-time, 5 to 6 years part-time

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Chemistry - MSc at Canterbury

  • Home full-time TBC
  • EU full-time £21900
  • International full-time £21900
  • Home part-time TBC
  • EU part-time £10950
  • International part-time £10950

Chemistry - PhD at Canterbury

  • Home full-time TBC
  • EU full-time £21900
  • International full-time £21900
  • Home part-time TBC
  • EU part-time £10950
  • International part-time £10950

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Funding

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Research

Research areas

Materials for Electronics and Engineering (MEE)

There is an ever-increasing need to develop new materials to enable the novel technologies required by modern society in a sustainable fashion. The Materials for Energy and Electronics (MEE) group has a broad range of expertise in developing materials key for such applications. This includes creation of new materials, physical property investigation and developing the understanding of their atomic, magnetic and electronic structures, crucial to optimising their properties.

https://research.kent.ac.uk/mee/

Physics of Quantum Materials (PQM)

The group carries out theoretical and experimental research in Condensed Matter Physics with a strong focus on Quantum Materials. The team aim specifically to discover and understand novel properties that could find application in future quantum computing technologies through close collaboration between theory and experiment.

https://research.kent.ac.uk/pqm/

Supramolecular Interfacial and Synthetic Chemistry (SISC)

The group's work underpins fundamental advances and applied technologies that transcend classical disciplinary barriers. Composed of nine independent research groups, SISC provides a collaborative environment based upon synthetic, supramolecular, interfacial, macromolecular, biomolecular, redox, and materials chemistry. Its research interests, facilities, techniques, and applications overlap on many fronts and target areas of influence are biomedical science, sustainability, sensing, and soft materials.

https://research.kent.ac.uk/sisc/

Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CAPS)

The group’s research spans observation, experimentation, simulation and modelling. The major topics are star formation, planetary science and early solar system bodies, galactic astronomy and astrobiology. The group uses data from the largest telescopes in the world and in space, such as ESO’s Very Large Telescope, the New Technology Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory. They also use our in-house facilities, including a two-stage light gas gun for impact studies.

https://research.kent.ac.uk/caps/


Staff research interests

Kent’s world-class academics provide research students with excellent supervision. The academic staff in this school and their research interests are shown below. You are strongly encouraged to contact the school to discuss your proposed research and potential supervision prior to making an application. Please note, it is possible for students to be supervised by a member of academic staff from any of Kent’s schools, providing their expertise matches your research interests. Use our ‘find a supervisor’ search to search by staff member or keyword.

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Careers

All of our Chemistry programmes equip you with the tools you need to conduct research, solve problems, communicate effectively and transfer skills to the workplace, which means our graduates are always in high demand. Our links with industry not only provide you with the opportunity to gain work experience during your degree, but also equip you with the general and specialist skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.

Typical employment destinations for graduates from the physics programmes include power companies, aerospace, defence, optoelectronics and medical industries. Typical employment destinations for graduates from our forensic science and chemistry programmes include government agencies, consultancies, emergency services, laboratories, research or academia.

Alumni profile

Fatma Salahioglu graduated from Kent with a PhD in Chemistry. She now works as a Research Scientist for the Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences (ICES) in Singapore. Read the full profile.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

The University has good facilities for modern research in physical sciences. These include: NMR spectrometers; powder X-ray diffractometers; X-ray fluorescence; atomic absorption in flame and graphite furnace mode; gel-permeation, gas, analytical and preparative high-performance liquid chromatography; mass spectrometry; scanning electron microscopy and EDX. We also have various microscopes, differential scanning calorimetry and thermal gravimetric analysis, dionex analysis of anions and automated CHN analysis. For planetary science impact studies, there is a two-stage light gas gun.

Interdisciplinary approach

Much of our work is interdisciplinary and we have successful collaborative projects with members of the Schools of Biosciences, Computing and Engineering and Digital Arts at Kent, as well as an extensive network of international collaborations.

National and international links

Chemistry at Kent is a leading partner in the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), and benefits from £2.5 million of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The department has collaborations with universities around the world, particularly in Germany, France, Italy and the USA. UK links include King's College, London and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Our industrial partners include BAE Systems, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Ophthalmic Technology Inc, Canada. We also have collaborations with NASA, European Southern Observatory (ESO) and European Space Agency (ESA) scientists.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Nature; Science; Astrophysical Journal; Journal of Polymer Science; Journal of Materials Chemistry; and Applied Optics.

Researcher Development Programme

Kent's Graduate School co-ordinates the Researcher Development Programme for research students, which includes workshops focused on research, specialist and transferable skills. The programme is mapped to the national Researcher Development Framework and covers a diverse range of topics, including subject-specific research skills, research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and teamworking, and career management skills.

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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