Frequently Asked Questions - Taught Master's in Chemistry
You can find the most common questions from students answered on this page.
If you cannot find what you are looking for on this page please do visit our postgraduate Chemistry homepage where we list all course pages.
Alternatively, you can register for a live webinar with our staff and current students.
Funding is possible by a range of mechanisms including departmental and university scholarships, an external scholarship or by self/family funding. The University maintains a list of funding opportunities available for postgraduate students here.
Additionally, several chemistry specific funding opportunities for both Home and Oversees applicants can be found here.
Yes, each of our courses includes optional modules. They include Chemistry options, modules in business or other interdisciplinary options. Please see each course page to find more details what is available for each course.
For more information on optional modules visit our postgraduate study pages.
Yes. Our Chemistry Society (ChemSoc) is a vibrant and active society that welcomes all members. You can get involved in regular social events, such as our annual ball, or take part in outreach activities at science galas and local schools. ChemSoc also run a weekly term-time meeting called ChemCafe. Here students get together to socialise, help each other with course material and lab work. There are often lectures from invited speakers, such as Warwick academics or invited speakers from industry.
Due to intensive nature of our MSc degrees and the one-year duration of the course, we do not provide opportunities for placements. However, some research projects in collaboration with our external industry partners might provide options for a short placement in industry.
Postgraduate students have prioritised access to convenient on-campus accommodation. You must apply before the deadline stated on the Accommodation pages and hold a conditional offer to be eligible for prioritised access.
Please visit Warwick's accommodation website for the options we offer.
If English is not your first language, the University requires evidence that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed on your chosen course of study. We therefore have English Language entry requirements based on minimum standards.
There are a number of tests that you can take to meet the English requirements of your chosen course. All Chemistry Master's courses are Band A, which require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual component below 6.0. Other acceptable English Language Tests and their equivalent Band A scores can be found here.
All tests must have been taken within two years of the start date of your course at Warwick.
If you hold an offer to study one of our courses, but you fail to meet the University's minimum English entry requirements, you may be eligible to apply for a pre-sessional English course. Further details can be found here.
We have approximately 40 MSc students each year, with roughly half of the students choosing polymer courses and half of the students choosing analytical science courses.
Joining a live chat is the best way to ask us direct questions. The live chats are webinar sessions with a member of the department. The sessions often involves current Chemistry students.
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MSc courses are very intensive, with roughly 1.5 the workload of a typical undergraduate degree. In terms 1 and 2 you can expect to have lectures and workshops every day and laboratory sessions each Wednesday. In Term 3 and summer you will start your individual research project working full-time in one of our research labs alongside PhD students and other researchers.
In terms 1 and 2 you will have laboratory sessions each Wednesday. In Term 3 and summer you will start your individual research project working full-time in one of our research labs alongside PhD students and other researchers.
We require applicants to have obtained/be predicted to obtain a 2:2 in a related degree subject. If you obtained your qualification outside of the UK and require advice on its equivalency, please read this page for further guidance.
Candidates with an HND (or equivalent) will also be considered where the candidate has relevant professional experience post qualification (usually two years or more) or where there is evidence of mitigating circumstances relating to academic performance. In either scenario, if the Admissions Tutor and the Course Director are satisfied that the candidate meets the criteria for admission, they are required to prepare a Special Case for admission to be considered by the University Chair of Graduate Studies. Additional evidence and/or an interview with the candidate may be requested to support the case for admission. Please note that an offer of admission is not guaranteed and all decisions are final.
If you have any questions relating to qualifications or about your suitability for study, please contact us prior to applying.
Warwick University is on the edge of Coventry, located on a modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities. Coventry is the City of Culture 2021/22, so there are currently lots of local activities, like music festivals and arts fairs. England's second city, Birmingham, is a 20-25 minute train-ride from Coventry. Birmingham has great shops in the Bull Ring, theatres, sports arenas and more. The nearby town of Leamington Spa is a Georgian wonder, with a great high street and lots of trendy bars and restaurants. Coventry itself is less than 1 hour away by train from Central London. Birmingham International airport is 20 mins away from the university campus.
Warwick boasts outstanding sports facilities for almost any interest. Our fantastic Sports Hub has:
- 12-lane swimming pool
- Large multi-sports hall
- Squash courts
- Fitness studios
- 706 sqm of climbing walls and a large gym with over 230 fitness stations.
There are also indoor and outdoor tennis courts, outdoor sport pitches for rugby, football, and cricket and an athletics track on campus.
Please visit Warwick's sports webpage for the latest updates.