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Polymer Chemistry - MSc (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

Do you have a keen interest in global issues like sustainability, renewable energy, and personalised healthcare? Supported by leading experts from academia and industry, this invaluable course explores the real-world application of polymers in state-of-the-art research laboratories. This Royal Society of Chemistry-accredited degree course delivers a thorough knowledge and understanding of the world of polymer chemistry, taught by our academics and industrial experts. You will be immersed in a research-led environment where you can learn about the synthesis and characterisation of polymers and their physical properties. This course is ideal if you are looking to undertake a PhD or a career in industrial polymer synthesis.

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Analytical and Polymer Science (MSc)

Analytical Sciences and Instrumentation (MSc)

Chemistry with Scientific Writing (MSc)

Molecular Analytical Science (MSc)

Polymer Science (MSc)

Scientific Research and Communication (MSc)

Core Modules:

  • Fundamentals of Polymerization
  • Advanced Polymer Synthesis
  • Physical Properties of Polymers and Nanocomposites
  • Polymer Laboratories
  • Advanced Colloid Science
  • Polymers in the Real World
  • Chromatography and Separation Science
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Group Research Project
  • Transferable Skills

Optional Modules:

  • Techniques in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Magnetic Resonance

For more information on this course, please visit this page.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


Candidates for the MSc are required to take eight taught modules (7 core and 1 optional, totalling 80 CATS) and to carry out two research projects, Group Research Project (12 CATS) and Research Project (72 CATS). They also take the Transferable Skills Module (16 CATS).

Contact Hours:

You will receive 50 hours of directed tuition per module, usually delivered in an intensive, fully immersive block.

Class Sizes:

Class sizes range from 5 to 40 students, dependent on module: some of which are shared across programmes.


Examined component (%): Taught modules are generally 75%

Assessed by coursework component (%): Taught modules are generally 25%; research projects are assessed by a variety of assessment methods.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations in:

  • Academia
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical and Material Industry
  • Science Consultancy
  • Banking and Finance

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Polymer Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • PhD Research Fellow

Applicants will be invited to a Skype interview, for more information please visit this page.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 3 years

(September 2019 - September 2022)

Entry Requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or
equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject.

English Language Requirements

Band A

IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

Department of Study


Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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Opportunities include our Warwick Chemistry Overseas Taught Master’s Scholarships, which award a £4,000 bursary to the most academically gifted overseas students, based on excellence. There is no deadline for application but award is conditional on commencing the course. For more information click here.

Additional Course Costs

Laboratory coats, safety glasses and laboratory books should be purchased in the first instance, at a cost of approximately £50.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.