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

The MSc in Polymer Science is designed to not only introduce you into polymer synthesis and characterisation, but also demonstrate that macro-scale properties span into the nano and meso scale.

You will interact with academics across several departments and there is also the option of taking a business module to prepare you for a career in industry. The course is ideal if you are looking for a career in polymers and materials processing, and also provides a route to PhD level study.

Related Degrees:

Analytical and Polymer Science (MSc)

Analytical Sciences and Instrumentation (MSc)

Chemistry with Scientific Writing (MSc)

Molecular Analytical Science (MSc)

Polymer Chemistry (MSc)

Scientific Research and Communication (MSc)

Core Modules:

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

Optional Modules:

Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:

  • Techniques in Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Business Model Generation
  • Innovation
  • Business Strategy and Strategic Management
  • Establishing a New Business
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Magnetic Resonance

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

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


The first 25 weeks are lecture-based, providing you with a diverse range of skills in analytical sciences to complete a successful 20-week research project.

Contact Hours:

You will receive 50 contact 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 modules: 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, Materials Science 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

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.