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Chemistry with Scientific Writing (MSc) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-F1PB
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Communicating science is a challenging topic, but Chemistry with Scientific Writing MSc course has been expertly designed to build on your subject knowledge of Chemistry. Ranked 6th in the REF, Warwick's Chemistry Department, will provide you with a strong grasp on scientific writing and how to apply it. Warwick is highly ranked within the UK league tables, and is 62nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021). This course has been designed for those looking to undertake a PhD or career in analytical sciences.


This MSc will help you to build your subject knowledge of Chemistry while also enhancing your ability to communicate science, with a focus on writing for scientific publications or communication in the media.

You will gain a Master’s level education in technical chemistry modules and develop key research skills by completing a project in one of our world-class research groups, using state-of-the-art synthesis and equipment.

By the end of the course you will possess advanced chemical knowledge and also the ability to effectively communicate often complex scientific concepts to others, preparing you for a career in research, scientific writing, science education or science communication.

You can find out more about the Department of Chemistry by joining our Webinars.

Nikola Chmel is the head of the MSc in Chemistry with Scientific Writing.


Core Modules

  • Writing focused scientific articles and reports
  • Writing extended scientific articles and reports
  • Communicating Science to different audiences
  • Transferable Skills
  • 22-week Research Project

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Frontier Techniques in Analytical Science
  • Microscopy and Imaging
  • Electrochemistry and Sensors
  • Chromatography and Separation Science
  • Electrochemistry and Sensors
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Advanced Polymer Synthesis
  • Advanced Colloidal Materials
  • Physical Properties of Polymers and Nanocomposites
  • Advanced Molecular Pharmacology
  • Advanced Computational Chemistry
  • Advanced Biophysical Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Biology
  • Advanced Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry and Nanotechnology
  • Energy
  • Synthetic Chemistry I (Organic)
  • Synthetic Chemistry II (Metallo-organic)
  • Synthetic Chemistry III (Macromolecular Chemistry)

Teaching

The first 23 weeks are lecture-based, providing you with a diverse range of skills in analytical sciences to complete a successful 24-week research project.

Contact Hours

Depending on your module choices, you can expect to attend around 10-25 hours of lectures and workshops per week, some module might also include additional supervised practical sessions (e.g. laboratory work). For each one-hour lecture, you should expect to put in additional time for private study.

Class Sizes

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

Assessment

Each scientific module is usually between 50% and 80% examined and 20 -50% assessed; the scientific writing modules are 100% assessed; the research project is 100% assessed.


Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a science subject

English Language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Scholarships

There are several Chemistry funding opportunities for both UK and International students, including our Warwick Chemistry Overseas Taught Masters Scholarships and Coventry Regional Scholarship. Please see our department website for more details.


Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations in: academia and teaching; pharma industry; chemical and material industry; science consultancy; banking and finance.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Science
  • Career Options with Chemistry
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • MSc lunchtime careers presentations
  • PhD Transferable Skills careers decision making session
  • Finding experience to boost your CV for Chemistry students
  • SME Careers Events – e.g. British Coatings Federation Careers Evening
  • Career Options with Chemistry Presentation and Networking Evening

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

Please contact chem-pgt at warwick dot ac dot uk with any Chemistry specific department questions, where course directors Dr Nikola Chmel and Dr Remzi Becer are available to discuss any queries.