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Polymer Science (MSc) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-F1PW
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 or 3 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Warwick's Polymer Science MSc covers core concepts of polymer synthesis, with focus on their physical/material properties and industry translation through dedicated business modules. This MSc is ideal for those looking for a career in polymers and materials processing. Warwick is highly ranked within the UK league tables, and is 62nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021).


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. On this MSc course, you will have flexibility to choose from elective modules including business related modules from the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). These modules will improve your knowledge in business whilst becoming an expert in polymer science. The course is ideal if you are looking for a career, not only in a manufacturing company working in the area of plastics, advanced functional materials, nano-materials, but also a PhD level study in this growing and exciting area of science.

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

Remzi Becer is the head of the MSc in Polymer Science.


Core Modules

  • Polymer Synthesis
  • 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
  • 20-week Research Project

Optional Modules

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

  • Techniques in Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
  • Business Model Generation
  • Innovation
  • Business Strategy and Strategic Management
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Magnetic Resonance

Teaching

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 should expect to attend around 10-25 hours of lectures and workshops per week and spend approximately six hours on supervised practical (mainly 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

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.


Minimum 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

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.