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Chemistry Research - Structured Master's: Research

The Course

The Master of Science in Chemistry Research is a one-year research programme, designed to provide internationally recognised training in chemistry for graduates to the highest level of professional and scientific standards. The aim of the MSc is to produce high-calibre graduates who can independently tackle problems in chemistry and closely related areas. It also aims to develop employment-ready professionals who intend to gain employment in this field or enter a PhD programme. The course has taught modules (30 ECTS credits) and a research module (60 ECTS credits). Applicants will be taught by NUI Galway's academics, who are experts in this field; qualified scientists from industry will also be providing lectures.


1. Taught modules during the first three months of the programme followed by an eight-month research project with the option to carry out the research project in industry.

2. Training relevant to employment in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.

3. Training in a location that is a major hub for the medical devices sector.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

First Class or 2.1 Honours degree in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry at Level 8; Students with a 2.2 Honours degree may be admitted after interview. Graduates with BSc honours degrees from other cognate areas may be admitted based on the amount of chemistry taken through their primary BSc programme.


1 year

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

Graduates will develop professionally relevant skills to successfully open up new career opportunities in either industry or academia. In this regard, the School of Chemistry is proud of the employment record of its postgraduates. Among the recent PhD and MSc postgraduates, 45% took up employment in industry (mainly in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors), 31% have entered a PhD or postdoctoral research and 14% are currently employed in the public sector (e.g. teaching, government laboratories, research facilities).

Further enquiries

Contact Us

Dr Andrea Erxleben

T: +353 91 492 483


Application date

1MCB1, full-time; 1MCB2, part-time

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

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