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Chemistry - Structured

The objective of this one year structured programme is to provide internationally recognised training in Chemistry for graduates to the highest level of professional and scientific standards. An aim is to produce graduates who can independently tackle problems in Chemistry and who have developed professionally relevant skills with a view to gaining employment or entering a PhD. The course has taught modules (30 ECTS credits) and a research module (60 ECTS credits).

The structured Master’s Degree has the following aims:

To provide Chemistry (and related) bachelor graduates with further training focused on developing their skills, including employability skills

To develop students who can solve unseen problems where they have not been coached previously

To prepare students for jobs in the chemical science sector

Where possible to offer graduates the opportunity to conduct their research project in Industry

Where possible to offer graduates the opportunity to have part of their research project at an approved laboratory outside NUI Galway

To give graduates an additional year before having to commit to a particular area of specialisation before undertaking PhD study

To assist graduates become more competitive in applications for PhD scholarships

To enable graduates demonstrate their potential for research and prepare them for doctoral study

To offer graduates a significant period of time on an original research project to generate outputs that will be publishable.

Areas of interest

The programme will be of interest to students wishing to study in areas such as synthesis, analytical chemistry, combustion chemistry, green chemistry, protein chemistry, carbohydrates, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, biomedical chemistry, marine chemistry.

Entry requirements

Graduates with a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in Chemistry (or equivalent) at level 8 will gain entry to the programme. Students with a 2.2 honours degree may be admitted after interview. Equivalent subjects include but are not restricted to graduates from BSc programmes in areas such as Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry. Students may be admitted with honours degrees from other cognate areas based on the amount of Chemistry taken through their primary BSc programme and after interview.


Structured MSc, full-time 1 year

Further enquiries

Contact Us
Karen Kelly
School of Chemistry
T +353 91 492 460

Subjects taught

Structure of the programme

Students will take taught courses (30 ECTS credits) and a research project (60 ECTS credits). Students will develop employer relevant skills during the programme.

Taught modules:

1.Techniques and Skills for Chemistry Research (15 ECTS): Students will be introduced to a variety of analytical techniques and skills used for research. Individual students carry out short laboratory based projects putting into practice each technique or skill. Assessment will be based on laboratory work and a written exam.

2.Frontiers in Chemistry (10 ECTS): Students will gain knowledge in modern Chemistry in areas such as synthesis, green chemistry, biomedical and pharmaceutical chemistry. Assessment will be based on contribution to a journal club and written examination.

3.Elective Module (5 credits): Students will have a choice in taking a module to improve their teaching or improve their knowledge in relation to working in industry (Validation in Industry – 5 ECTS). Students may choose another elective module available at NUI Galway in consultation with the Programme Director.

Research areas

Research in the programme:

A distinctively different research project will be offered to each student and they will be supervised by a member of the academic staff.

1.Students will normally spend their research project in the School of Chemistry working with a member of the academic staff.

2.When possible students may carry out part of their project work at an approved partner laboratory.

3.When possible students will be facilitated to carry out their project work in the laboratory of an approved industrial partner.

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