The degree consists of advanced lecture courses such as Properties & Reactions of Matter, Chemistry of Functional Materials, Structural Chemistry and Concepts & Methods in Materials Chemistry. These are studied concurrently with a predominantly practical based course offering an introduction to research methods. Students then proceed to a period of full time research project work leading to the submission of their Master's dissertation.
On completion of the course, students should have developed a depth of comprehension and critique in the core elements of their subject area, including critical analysis and management of data, judging the relationship between theory and methodology, assessment of the appropriate methods of data collection/analysis to address the research question, assessment of relevance of previous studies, and critical thinking. Additionally they will have enhanced their professional/practical skills through experience of research design and management, advanced instrumentation or techniques, production of scientific reports and had the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as written, visual and oral delivery and dissemination of research findings, interpersonal and communication skills, computing proficiency and organisation skills.
How You Will Be Taught
Lectures are given by leading researchers in the area of materials chemistry. The lecture courses are supported by tutorial sessions and assessed by examination in April/May. The Introduction to Research Methods course includes three, six-week mini-research projects performed in small teams, covering a range of skills and specialist techniques related to materials chemistry, together with a literature survey and written report, defining the scope of the subsequent individual research project work