Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Chemical Research

This degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to carry out novel research in your chosen area of chemistry. You will join an existing research group under the guidance of a research supervisor, spending the majority of time on a research project. This can be in any of the department�s current research areas that include some reference to chemical and biological sciences. The remaining part of the degree is spent following advanced lecture courses that will provide the necessary theoretical and technical background to your chosen research area. This programme is intended for students who want to gain the qualifications necessary for pursuing a research career, or who want to update their existing training. Upon completion of the programme you will have acquired a firm grasp of recent advances in your field of study and be able to formulate a research or method development plan and carry out the appropriate literature and data searches. You will also be able to apply a critical and professional approach to data quality, carry out chemical manipulations and operate advanced equipment and work safely and efficiently in a laboratory, carrying out risk assessments where appropriate. This is a laboratory-based subject, which means individual contact between staff and students is frequent. Numerous opportunities exist and are created for you to comment on, and to take responsibility for, the direction of your studies. By accommodating you in an established research group and requiring you to partake in group activities, including research colloquia and presentations, the programme aims to provide training in the transferable skills required for successful research; it is individually tailored for each student and arranged by the research supervisor.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2nd Class Honours degree in a scientific subject; less qualified students may be accepted, if they have appropriate work experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You will take write a research project/dissertation (120 credits); undertake a viva and oral presentation (30 credits); select modules, to a value of 30 credits, from the MSc Analytical Chemistry.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

Key information

Department of Biological Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 7079 0798