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Materials Chemistry

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September 2017
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Materials Chemistry is one of the modern chemical disciplines underpinning a substantial portion of the chemicals sector.

The programme provides a unique general training in the area and includes the chance to specialise in aspects such as Polymer Chemistry, Inorganic Materials, Supramolecular Chemistry or Nanosciences. Both synthesis and characterisation are core parts of the taught aspects.

The course provides for studies in all aspects of Materials Chemistry. Students can study fundamental aspects of Polymer Chemistry; Nano and Supramolecular Chemistry, Inorganic Materials Chemistry and the programme includes application areas such as Nanomaterials and Semi-conductors.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We will be seeking accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Why Bradford?

Uniquely the programme offers one of the widest ranges of opportunities for carrying out a 12 month research project from a selection that covers all aspects of Materials Chemistry. Projects are supervised by leading researchers in their fields. Read more about Chemistry staff.


Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Biochemistry or other degrees with a significant element of core chemistry.

Minimum classification 2:1 or equivalent OR 2:2 with two years relevant industrial experience.

English language requirements:

English requirement of GCSE grade C or IELTS 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each of the subtests

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Core modules:

  • Research skills, professional development and commercial awareness
  • Research Project - Part 1
  • Research Project - Part 2

Option modules:

  • Inorganic Materials Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Nano and Supramolecular Materials
  • Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Science
  • Computational Crystal Engineering
  • Materials in Electronics
  • Materials Characterisation

Learning activities and assessment

Transferrable skills are at the heart of the programme and these aspects are assessed by submission of a thesis, a draft scientific paper, oral presentation as well as modules on data management.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Materials Chemists work in a diverse range of areas including: medical devices; electronic devices; sustainable energy generation; nanomaterials; surface coatings; controlled delivery of drugs and agrochemicals and many other areas.

Transferable skills are also a key component and graduating students will be equipped for careers in both academia and industry.


Research in Chemistry is broadly themed into Molecular Science and Materials Chemistry, comprising the development of synthetic, analytical and computational methods.  Read more on the School of Chemistry website.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU - £7,750
  • International - £17,600

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.