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MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology

Discover how green chemistry can help with the industrial challenges faced by increasing demand for sustainable products and processes

Year of entry: 2022 (September)


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2022 (term dates)

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New ideas and innovations are essential to meeting industry and society's growing needs for green chemistry and clean technology.

The first course of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this taught Masters is designed to equip you with key skills in green chemistry and green chemical technology. You'll study industrial and commercial applications in close collaboration with industry leaders, and gain an awareness of the problems they face.

As part of the Department of Chemistry at York, you will join our friendly and welcoming community. You'll benefit from high-quality teaching by expert staff, who are engaged in world-leading research in many areas of chemistry. 


This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Industrial application

Opportunities to work with industry experts and external collaborators on an extended research project

The mix of chemistry, its application to industry, with the challenge of sustainability appealed to my interests and I found it very engaging throughout. There is such a wide range of projects on offer, with innovative and exciting chemistry taking place.
Sarah, MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology

University of the Year shortlisted

We're proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards.

  • Times Higher Education Awards 2021
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Find out more about our nominations

Course content

This MSc is a one-year full-time course consisting of taught modules and a substantial independent research project. You will be taught by academic experts within the Department of Chemistry as well as external experts from other academic institutions and industry.

You will learn about the key principles of green chemistry and the importance of clean and sustainable technology. The course will develop and enhance your transferable skills as well as those skills required for careers in a range of industries. For example, you’ll learn a variety of chemical research techniques and how to apply them; you’ll learn about the importance of protecting intellectual property and commercialising new inventions; you’ll learn how to carry out independent research.

As a student on the MSc in Green Chemistry, you will discover the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to solving problems and to modern scientific and technological research. You'll develop skills which will equip you for a range of chemical and non-chemical careers in research, process development, environmental services, manufacturing, law, consultancy and government. Our graduates have progressed to a range of different careers, and this programme can also provide you with the necessary foundations for your chosen career path.

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma options are available for this course. Please contact for further information.


Your core modules will cover topics such as:

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Research project

For your research project you'll choose from a range of research areas. Projects are supervised by an academic member of staff, and may also involve collaboration with industry. You will be allocated to Project Area Groups that correspond with larger research projects that are currently taking place within the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence.

Projects can vary each year, but examples of recent MSc students' research includes:

  • Production of natural flavours and fragrances using biocatalysis in scCO2
  • Clean synthetic strategies for production of pharmaceuticals
  • Extraction and utilisation of high value chemicals from food waste
  • Starbon technology for catalysis
  • Microwave assisted pyrolysis of wood pellets
  • Bio-derived platform molecules

You will produce a substantial written report, a group report, and an oral presentation on your individual research.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply multidisciplinary approaches to the creative problem solving of complex scientific green chemistry and sustainable industrial technology related challenges resulting from societal and industry demand for cleaner processes and safer products
  • Undertake original, focused, cutting-edge research in the area of Green Chemistry and apply confidently to a range of advanced research principles, methodologies and approaches
  • Present detailed research data and complex scientific concepts through a range of media and to a variety of audiences including experts, business people in industry and the general public
  • Critically evaluate and debate research literature and explain its relevance to the bio- and circular economy
  • Identify potential economic and technological drivers for change which may affect chemical manufacturing or user sectors and advise accordingly through the use of skills and knowledge acquired in the programme
  • Apply environmental-related metrics to chemical processes and products enabling a critical assessment of their environmental impact and sustainability
  • Address a range of complex applied chemistry problems by working within multidisciplinary teams that cover technical and non-technical aspects
  • Apply their detailed understanding of intellectual property protection and commercialisation of new inventions to the development of sustainable chemical products or processes
My experience on the course was nothing but positive. You will be exposed to outstanding researchers who are supportive, provide top quality teaching and will help guide you through the course.
Stiofán, MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2022/23

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £10,800£24,500

Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

Departmental funding

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

8th for Chemistry

in the Complete University Guide 2022

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You will be taught via a range of methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions in the laboratories. Leading academics deliver teaching in collaboration with experts from related industries.

You will have timetabled activities, as well as time for personal study and group work.


You will have access to the facilities in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence. Our building includes:

  • state-of-the-art laboratories
  • 20 fume hoods
  • an instrumentation room
  • a reactor room
  • a bespoke Industrial Engagement Facility

Teaching location

Most of your teaching will take place in the Department of Chemistry, which is located adjacent to the Science Park, with occasional sessions elsewhere on Campus West. The majority of departments, colleges and facilities are based nearby.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Assessments take place throughout the course and include written assignments, presentations, group activities, a poster and a closed examination.

The largest assessment will be your research project, which will include a substantial individual written report, a group report and an oral presentation.

The most attractive part for me is topic discussion and presentation as a small team. It is a very good chance to understand how to work as a team member in an international team.
Jiahan, MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology

Careers and skills

The wide variety of skills developed throughout the MSc in Green Chemistry have enabled our graduates to go on to careers in a range of areas.

Career opportunities

  • Analytical chemist
  • Technical and development chemist
  • Chemistry analyst
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Process engineer
  • Research assistant

Transferable skills

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Independent research skills
  • Data analysis
  • Advanced IT skills
  • Time management

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:2 or equivalent in Chemistry or a related discipline with sufficient Chemistry content.
Other qualifications and experience We may also consider relevant work experience along with evidence of your academic potential - please contact our admissions team to discuss your individual circumstances.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0, minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, minimum 169 in writing and 162 in all other components
Duolingo 100, minimum 100 in Production and 90 in all other components
LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass with 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 55, minimum 55 in writing and 51 in all other components
TOEFL 79, minimum 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Pass in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.


We may invite you to an interview, either in York, or via phone or Skype.

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