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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: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (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. 

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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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

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 chemgrad@york.ac.uk for further information.

Modules

You'll study four 20-credit modules:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Research project

The research project forms a significant part of the course, accounting for 100 credits of the 180 credits required.

You'll be able to choose from a range of project areas in order to carry out research in your area of interest. Projects will be 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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£8,580£21,640

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

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UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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.

Facilities

Our new building includes:

  • state-of-the-art laboratories
  • 20 fumehoods
  • 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 IT sessions in nearby Derwent College, all of which is 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, posters 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 examination.

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

  • Research
  • Process development
  • Environmental services
  • Manufacturing
  • Law
  • Consultancy
  • Government
  • Education

Transferable skills

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

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should have, or be about to complete, a 2:2 undergraduate degree in chemistry or another science.

Guidance on international equivalents for entry qualifications.

Other qualifications

We may also consider relevant work experience along with evidence of your academic potential - please contact our admissions team to discuss your individual circumstances.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS: 6.5, with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with 55 in writing and no less than 51 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with 169 in writing and no less than 162 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

Applying

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.

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