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Science, MSc by Research Postgraduate prospectus

  • Choose from a broad range of research areas, including chemistry and drug delivery, biological sciences and nanotechnology.
  • Significant investment in specialised equipment to underpin research activity
  • Benefit from one-to-one project supervision with academic leaders, and strong links with industry and other end-users that ensure development of relevant skills.



Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Science has received worldwide praise and recognition. You will get the opportunity to work alongside the faculty's researchers who are recognized internationally in many field of science.

We are continually investing into our excellent research facilities, giving students exposure to specialised equipment including modern scanning electron microscopes and confocal microscopes, organic and inorganic mass spectrometers and numerous items of specialist bench-top analytical equipment.

This programme offers the opportunity to gain a qualification by following a structured route in scientific research. Students can select from a wide range of theory courses appropriate to their individual research topic across the disciplines of chemical and life sciences. It is suitable for students who want to gain a postgraduate research qualification and strengthen their insight into the mechanics of research from both the literature and experimental perspectives.

International students

The university has an extensive network of overseas contacts, with staff based in, or regularly visiting, some 40 to 50 countries. Overseas students are able to obtain an MSc by Research by attending classes for three to four months in the UK at our Medway Campus, with a project based and supervised in their own country, subject to approval by the Faculty of Engineering and Science. Take just a year to complete the programme and enhance your employability - our postgraduate students frequently secure top positions.

Programme structure

The programme comprises taught courses (60 credits) and a research project (120 credits) that may be partially assessed by the publication of an original paper rather than a traditional thesis.  Students must also take 60 credits of Master's level courses in order to obtain the award.

Recent topics include:

  • Analytical informatics and chemometrics
  • Biomarker profiling
  • Biomaterials
  • Cell biology and intracellular gene delivery
  • Medicinal chemistry and drug-delivery systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Pharmaceutical materials science
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemostratigraphy and inorganic forensic fingerprinting
  • Geography - sustainable development
  • Landscape ecology
  • Palaeoenvironmental analysis
  • Solar energy conversion and hydrogen production.

Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Sciences

Teaching in this department is underpinned by exciting, world-class research activities in all areas. The department has strong research and enterprise interests in medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, metabonomics, formulation science, bioactive materials, chemometrics, forensic science, contaminated land remediation, and environmental conservation.


The Medway campus is only an hour from central London, based on the Kent coast in a county known as the Garden of England. It's two stops away from Europe by train, and less than an hour from the local and global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Aesica. There are several hospitals locally for NHS-based placements and a wide range of private and research laboratories such as those found in Kent Science Park. We create opportunities for students to engage with these organisations.

You can also explore the areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Darland Banks, preserved by the Kent Wildlife Trust, and Cliffe Pools, protected by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Medway is an excellent place to study environmental science.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide a critical understanding of the knowledge base required for a proposed research project
  • Provide and build upon analytical, conceptual and research skills
  • Achieve an understanding of the research methods appropriate to the chosen field
  • Undertake a critical investigation of an approved topic.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

EITHER a BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above, or equivalent qualification in a relevant science subject

OR substantial industrial experience and supervisory responsibility.

  • Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent
  • Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should contact the programme leader via

Extra information


Students are assessed through coursework and a dissertation or a published original research paper.


This programme offers opportunities in the public and private sectors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Medway Campus

A recently modernised, splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad campus based at Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Chatham Station (approx. 5 min by bus)

Gillingham Station (approx. 20 min walk / 10 min by bus)

Free parking is available for motorbikes and scooters. Public car parks nearby.

From Gatwick Airport take the National Express 270 coach service.

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