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Science, MSc by Research

Our Master's by Research in Science combines taught courses with a major research element. It’s ideal for graduates wishing to apply advanced skills to industry-style projects.

This course allows you to follow a structured route into scientific research. For the taught element, you select from a wide range of modules across the natural and life sciences appropriate to your individual research topic. The course is suited to students interested in a postgraduate research qualification and strengthening their insight into the mechanics of research in science.

Your research can cover a broad range of areas, including chemistry, pharmacy, biological sciences and nanotechnology. You'll benefit from one-to-one project supervision with specialist academics and strong links with industry. We've also invested heavily in state-of-the-art research facilities, including electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and specialist bench-top analytical equipment, which are available to you at our Medway Campus in Kent.

Department

School of Science

Campus

Medway

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September and January

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2020/2021 fees

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* January 2020 starters pay the 2019/2020 fees.

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What you should know about this course

  • You can choose from a broad range of research areas.
  • Study at our Medway Campus in Kent and benefit from state-of-the-art scientific research facilities.
  • Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Science has received worldwide praise and recognition. Work alongside internationally-recognised faculty researchers.

What you will study

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About the course team

Over 90% of our academics hold a PhD, with 65% also holding a PGCert Higher Education teaching qualification. We are committed to growing these percentages annually and now recruit only PhD-qualified academic staff. The majority of our team is research active. Over 100 staff in the faculty are eligible for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we have 12 professors in the field of science.

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Entry requirements

If you are

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.

Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should contact the programme leader via science-queries@gre.ac.uk.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

Two-thirds of this course is a research project that will help you develop significant expertise in a particular subject. Alongside this, you choose options from the department's portfolio of master-level courses. The course is ideal for an industry-based project and/or student.

Class sizes

For specialist modules, our classes are usually limited to 20 students in lab sessions and 40 in lectures. This helps to create familiarity between students and staff and ensure a great learning experience. The modules that run across several courses can have larger classes sizes, which are typically broken down into smaller groups.

Independent learning

The main assessment of this course is a research project. For this, much of your study time will be spent working independently.

There are taught elements from other master's courses, where your independent study will include any reading, preparation and assessments required to complete these successfully.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Assessment

You will be assessed by an oral examination and a dissertation/write up.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. 

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each academic year runs from September to June. You can begin this course in September or January.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* January 2020 starters pay the 2019/2020 fees.

2020/2021 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this master's by research in science are well-placed for numerous opportunities in the public and private sectors.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide employment opportunities.

Other members of the team help you to develop your knowledge of job markets, produce effective CVs, cover letters and application forms, and prepare for job applications and interviews.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

You will have a supervisory team of at least two academic members of staff. They bring their academic expertise to the project and support the student through the development and delivery of the project. The course leader will also maintain an oversight and act as an additional, independent point of contact.

Support from the department

Our Research and Enterprise Training Institute (RETI) offers research students a proactive, supportive and stimulating research environment as well as a programme of tailored training, coaching and mentoring.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.