Chemistry MRes - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MRes Chemistry

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PCJ67001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Chemistry (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Chemistry

Programme Leader

WATSON David (Chemistry)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • The aim of the MRes is training in the more laboratory-based aspects of chemical research. The objectives and learning outcomes/skills are that the student will be able to: assess, plan, carry out, analyse, interpret and disseminate (all with appropriate training and supervision) a significant piece of chemistry research to an extent that results in a satisfactory assessment of a dissertation and viva
  • In addition, competence in related (non-laboratory based) aspects of research training will be assessed via examination (formal exam and/or coursework) of lecture/workshop-based modules
  • A knowledge of discipline-related aspects of professional training including data analysis, literature searching and reporting and presentation techniques

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge and understanding of the scientific method K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of research ethos and strategy K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of advanced communication skills K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of reporting of technical concepts K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of critical analysis K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of advanced aspects of chemistry including subjects at the frontiers of the discipline K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of advanced principles in a research led area of chemistry K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety legislation K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of statistics for data analysis K MRes
Knowledge and understanding of the principles of experimental design K MRes
The ability to plan and carry out an advance research project C MRes
The ability to analyse and solve problems of technical nature under consideration of various constraints C MRes
The ability to make effective and efficient decisions in an environment of conflicting interests C MRes
The ability to think strategically C MRes
The ability to synthesise and critically evaluate the work of others C MRes
The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies C MRes
The ability to self-reflect to improve behaviour C MRes
Assessment of the research literature P MRes
Risk assess experiments / procedures P MRes
Design and set up experiments using the most appropriate methods P MRes
Carry out laboratory work safely P MRes
Deal safely with unexpected events / results P MRes
Apply prior knowledge to new situations P MRes
Planning T MRes
Organisation T MRes
Independent working T MRes
Apply prior knowledge to unfamiliar problem T MRes
Using initiative T MRes
Time-management T MRes
Personal development planning T MRes
Use of word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphical software packages T MRes
Management of data T MRes
Effective literature / patent searching T MRes

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The largest element is the research project which formally consists of ~1350 hours, which contributes 75% of the final credits to the degree, includes the laboratory based research, library work, COSHH, record keeping and writing the dissertation. We would normally expect the laboratory based part of the project to be, on average 2-3 full days per week during the teaching Semesters and 5 days per week during non-teaching times (for example undergraduate Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks).

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.