Green and Sustainable Chemistry MSc


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Qualification name:Green and Sustainable Chemistry
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:At least a 2.1 honours degree with a significant Chemical content.
Including:Chemistry, Natural Sciences or other first degree topics with sufficient chemistry content as determined by Course director.
Other requirements:International students whose first language is not English are required to have the English language qualifications indicated below before they can register on an academic programme. However, applicants from certain countries may have these requirements
IELTS:6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:University Park Campus

Course Overview

In our search for better medicines to improve healthcare in an ageing population, for safer agrochemicals to aid food production for a growing population, and for advanced materials for new technologies, it may come as no surprise to acknowledge that chemistry plays a dominant role. Without chemistry, the necessary scientific advances will simply not be made to meet these global challenges and to secure our future.

Chemistry is often viewed as demanding in its need for energy and natural resources. We have to ensure that chemistry is safe, efficient and, above all, sustainablechemistry that is benign by design. Sustainability is an issue facing the entire global chemicals industry, our vision is to train a new generation of scientists to find innovative 'green' resource and energy efficient solutions that;

  • have the lowest possible environmental impact,
  • demonstrate social responsibility,
  • make a positive contribution to economic growth.

This course builds upon our international track record in green chemistry, particularly in the fields of synthetic chemistry, catalysis, new technologies, materials science, process engineering and entrepreneurship. Course material covers all aspects of modern green and sustainable chemistry including feedstocks, energy, sustainable synthesis (including biocatalysis) and industrial process design. Formal lectures are complemented by a 60 credit project based in our world-leading research laboratories and designed to reinforce and apply many of the concepts delivered during lectures. This MSc programme is highly interdisciplinary. It capitalises on strong established links between chemistry, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Nottingham Business School to provide both breadth and depth in the scope of the MSc degree.


Course Details

The principle objective of this MSc Green and Sustainable Chemistry is to train the next generation of scientists to appreciate, assess and address the challenges of sustainability across chemistry using industries through the implementation of robust, innovative science and technology.

Candidates will, therefore, develop an excellent operating knowledge of contemporary methods of synthesis, analysis and process design optimized for both energy and reaction mass efficiency. Graduates will be equipped with the tools and experience to critically evaluate comparable reaction pathways and make evidenced decision in the design and execution of efficient chemical processes key to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, fine chemical and other chemical using industries. Furthermore, upon completing this degree, students will be able to make effective use of electronic communication and information search & retrieval to facilitate the development and dissemination of key critical skills with which to assess and analyse complex problems.

The overriding ethos of the programme is therefore to:

  • Instill, develop and encourage an independent approach to learning, through initiative and self-motivation.
  • Provide the education required to become a translational scientist; with pertinent knowledge of modern chemical practise, particularly applied to sustainability and green chemistry.
  • Evolve a critical understanding of process comparison employing modern and appropriate metrics to ensure that environmental impacts of chemistry are minimised.
  • Develop an understanding of in-situ process monitoring to ensure maximum productivity of chemical processes is maintained over synthesis campaigns.
  • Contextualise this knowledge and the principles of green chemistry to develop an operation framework suited to the challenges of the modern chemical laboratory through an awareness of a broad array of scientific literature.


The course structure consists of 160 core credits allowing 20 credits to drawn from other level 4 courses offered by partner schools.

Core modules (codes to be confirmed)






Introduction to Sustainability Project




Energy and Feedstocks




Sustainable Synthesis (Chemical)




Sustainable Synthesis (Biological)




Innovation and Technology Transfer




Chemistry in-silico




Research Planning and Management




Sustainability in Action


Year Long


Bench to Bank


Year Long


Research Project



Credit Total


Additional Components – Maximum of 20 credits of optional modules

A short list of examples is included here, this list is by no means comprehensive and convenor/course director approval must be secured prior to commencement of this course which each have their own pre-requisites (Each module is 10 credits).





Biofuel Fermentation



Power Generation and Carbon Capture



Renewable Energy Technologies



Energy Efficiency for Sustainability



Managing Projects



Creative problem solving 



Biofuel Process Design





The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding. 


Applicants should have a high second class BSc Chemistry or in a closely related subject such as natural sciences, chemical engineering or biochemistry where they have taken chemistry at least to second year university level.

Please speak to the school postgraduate manager or course director in relation to scholarship opportunities. 


International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


Graduates can expect to move into a range of scientific careers, including further study and employment with companies across the chemicals and pharmaceutical sectors. Strong industrial links, including industrial participation in the delivery of material and opportunities to carry out industrially supported research projects, will further enhance students’ employability.

The MSc will provide a strong grounding for students wishing to subsequently study for a PhD in a related subject area. 

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 96.7% of postgraduates in the School of Chemistry who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,090 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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Mrs Wendy Kirkup

Postgraduate Manager

School of Chemistry,

University of Nottingham,

University Park,



United Kingdom  

+44 (0)115 951 3481

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