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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.64k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 21.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This programme aims to meet the needs of the fine chemicals, cosmetics, biomaterial, polymers, surface coatings and colorant industries for well-trained, enthusiastic employees having a breadth of practical and academic skills at an advanced level, providing you with advance knowledge and research skills in colour science and in the theory, application and analysis of polymers, fine chemicals and colorants.

    The MSc will equip you with skills including planning experimentation and processes, synthesis, characterisation and application aspects, alongside a broad range of generic skills such as problem-solving and communication.

    This course aims to meet the needs of the polymer, colorants and fine chemicals industries by producing graduates with advanced knowledge and research skills in colour science and in the theory, application and analysis of polymers, fine chemicals and colorants.

    It provides a breadth of practical research and high-level academic skills in planning experimentation and processes, in synthesis and characterisation aspects, and in information technology and communication.

    Teaching methods involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, case studies, workshops and contact with relevant industries. The final stage of study is an individual extended research project which is typically carried out within a research group and may also include external industrial involvement.

    Modules studied include:

    * Advanced Colour Science
    * Synthesis and Application of Polymers
    * Organic Synthesis for Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical
    * Case Studies in Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical Synthesis
    * Characterisation and Analysis of Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals
    * Colour Application Technology

    Career option
    There are a range of employment opportunities in areas such as fine chemicals manufacture (e.g. colorants, cosmetics, food additives, healthcare products etc.), polymers and polymeric additives (e.g. high performance plastics, biopolymers, medical implants, drugs), colour applications (e.g. textile dyeing and printing, inks and coatings), with companies such as Unilever, P&G, GSK, Clariant, LOreal, Abbott Laboratory, Akzo Nobel, Sun Chemical, and BASF.

    There are also opportunities to continue on to PhD study with many projects supported by industrial partners.

    Students on the Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals course study the following core modules:

    * Synthesis and Application of Polymers
    * Colour Application Technology
    * Analysis and Characterisation of Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals
    * Advanced Colour Science
    * Case Studies in Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical Synthesis

    Together these modules will give you a thorough grounding in concepts, information and techniques relevant to polymers, colorants and fine chemicals, as well as introducing you to topics from the research frontier.
    In addition you will choose from two optional modules covering Organic Synthesis for Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical Synthesis, depending on your background knowledge in this area.

    The focal point of the course is the extended research project. This project will contribute about 40% of the mark for your degree. Staff will help you to select the project that is right for you, in an area that interests and motivates you. The project will provide you with key research experience to take your career forward. With the core modules behind you, you will be ideally positioned to choose an exciting problem to investigate.

    As an MSc student you will receive training in the generic skills that are required for the module including scientific writing and giving oral presentations. You will select your project at the end of the first semester. You will then undertake a guided literature survey before writing an initial report. You then spend a period of time in your supervisors' research laboratory. During the research project, the students have access to the outstanding research facilities that are available in Leeds.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    First or second class (2.2) honours degree or equivalent in chemical engineering, chemistry or materials science or a related subject.If English is not your first language, you may require a language qualification to show that your English is of a high enough standard to meet the demands of your course. The University accepts IELTS, TOEFL or PTE qualifications with the following minimum scores: * IELTS (Academic): an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components; * IBT TOEFL score (internet-based test) of at least 92 overall with at least 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing * PTE (Academic): an overall score of 64 with at least 60 in all components. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Clothworkers' Scholarships
    Two available covering full UK/EU tuition fees and up to £5,000 maintenance.

    Dyers' Scholarship
    Two available covering full UK/EU tuition fees.

    Both scholarships are available to UK/EU students only.

    We also offer awards of £2,000 to international students of high academic standard.

    The deadline for scholarship applications is 31st May each year and candidates will be informed of the outcome during June.

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