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Study a graduate program in chemistry

What will I study in a graduate program in chemistry?

Chemistry - the basis of technology, medicine and hundreds of others areas that we rely on in our lives every day. A graduate chemistry program will equip you with the skills to work in a number of areas, leading scientific research and contributing to the developments of the future.
Postgraduate chemistry programs offer taught and research degrees in various areas. Some of these options may include:
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Bio-chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical research
Postgraduate courses in chemistry will allow you to specialise in a certain area, building your knowledge and giving you the research skills needed to work in your chosen area after graduation. You are likely to spend time conducting experiments, analysing results, and will probably carry out an extended investigation over a period of time.

Length of program

Masters programs in chemistry last the following duration in each country, although this may change depending on the options you choose:
  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

Because postgraduate chemistry courses will see you expand on your existing knowledge in the area, in most cases you will be expected to have an undergraduate degree in chemistry, probably with honours. In some cases however, as long as you can demonstrate your suitability for the course and that you have the knowledge required to complete it, universities may accept other academic science degrees such as biology or physics.

Specific entry requirements for individual courses vary from country to country and even between different universities.

For research based programs you may be expected to submit a research proposal about the work that you intend to do on the course.

If you choose to study somewhere with a different first language from your own, you may have to take a language test before you are admitted.

Career development

After a postgraduate chemistry degree you will have the obtained substantial levels of knowledge in the field, so a job in research, teaching or academia would be an obvious career route.

However, if you want to move away from the chemistry sector and pursue another line of work postgraduate chemistry degrees are desirable to employers in many other job sectors. Some of these areas may include law, business, finance, research or publishing, where your teamwork, communication and analytical skills will all be of huge value.

Fees and funding

The cost of chemistry graduate programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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