Course Overview

The objective of this one year structured programme is to provide internationally recognised training in Chemistry for graduates to the highest level of professional and scientific standards. An aim is to produce graduates who can independently tackle problems in Chemistry and who have developed professionally relevant skills with a view to gaining employment or entering a PhD. The course has taught modules (30 ECTS credits) and a research module (60 ECTS credits).

The structured Master’s Degree has the following aims:

  • To provide Chemistry (and related) bachelor graduates with further training focused on developing their skills, including employability skills
  • To develop students who can solve unseen problems where they have not been coached previously
  • To prepare students for jobs in the chemical science sector
  • Where possible to offer graduates the opportunity to conduct their research project in Industry
  • Where possible to offer graduates the opportunity to have part of their research project at an approved laboratory outside NUI Galway
  • To give graduates an additional year before having to commit to a particular area of specialisation before undertaking PhD study
  • To assist graduates become more competitive in applications for PhD scholarships
  • To enable graduates demonstrate their potential for research and prepare them for doctoral study
  • To offer graduates a significant period of time on an original research project to generate outputs that will be publishable.

Structure of the programme

Students will take taught courses (30 ECTS credits) and a research project (60 ECTS credits). Students will develop employer relevant skills during the programme.

Taught modules:

  1. Techniques and Skills for Chemistry Research (15 ECTS): Students will be introduced to a variety of analytical techniques and skills used for research. Individual students carry out short laboratory based projects putting into practice each technique or skill. Assessment will be based on laboratory work and a written exam.
  2. Frontiers in Chemistry (10 ECTS): Students will gain knowledge in modern Chemistry in areas such as synthesis, green chemistry, biomedical and pharmaceutical chemistry. Assessment will be based on contribution to a journal club and written examination.
  3. Elective Module (5 credits): Students will have a choice in taking a module to improve their teaching or improve their knowledge in relation to working in industry (Validation in Industry – 5 ECTS). Students may choose another elective module available at NUI Galway in consultation with the Programme Director.

Research in the programme:

A distinctively different research project will be offered to each student and they will be supervised by a member of the academic staff.

  1. Students will normally spend their research project in the School of Chemistry working with a member of the academic staff.
  2. When possible students may carry out part of their project work at an approved partner laboratory.
  3. When possible students will be facilitated to carry out their project work in the laboratory of an approved industrial partner.

Programmes Available

Structured MSc, full-time 1 year.
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Associated

Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

First Class or 2.1 Honours degree in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry at Level 8; Students with a 2.2 Honours degree may be admitted after interview. Graduates with BSc honours degrees from other cognate areas may be admitted based on the amount of chemistry taken through their primary BSc programme.

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Course Outline

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required CH5101: MSc Chemistry Research Project


12 months long | Credits: 60

The student will work on a unique defined research problem under the guidance of a supervisor from Chemistry. It will be of an investigative nature and contain a substantial amount of advanced chemistry, drawing on the chemical and related literature. The projects will require originality and be of a quality that is potentially publishable and not been reported previously. The project may be carried out at an approved industrial partner's lab or in part at an approved external laboratory.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a substantial area of chemistry
  2. Demonstrate the development of project-specific experimental skills.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the state of the art of a topic which is supported by reading and engaging with the appropriate scientific literature
  4. Demonstrate the ability to plan and conduct experiments, including the evaluation of hazards
  5. Prepare and give oral presentations and write a thesis, including critical evaluation of the outcomes of the research work.
  6. Participate in discussions with other researchers
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
  • Research (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CH5101: "MSc Chemistry Research Project" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required CH5102: Techniques and Skills for Chemistry Research


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

The course aims to provide a platform for training in key skills relevant to carrying out effective research in modern Chemistry. It will be based on lectures and associated mini-projects in 8 areas that will include modern analytical and instrumental techniques, cheminformatics, molecular modelling and simulation software. Overall the course will equip a student with the core competancies required to carry out high quality work in research, development and related environments.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate a theoretical knowledge of a variety of analytical and instrumental techniques, available in the School of Chemistry, which are relevant to research
  2. use these analytical and instrumental tecniques at a level appropriate to the training provided
  3. use standard cheminformatic tools to locate information and carry our literature searching
  4. work safely in the laboratory
  5. purify compounds to publication standards
  6. demonstrate the application of the techniques and skills which are required to carry out problem solving in Chemistry
  7. use simulation software to generate NMR spectra
  8. able to apply molecular modelling techniques in solving problems in chemistry and biological
  9. contribute to chemistry based research projects in a wide variety of areas
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CH5102: "Techniques and Skills for Chemistry Research" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required CH5103: Chemical Research & Problem Solving


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The student will broaden and deepen their knowledge of Chemistry and develop skills to tackle more advanced problems. They will attend lectures and seminars on modern chemistry topics related to recent research activity in the School of Chemistry. They will contribute to a journal club, developing independent learning, communication and critical analysis skills and take a written examination paper.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of recent topics in Chemistry
  2. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and methodology to problem solving
  3. Demonstrate capacity to independently learn through studying and communicating recent chemistry advances
  4. Participate in discussions with other researchers
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (40%)
  • Department-based Assessment (60%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CH5103: "Chemical Research & Problem Solving" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional BME500: Advanced Biomaterials


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module covers the biomaterials aspects of biocompatibility, tissue engineering and drug delivery. Molecular and cellular interactions with biomaterials are analyzed in terms of cellular biology and regenerative medicine.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of biological interactions of different materials.
  2. Develop applications of biomaterials with due recognition of the regulatory context.
  3. Describe methods used to quantify in vitro cell responses to biomaterials.
  4. Explain the protocols and methods designed to predict the efficacy, safety or biocompatibility of biomaterials, prostheses and medical device post-implantation
  5. State research and development trends with regard to characterisation and evaluation of materials in the biological environment.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module BME500: "Advanced Biomaterials" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GS536: Communication & Outreach


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The student should only register for this module in the academic year that they intend to complete the module. This module aims to give students the opportunity to understand the relevance and impact of research in society and to communicate research to diverse audiences, including non-specialists. Students will be given an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the social context of research. Students are expected to engage in activities to improve their communication skills, such as workshops and training courses. A key goal of this module is to challenge the student with the task of promoting the themes of their discipline/School/College and communicating technically complex and/or advanced concepts to non-specialist audiences. Detailed learning outcomes for this module should be developed by the supervisor taking into account the suite of online training materials available and the suite of communication opportunities and outreach activities available. Students must complete a report: • describing in detail the training undertaken, • outlining their engagement in practical outreach activities , • providing evidence of their effectiveness (for example audience feedback reports) and • including any outputs, such as presentations or demonstrations.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Communicate complex research topics to non-specialist audiences.
  2. Engage with community through active participation.
  3. Appreciate the role of research in society.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module GS536: "Communication & Outreach" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CH503: Masterclass in Carbohydrate Chemistry


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CH503: "Masterclass in Carbohydrate Chemistry" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CH510: Process Development and Scale-Up in the Pharmaceutical Industry


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CH510: "Process Development and Scale-Up in the Pharmaceutical Industry" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional CH3103: Validation in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module covers pertinent topics concerning validatory requirements within the biopharma-, pharma, medical device and chemical industries and also Chemistry important in Industry.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain in detail and apply the concept of Validation and the Validation Masterplan (VMP) and their roles in the pharmaceutical industry.
  2. Discuss the concept of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) in relation to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, highlighting the necessity for manufacturers, institutes and governing bodies to exercise and uphold these frameworks
  3. Explain all pertinent aspects of Cleaning Validation, Qualification (which includes Design, Installation, Process and Performance Qualification).
  4. Describe many aspects of Medical Devices and the practical aspects of Quality Control, Good Manufacturing Practices and Drug Development in relation to the Medical Device Industry
  5. Carry out a short research investigation & present the outcome
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (65%)
  • Continuous Assessment (35%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module CH3103: "Validation in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Research Areas

The programme will be of interest to students wishing to study in areas such as synthesis, analytical chemistry, combustion chemistry, green chemistry, protein chemistry, carbohydrates, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, biomedical chemistry, marine chemistry.

Researcher Profiles

For a full list of current staff see the following webpage and click on the staff member profile to read about their research interests: www.nuigalway.ie/chemistry/people_chem.html

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,815 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

Contact Us

Dr Andrea Erxleben
T: +353 91 492 483
E: andrea.erxleben@nuigalway.ie

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