Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals MSc. These are the modules relating to this programme of study for academic year 2021/22. If you are starting in September 2022, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Extended Research Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses - 90 credits
You’ll gain valuable and extensive hands-on practical experience by working on research proect relevant to your Masters course.

Advanced Colour Science - 15 credits
Understanding the major aspects of colour science, namely: the human visual system, the measurement of coloured materials, the properties and applications of colorants, the ways in which coloured materials can be created and reproduced, and the psychological effects of colour.

Synthesis and Application of Polymers - 15 credits 
Learning the advanced aspects of polymerisation with emphasis on natural and synthetic polymers beginning with fundamental aspects and to more up-to-date and advanced materials. 

Colour Application Technology - 30 credits
Providing a detailed knowledge of the wide range of printing and coating technologies. Understanding of the chemistry of colorants and the physical chemistry of colorant-polymer interactions. 

Practical Skills and Instrumental Analysis - 20 credits
You’ll develop skills to undertake a range of physical measurements and appropriate data analysis with relevance to PCFP, and in order to design appropriate investigative procedures by undertaking case studies and open-ended experiments.

Optional modules

Metals and Alloys - 15 credits
You will gain the knowledge of the processing-microstructure-property relationship to the design of alloys for structural application, as well as being able to illustrate conventional structural alloys and show how research has, and continues to inform the design of these materials.

Ceramics, Polymers and Composites - 15 credits
This module builds on the fundamental principles of materials science which you have studied earlier in the programme and applies and extends this to understanding the design of conventional and advanced ceramics, polymers and composite materials.

Foundations of Chemistry Coursework - 10 credits
The module is designed to provide you with educational resources in specific areas of the subject (organic, inorganic and physical chemistry) which you may have not encountered in your undergraduate programme. 

Advanced Topics in Chemistry - 10 credits
Become familiar with advanced topics and current research in a range of topical areas within chemistry. You’ll be able to solve deductive problems and to critically assess current chemical literature.

Physical Aspects of Food - 10 credits
Gain a clear understanding of laws governing many physical and physiochemical processes in foods and means of applying them to food systems.

Colloid and Dairy Science - 10 credits
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the principles and practice of colloid science with particular reference to the stability, structure and texture of dairy-based oil and water systems.

Food Quality Assurance and Control - 10 credits
Develop your understanding of the roles of quality control, quality assurance and quality management systems in controlling the quality and safety of food. You’ll be able to outline key issues in food legislation and its implementation in the control and management of food quality and safety.

Colour: Forecasting to Retails - 15 credits
You will gain specialist knowledge and insightful understanding of colour communication and forecasting relationships for textile technology, fashion technology, and retailing. You will be equipped with the skills to apply colour theory in the textile design process from the perspective of the designer, the technologist and the consumer.

Healthcare Materials and Products - 15 credits
You will be introduced to the foundations in polymer science and textiles (synthetic and natural polymers, contemporary classes of healthcare materials and technological advances) that are critical for the development of healthcare materials and products. You will be equipped with specific knowledge on synthetic and manufacturing processes that are commonly used in the industry to realise healthcare materials and products. 

The full list of optional modules can be read in the course catalogue.