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MSc in Green Chemistry and Industrial Sustainable Technology

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University of York Department of Chemistry
30 July 2012
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MSc in Green Chemistry and Industrial Sustainable Technology
Course fees - £4,620 UK/EU and £16,540 overseas

There is increasing pressure from both society and Governments for chemistry-based industries to become more sustainable through development of Eco-friendly products and processes that both reduce waste and prevent toxic substances from entering the environment. The Chemical Industry is vitally important to the World economy; however its success has led to some environmental damage and low public perception. In order to prevent further environmental damage and to encourage more young people into the industry, the public acceptability needs to be raised by, amongst other things, adoption of cleaner processes. Industry also needs to adopt new, renewable feedstocks and to design safer and more environmentally friendly products. Industry is making progress, but it is frequently commented that new graduates are not adequately equipped with the tools, techniques, and 'culture' to ensure that they can rapidly make a positive impact on industry's increasing requirement for clean technology. Globally there is a growing requirement for greener and more sustainable chemicals. In order to ensure the future success of chemistry-based and chemical-dependent industries, it is vital to equip students with the requisite tools, knowledge and experience. This MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology course is designed to fulfil this need.

This innovative course, which is run in collaboration with chemical, pharmaceutical and other companies as well as environmental organisations, will equip graduates with the necessary skills in green chemistry and green chemical technology for a career in research, process development, environmental and legal services, consultancy and government.
The start of the course includes modules on various aspects of clean technology and green chemistry delivered by York and external academic and industrial experts. Other modules cover advanced chemistry topics, supporting modules on commercialisation, intellectual property and business, as well as optional transferable skills modules on IT and employability.
During the latter part of the course students will complete a research project. The course is flexible enough to incorporate research projects being carried out solely in York or industry or in a combination of the two. Students currently employed by industry will be able to carry out their research project in the sponsoring company, but the project will be subject to the approval and supervision by an academic supervisor. In the last few academic years, projects have been undertaken with Infineum, BP, Botanix, Cytec, Marks & Spencer, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, Unilever, Johnson Matthey and British Sugar.

For more information about the MSc programme, please click on the 'Apply  Now' button to email Alice Clifford or Rachel Crooks. 

It is also possible to take selected modules and gain credits towards a recognised certificate or diploma, either as stand alone qualifications, or as stepping-stones towards the full MSc. For more details, click on the 'Apply Now' button to send us an The Department of Chemistry is pleased to offer bursaries to students from the UK and EU who are eligible to pay fees at the ‘home’ rate who have, or expect to achieve, at least an upper second class degree or the equivalent in Chemistry or a relevant related subject. The value of the bursary will usually cover the cost of the course fees. Each bursary application will be considered on its own merit and awards will be made based on the applicant’s academic excellence and financial need. Other students from overseas have been supported by the British Council or by schemes largely or partially administered by the British Council. However, please note that bids to the British Council must be made in the year preceding the start of the course. 

The University of York is at the forefront in education and research in Green Chemistry. The main centre of activities is the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE). The GCCE houses the Green Chemistry Research Group which includes over 30 graduate and postdoctoral researchers working in collaboration with industry on the development of environmentally friendly chemical products and processes. The Group has a research income of over £1M per annum. Outstanding achievements in research have led to awards and honours from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Chemical Industry, the European Union and the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacture, as well as features on TV and radio. The Group has excellent links with many organisations around the World. There are several other research groups at York interested in aspects of Green Chemistry including catalysis, materials and sustainable development. The GCC also houses the Green Chemistry Network and Green Chemistry Centre for Industrial Collaboration providing links with many chemical and other companies. The Green Chemistry research group also has close links to the newly expanded scale-up facility at the Biorenewables Development Centre. The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence is expecting to move into brand new purpose built facilities in 2013/14.


University of York Department of Chemistry

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