MSc in Green and Sustainable Chemistry


Program Description

Explore the latest developments in sustainable chemistry on our interdisciplinary programme.

  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Duration: 1 year full-time
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 with significant chemical content (or international equivalent)
  • IELTS: 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element
  • UK/EU fees: £8010
  • International fees: £24390
  • Start date: September
  • Course location: University Park
  • School/Department: Science, Chemistry


Key facts

  • Explore the latest developments in sustainable chemistry
  • Benefit from world-class facilities and our strong links with industry
  • Learn from the experts on our interdisciplinary programme

Explore green and sustainable chemistry

Chemistry plays a key role in our search for better medicines to improve healthcare in an ageing population, for safer agrochemicals to aid food production for a growing population, and for advanced materials for new technologies. Our objective is to ensure that chemistry is sustainable.

Be part of a new generation of scientists being trained to find the innovative sustainable resource and energy-efficient solutions that have a low environmental impact, demonstrate social responsibility and make a positive contribution to economic growth.

Discover many aspects of modern sustainable chemistry including:

  • Feedstocks
  • Energy
  • Sustainable synthesis (including biocatalysis)
  • Industrial process design

You will develop an excellent knowledge of contemporary methods of synthesis, analysis and process design optimised for both energy and reaction mass efficiency.

Equip yourself with the tools to critically evaluate comparable reaction pathways and make decisions in the design of efficient chemical processes key to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and other chemical-using industries.

Learn from the experts in this interdisciplinary programme which capitalises on strong established links between the School of Chemistry, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Nottingham Business School.

Undertake original research

A highlight of the course is a two-month, 60-credit summer research project in original experimental work.

You will be supervised by one or more academic staff members and will join an active research group.

Projects are typically selected in March, and after background literature searching and planning through the closely linked 20-credit module Research Planning and Management, experimental work on the project starts in June.

Course structure


  • Innovation and Technology Transfer
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Energy and Feedstocks
  • Sustainable Synthesis: Biological Approaches
  • Sustainable Synthesis: Chemical Approaches
  • From Bench to the Bank
  • Sustainability in Action
  • Chemistry in-silico
  • Sustainability Research Project
  • Research Planning and Management

You can choose 20 credits of optional modules. These may be from the School of Chemistry or from another school/department.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.

Teaching methods and assessment

This degree is a one-year, full-time programme, consisting of lectures, workshops, seminars and an experimental research project.

Assessments will take place through coursework throughout the year and in examinations, which usually take place in January and May or June of each year.


Many of our masters students undertake research in the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory which opened at the university in 2017.

Designed to offset the carbon emissions from construction, the award-winning building demonstrates our commitment to sustainable chemistry as well as providing excellent facilities for our students and researchers.

The building houses around 100 researchers with dedicated instrument rooms.

The School of Chemistry building on University Park Campus also offers laboratory and teaching space.

Careers and professional development


  • It is thought that by 2040, an average Chinese household will consume nearly twice as much electricity as today (World Energy Outlook 2017)
  • Market growth in the chemicals industry continues. In India, it is projected to reach $304 bn by 2025 (Invest India)
  • An increasing world population could lead to a $12 trillion market opportunity in food and agriculture; cities; energy and materials; and health and wellbeing (UK Chemistry Growth)

What these statistics from reports tell us is that chemistry is going to be at the centre of solving some of the world's biggest challenges. It is an exciting time to join the industry where you can make a difference.

Graduates from our master's courses can expect to move into a range of scientific careers, including further study at the doctoral level and employment with companies across the chemicals, materials, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strong industrial links, including industrial participation in the delivery of material and opportunities to carry out industrially supported research projects, will further enhance your employability.

Other graduates choose to progress to PhD study in a related subject area at the University of Nottingham or at other universities.

Average starting salary and career progression

97.4% of postgraduates in the School of Chemistry secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £29,301 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £37,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.

You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Fees and funding

Additional costs

As a student on this course, we do not anticipate any extra significant costs, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies which you would need to factor into your budget. Essential safety equipment is provided.

Scholarships and bursaries

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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The Faculty of Science undertakes world-class research spanning wide-ranging topics including quantum physics, plant genomics, human imaging, sustainable chemistry, neuroscience, mathematical modelling and beyond. We work closely with industry on the training of the next generation of scientists and collaborate worldwide to ensure our research has a major societal impact. The Faculty of Science comprises seven schools and has strong links with the School of Life Sciences and School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Schools from within the faculty also collaborate with those from the University's other faculties to form various research centres and research institutes. Read less
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