POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN CHEMISTRY. Professor Martin Wills Director of Postgraduate Studies Department of Chemistry Secretary: Mr Jeremy Ireland. POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN CHEMISTRY. Contents: What postgraduate programmes are available? Why do postgraduate research?
Professor Martin Wills
Director of Postgraduate Studies
Department of Chemistry
Secretary: Mr Jeremy Ireland.
What postgraduate programmes are available?
Why do postgraduate research?
What are the entry requirements?
How do I apply?
How do I get funding?
PG’s are also sought for their level of skills which transfer into a range of sectors not just those in chemical research.
‘I haven’t been able to get a job, so I might as well do a PhD because I need the money’
Research is hard work, with no promise of success, and only you can get the results!
If you are not motivated then don’t do it.
PhD entry requirements
BSc: First or 2:1 degree
MChem: First, 2.1 or 2:2 degree*
* Special case has to be made.
BSc: 2:2 degree followed by MSc
MSc entry requirements
BSc: First, 2:1 or 2:2 degree
Think carefully before you apply for a PhD direct from BSc…
Be sure to talk to current PhD students as well as supervisors for a true reflection of the Warwick PG experience.
Note – Warwick system offers studentship without automatic link to funding – you should discuss this with supervisor and/or Director of Graduate Studies.
From October 2010
WPRS Grant will pay EPSRC level stipend pa
ALL fees also covered.
Normal intake PhD 30-35, MSc 8-12+
Different grants available
Government research councils (EPSRC/BBSRC) 10-12
Industrial sponsored grants (CASE, ChemD) 2-7
Warwick Sponsored grants (WPRS) 1-2
Self funded any no.
Charities, EU any no.
Progress monitored by
First year: 3 month report, then full report/viva at end of year.
Second year: 1 report/viva at end of year, poster presentation.
Third year: lecture to department.
Vivas with advisory committee of 2 members of staff in field of study (not supervisor).
Instrumental and Analytical Methods in
Biological and Environmental Chemistry (IAMBEC)
Changing to a new course in 2010.
MSc and PhD at interfaces between disciplines
MOAC (Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry)
~10 studentships available for 2010 for UK students
(not Dr. Alison Roger…)
The interface between Physical, Mathematical and Biological Sciences is one of the key development areas of modern science.
Crossing the interface, the Molecular Organisation and Assembly in Cells (MOAC) PhD Programme at Warwick provides the opportunity to combine the abilities and knowledge of several disciplines into one multidisciplinary research project, with a one year MSc programme also available.
Train Research Students with integrated MSc+PhD (4 year) programmes
resulting in MSc after year 1 and PhD after year 4
Multi/Cross/Trans Disciplinary each PhD supervised across 2 depts; discipline hoppers.
Significant emphasis on Transferable Skills Team building, communication of science, decision making, leadership, ethics, finances, research proposals, careers
Research and training community
8 taught modules Oct-March
- core module
Miniprojects April-Sept in different disciplines
2 x 12 weeks (Systems Biology, Complexity)
3 x 8 weeks (MOAC)
PhD project – topic chosen by students towards
the end of MSc year
Cross-department (2 supervisors)
Monitored by DTC
examined on thesis
W Int-Disc. Sci.TransferableSkills
PhD three years
Emphasise quantitative methodologies
Core MOAC research tools requires broad-based scientists
Structure is key to function
Research activity across disciplines
Expect to see increasing activity
Current technologies are not adequate
Potential for significant collaboration with Systems Biology and Complexity