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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?

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POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN CHEMISTRY

Professor Martin Wills

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Department of Chemistry

Secretary: Mr Jeremy Ireland.

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POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN CHEMISTRY

Contents:

What postgraduate programmes are available?

Why do postgraduate research?

What are the entry requirements?

What Subject?

How do I apply?

How do I get funding?

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What type of postgraduate degrees can I do?

  • Masters degrees, MSc (1 year).
  • Taught masters Instrumental and Analytical Methods in Biological and Environmental Chemistry (IAMBEC)
  • Research masters; MSc by research.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, PhD (3 - 4 years).
  • Research (Chemistry) 3-3.5 years.
  • Research with additional taught courses. (Chemistry with Industrial collaboration). Funding not now available.
  • Molecular OrganisationandAssembly in Cells (MOAC) – a four year degree.
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Why undertake Postgraduate study?

  • I really enjoy my subject and want to learn more.
  • I wish to have a career in research in the chemical industry
  • I wish to have a career in any aspect of the chemical industry
  • I don’t wish to have a career in chemistry but it will get me a
  • better job
  • 5) I don’t know what to do at this stage and would like to keep my options open.

PG’s are also sought for their level of skills which transfer into a range of sectors not just those in chemical research.

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A Good Reason to NOT Undertake

Postgraduate study

‘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.

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What are the entry requirements?

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…

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How do I apply – to Warwick?

  • Decide what type of degree to apply for.
  • Decide who you would like to work for (with?).
  • Fill in application forms online,
  • Accept formal offer.

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.

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Funding your studies

  • Determine the area of research that interests you
  • Identify academics who have grants.
  • Or
  • Apply for Warwick Postgraduate Studentship (first round closing date is 30th Nov 2009).
  • Or any other scheme you may know of.

From October 2010

WPRS Grant will pay EPSRC level stipend pa

ALL fees also covered.

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PhD’s at Warwick

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.

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PhD progression and monitoring

  • Assigned supervisor (day to day supervision)
  • Assigned advisory committee (monitors progress independently)

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).

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Taught Masters

Instrumental and Analytical Methods in

Biological and Environmental Chemistry (IAMBEC)

Changing to a new course in 2010.

  • Eight Taught 2 week modules on different analytical techniques
  • Five month research project in the area of Analytical Chemistry
  • Modules examined by written exams
  • Research project examined by thesis
  • Typical funding 5-6 EPSRC grants of ca. £12,000 plus fees
  • Apply online
interdisciplinary science degrees at the warwick doctoral training centres

Interdisciplinary Science degrees at the Warwick Doctoral Training Centres

MSc and PhD at interfaces between disciplines

MOAC (Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry)

Systems Biology

Complexity Science

~10 studentships available for 2010 for UK students

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Professor Alison Rodger

a.rodger@warwick.ac.uk

(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.

essence of a dtc
Essence of a DTC

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

training structure
Training Structure

8 taught modules Oct-March

TransferableSkills

- core module

MSc

one year

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

Certificate

60 CATS

PhD three years

moac scientific theme
MOAC: Scientific theme

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