MSc by research and Opportunity Bristol Scholarships

Opportunity Bristol provides financial support to UK students from Black backgrounds to undertake a research-related Masters degree. Examples of MSc by research programmes eligible for Opportunity Bristol Scholarships are given below on this page. The final University deadline is Monday 25th April. 

Profiles of some of our MSc by research students can be found below.

Below are listed general examples of MSc by research programmes hosted by the School of Chemistry for 2022/23, these are open to all applicants. If you are interested other research areas, please feel free to contact the relevant academic by email and copy your email to chem-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

 

Construction of multi-catalytic protocells for effective CO2 fixation and conversion

Main supervisor: Dr. Avinash Patil

For information on this project see MScR project profile AJP-2022 (PDF, 274kB)

Calculating photoabsorption cross-sections for atmospheric volatile organic compounds

‌Main supervisor: Dr. Basile Curchod

For information on this project see MScR project profile Curchod - 08-06-22 (PDF, 225kB)

Simulating Next Generation Organic Light Emitting Diodes

Main supervisor: Laura Ratcliff

For information on this project see MScR_project - Laura Ratcliff -11-07-22 (PDF, 230kB)

New photocatalytic strategies for organic synthesis with ketyl radicals

Main supervisor: Dr. Adam Noble

For information on this project see MScR project profile AN - 08.07.2022 (PDF, 147kB) 

 

Empower – Artificial Muscles From Polymeric Architectures

Main supervisor: Professor Charl FJ Faul

For information on this project see Faul_MscR ArtificialMuscle_Final (PDF, 204kB)

Conjugated microporous polymers for the removal of toxic elements from water

Main supervisor: Professor Charl FJ Faul

For information on this project see Faul_MscR CMPH2Opurification_Final (PDF, 212kB)

Conjugated microporous polymers for gas capture and conversion

‌Main supervisor: Professor Charl FJ Faul

For information on this project see Faul_MScR project_CMPsCO2_Final (PDF, 192kB)

Supramolecular Polymers via Emulsion Polymerisation and Microfluidics Techniques

Main supervisor: Professor Charl FJ Faul

For information on this project see Faul_MScR project_MFSEP_Final (PDF, 221kB)

Chemical Modification of PDI-Based Supramolecular Polymers

Main supervisor: Professor Charl FJ Faul

For information on this project see Faul_MScR project_NPDIFinal (PDF, 340kB)

Pioneering Novel Single Droplet Mass Spectrometry Tools to Investigate Aerosol Chemistry

Main supervisor: Dr. Bryan Bzdek

For information on this project see MScR project profile_Bzdek 2022 (PDF, 155kB)

 

New environmentally safe non-fluorinated surfactants for fire-fighting foams

Main supervisor: Professor Julian Eastoe

For information on this project see MScR Project Profile - New environmentally safe non-fluorinated surfactants (PDF, 298kB)

 

Magnetic Surfactants for Stimuli Responsive Interfaces and Dispersions

Main Supervisor: Prof. Julian Eastoe

For information on this project see MScR project profile JE (PDF, 62kB) Apply Here

A new material for improved electronics

Main supervisor: Professor Simon Hall

For information on this project see MScR Project Profile - A new material for improved electronics (PDF, 183kB)

N‌ew organic co-crystals for improved solar cells

Main supervisor: Professor Simon Hall

For information on this project see MScR Project Profile - New organic co-crystals for improved solar cells (PDF, 275kB)

A‌ new transparent conductive material for improved solar cells

Main supervisor: Professor Simon Hall

For information on this project see MScR Project Profile - A new transparent conductive material (PDF, 200kB)

Testing and cleaning water with fluorescent polymers

Main Supevisor: Dr Sebastien Rochat 

For information on this project see Testing and cleaning water with fluorescent polymers (PDF, 194kB)

Turning sunlight into fuels: discovery of new catalysts for renewable energies

Main Supevisor: Dr Sebastien Rochat 

For information on this project see ‌

Digital Chemistry – Machine learning, computation and chemical properties

Main Supervisor: Professor Craig Butts

For information on this project see Digital Chemistry – Machine learning, computation and chemical properties (PDF, 160kB)

Design of new fluorescent sensors for measuring heme in cells

Main Supervisor: Professor Emma Raven

For information on this project see MScR project profile E Raven (sensors) - 04-07-22 (PDF, 220kB) 

 

Mechanisms of oxygen activation in biology

Main Supervisor: Professor Emma Raven

For information on this project see MScR project profile E Raven (mechanism) - 04-07-22 (PDF, 243kB)

Exploring Atmospheric Photochemistry using Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy

Main Supervisor: Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing

For information on this project see MScR project profile AJOE June 2021 - JE 02-07-21 (PDF, 86kB) Apply Here

 

Enhancing Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis with Deep Learning 

Main Supervisor: Prof. Paul Bartlett

For information on this project see Enhancing Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis with Deep Learning (PDF, 275kB) Apply Here

 

Digital Self-Assembly: Learning to Grow

Main Supervisor: Prof. Paul Bartlett

For information on this project see MScR-project-profile-PB-06012021DSA (PDF, 190kB) Apply Here

 

Investigating Molecule-Environment Interactions with Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy 

Main Supervisor: Dr. Tom Oliver

For information on this project see MScR project TAAO (PDF, 326kB) ‌Apply Here

 

Molecules on Graphene as Functional Nanocomposites 

Main Supervisor: Dr. Wuge Briscoe 

For information on this project see MScR project profile Briscoe graphene (PDF, 86kB) ‌ Apply Here

 

Self-assembly and Interactions of Bacterial Membrane Lipids 

Main Supervisor: Dr. Wuge Briscoe 

For information on this project see MScR project profile Briscoe LPS (PDF, 292kB) Apply Here

 

U-RHYTHM: A novel technology for investigating dynamics of ultra-hydrophobic sex and thyroid hormones in humans

Supervisors: Dr. Wuge Briscoe , Dr Thomas Upton (thomas.upton@bristol.ac.uk) and Prof. Stafford Lightman FRS (stafford.lightman@bristol.ac.uk) (Bristol Medical School)

For information on this project see MScR project profile Lightman-Upton-Briscoe v4 (PDF, 72kB)  Apply Here 

 

MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

In addition, the School of Chemistry has a number of projects which are part of the new Cabot Institute Master’s by Research programme. Please see below for available opportunities, and contact cabot-masters@bristol.ac.uk if you have any enquiries.

 

Examples of MScR projects for 2023 entry

MScR Projects 2022-23 02.08.22 examples (PDF, 3,889kB)

MSc by research alumni

Saachi Sennik 

Picture of Saachi Sennik, and MSc by research student

"I decided to join the University of Bristol after I attended an open day: I loved the city and Chemistry facilities, so I knew that I wanted to study here. After I completed my undergraduate degree at another university, the Master of Science by Research in Chemistry offered at Bristol seemed ideal for me. Firstly, there are no timed exams, and secondly, I could choose the area of Chemistry that I wanted to work in. Upon arriving here, I found there to be even more flexibility and was able to tailor my project to suit my interests.

My supervisor has been very open to my ideas, and we work together to develop experiments that I find interesting for my research project. Studying a one-year research course can be intense as you must learn how to work in a laboratory quickly and how to design experiments that are realistic. My supervisor has been very helpful in steering my more ambitious ideas to make them feasible. If I suggest an idea that I am interested to explore, but not 100% sure of, my supervisor has always found a way to guide me.

The extensive postgraduate research facilities at Bristol are also great resources to help bring my ideas for experiments to life.  In addition, because Bristol is a large university, there are lots of societies and social events to become involved with. For example, I joined the run club and have met lots of other researchers who are doing other interesting projects – this has been a great way to network and generate ideas for my own research. The main thing I have learnt in Bristol is how to spot opportunities and find information, both for my research and for my life!"

Dania Binti Md Khairuldin 

A picture of Dania Binti Md Khairuldin, an MSc by research student

"I chose the University of Bristol due to its ranking and reputation. When I applied, the School of Chemistry was already highly rated for research, but as of May 2022 it is officially Number 1 for research in the UK! Therefore, I feel that being a student at the University of Bristol will be of great help to realise my ambitions for a successful professional career. Additionally, Bristol is very well situated close to other major cities like London, Cardiff and Birmingham, with easy access by train and the motorways M4 and M5.

I arrived wanting to study with the best. I am supervised by a top-class Professor who has given me tremendous support throughout my study. I am also working in a lab with several PhD students and a fellow MSc by research student who have also given me both scientific and social support. I have been exposed to different working environments, many new experimental techniques, and I have access to a wide range of state-of-the art facilities to further my research. Outside of the research group, I also have access to technicians and workshops, as well as Academic research seminars. At Bristol there are many ways for me to gain knowledge and develop new skills, and I intend to make full use of them.

I found the wide diversity of the different communities in Bristol very attractive. As an international student coming from a completely different background, settling in was not as hard as I thought it would be. I have grown fond of the beautiful surrounding countryside and all that city life has to offer."

 

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