Dr Paul Thornton

Studying an MSc in Chemistry enhances the job prospects of students in a wide range of industrial sectors, from the pharmaceutical industry to the world of scientific publishing, and beyond. The highly-varied career choices that are available to you upon gaining an MSc in Chemistry is reflected by the versatile nature of our course; you may focus on areas of chemistry that relate to food science and nutrition, chemical biology or polymer chemistry, amongst others, depending on your personal desire and/or career aspirations. The taught content offers a choice over which particular topics you will study, ensuring that the course is both enjoyable and beneficial to all.

As a Chemist with industrial and academic experience both within the UK and Ireland, I fully appreciate the importance of practical chemistry skills in many Chemistry-related industries. Consequently, the MSc in Chemistry course is comprised of in-excess of 60% practical-based modules. Initially, tuition classes are offered to ensure that each student possesses fundamental laboratory skills, providing hands-on experience of relevant techniques to ensure comprehensive training for all.  This acts as the basis for the independent research project that you will undertake in your chosen area of chemistry under the supervision of a specialist supervisor and research group.

As the programme leader for the MSc in Chemistry, I would be delighted to welcome you to join our course, and the community of postgraduate students here within the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds. I commenced employment at the University of Leeds in 2013, and provide Polymer Chemistry lectures to students at all undergraduate and MSc levels. Recently I was awarded the Inspirational Teaching Award at the faculty Partnership Awards on the basis of student nominations. I have a strong enthusiasm for the advancement of Chemistry research and tuition, and take great delight in sharing this passion with the students here at the University of Leeds.

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To find out more about my research activities, the students I am supervising and some of my recent publications visit my staff page.