Masters by Research inĀ Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis at University of Glasgow

Heterogeneous catalysis is a key enabler of the chemical industry from refinery to pharmaceuticals. The sectors within which this process has applications includes the pharmaceutical, research and commercial product development, manufacturing and sustainable energy sectors (such as Biodiesel). This programme is designed to give students the practical skills to undertake independent research in heterogeneous catalysis and to supply a thorough theoretical understanding of industrial heterogeneous catalysis. Previous knowledge of catalysis is not required.


  • We have research programmes covering: new catalytic materials, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, energy, fuels and catalyst deactivation.
  • Research at the School of Chemistry has developed and grown over the years. Our Heter-ogeneous Catalysis Section has some of the best-equipped labs in the UK, attracting industrial support from companies such as: Johnson Matthey, BP, Syngenta, SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Huntsman, Sasol, Invista & Innospec.
  • This programme is designed to give students the appropriate practical research skills and theoretical knowledge to embark on a future career in industry or academia.
  • Students complete two projects with two supervisors: one University of Glasgow academic staff and the second ex-industry honorary University of Glasgow staff.
  • To further enhance this programme, it is intended to build it around a series of short courses that will be accessible to industry.
  • Our research facilities, which will be used for projects, include a suite of reactors with operating windows of 1-100 barg, sub-ambient to >1000 K and a range of characterization techniques equipped with environmental cells.
  • The school has an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating the schoolā€™s commitment to supporting women in scientific studies and careers, and to improving the working environment for all.

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