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Course overview

Students work on a research project in their chosen discipline and grow to become accomplished in the latest scientific developments in their field of research.

Our research staff ensure that all offered research projects are relevant to current industrial needs, providing highly employable skills to our graduates.


If you have any enquiries about the course content, please use these contact details for Mathematics.

October 2018
  • Thornton Science Park
1 year

Why Study Applied Science with us?

MRes Applied Sciences students take two taught modules at the start of the course before moving to the research component. You will choose your main discipline before joining the course, and this might include one of the following:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

You will then join a research team in the appropriate department and start working on the research project of your choice. A list of research projects along with potential supervisors follows below:

  • Analysis of the performance of a 20 kWe biomass fixed bed gasifier coupled to an internal combustion engine.
  • Techno-economic modelling of a small islanded micro-grid with multiple  generation and storage nodes.

For further information please contact Prof. John Brammer.

  • A study of siloxanes indoors and out; the effects of humans on their own environments
  • Measuring the effects of industrial air pollution on the indoor environment.
  • Developing portable air pollution sensor networks for human health research.
  • The development of UAV deployable air pollution sensors.

For further information please contact Dr. Gavin Phillips.

  • Improving the performance and durability of 2nd Generation hydrogen PEM fuel cells
  • Understanding 2nd Generation hydrogen PEM fuel cells
  • Increasing the power density of redox flow batteries
  • Fundamentals of carbon electrochemistry
  • Developing new ultra low cost electrochemical sensors

For further information please contact Dr. Trevor Davies.

  • Synthesis of new platinum compounds for cancer treatment.
  • Targeted delivery of platinum compounds for cancer treatment.

For further information please contact Dr. Gabriele Wagner.

  • Charge transfer at metal/organic and metal-oxide/organic interfaces.
  • Surface physics of metal oxides in the presence of defects and impurities.
  • Charge and exciton transport in π-conjugated materials.
  • Electron transport in single-molecule junctions.
  • Real-time attosecond electron dynamics in nano-clusters and molecules.

These projects are related to computational modelling of organic electronics and optoelectronics device applications. For further information please contact Dr. Theodoros Papadopoulos.

  • Trace element analysis in food chemistry.
  • Green chemistry with biodegradable polymers and non-toxic plasticisers.
  • Microporous stainless steel mesh for fuel cell applications.

For further information please contact Dr Claudia Swanson.

  • Investigation into the crystallisation of chemicals by polarisation-dependent Terahertz spectroscopy.
  • Fast, non-invasive Terahertz spectroscopy and imaging for quality control in mass production industrials.

For further information please contact Dr Bin Yang.

The programme is designed to be consistent with Section 4 of the QAA (2008) framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which identifies the necessary descriptors for L7 training.

Your successful portfolio would constitute an excellent start to your research career and ambitions.

Thornton Science Park

Our Faculty of Science and Engineering is based at Thornton Science Park just outside Chester. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, the campus continues the legacy of innovation in science and engineering in the North West.

The 66-acre site features purpose-built laboratories and industrial facilities to provide the best practical experience and learning opportunities. There are up-to-date computer facilities featuring fully licensed engineering, design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, a dedicated Games Zone and the on-site Sutton library.

Outside of lectures and practical sessions, you can make use of a variety of recreational spaces including a coffee bar and restaurant, fitness centre and all-weather pitch. A free shuttle bus is provided to transport students to and from Parkgate Road Campus, Chester.

Thornton is a working science park with a number of science and technology-based companies located on site, so students have the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focused environment.

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Warrington Date

  • Saturday 20th October

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 13th October (Maternal and Women’s Reproductive Health)
  • Saturday 27th October (Faculty of Education and Children’s Services)
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