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Chemistry / North America MChem

What will you study?

During the first year of your degree, you will cover many of the fundamentals of chemistry, and you will learn about its relevance to the other natural sciences; for example, how it relates to biology, mathematics and physics. You will also have the opportunity to significantly develop your practical chemistry skills. One third of first year is free choice—you can choose to study modules offered by other departments in the University.

Second year courses build upon the broad fundamentals of first year, where you will cover some familiar topics in more detail, such as organic synthesis, spectroscopy and kinetics, while new, more advanced topics are introduced, such as d-metal chemistry, soft-matter chemistry and quantum chemistry. Practical laboratory classes will form a large part of your modules. You will also learn many additional transferable skills.

You spend your third year of study at one of our partner universities in North America where you will be able to choose from a wide variety of optional modules in more specialised areas of chemistry.

In your fourth year, you will carry out a major research project, working alongside our research staff and postgraduate students. Our staff have varied research interests, and are particularly interested in inter-disciplinary projects that cross the typical subject boundaries. The modules on offer in your final year will enable you to explore the latest advances in chemistry research and how these will contribute to solving some of society’s biggest challenges.

Where could it take you?

Chemistry graduates find employment in areas such as pharmaceuticals, product development, postgraduate medicine, research, teaching, protecting the environment, energy and more. Your degree equips you with up to date skills and knowledge allowing you to embark on a challenging and rewarding career.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2016:

Grade Requirements

A Level A*AA-AAA including grade A Chemistry and a further science subject

International Baccalaureate 38-36 points overall with 17-16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and a further science subject

BTEC Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject including sufficient Chemistry and science content at Distinction. BTEC qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units. Access qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly

Essential Subjects

A range of Advanced/Higher Level subjects, including Chemistry and further science from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology is required for entry

GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)

IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

Further Information

General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level

Combination of Qualifications We welcome applications from students with a combination of qualifications, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly for further advice

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via ugadmissons@lancaster.ac.uk

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.