Chemistry MChem Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
F101

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Chemists are great problem solvers and analytical thinkers; they have been instrumental in developing our modern world. Our Chemistry degree equips you with a multidisciplinary skill set that will prepare you for your career.

Our four-year MChem degree programme allows you to explore advanced core topics, including chemical synthesis and materials, chemical physics and analysis, chemical computation and theory, and chemical biology. It also contains a significant research component, where you will work for 20 weeks on a contemporary research problem in one of our research groups.

We offer a diverse range of modules that are develop­ed, taught and assessed by world-leading academics, whose cutting-edge research continually shapes the content that they teach. Our modern approach combines the traditionally segregated subjects of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and teaches chemistry in logical stages. As part of the degree, you will receive an expansive introduction to the foundations of chemistry, from the fundamentals of atoms and molecules, to chemical reaction kinetics. Later years build on these foundations, and develop advanced knowledge and skills in modern chemical theory and contemporary practical techniques.

In your first year you will study the core chemistry modules (comprising two-thirds of the year) along with your free choice of optional modules that can be selected from other subject areas taught in the University. Throughout your degree, you will develop your practical skills in our brand-new, research-grade labs, with access to an impressive range of equipment.  Alongside the technical knowledge, you will gain excellent transferable skills in communication, research, data analysis, mathematics and computation, and analytic and logical thinking; all of which can applied to many different career paths.

Your second year builds upon the broad fundamentals of first year, and 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.

In your third year, you will study a range of advanced topics, as well as a research skills module to hone your research skills and further equip you with techniques relevant to your final year research project. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of optional modules in more specialised areas of chemistry.

Your final year will enable you to apply your skills by undertaking a major research project, which provides an exciting opportunity for you to address a significant research problem as part of one of our research groups, alongside postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff. Additionally, you will study a series of advanced taught modules that allow you to examine areas of chemistry in greater depth.

We are a modern and inclusive department committed to small group teaching which we believe fosters a highly supportive and productive learning environment. In keeping with the University’s ethos, we value the importance of maintaining an excellent student-to-staff ratio, and we want to ensure that you are treated as an individual. Our new Chemistry Building offers space to socialise, as well as facilities to help you excel in your studies. Our open-door policy enables students to call in for help and advice at any time.

Study Abroad option

The MChem programme is also offered with an integrated Study Abroad year, where you can expand your horizons in locations such as North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. As the degree shares a common first- and second-year with the BSc programme, there is flexibility to switch between programmes once you are in Lancaster (subject to academic requirements).

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Chemists are great problem solvers and analytical thinkers; they have been instrumental in developing our modern world. Our Chemistry degree equips you with a multidisciplinary skill set that will prepare you for your career.

    Our four-year MChem degree programme allows you to explore advanced core topics, including chemical synthesis and materials, chemical physics and analysis, chemical computation and theory, and chemical biology. It also contains a significant research component, where you will work for 20 weeks on a contemporary research problem in one of our research groups.

    We offer a diverse range of modules that are develop­ed, taught and assessed by world-leading academics, whose cutting-edge research continually shapes the content that they teach. Our modern approach combines the traditionally segregated subjects of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and teaches chemistry in logical stages. As part of the degree, you will receive an expansive introduction to the foundations of chemistry, from the fundamentals of atoms and molecules, to chemical reaction kinetics. Later years build on these foundations, and develop advanced knowledge and skills in modern chemical theory and contemporary practical techniques.

    In your first year you will study the core chemistry modules (comprising two-thirds of the year) along with your free choice of optional modules that can be selected from other subject areas taught in the University. Throughout your degree, you will develop your practical skills in our brand-new, research-grade labs, with access to an impressive range of equipment.  Alongside the technical knowledge, you will gain excellent transferable skills in communication, research, data analysis, mathematics and computation, and analytic and logical thinking; all of which can applied to many different career paths.

    Your second year builds upon the broad fundamentals of first year, and 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.

    In your third year, you will study a range of advanced topics, as well as a research skills module to hone your research skills and further equip you with techniques relevant to your final year research project. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of optional modules in more specialised areas of chemistry.

    Your final year will enable you to apply your skills by undertaking a major research project, which provides an exciting opportunity for you to address a significant research problem as part of one of our research groups, alongside postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff. Additionally, you will study a series of advanced taught modules that allow you to examine areas of chemistry in greater depth.

    We are a modern and inclusive department committed to small group teaching which we believe fosters a highly supportive and productive learning environment. In keeping with the University’s ethos, we value the importance of maintaining an excellent student-to-staff ratio, and we want to ensure that you are treated as an individual. Our new Chemistry Building offers space to socialise, as well as facilities to help you excel in your studies. Our open-door policy enables students to call in for help and advice at any time.

    Study Abroad option

    The MChem programme is also offered with an integrated Study Abroad year, where you can expand your horizons in locations such as North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. As the degree shares a common first- and second-year with the BSc programme, there is flexibility to switch between programmes once you are in Lancaster (subject to academic requirements).

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level ABB

    Required Subjects A level grade BB in Chemistry and a further science from; Biology, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

    GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Chemistry HL and 6 in a further HL science subject

    BTEC May be considered alongside A level Chemistry grade B

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Year 4

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Chemistry graduates are well-positioned to enter a career with a competitive starting salary. Wherever your ambition takes you, we will teach relevant life and work-based skills to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career, as well as equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a chemist. As part of your degree, we offer tutorials and workshops to help you identify and develop your transferrable skills, and in second year, you will also study a careers skills module, that is designed to guide you towards your career aspirations.

    There are a wide variety of career paths open to you such as in pharmaceuticals, product development, postgraduate medicine, energy and more. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in academia. Our degrees offer a route into a career in teaching and research, allowing you to make a difference, such as contributing to curing diseases and protecting the environment. Both the Department and the University host regular career and networking events that offer an insight into science-based careers as well as enabling you to forge connections with industry.

    As a Chemistry graduate, you can also apply to become a chartered chemist by the Royal Society of Chemists. This is a recognised professional qualification that demonstrates to potential employers that you are committed to your profession, and that you've achieved an accredited standard of competence in addition to your qualifications.

    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.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

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

    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. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Around the world, the Society invests in educating future generations of scientists.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Around the world, the Society invests in educating future generations of scientists.

Learn More

Download the latest Chemistry brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

Facilities

A £26 million investment in our newly refurbished Faraday Building is benefiting students and researchers, with state-of-the-art laboratories as well as some of the best instrumentation in the UK.

Study Abroad

You may want to consider the Study Abroad variant of our programme. On this degree, your second year will be spent at one of our partner universities across the globe. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain valuable experience of a different social and academic environment.

Meet our Students

Discover what it is like to study Chemistry at Lancaster. Our students will tell you all about their special moments from their time at Lancaster.

Settling In

Settling In

Feeling Loved

Feeling Loved

Finding Your Inner Chemist

Finding Your Inner Chemist

Raising Your Game

Raising Your Game

A Sense of Achievement

A Sense of Achievement

Chemistry Goals

Chemistry Goals

Hello Future

At Lancaster, we don't just want you to pass your degree. We are dedicated to providing you with the best opportunities to begin your career.

Personal Development

Chemistry graduates tend to be great problem solvers, analytical thinkers and well organised. This is why chemists have been instrumental in developing our modern world. As well as developing your academic knowledge, we will help you to nurture the skills to start your career.

Employment Destinations

A chemistry degree opens up a wide range of employment opportunities. These jobs are not only in chemical industries but in forensics, teaching, medicine or public health. Our previous graduates have gone on to work for global companies such as BP Oil Company, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble.

Internships

You can apply for paid work experience through our internship programme. The programme provides full-time opportunities for students from July to September. Part-time internships are available all year round to fit around your studies.

Careers Support

You can access to our excellent careers service which offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. This includes one-to-one support and advice on work experience, employability skills and careers.

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