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F101 MChem Chemistry with a six month placement (4 yrs)

Our first single honours MChem Chemistry degree with Professional Training. Many students have since graduated from this programme and taken up successful careers within chemistry as well as the wider working environment.

Introducing your course

This integrated masters, the first of its kind in the UK, combines the background and experience of our MChem courses, with a distinctive six-month placement. Intended for ambitious undergraduates with career aspirations in academic or commercial research, it offers industrial placements in the UK and across the world, and academic placements outside the UK.

With opportunities to work in locations such as the US, Australia, Singapore and across Europe, this RSC-accredited degree programme provides excellent career development opportunities.

 

Overview

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The MChem Chemistry degree single and combined Honours programmes aim to enhance your sense of enthusiasm for chemistry and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating experience of learning in a supportive environment. You will gain extensive in-depth knowledge and understanding of chemistry and related subjects, as well as a comprehensive training in practical chemistry and an appreciation of the importance of the discipline in different contexts. We will provide a sound basis for a successful career as a professional chemist and provide opportunities for you to develop a range of transferable skills for both chemical and non-chemical careers.

You will also have the opportunity to work on an original project during a six month work placement  in an industrial or academic research laboratory to equip you for a successful career as a professional chemist and enable you to fulfil the requirements of the Royal Society of Chemistry for the CChem qualification.

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To Apply

All applications for this MChem Chemistry degree are via UCAS, the course code is F101. For more information, visit the how to apply section of the website.

Accreditation

Our integrated masters degrees in chemistry are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - when you graduate, you will be eligible for full membership status (MRSC) and you will have met the academic requirements to become a Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Programme Structure

Each academic year of your MChem degree in chemistry degree is identified as a level: the first year is Level 1 (often called fundamental); the second year is Level 2 (intermediate); the third year is Level 3 (advanced); and the fourth year is Level 6 (master's). You are required to undertake a specified number of courses (otherwise called units) in each of these levels.

Each year on this chemistry degree you will complete studies which collectively have a value of 120 credit points (CP). A credit point is a measure of the volume of study associated with each academic course that you study. One CP approximates to ten hours of study and this includes timetabled learning, private learning, revision and assessment.

Every course in chemistry and other subjects that you might study normally carry a credit point rating of 15CP. As a consequence you take eight courses in each academic year and these will normally be distributed evenly in each semester.

You will study a proportion of core courses in the first three years of your MChem Chemistry degree.  The proportion of core courses is higher in the first two years and lower in the third year to allow for the selection of advanced chemistry electives. In your fourth year you will generally be free to control your chemistry curriculum and will not be required to take any core courses.

All single honours programmes offer the chance for you to take a subset of your studies outside chemistry if you are interested in doing so. In the first year, three courses may be studied in other sciences or in specialist areas of chemistry and in the second year, two courses may be taken in this way.

Key Facts

The course incorporates a six month placement, which usually takes place at the beginning of Year 4 of the course.

The National Student Survey 2015 (NSS)

 

  • MChem Chemistry with a six month placement scored an overall satisfaction of 100%
  • 95% of our MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course
  • 100% of our MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied that staff were good at explaining things on their course
  • 100% of our MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied that staff made the subject interesting
  • 97% of our MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources on their course
  • 100% of our MChem Chemistry with a six month placement students were satisfied or very satisfied that as a result of the course, they felt confident in tackling unfamiliar problems

 

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“To be able to gain industrial experience while still doing the degree was a major influence when deciding to choose this course.”

Duncan Parker - MChem Chemistry with six-month placement

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSEIf you are not studying Maths at A level (or equivalent), we prefer an A grade in GCSE Mathematics but a B grade will be considered. Otherwise, our minimum requirement is grade C in Maths and English. This is supplementary to your A level (or equivalent) qualifications. For details of our English Language entry requirements please click here.
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

Our typical offers for students who are studying 3 A-levels are:

AAA, for students taking Chemistry with one other acceptable science or mathematics subject.

AAB, for students taking Chemistry with two other acceptable science or mathematics subject.

Each application is considered on its own merit. Standard offers are made based on the application as a whole, including combination of subjects taken, and predicted grades. Offers may be subject to adjustment, based on discussion with the applicant, formal interview (if deemed necessary), or on a contextual basis. Under certain circumstances we may make an offer to an individual applicant which differs from those outlined above.

Students studying Chemistry, with no additional acceptable science/maths subject, may be interviewed to determine suitability for the course. We may also in some circumstances, recommend an alternative offer for the BSc programme. However, our flexible programme structure would allow transfer to this MChem programme, pending good performance in Year 1.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points on the IB scale with: 18 points at Higher Level, to include Chemistry with one other acceptable science or mathematics subject at Higher Level. 17 points at Higher Level, to include Chemistry with two other acceptable science or mathematics subject at Higher Level. The same consideration will be given to IB students studying Chemistry, with no additional acceptable science/maths subject at Higher Level, as those A-level students, as detailed above.
Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

AAAA(AA) – AAAB(AB), to include Chemistry with one other acceptable science or maths subject at Advanced Higher.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A1 – A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A2, to include Chemistry with at least one other acceptable science/maths subject at Higher Level.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3D3D3 – D3D3M2

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass in core (2014) or A in core (2015), plus A*A-AA, to include Chemistry plus one other acceptable science/maths subject. Not accepted where Chemistry is the only accompanying science/maths A-level.

European Baccalaureate

Average of 85-80% across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry and Maths.

Selection process:
Intake:
Total undergraduate intake 160-180
Average applications per place:
6

Once you have applied and submitted your application to study on this MChem degree programme your application will be sent to us by UCAS as soon as possible. On arrival, we consider every application on its individual merits and determine whether or not we are prepared to make an academic offer on the basis of the information provided.

If we decide that we will be able to make you an offer, we will send confirmation of your offer, and invite you to visit us on one of our UCAS Visit Days as a Post-Offer Applicant. These are usually hosted, on a Thursday (or Tuesday), during November, December and February.

We sometimes require a formal interview, prior to making an offer, to discuss aspects of your application, and to assess your Chemistry background in detail. In this case, you will be invited to attend one of our UCAS Visit Days, as a Pre-Offer Applicant.

The Chemistry UCAS Visit Day is your chance to get all the detailed information you need, and invaluable student feedback, to help you in making your decision at this stage in the application process.

You will have the opportunity to discuss anything related to your application and offer, in an informal Post-Offer Applicant 1-2-1 meeting with a member of academic staff, or Pre-Offer Applicant interview.

Our Admissions team and Admissions Tutor are always available to answer your enquiries and to discuss your application and offer in detail. Please contact us prior to your application, if you have any queries about your qualifications, the course requirements or the application process.

E-mail: ugafnes@soton.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310 / +44 (0)23 8059 7755

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

In each of the first three years of this integrated MChem Chemistry degree you will take certain compulsory core modules and a selection of approved optional modules to give a minimum of 120CP of study. The modules are graded introductory/fundamental (HE1), intermediate (HE2) and advanced (HE3): the first number in the module code also indicates the level of study in which the module is normally taken.   You will undertaken a sixth month placement during the fourth year. 

To help you see Chemistry in a broader context you will study over the four years at least 60CP of subjects that are academically and/or professionally related to Chemistry. A feature of the programme is the wide range of modules available for this purpose.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability". 

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 1

As a first year MChem Chemistry student you will study a set of core topics that are essential to your developing knowledge irrespective of the area that you eventually decide to specialise in.

Two optional modules from chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken. Normally one is taken in each semester.  In addition to the options listed below physics options are PHYS1005, PHYS1008 and PHYS1026.

Transfer opportunities to related programmes are available at the end of the year, subject to you fulfilling specific performance criteria.  Please refer to Progression rules and transfer opportunities in the programme overview tab.

Semester One

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester. Options are also available in physics.

Core
CHEM1031
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
CHEM1033
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry I
CHEM1035
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry I
Optional

LANGXX15 Language Module - Optional
LANGXX30 Language Module - Optional

CHEM1008
Environmental Chemistry 1: Aquatic Chemistry
SOES1008
Earth and ocean system
BIOL1010
Macromolecules of Life
BIOL1012
Systems Physiology
EDUC1036
An Introduction to Teaching Teachers
MATH1004
Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Oceanographers
MATH1008
Introduction to Mathematical Methods
Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester. semester.  In addition to the options listed below physics options are phys1005, phys1008, phys1026 and phys2003.

Optional

PHYS1005 Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science - Optional
LANGXX15 Language Module - Optional
LANGXX30 Language Module - Optional

BIOL1003
Ecology and Evolution
SOES1009
The living Earth
BIOL1014
Integrative Mammalian Physiology
BIOL1022
Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders
CHEM1040
Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
EDUC1035
Primary Education: systems and structures
EDUC1041
Secondary Education: Systems and Structures
MATH1009
Mathematical Methods for Scientists 1b
SOES1009
The living Earth
UOSM2001
Business Skills for Employability
UOSM2011
The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
UOSM2026
Ethics in Science, Engineering and Technology: Jekyll and Hyde
Core
CHEM1032
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
CHEM1034
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry II
CHEM1036
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry II

Year 2

Two optional courses from chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken. They can be taken in semester one or two. One course maybe taken from level 1 if not already taken in year 1.

Transfer opportunities are available at the end of the year to related programmes, subject to specific performance criteria. Please refer to Progression rules and transfer opportunities in the programme overview tab.

Semester One

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester. Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available. More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

Optional

LANGXX15 Language Module - Optional

BIOL1012
Systems Physiology
BIOL2004
Pure and applied population ecology
BIOL2010
Flow of Genetic Information
BIOL2012
Exploring Proteins: Structure and Function
BIOL2016
Pharmacology A
CHEM1008
Environmental Chemistry 1: Aquatic Chemistry
EDUC1036
An Introduction to Teaching Teachers
MATH1008
Introduction to Mathematical Methods
MATH2015
Mathematical Methods For Scientists
UOSM2013
Pathological Mechanisms of Disease
UOSM2015
Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment
Core
CHEM2001
Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHEM2013
Atomic and Molecular Interactions
CHEM2015
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I
Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester. Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available. More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

Optional

PHYS1026 Introduction to the Nanoworld - Optional
PHYS2015 Introduction to Energy in The Environment - Optional

BIOL2011
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
CHEM1040
Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHEM2010
Environmental Organic Chemistry
CHEM2017
Quantitative Models in Chemistry
BIOL2017
Pharmacology B
EDUC1035
Primary Education: systems and structures
EDUC1041
Secondary Education: Systems and Structures
SOES1009
The living Earth
SOES2003
Geohazards and Earth Resources
UOSM2001
Business Skills for Employability
UOSM2011
The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
UOSM2026
Ethics in Science, Engineering and Technology: Jekyll and Hyde
Core
CHEM2005
Aspects of Organic Synthesis
CHEM2012
Change and Equilibrium
CHEM2016
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II

Year 3

The optional modules are only taken in semester two.

Three optional modules from chemistry, with the option of taking one of the courses at level 2 or 3 in chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken.

Year 4

Six month placement in semester one.  Four optional courses from chemistry, with the option of taking one of the courses at level 6 in chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken. They are to be taken in semester two.

Semester One

Six month placement.

There are no optional modules for semester 1

Compulsory
CHEM6102
Chemistry Placement (six month)
Semester Two

Four optional courses from chemistry, with the option of taking one of the courses at level 6 in chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken.  Please note that CHEM6092 or CHEM6093 can only be taken if CHEM3002 or CHEM3004 (respectively) were not taken as Year 3 options.

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in semester two.

Optional
CHEM6004
Advanced Organic Reactions
CHEM6092
Medicinal Chemistry for MChem Students
CHEM6093 CHEM3004
Organic Materials Chemistry
CHEM6103
Sustainable Chemistry
CHEM6104
Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials
CHEM6105
Crystallography and Structural Science
CHEM6106
Functional frameworks materials
CHEM6107
Advanced Main Group Chemistry
CHEM6108
Synthesis of Natural Products and Pharmaceuticals
CHEM6109
Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM6110
Applications of Electrochemistry
CHEM6111
Nanoscience: Technology and Advanced Materials
CHEM6112
Chemical Modelling
CHEM6113
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
CHEM6126
Advanced Spectroscopy and its applications
CHEM6128
Data-Driven Science
CHEM6137
Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £5 per 7.5 ECTS CHEM towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab coats and safety spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense.
PlacementsPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes): Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Statistics show that in the case of Chemistry graduates at Southampton more than 95 per cent can expect to be in full time employment or undertaking further study six months after graduation.

Chemistry degrees are in third place behind only Medicine and Dentistry as the degree with the highest financial return over the term of the graduate’s career but our degree offers rewards at a deeper intellectual level.

The vital opportunity we provide to work on an original project in an industrial or academic setting will equip you with the confidence to create a rewarding career as a professional chemist should you so choose.

Our graduates have found success in process chemistry, medicinal chemistry, scientific publishing, materials science, environmental chemistry, life sciences, analytical chemistry and computational chemistry.

The choices will be limited only by your own determination and ambition.

Learning & Assessment

The standard of our teaching is renowned. We encourage a close working relationship between you and your academic tutors who will develop your understanding in an inspiring and rewarding fashion. We use the following methods to deliver the curriculum and help you learn and understand the wide variety of chemistry that is covered in our degree courses.

Lectures and workshops

Our MChem Chemistry lectures are often interactive, with discussions, question and answer sessions, informal quizzes as well as the more conventional lecture style. In most lectures you are provided with handouts to summarise key points and structure your note taking.

Workshops then convert your knowledge to understanding. Working in small groups of peers, you will explore problems and link this to material you have recently covered in lectures. Workshops allow you to learn from each other and gain confidence in your own abilities.

The tutorial system

Tutorials on this chemistry degree involve a group of six to eight students and one tutor. You will work on problems in advance of the tutorial and submit your work for assessment. Your tutor will then tailor each session to suit your developing knowledge. You will have the opportunity to lead as well as contribute to discussions, and these sessions provide a forum at which you can present your ideas.

Electronic resources

Blackboard is our virtual learning environment, where we will post copies of lecture notes and other alternative teaching media like videos and self-assessment tests for you to access to enhance your self-study.

Laboratory work and practical sessions

You will spend up to six hours a week in practical sessions to develop your lab technique and exemplifying the theoretical concepts covered in lectures. These sessions are hard work but sociable, and will allow you to obtain your own results and generate supporting laboratory reports.

Assessment

There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in the lectures and workshops. The practical work is continuously assessed primarily through written reports. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your relevant skills from your supervisor.

Coursework exercises based on the lecture material are set each week and marked promptly. In some cases your grade is used to calculate your overall mark for the particular unit of study. However in most cases the grade is simply to give you an indication of your progress.

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