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F102 MChem Chemistry with a year long placement (4 yrs)

Our first single honours MChem Chemistry degree with Professional Training, was the first of its kind in the UK. 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

Our four-year MChem programme with year-long placement offers the rigorous training and knowledgebase of the MChem in house course, with invaluable industrial experience. This masters’ degree course integrates advanced research in university, with professional placements available across the UK and near-EU countries. RSC-accredited, this is the ideal choice for those with ambition to explore the chemical industry.

Programme 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 year-long 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 F102. For more information, visit the how to apply section of the website.


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 of your MChem degree in chemistry 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, 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

Unlike the other single honour MChem degrees on offer, in this programme you will spend Year 3 away from Southampton. You will work in a real life environment while continuing your studies through a distance learning programme.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

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:
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.

International Baccalaureate34 points on the IB scale, with: 18 points at Higher Level, to include Chemistry and one other acceptable science or mathematics subject at Higher Level. 17 points at Higher Level, to include Chemistry and 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 HL, 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:
Total undergraduate intake 160-180
Average applications per place:

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.

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.


Typical course content

In each of the first three years of MChem Chemistry 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 undertake a one year placement during the third 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 PHYS 1026.

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.

Geomorphological Processes
Earth and ocean system
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry I
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry I
Semester Two

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

Environmental Chemistry 1: Aquatic Chemistry
Ecology and Evolution
The Earth System
The living Earth
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry II
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 and two. In addition to the options listed below physics options are: PHYS1005, PHYS1008 and PHYS 1026.

In order to progress to year 3 please refer to Progression rules and transfer opportunities in the programme overview tab.

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.

Environmental Chemistry 1: Aquatic Chemistry
Environmental Organic Chemistry
Pharmacology B
Introduction to marine molecular biology
Aspects of Organic Synthesis
Change and Equilibrium
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II

Year 3

You will undertake 12 months placement with distance learning.

No transfers are possible once the third year of study has started.

Semester One

This is a work placement semester with one compulsory module and no optional modules.

Masters of Chemistry One-Year Placement
Advanced Chemistry II for Students on Placement - Distance Learning

Year 4

Three optional courses taken in chemistry at Masters level (level 6).

A student who has started the third year of MChem Chemistry with a one-year placement (F102) cannot graduate with a BSc at the end of the third year. They will not have covered the required curriculum.


Semester Two

Select 45 credits from the following optional modules.  Please do NOT select modules you have taken and passed previously.  If you do, you will be contacted by your Student Office and asked to amend your choices.

Advanced Organic Reactions
Medicinal Chemistry for MChem Students
CHEM6093 CHEM3004
Organic Materials Chemistry
Sustainable Chemistry
Advanced Research Project for MChem Students

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).

Career Opportunities

More than 95 per cent of Chemistry graduates will find full-time employment or further study in the subject six months after graduation.

Most significantly you will also have the opportunity to work on an original project in an industrial or academic research laboratory which will make you confident and self-assured enough for you to carve a successful career as a professional chemist.

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. Your potential achievements will be limited only by the level of 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.


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.


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:

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 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 They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at£0.05-1.00

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

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

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