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FC17 MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry (4 years)

Southampton’s joint honours MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry is a challenging programme that allows you to explore your passion for both subjects at an advanced level.

This fully integrated masters programme provides interdisciplinary practical training at the interface of chemistry and biology, reflecting the multifaceted nature of many aspects of modern science.

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Introducing your course

This four-year, fully integrated masters programme, will allow you to study both subjects to an advanced level. Our expert staff will help you to develop in-depth knowledge of core topics such as physical chemistry, genetics, and physiology while gaining extensive laboratory experience. Your final-year will see you working as part of a research group on a major project at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Your learning will be enhanced by innovative teaching methods, and access to our cutting edge facilities in both the Chemistry and Life Sciences buildings.

 

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A defining feature of this department is the way in which undergraduates are treated as partners in the learning process.
David Beharry, Chemistry with Research placement abroad*, 2017
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Distinctive benefits of your course:

  • Pursue a combination of two science subjects throughout your degree, providing you with an interdisciplinary training that will reflect the multifaceted nature of many aspects of modern science, both in terms of research and industrial application.
  • As many modern sciences are developing at the boundaries of traditional disciplines, this Chemistry with Biochemistry programme aims to provide you with the qualifications and skills to contribute to this development.
  • Your degree will be delivered by world-class researchers and teaching staff in an exciting and dynamic research-led environment as part of  a multi-million pound department
  •  Excel in exciting research projects in years three and four, providing you with specialist knowledge in areas such as electrochemistry, materials, analytical chemistry, synthesis, chemical biology and computational chemistry.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Accreditation

All of our Chemistry courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) increasing the employability and enhancing the CVs of our graduates.

Programme Structure

Detailed information for each module can be found in the module descriptors on the Centre for Biological Sciences and Chemistry websites. Where an indicative list of options can be found. We cannot guarantee to offer every option each year.

Key Facts

  • Our degrees are delivered by world-class researchers and teaching staff in an exciting and dynamic research-led environment as part of  a multi-million pound department

  • Our undergraduate students have access to the UK’s only National Crystallographic Service, a multimillion pound facility providing key structural insights into new molecules and materials

  • Chemistry ranks 2nd in the Russell Group for satisfaction with teaching (Guardian, 2019)

  • Chemisty ranks 4th in the Russell Group for satisfaction with course (Guardian, 2019)

  • The University of Southampton was awarded Silver for teaching by the Teaching Excellence & Student Outcomes Framework Panel (TEF, 2018)

     

Typical entry requirements

2020 entry requirements

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B). Grade 7/A in GCSE mathematics is preferred for applicants not studying A-level mathematics
GCE A-Level

AAA including chemistry and biology with a pass in all science practical components
or
AAB including chemistry, biology and one additional science subject with a pass in all science practical components

GCE A-Level with Contextual offer

We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience.

Students who are highlighted in this way will receive additional scrutiny during confirmation of results.

A- level additional information Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer

AAA from three A-levels including chemistry and biology with a pass in all science practical components
or
AA from two A-levels including chemistry and biology with a pass in all science practical components, and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable.

International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in chemistry and 6 at Higher Level in biology
or
Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in chemistry, 6 at Higher Level in biology and 5 at Higher Level in an additional science subject

Accepted science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology.

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements.

Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma offer Applicants with an Access to HE Diploma should apply for BSc Chemistry
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017)

H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 including chemistry and biology

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2 including chemistry and biology
Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U offer

D3 D3 D3 in three Principal subjects including chemistry and biology

Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A-levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed)

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grades AA in A-level chemistry and A-level biology with a pass in all science practical components

We do not accept the BTEC Diploma

We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma

Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma should apply for the Science Foundation Year

Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed)

D in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus grades AA in A-level chemistry and A-level biology with a pass in all science practical components

We do not accept the BTEC National Diploma

We do not accept the BTEC National Extended Diploma

Applicants with a BTEC National Extended Diploma/National Diploma should apply for the Science Foundation Year

European Baccalaureate offer 85% overall including grade 8 in chemistry, grade 8 in mathematics and grade 8 in biology
International qualifications

Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

English language requirements

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE

If you are not studying Maths at A level (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University), we prefer an A or 7 grade in GCSE Mathematics, but a B or 6 grade will be considered. Otherwise, our minimum requirements is grade C or 4 in English. This is supplementary to your A level (or equivalent) qualifications.

GCE A-level

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

AAA to include Chemistry and Biology or AAB to include Chemistry, Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, Geology and Geography. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

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, without Biology, will not be eligible for this programme, as A-Level Biology is a pre-requisite. We may also in some circumstances, recommend an alternative offer for the BSc or one of our MChem programmes. However, our flexible programme structure would allow transfer from BSc to single-honours MChem programmes, pending good performance in Year 1. Transfer to MSci Chemistry & Biochemistry may be possible, provided the student studies and passes the pre-requisite Biochemistry-related modules in Year 1.

International Baccalaureate requirements

36 points on the IB scale, with a 6 in Chemistry and a 6 in Biology Higher Level.

IB students studying Chemistry, without Biology at Higher Level, will not be eligible for this programme, as Higher Level Biology is a pre-requisite.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

AAAA(AA), to include Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A1 to include Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3D3D3, to include Chemistry and Biology.

Welsh Baccalaureate

A in core (2015), plus A*A, to include Chemistry and Biology only.

European Baccalaureate

Average of 85% or better across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.

 

Selection process:
Intake:
160-190
Average applications per place:
5

Once you have applied and submitted your application to study on this joint-honours MSci 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.

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, experience the atmosphere and environment on a working day, and gain 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 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

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.

 

Foundation, BTEC and Access Courses in Chemistry

We welcome applications from Foundation Year, BTEC and Access to Higher Education Course students who have studied courses with a substantial component in chemistry and who have achieved a high standard in doing so. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and decisions are made on the basis of the particular course that you are studying and by interview (in most cases). Access Course and BTEC students are normally required to study on our Science Foundation Year programme before progressing on to their degree of choice, but exceptional candidates, identified with the aid of a reference request later in the UCAS cycle, may be accepted directly on to this MSci degree programme, subject to a successful formal interview.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma (overseas applicants)

We are happy to receive applications to study MSci Chemistry & Biochemistry from students who have taken college/polytechnic diplomas in chemistry and will make offers, usually for entry into the first year only. Second year entry is usually not possible, due to Year 1 programme requirements, unless the applicant has a suitable background in biochemistry.

 

Typical course content

The MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry degree contains a strong fundamental chemistry component, including all of the chemistry core modules in year 1, two thirds of the core modules in year two and access to a wide range of advances year 3 and year 4 modules.

The practical component includes two practical projects, in years 3 and 4, with one being led by Chemistry and the other Biological Sciences.

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.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

In Part 1 (Year 1) there are 6 core modules and 2 compulsory modules which must be taken.

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM1031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM1033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM1035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
BIOL1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM1032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM1034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM1036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
BIOL1008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

In Part 2 (year 2) there are 4 core and 4 compulsory modules.

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
BIOL2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM2005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
BIOL2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Core options (all 15 credits) :
Must choose either CHEM2013 and CHEM2012 OR CHEM2015 and CHEM2016.

Note that the choice you make here will affect which inorganic or physical chemistry modules are available to you in part 4

Semester One
Optional
BIOL3064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Or

CHEM2015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

And

CHEM2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6095Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Semester Two
Optional
BIOL3022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
CHEM2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Or

CHEM2015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

And

CHEM3012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
BIOL3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 4

Semester One
Compulsory
CHEM6090Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
BIOL6071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
CHEM6090Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
CHEM3002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM3045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6144Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6145Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6147Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6148Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6154Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6146Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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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 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.

Learning and Teaching

To assist your learning, you will be provided with an extensive programme of lectures, tutorials, problem workshops, and laboratory classes. You will also be provided with support material and also informal assistance to guide your private study.

You will be assisted to acquire transferrable and generic skills through the formal teaching programme supplemented by several short courses provided by staff from the participating schools and outside agencies.

Practical skills are developed through the learning and teaching programme. Experimental and fieldwork skills are developed through laboratory experiments, fieldwork and project work.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use additional recommended reading material for private study to consolidate the formal learning process, and to broaden and deepen your understanding.

Assessment Methods

There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Practical and transferrable work/skills is continuously assessed primarily through written reports, laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and presentations.


Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your relevant research skills from your project supervisor.

Coursework exercises are set at regular intervals and marked promptly.

In some cases the grade obtained is used to calculate your overall mark for a particular module of study. In other cases the grade for a coursework exercise simply gives you an indication of your progress.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study36%36%17%21%
Independent study64%64%83%79%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment75%73%72%41%
Practical exam assessment22%13%9%15%
Coursework assessment3%14%19%44%

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