This course is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry for professional CChem (Chartered Chemist) status. This means that if you obtain the MChem award with the appropriate degree classification, you can apply to become a Chartered Chemist once you have graduated.
Why choose this course?
MChem courses are aimed at students who'd like to become professional career chemists or go on to study for a higher degree. You can choose a practical, employment-based route, or a more academic pathway, depending on your career ambitions.
This course covers core chemistry and chemical principles with a strong emphasis on analytical skills and employability. Working with other areas of science such as Biology and Physics helps you develop a deeper understanding of Chemistry and provides the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your interests. A major part of the MChem is focused on a research project where you'll produce results of sufficient quality to be published in a refereed scientific journal.
You also have the option of a 12-month paid work placement in the third year, which gives you the award of MChem Chemistry with Professional Practice.
We are very proud to be one of the top three universities in the UK for student satisfaction in Chemistry (National Student Survey 2013).
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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200
UCAS code: F103 MChem/C (FT) or 350R MChem/SW (Sandwich)
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Course length: Four years full-time with or without a placement
Study location: Clifton campus
Fees and funding:
Please see our applying and fees section.
You will have the opportunity to choose specialisms such as the following in the final years of the course:
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Green Chemistry
- Advanced Analytical Chemistry.
This allows you to tailor your degree towards a specific named pathway, help you follow your desired career path or simply study a subject that interests you.
What will I study?
- Introduction to Organic Chemistry
- Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
- Introduction to Physical Chemistry
- Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
- Professional Development
- Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Professional Practice
You will also choose one of the following optional modules:
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Modern Day Materials
- Sustainable Chemistry.
Optional year-long work placements are available.
- Optional Integrated Work Placement
- Advanced Chemistry
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
- Advanced Physical Chemistry
- Research Methodology
Choose three modules from:
- Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds
- Physical Properties of Solid-state and Nanocomposite Materials
- Inorganic Chemistry Beyond the Molecule
- Drug Detection Analysis and Screening.
Choose one module from:
- Advanced Chemical Analysis
- Nano and Green Technology
- Communicating Science and Technology.
For further information, download the module descriptions document
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on a variety of components including the following.
Coursework and Practical 63%
- Group projects
- Oral presentations
- Laboratory assessment and reports
- In class written tests
There are approximately 90 places available across our Chemistry cluster of courses. This includes:
Where will I learn?
Teaching will take place on Clifton campus. All laboratory work will be carried out in the brand new, purpose built Rosalind Franklin building and lectures will be taught across campus. See Clifton campus maps and travel information.
What our students say
"The content of this course looked challenging yet enjoyable, which really appealed to me. It was the right choice – I'm enjoying my time in the labs, developing practical skills, carrying out experiments and getting to know other students and lecturers.
"All in all, I'd say this course has a good structure, a great student atmosphere and friendly staff. You get the opportunity to carry out research too, which is a fantastic experience for any Chemistry student."
Shane Barber, MChem / BSc (Hons) Chemistry
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
The School of Science and Technology is a stimulating and creative environment in which you will develop the knowledge and transferable skills you need to put you ahead of the graduate crowd.
We provide first-class facilities that:
- enhance the quality of our education
- push the boundaries of our research.
Rosalind Franklin building
You will have access to some of the best laboratory teaching facilities for Bioscience and Chemistry in the UK. The large teaching laboratory space is equipped with superior IT facilities and equipment to ensure that our students get excellent training in:
- practical laboratory techniques
- modern analytical methods.
Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Facility
This facility was built in 2002 at a cost of £2.3 million. It supports the School's extensive biomedical research activities.
Natural Sciences Research Facility
The Natural Sciences Research Facility supports and enhances the School's research in:
We have the range of facilities that you would expect from a university with high quality teaching and world-leading research. You will have access to:
- an £8m computing and informatics building
- a British Olympic Association-approved environmental chamber
- a crime scene training facility
- a host of sporting clubs and societies to get involved in.
Chemistry graduates have excellent employment prospects and possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills. On completion of this course, you will be well placed to enter a career as:
- an analytical chemist
- a chemist
- a pharmaceutical chemist
- a PhD student
- a research and development chemist
- a teacher.
These positions have been secured in organisations such as:
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
What our students say
"Studying Chemistry at NTU has been an asset to everything I have done since – from working as a Chemist, to teaching English in South America, working in Police Intelligence, and (currently) Performance Management. The scope given to improve my analytical thinking, approach to learning, ability to put theory into practice, and build relationships was second to none, and are tools which I use in my daily life at work and home. So thank you, NTU!"
Mike Swanwick, Project Manager – Performance
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After the second year, you will have the option to undertake a year's work placement in industry. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.
Recent Chemistry students secured positions in companies including;
With salaries ranging from £10,000 to £30,000.
You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary which also gets assessed at the end of your placement. On completion of a successful placement, you will be eligible to receive a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.
Nichola Smith, MChem Chemistry with Professional Practice
"Having the experience of full time employment for a year before finishing my degree has been a great advantage. It shows that I have thought about my career before graduating and this forward thinking is what employers want. Furthermore if you carry out a placement in the industry you want a career in then this is a fantastic advantage."
Find out more about placements.
You will need 300 UCAS Tariff points from a maximum of three A-levels or equivalent, or a combination of two A-levels and two AS-levels, which should include A-level Chemistry at minimum grade C.
International students please see the English language requirements section.
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS.
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Questions? Just ask NTU
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200
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