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Chemistry MChem (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): F103 (full-time); 350R (with placement)
  • Start Date(s): September 2021
  • Duration: Four years full-time with or without a placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

An MChem course is a completely different way of learning. It’s about deeper chemistry knowledge and research.

How do we give you that? You’ll work on your research project for a whole year, which not only gives you extensive research experience but a chance to shape the future of chemistry. Equipped with the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course, you’ll be work or research-ready when you graduate.

Take your studies to Masters level
An MChem gives you an extra year to develop and expand your chemistry knowledge up to Masters level. You’ll study Masters level modules in your final year and spend time building your research experience by working on your extended year-long project alongside our chemistry researchers.

Join our research community
Immerse yourself in our chemistry research community by attending our regular research seminars. You’ll hear about the latest hot topics in chemistry from lecturers and researchers from NTU and across the globe. Industry partners regularly attend to share trends and developments from the sector.

Chartered Chemist status
This course puts you on the path to becoming a Chartered Chemist. If you go onto further research or study, you can apply for professional Chartered Chemist (CChem) status. CChem status shows your academic and professional achievements as well as your commitment to advancing excellence in science.

Integrated placement
If you’d like to get industry experience you can integrate a placement into your studies in Year Three. You'll continue with your studies while on placement, including some modules through online learning. This means you’ll still complete your MChem course in four years.

Recently Chemistry students have taken placements at AstraZeneca, Alpha Analytical Laboratory, AkzoNobel, Boots and Castle Environmental. They secured varied roles such as Research Assistant, Trainee Ink Chemist and Logistics Analyst.

Research informed teaching
Our research is tackling real-world issues – and the people working on this research will be teaching you. This means you can be sure that what you are learning is at the cutting edge of new chemistry discoveries. For example, Dr Gareth Cave, our nanoparticles expert, has used his expertise to develop an antiviral facemask in the fight against COVID-19.

Fifth in the UK for student satisfaction in Chemistry (NSS 2021)

What you’ll study

Satisfied students

You can be sure you’ll be joining a high-quality course. But don’t just take our word for it - we consistently rank highly in the annual National Student Survey for student satisfaction in chemistry. We have been in the UK’s top 20 for the last 5 years.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

In your first year, you will be introduced to the various strands of chemistry, and we'll start to explore some more specialist areas, including the biological chemistry of drugs, environmental issues, and polymeric materials.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules, and functional group chemistry with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.

Introduction to Physical Chemistry

Study physical chemistry including kinetictheory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.

Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques, and appropriate specialist methods.

Professional Development

Engage with real life examples of how chemistry works, and understand the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate.

Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry

These include Biological Chemistry of Drugs, Polymeric Materials and Environmental Issues.

This year we will be exploring more advanced concepts and you'll have the opportunity to take a short placement to get you thinking about the world of work. You'll also choose one module in a specialist area that’s of interest to you.

Organic Chemistry

Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.

Inorganic Chemistry

Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.

Physical Chemistry

Learn the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

Analytical Chemistry

Builds on Year One with a focus on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.

Professional Practice

Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You’ll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes and attitudes.

Choose one module from:

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.

Modern Day Materials

Develop an enthusiastic awareness of the impact of advanced materials science on modern-day life through a series of lectures and laboratory demonstrations on the applications of carbon and composite materials.

Applied Instrumental Analysis

Develop an understanding of how modern analytical instrumentation and radiochemical techniques are used to solve real-world problems in areas such as research, industry and the regulatory sectors.

Chemical Technology

This module brings chemistry into reality starting with the introduction of both fundamental and practical knowledge of applied chemistry in commercial applications and taking it through to the industrial environment.

Optional Integrated Work Placement

You have the opportunity to take a work placement during your third year.

Core modules

Advanced Chemistry

Study advanced topics across the spectrum of chemistry including heterocyclic chemistry, reaction mechanisms at metal centres, and molecular self-assembly and polymer chemistry in solution.

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Builds on the previous concepts presented in organic chemistry, and introduces you to concepts of total synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and advanced theories in pericyclic reactions.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Study a range of topics including bioinorganic chemistry, the chemistry of lanthanides and actinides, and single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to name a few.

Advanced Physical Chemistry

Study the principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

Research Methodology

Develops your research and presentation skills, ready for independent study in your final year.

Choose one module from:

Advanced Chemical Analysis

Develop through advanced topics in the theory and practice of chemical analysis, including method development from first principles through to final presentation, method validation, and group work.

Chemotherapeutics

Study the biological processes involved in disease proliferation and the use of chemotherapeutic agents as a treatment.

Nano and Green Technology

Develop an appreciation of cutting-edge progress in nanomaterials and green chemistry, their use in domestic and engineering applications and the theory and practice of green chemistry.

Communicating Science and Technology

An opportunity for you to gain valuable transferable skills working as a ‘student-tutor’ with teachers in local schools or to work on a community-based project.

Your project will form a large part of your coursework this year and you'll be working independently to research and develop your project topic. You will also select three modules which we will cover in-depth to give you master’s level knowledge and training.

Project

Develop plans and carry out a substantial independent research project of publishable quality. Understand the principles of analytical work and the limitations of experimental design.

Choose three modules from:

Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds

Active Compounds Builds your knowledge and skills for effective design and implementation of the synthesis of relatively complex organic molecules.

Physical Properties of Solid-state and Nanocomposite Materials

To provide a masters level training within the fields of solid-state and nanocomposite materials chemistry.

Inorganic Chemistry - Beyond the Molecule

Beyond the Molecule Learn about the use of the biomimetic and supramolecular approaches in materials chemistry.

Drug Detection Analysis and Screening

Develop concepts of analytical chemistry applied to the detection and analysis of drugs and drug containing materials by standard methods.

How you’re taught

Get hands-on
You’ll get to use our industry-standard equipment, such as our analytical suite, right from the very start of your course.  This means you’ll stand out when applying for placements and positions after graduation. You’ll be familiar with how a professional lab works and already know how to follow laboratory processes and protocols used in industry.

Staff and student community
With support from your lecturers, personal tutors and technical staff, you can be sure we'll be here for you during your studies.

There’s support from your peers too. Our mentoring scheme gives you support from other students on your course. Whether you need help with your studies or university life in general, they’ve been there and can give you a students’ perspective.

We have a passionate team of experts who are committed to providing you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry or in research.

Contact hours

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (35%) and independent study (65%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (30%) and independent study (70%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (25%) and independent study (75%)

Year 4 - lectures/seminars/workshops (14%) and independent study (86%)

A placement year may be taken in year 3  - where this is undertaken patterns of contact will vary from the above in years 3 and 4

Staff Profiles

David Robinson

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr. Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, in the department of Chemistry and Forensics.

Lee Martin

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Lee is Year One Tutor for Chemistry, Module Leader for BSc Final Year Project, and Module Leader for Year Two Inorganic Chemistry.

Warren Cross

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Warren Cross

Emma Smith

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Emma Smith

David P A Kilgour

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

David P A Kilgour

Christopher Garner

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Christopher Garner

Ray Leslie

Student Academic Experience Manager

School of Science & Technology

Ray Leslie

Valeria Puddu

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Valeria Puddu

How you’re assessed

Because there is a lot of practical work in this course, the majority of assessments will involve reviews of your coursework and practical experience. We will be assessing group projects and laboratory work, as well as the portfolio that you'll develop throughout the course. You'll also give oral presentations and produce a final year dissertation. Some assessments will be in the form of written exams and in-class written tests.

Year 1 - coursework (73%) and written (27%)

Year 2 - coursework (79%) and written (21%)

Year 3 - coursework (38%), written (47%) and practical (15%)

Year 4 - coursework (22%), written (48%) and practical (30%)

A placement year may be taken in year 3  - where this is undertaken patterns of assessment will vary from the above in years 3 and 4

Careers and employability

Professional accreditation and CChem status

The Royal Society of Chemistry has accredited this course. Accreditations are a seal of approval from professional bodies and our assurance to you that your course is relevant and valued by industry. This course also puts you on the path to becoming a Chartered Chemist. As it is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, if you go onto further research or study, you can apply for professional Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

Excellent placement opportunities

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your second year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent Chemistry students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including AstraZeneca, Alpha Analytical Laboratory, AkzoNobel, Boots and Castle Environmental. They secured varied roles such as Research Assistant, Trainee Ink Chemist and Logisitcs Analyst.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

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.

Nichola Smith

MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Professional Practice

Your future career

Our Chemistry graduates have excellent employment prospects because they possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills that are suited to a broad range of roles and industries. Over the years we have developed strong links with some of the biggest names in the industry and many of our students have secured work placements and careers with these companies.

Our recent graduates have secured roles at companies including AstraZeneca, NHS, Birds Eye, Boots, Infineum and Novartis. They have gone into a wide variety of job roles including analytical chemists, chemists, laboratory assistants, product development technologists and research chemists.Many graduates also choose to go onto further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

You cannot fail to be impressed with the Chemistry facilities on-campus. We have worked hard to create a stimulating and creative environment that will give you the knowledge and skills to put you ahead of the graduate crowd. Take our virtual tour and see our facilities for yourself.

Take a virtual tour of our Chemistry facilities

Our first-class facilities support our high quality teaching and world-leading research across subjects and disciplines. As a Chemistry student you will have access to the:

  • Rosalind Franklin laboratory facility
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research facility
  • Natural Sciences Research facility
  • on-campus crime scene training facility
  • British Olympic Association-approved environmental chamber

Outside of our science facilities, we have a dedicated teaching and learning building which is home to lecture theatres and innovative teaching spaces. The Clifton Pavilion sits at the heart of the campus and provides a contemporary study and social space, where you can relax, grab a coffee, and work on projects independently or in groups.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - ABB including chemistry; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM including relevant chemistry modules; or
  • 128 UCAS points from three A-levels or equivalent including an A-level grade B equivalent in chemistry; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - ABB including chemistry; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM including relevant chemistry modules; or
  • 128 UCAS points from three A-levels or equivalent including an A-level grade B equivalent in chemistry; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for poster preparation in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for poster preparation in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!