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Chemistry MChem, BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Chemistry MChem

Leeds chemistry courses provide you with high quality degrees that take a wide ranging view of all aspects of chemistry and prepare you for a career in any area of the subject, while allowing you develop as a researcher in a specialism of your choice.

As a chemistry student at Leeds you will discover how chemistry shapes the world around us. You can study topics ranging from quantum mechanics to planetary atmospheres, from making organic chemicals to producing medicinal drugs and from bonding in metals to the structures of synthetic and biological materials.

Course Highlights

Laboratory classes designed to develop you as a researcher from beginning to end of your programme.

All students undertake a final year research project in the lab of a leading academic research group.

Modules inspired by research strengths, for example in medicinal chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, materials science and colour science.

The opportunity to discover how chemistry interacts with other disciplines, with industry, with wider society and internationally throughout your programme.

The chance to look critically at others’ research.

Enhancing your degree

The course provides you with the opportunity to spend your 3rd year working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development.

Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of chemistry in one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and also improving their foreign language skills.

If you're not yet sure whether to take a placement year then don't worry you don't have to make a final decision until the end of your 2nd year when you've more experience of studying chemistry at university.

A 3-year BSc version of this course is also available.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Since 1841, the RSC has been the leading learned society and professional body for chemical scientists. It is committed to ensuring that an enthusiastic, innovative and thriving scientific community is in place to face future scientific challenges.

Courses which are accredited by the RSC have been subject to rigorous evaluation of their curriculum and resources. They offer employers a measure of confidence in the competence of recruits, provide universities with a means of marketing their value, and assure students on the quality of their education.

Master accreditation provides access to qualified membership of the RSC and fully satisfies the academic requirements for the RSC’s award of Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Benefits of Accreditation

Accreditation helps you to choose a quality degree programme. It also confers market advantage to graduates from accredited programmes when they are seeking employment and when they go on to seek professional qualifications. It also offers assurances to prospective employers.

The benefits of RSC Accreditation are defined by six core values:

  • Global Outlook
  • Professionalism
  • Informed View
  • Inspirational Approach
  • Influence
  • Innovation

During the first year you'll study the fundamental principles that underpin chemistry. In your second, third and fourth years you'll build on these initial foundations and cover a wide range of different aspects of chemistry.

All of the theoretical modules are backed up by extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, so you actually get to perform experiments that reinforce the material taught to you in the lectures. Also, small tutorial groups are used to support the teaching, so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.

As you progress through the course you can select precisely which modules you study to let you explore advanced topics in more detail. You can investigate how chemists use their skills to understand complex biological systems or synthesise molecules in just one of two mirror image forms. You might want to explore the exciting fields of supramolecular chemistry in which molecules are designed to assemble into large molecular architectures or discover all about the latest catalysts which improve the efficiency of chemical transformations. You can also study the chemistry of the atmosphere and find out how critically important chemical reactions in the atmosphere are in understanding human interaction with the climate.

In your final year you'll undertake a major research project, working with experienced scientists and supported by millions of pounds of specialist equipment. You'll have the opportunity to discover new chemistry and define new concepts for science.

Course structure

To find module level details follow this link (Opens new window)

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

As a chemistry student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods.

These different methods of teaching, together with the continuous support of our teaching staff, enable you to effectively apply what you have learnt through a series of exams, coursework, and continuous assessment. This means that you graduate with the correct mix of knowledge and transferable skills for a successful future career, whatever you choose to do.

Read more about learning and teaching methods.

Assessment

The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Although formal end-of-semester examinations are predominant, often accounting for 80% or more of the formal assessment, many modules include a significant coursework element.

Entry requirements

A level: AAB

including chemistry (excluding general studies and critical thinking)

GCSE: You must also have GCSE english at grade C and GCSE maths at grade B or above (or equivalent)

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information, contact our School of Chemistry admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

After you apply we will assess your application based on the information on your UCAS form. On the basis of this information we will decide whether to invite you to one of our informal interview days which, for UK based applicants, are an essential part of the admissions process.

Read more about how to apply on our School of Chemistry website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Read about our range of additional scholarships available in the School of Chemistry.

Our Integrated Masters courses are aimed at students considering a career as a professional chemist or who may want to continue on to do a PhD. One of the key features of these courses is the individual practical research project, which forms a major part of your final year of study. It is your opportunity to carry out a brand new project, supervised by a leading academic, in an area of chemistry of your choice.

A chemistry degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment.

For further information on career paths and employability please see our careers pages.

Careers support

Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience required to make the most of your career choices.

You can get some great work experience which can be featured on your CV through the School of Chemistry Industrial Placement Scheme or by securing a part-time job through the Student Union's Joblink. You could also look at the volunteering opportunities available through the Student Union which will help you in your personal development.

All of these opportunities can really help you stand out from the crowd.

We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. We offer modules which give students an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries, and which lead students through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to preparing a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding body.

The modular nature of our degree programmes provide you with opportunities to develop the core subject knowledge and skills that you need to progress a career in a chosen area. Whilst our Industrial Placement and Study Abroad schemes help you gain vital experience and build confidence.

All our MChem, BSc courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry which means your degree will be highly valued by employers around the world.

It also means that our degrees meet exacting quality standards and that their content is approved by one of the foremost scientific bodies in the world to ensure you are taught material of the highest standard.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek.

On this course, your year abroad replaces the third year of your degree (it does not add an additional year to your studies).

During your year abroad, you will follow the Chemistry course at your host institution. Many students find it valuable to undertake an extended practical project during this year which can be presented as part of your assessment for the year. When you return to Leeds you will enter the final year of your MChem degree scheme.

If you wish to study at an institution where the course is taught in a foreign language, such as French, you don’t need to be fluent in the language before you go. We will help prepare you with a specialist language module at Level 2 which introduces you to scientific vocabulary and enhances your conversational and comprehension skills.

Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The Year in Industry scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge of chemistry.

On this course, your industrial placement replaces the third year of your degree (it does not add an additional year to your studies).

An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of pharmaceutical, oil, fine chemical, colour, polymer and other chemistry-related industries. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies, including:

  • AstraZeneca
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Unilever

During your year in industry you have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry, you don't have to apply until the beginning of your second year.

Key facts

UCAS code:
F103

Duration/Mode:
4 years full time

Typical A level offer:
AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees:
To be confirmed
International fees:
To be confirmed

Study abroad option:
Yes

Work placement option:
Yes

Contact us:
School of Chemistry Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 6440
admissions@chem.leeds.ac.uk

2016 entry


Abbie Leggott

MChem, BSc Chemistry

"I find organic chemistry the most interesting. The lecturers are clearly enthusiastic about it and they have definitely made me love it even more."
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