Chemistry with Study in Europe (4 Years) [MChem]

Combine a Royal Society of Chemistry accredited qualification with fluency in a European language and a year spent studying abroad with this four year Masters course.

This Honours degree course was developed by the School of Chemistry in collaboration with the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures in response to a growing need for science graduates who are fluent in more than one EU language.

It comprises four years of chemistry study combined with substantial study of a French, German, Spanish or Italian. Your third year is spent at another European university studying chemistry in your chosen language.

The year you will spend away amounts to nine months in practice. The units that you take during that time will be broadly equivalent to those of the Manchester course content meaning that this degree, like the rest of our Chemistry courses, is accredited by The Royal Society of Chemistry.

You can choose to attend one of the following universities during your time away (though this list is subject to change).

  • Valencia, Spain
  • Göttingen or Freiburg in Germany
  • ENSCM, Montpellier or Strasbourg in France
  • Florence, Italy

For your year abroad you have some choice of  the course units you take while there and your host University we will help in the arrangement of your accommodation. Essentially you become a local student during the time you are these. Both your course director and our Study Abroad unit will be in email contact during your time away and will provide help and support when necessary.

Year 1 and 2 - the common core
Year 3
Year 4
  • In the first two years, you cover topics in all the major branches of chemistry and learn how they are interconnected. Laboratory classes in both years form an essential component of your training.

    First-year topics include: bonding in molecules; organic reaction mechanisms; natural product chemistry; s, p, and d block chemistry; thermodynamics; kinetics; and quantum mechanics.

    You will also attend course units that cover a range of presentational skills, information-retrieval techniques, mathematics and IT skills. Finally, you have the opportunity to study a subsidiary subject from another school.

    The second year continues developing the core and extends topics from your first year, introducing new areas such as molecular spectroscopy, bonding and reactivity, surfaces and interfaces, chemistry of the heavier elements, molecular symmetry, metal-ligand bonding, polymer science, structure determination, stereochemistry and heterocyclic chemistry, plus additional course units involving polymer, materials and computational chemistry.

    At the end of your second year, you can choose whether to study for a three-year BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree, or the four-year MChem (Hons) Chemistry course. Your eligibility for continuation on the MChem course is assessed at the end of each year and is at the discretion of the School of Chemistry. The assessment is based on your general performance and end-of-year mark

    You will have demonstrated a proficiency in the language of your host university (minimum grade A at GCSE level) and will be required to attend a Language Experience for All Programme (LEAP) in Manchester during years 1 and 2.

  • You will spend this year in one of the previously listed universities under the ERASMUS programme. During this year in Europe, you will study chemistry in lectures and laboratory classes, following the syllabus of the host university. Your tutor will maintain contact with you throughout your European placement and you may be visited where possible.  You will be assessed by the marks that you gain from your host university and by report on your placement.

    Our Study Aboard unit offers information about the financial aspects of your year aboard and links to partner universities’ web pages.

  • You carry out an extended individual project associated with one of the research groups in our School. You will study advanced course units related to the area of the project, take units from other areas of chemistry and attend specialist lectures chosen in consultation with your project supervisor and academic advisors.

Why Chemistry at Manchester?

  • PASS sessions, a scheme which we have found to be an immensely beneficial way of supporting student learning, means that third and fourth year students are on hand to aid first years.
  • Internationally renowned research covering the full spectrum of chemical activity, ensuring taught courses are based on the latest knowledge.
  • Wide portfolio of degrees, including options such as year-long industrial placements and study in Europe or North America.
  • Our School has an impressive international standing: the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, places Manchester as the top UK university outside Oxbridge and London.

Where are they now?

Lois O'Leary
Chemistry with International Study (4 Years) [MChem]

"The communication skills gained from learning a language and the importance placed on communicating chemistry at Manchester have set me in excellent stead for the job."

Staff spotlight

Peter Quayle
Course Director of Chemistry with International Study (4 Years) [MChem]

"The chance to do a research project in world class research groups one of the major attractions of our course."

What our students say

Anna Taylor
Chemistry with study in North America (4 year) [MChem]

"It was obvious that I was going to have a brilliant time early on as the city has so much to offer."

Did you know?

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