Chemistry with Industrial Experience (4 year) [MChem]

This course allows you to reap the benefits of our Chemistry BSc and MChem undergraduate courses while gaining a year of real-world paid work experience via a placement with a chemistry-related business.

Choosing this option allows you to experience chemistry in the commercial world whilst retaining the ‘safety net’ of university. Many students excel on their placements; some even gain a post-graduation job offer at the end of their year.

During this year you will be expected to behave as a full-time employee and as such you will come out of your studies armed with the day-to-day working skills that recruiters look for.  You will have the ability to work within the target-orientated, commercially-driven environment of the modern workplace whilst at the same time putting into practice the scientific  knowledge that you have gained during the first two ‘chemistry core’ years of study. 

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.

    During the second year, you’ll also make applications to companies for your third year placement. You will be able to take advantage of the industrial contacts and reputation of the University, and will be given ample help via specialist workshops in preparing your CV, making placement applications and going for interviews.

  • Your third year will be spent undertaking a year-long placement. Students who take this option will find themselves in the role of a real employee within a company with some chemistry-related activity, doing things like chemical synthesis, analytical chemistry, product formulation and quality control. During these placements, students are paid as a normal employee would be and are subject to the internal structures and normal pressures of the workplace.

    Throughout this year, Dr Andrew Horn, Programme Director for Chemistry with Industrial Experience (4 year) [MChem], will maintain contact with you and arrange for an academic tutor to visit you twice on placement. There will be a small element of core chemistry material to keep you up to speed with organic and inorganic topics, taught by online distance learning units and supported remotely by specialist subject tutors. At the end of your placement, you will present a written report and make an oral presentation which your academic tutor and industrial placement supervisor will mark.

  • You carry out an extended individual project associated with one of the research groups in our School. You will study enhanced core course modules and option modules 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.

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, North America or Singapore.
  • Our School has an impressive international standing: the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, places Manchester as the top UK University outside ‘Oxbridge’ and London. It’s a similar picture to the 2015 Times Higher Education World Rankings, where Manchester is again the top English university outside ‘Oxbridge’ and the capital.
  • A range of scholarships and bursaries available for home and international students, including Entrance Scholarships, International Scholarships, Faculty International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships and BP Scholarships.

Where are they now?

Rob Finch
Chemistry with Industrial Experience (4 Years) [MChem]

"My degree course gave me a very good foundation of knowledge and skills in most areas of the subject.  I use what I learnt in the polymer chemistry and organic chemistry modules on a daily basis."

What our students say

Rose Krawczuk
Chemistry with Industrial Experience (4 Years) [MChem] and PhD in Computational Chemistry

"One of the most enjoyable parts of my work is the freedom I'm given to direct my research."

Staff spotlight

Andrew Horn
Course Director for Chemistry with Industrial Experience (4 Years) [MChem]

"The key feature is immersion for a year in a commercial working environment. This requires the student to perform as a full-time employee of their placement company and gives them the opportunity to experience the nature of chemistry in a cutting edge, time-is-money, heavily-regulated business environment."

Did you know?

85% of students from this course go on to work or further study six months after graduation.
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