Chemistry with International Study (4 years) [MChem]

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UCAS course code: F104

UCAS institution code: M20

Degree awarded: Master of Chemistry

Duration: 4 years

Number of places/applicants: We receive approximately 1000 applications annually for 230 places in year 1.

Typical A level offer: Grades AAA to include chemistry plus one other science or maths subject. Grade A at GCSE Level (Grade 7 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) in an appropriate European Language for students wishing to enrol at a mainland European university in Year 3. If you miss the MChem grades, but meet the BSc grades (AAB), you will automatically be offered a place for BSc Chemistry.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer: 36 points overall with a grade of 6 in each of 3 Higher Level subjects to include chemistry and one other science or mathematics.  If English is not offered as one of the Diploma subjects (SL or HL) then a score of 6.0 at IELTS (or an equivalent approved qualification) must be offered.

Contact email: ug.chemistry@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 306 9271

How to apply: Apply through UCAS .

Course description

MChem Chemistry with International Study offers you a four-year degree programme. During the first two years you cover all the major branches of chemistry and learn how they are interconnected.  Laboratory classes in both years form an essential integrated component of your training and you will conduct experiments in all branches of the subject. You will also study your chosen language (we currently offer French, German, Spanish and Italian) for those students who will take up a placement in mainland Europe.

Open days

For details of the next University Undergraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be £9,250. Future inflationary increases may also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £22,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships:

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances. It is estimated that more than a third of our students will receive bursaries of up to £2,500 per year and many will be offered even more generous support. For information about scholarships/bursaries/sponsorship please see our undergraduate fees pages and visit the School website www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/scholarships/

Selected entry requirements

A-level:

Grades AAA including chemistry and one other science or maths subject.

There is a requirement to pass the practical assessment in the newly reformed science A Levels.

Duration of A-level study: Your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course if you either:

a) sat your examinations early;

or

b) followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years.

If you are studying an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor for that subject.

AS-level:

AS-level results are not typically considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester, however if you hold 2 AS Levels in science subjects and/or mathematics in place of a third A Level please contact the Admissions Office for further information. These AS-level requirements will continue to apply for applicants holding newly reformed qualifications in England.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer:

General Studies

Unit grade information:

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE:

The University does not have a blanket policy on preferred subjects at GCSE, aside from English Language and mathematics which are required at a minimum of Grade C or above (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). For a degree in chemistry, we also require GCSEs in science subjects with good grades at a minimum of Grade C or above (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). In addition, at least grade A at GCSE Level (Grade 7 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) in an appropriate European language for students wishing to enrol at a mainland European university in Year 3.

Applied GCSE mathematics courses (e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) are not accepted for entry to a chemistry course.

International Baccalaureate: 36 points overall with a grade of 6 in each of 3 Higher Level subjects to include chemistry and one other science or mathematics.  If English is not offered as one of the Diploma subjects (SL or HL) then a score of 6.0 at IELTS (or an equivalent approved qualification) must be offered.

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate:

H1 H1 H1 H1 in Irish Leaving Certificate including chemistry and another science or mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Highers: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations:

Two Advanced Highers at grades AA, and two Highers at grades AA. This must include chemistry and another science or mathematics at Advanced Higher. Or three Advanced Highers at grades AAA including chemistry and another science or mathematics. 

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Admissions Office.

Welsh Baccalaureate:

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate:

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Award of Baccalaureate with an average of 84% with at least 8.5 in chemistry and in another science or mathematics.  Approved English language qualifications include at least 7.0 in English in four periods per week.

AQA Baccalaureate: The University of Manchester recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. In making offers, the University will focus on the three A levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate; applicants are therefore advised to refer to the standard A level requirements for entry onto the course for which they wish to apply. The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the extended project are considered to be valuable elements of AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage applicants to draw upon these experiences within their personal statements.

Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

BTEC National Diploma: The School of Chemistry only accepts the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Qualifications in Applied Science . Please note that acceptability is dependent upon completing specific modules.

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma

The Biomedical Sciences pathway is not suitable for entry.          

The Analytical and Forensic Science pathway is suitable, but the following specific modules must be completed:    

  • Group A Optional Units must include:

            - Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

            - Applications of Organic Chemistry

  • Group B Optional Units must include:

           - Industrial Chemical Reactions

We highly recommend students take the module in Practical Chemical Analysis in Group A

The Physical Science pathway is suitable, but following specific modules must be completed:    

  • Group A Optional Units must include:

           - Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

           - Industrial Chemical Reactions

  • Group B Optional units must include:

           - Applications of Organic Chemistry

We highly recommend students take the module in Practical Chemical Analysis in Group A

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

Please refer to subject criteria for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science above.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level or equivalent at grade A preferably in chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

Please refer to subject criteria for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science above. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade M plus additional level 3 qualifications such as two A Levels or equivalent at grades AA to include at least one from chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Please refer to subject criteria for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science above. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional level 3 qualifications such as two A Levels or equivalent at grades AA to include at least one from chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Admissions Office.

OCR National Extended Diploma (18 units): OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualifications (CTEC) may be considered alongside two A Levels or equivalent in Chemistry plus at least another science or mathematics.  Entry requirements will depend upon the type of CTEC qualification being studied alongside the A Levels.  Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Access to HE Diploma: Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3 including 40 credits at Distinction, 15 of which should be in chemistry and 15 in another science (mathematics, physics or biology).  We will request a copy of your modules.  We also require GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C / grade 4 or above, or equivalent. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement tests: Completion of the High School Diploma with a GPA of no less than 3.0 and either SAT of 1290 or above or ACT with a score of at least 27, plus completion of three AP subjects at grade 5 to include chemistry and at least one from physics, biology or mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U:

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving a minimum grade of D3 in Principal Subjects. Where A Level chemistry plus another science or mathematics A Level are not taken, then Principal Subjects must include chemistry and at least another science from mathematics, physics or biology.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Non-standard educational routes:

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements:

An appropriate European Language qualification (minimum GCSE grade A / Grade 7 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) is also required for students wishing to study at a mainland European destination. Please consult our Admissions Office for further details.

English language:

Minimum grade C in GCSE English language (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). IELTS - minimum 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component. TOEFL - minimum 80 (internet-based).

English language test validity: Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Applicants to this course can change to any of our degree courses at any time up to the start of the academic year. 

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report. We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School. If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible. Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

How your application is considered

Applicants are considered on their predicted grades, a good academic reference, their personal statement and an interview.

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell the admissions team why we should offer you a place here at Manchester. It will be read by an academic and administrative member of staff. We will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • the nature and extent of the interest in your chosen course;
  • your motivation to study your course and potential to contribute to the teaching and learning environment within the School;
  • your academic ability and potential (what do you know about chemistry; what have you read about chemistry; how have you engaged with chemistry at school/college or independently; what aspects particularly interest you);
  • we are also keen to hear about you - your interests, hobbies, extra-curricular experiences, career aspirations - and how these have prepared you for success on your chosen course.

All applicants should be aware that information provided in the personal statement may be used as the basis for further discussion during your interview with an academic member of staff.

Your academic reference will be read to ensure that we are aware of any mitigating circumstances to be taken into account when assessing your application.

Further information and advice on writing your personal statement and the UCAS application process can be found on our University of Manchester Aspiring Students (UMASS) website - http://www.umass.manchester.ac.uk/applying-to-university/ucas/ or the UCAS website - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/writing-personal-statement    

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

Applicants are considered on their predicted grades, a good academic reference, their personal statement and an interview.

Use of contextual data

We make our assessors and interviewers aware of which applicants hold a WP or WP Plus Flag and what impact this could potentially have on their written application and interview performance.  We also consider the Widening Participation status of an applicant after the confirmation of exam results, and may offer a place on the course to an applicant holding a WP or WP Plus Flag who has narrowly missed the grades required.  Applicants holding a WP or WP Plus Flag will be invited to take part in our Manchester Distance Access Scheme .  This only applies to UK applicants under the age of 21; for further information, please visit the contextual data page of our website .

Interview requirements

The School's policy is to interview all UK based applicants. A series of Visit Days are arranged between November and March annually.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from overseas.  We have no quota limitations for international applicants and offer Chemistry International Scholarships.  International applicants are also eligible to apply for the Faculty Academic Excellence Scholarships.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. We normally also guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's gap year plans change.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in more than one sitting

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

We are happy to consider students who wish to transfer from other courses.

Course description

MChem Chemistry with International Study offers you a four-year degree programme. During the first two years you cover all the major branches of chemistry and learn how they are interconnected.  Laboratory classes in both years form an essential integrated component of your training and you will conduct experiments in all branches of the subject. You will also study your chosen language (we currently offer French, German, Spanish and Italian) for those students who will take up a placement in mainland Europe.

Special features

  • We take good care of our students and have several tutors to oversee the process. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is in overall charge, and you will have Academic Tutors in all branches of the subject, a Programme Director for the F104 course and a Personal Tutor.
  • MChem Chemistry with International Study is a highly flexible degree involving courses from the School of Chemistry and a range of outside Schools. For full details of all our courses see below.
  • The third year is spent studying chemistry in either mainland Europe (under the ERASMUS programme) or at one of our worldwide partner universities, and currently offer a range of universities in France, Germany, Spain and Italy, North America and Singapore. The placement year will be fully assessed by the host university and will involve coursework, laboratory classes and examinations. You will also be able to access material taught in Manchester in year 3 via our student portal. This material will not be assessed by us, but you are required to be aware of its content before you return to Manchester for your fourth year. Both the Programme Director and the Study Abroad Unit will be in e-mail contact with you during your stay and will provide help and support when necessary. The Study Abroad Unit offers information about the financial aspects of your year abroad and links to partner universities' webpages.
  • We will charge less than the standard half fee for students taking up a year abroad and offer to waive or significantly discount this fee for students from less well-off backgrounds.
  • We are also proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) scheme.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered by a mixture of the following:

  • Traditional lectures
  • Small group tutorials
  • Laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Individual research projects
  • Computer-based tuition
  • Workshops

A range of ancillary mathematics, data handling, presentation and IT skills, and computer based chemistry are taught on the dedicated computer cluster. There are also some group-based activities.

The School offers a high level of learning support. You will have weekly tutorials in small groups of no more than 6. Each student has three academic tutors, one each for Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry. You will have your own Personal Tutor to oversee your personal welfare - each member of staff has no more than six personal tutees per year.

Practical chemistry is important in all areas of the subject, and is a key part of all our programmes. In Years 1, 2 and 4 students carry out practical work in our modern well-equipped undergraduate laboratories, built to a high specification. Our practical courses are designed to provide experience of the wide range of chemical techniques for measurement and synthesis necessary for the study of modern chemistry. An important requirement for a chemist in the laboratory is the ability to work safely with a wide range of chemicals and equipment. As well as providing the opportunity to do interesting chemistry our practical courses train students to work safely and effectively in the laboratory.

Finally we have the innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions). The PASS scheme provides additional support in the area of the current week's tutorial. It is entirely voluntary and third and fourth year students help first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by a mixture of traditional examinations, coursework, laboratory practicals and workshops. Examinations take place in January and May in Years 1, 2 and 4, with around one third of the marks from continuous assessment. Examinations may take place at different times in Year 3. The first year is a simple pass/fail, but from then on a percentage of each year's assessment counts towards your final degree classification.

Course content for year 1

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

There is time for you to study subsidiary courses from outside Schools - such as Life Sciences (Biochemistry), Earth Sciences (Geology), Geography, Mathematics, Physics and also Languages. In addition, you will attend courses covering a range of presentational, computer and IT skills.

Course unit details for year 1

Course content for year 2

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.

In addition students can choose to combine their chemistry studies with course units from the College for Interdisciplinary Learning ,

Students who are following the ERASMUS programme will be required to maintain fluency in their chosen language, which usually requires you to attend language classes as your subsidiary course in Years 1 and 2, in preparation for your placement in Year 3. Eligibility for continuation on this MChem programme is at our discretion, based on your general performance and your second year mark. If you are not eligible you will be transferred to the BSc programme.

Course unit details for year 2

Course content for year 3

Year 3 - the year abroad

During your year abroad you will effectively be a student of the host institution. You will follow a course that is broadly similar to that delivered to the third-year students who stay in Manchester, but you may be able to study options that may not currently be available at Manchester. The course you follow will be carefully chosen to ensure that your educational development is at the correct level. Your placement year will be fully assessed by the host university and will involve coursework, laboratory classes and examinations.

Both your course director and our Study Abroad Unit will be in email contact with you during your stay, providing help and support when necessary. The Study Abroad Unit offers information about the financial aspects of your year abroad and links to partner universities' web pages. A number of our students extend their visits in order to take up research internships at their host University, and this is an outcome which we encourage.

You have the choice of study at either a European university or on a worldwide placement.

In Europe:

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 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

Worldwide:

We choose our partner universities on the basis of their academic standing and their ability to provide an overall educational experience similar to that of Manchester. We regularly review our partner universities to ensure that your educational experience is not compromised during your year abroad. As such it is important to note that our list of host institutions may change as part of this auditing exercise.

The current list of worldwide placement institutions includes:

  • Arizona State University
  • University of California
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
  • University of Missouri at Columbia
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rutgers (New Jersey)
  • University of Vancouver (British Columbia)
  • Queens University (Ontario)
  • McGill University (Montreal)
  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Course unit details for year 3

Course content for year 4

In the fourth and final year, you carry out an extended project associated with one of the research groups in the School of Chemistry, take advanced Chemistry units and other specialist lectures chosen in consultation with your project supervisor.

Course unit details for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

For information about scholarships/bursaries/sponsorship please see our undergraduate fees pages and go to School and university scholarships

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Our Chemistry graduates are skilled in scientific methodology and are numerate, versatile and creative, making them attractive to employers from a range of sectors. Around half of our graduates get a first job directly using their chemical knowledge; 25% go on to a further degree; and the remaining 25% opt for diverse careers in such areas as finance, management, computing and IT. Throughout the academic year, our School runs an extensive programme of employability events to further enhance your employment prospects, most of which are open to all students from all years. These events are run in collaboration with the University's award winning Careers Service , involving various alumni, employers and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and include numerous drop-in sessions held in the Chemistry Building. Depending on your degree, you may have additional specialist knowledge in analytical or medicinal chemistry, or a European language. If you spend Year 3 abroad or in industry, you will gain highly sought after life skills and demonstrate a proven ability to adapt, attributes which will make you highly attractive to future employers. For more information visit the Chemistry careers page .

Accrediting organisations

MChem Chemistry with International Study  is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry as satisfying the academic requirements for admission to Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and the award of CChem (Chartered Chemist) for graduates with a first or second class honours degree.

Associated organisations

Graduates are eligible for Affiliate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry at a reduced rate. On graduation you can proceed to Associate or Full membership and Chartered Chemist Status (depending on degree class).

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