Chemistry MChem

UCAS code F101

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About this course 2019/20

Are you passionate about chemistry? Do you have an intellectual curiosity and a thirst for knowledge? Are you interested in exploring a cutting-edge subject with applications that impact our society and our planet?

The MChem at Northumbria is an enhanced undergraduate course which examines the use of chemistry in the modern world. You will gain a thorough knowledge base in chemistry before exploring areas such as nanotechnology, drug design and action, new materials, computational chemistry, biotransformations and cell factories. You can tailor the course to your individual interests via a wide range of modules and the final year major research project.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and including an opportunity to spend a year in industry, the MChem will develop your practical laboratory skills, unlock your analytical and creative problem-solving abilities and provide a strong foundation for a career in research, teaching or industry. Masters level fully meets the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

91% of students are satisfied overall with the quality of their course  (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

You will learn from experienced staff at the forefront of their fields, with all teaching staff in the Department of Applied Sciences educated to PhD level. Most academic staff are research active and this knowledge is reflected in their teaching.

Many of our teaching team have previously worked in higher education, research and industry, including organisations such as Unilever, the John Innes Centre and Roche Products Ltd, and are able to draw on real world experience to keep their teaching current and industry-relevant. As members of professional bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the chemistry team have excellent international links, collaborating with others across the globe in pursuit of ground-breaking advances in chemistry.

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Teaching and Assessment

We believe in the benefits of hands-on study which is why a large proportion of your time will be spent in our state-of-the-art laboratories, developing a wide range of practical skills. These practical sessions are complemented by seminars, lectures, tutorials and IT sessions to cement your theoretical knowledge of the subject. There is also the opportunity to spend a year in industry where you can develop your knowledge and gain valuable work experience to give you a head start in your chosen career.

By the end of your degree you will have developed the ability to study independently and mastered research skills, culminating in a major research project which can be tailored to reflect your interests and career aspirations.

A minimum of 40% of the curriculum is centred on laboratory- or computer-based experimentation. This access to modern instrumental techniques will play a key role in your professional development.

Learning Environment

Working in our modern laboratories, complete with industry standard equipment, you will develop a range of practical skills in an authentic learning environment. You will develop specific computational chemistry skills, working with sophisticated professional software in our IT suites. A complete list of facilities can be found here.

All Northumbria students also benefit from technology enabled learning (TEL) which provides online access to module information, key texts, assessment briefs and a range of teaching-related materials.

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Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria we take a research-led approach to education. As practicing researchers, our academic staff will pass on the latest theories and techniques gleaned from their ongoing research, making sure you are at the cutting-edge of the subject.

We will also support you to develop your own research skills. The final year research project will enable you to develop your own area of specialism and enhance your skills in areas such as decision-making, team-working, critical analysis, communication, and the ability to study independently, all of which are in demand by employers or are an excellent foundation for continuing on to PhD.

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Give your career an edge

At Northumbria, our degrees are designed to make you as employable as possible. As well as graduating with a respected degree, accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the MChem provides the opportunity to spend a year in industry where you can gain first-hand experience of the world of work. Not only will this enable you to ‘test’ your chosen career, but you will develop valuable skills such as team work, communication, and time-management, The practical experience gained through your placement year will complement the learning theory and strengthen your CV. You can also boost your employability with short work placements, study abroad, STEM ambassador activities or volunteering.

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Your Future

You will graduate from MChem experienced in practical laboratory work and with advanced computing skills. You will produce a research project from first hypothesis through to publication and will have developed transferable skills in communication, problem-solving and team-working. Graduates will be able to enter a range of careers within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries or continue on to PhD level.

There is a diverse range of career options open to chemistry graduates, not only in traditional roles but across the wider field. Previous Northumbria graduates have found employment not only in scientific teaching and roles in the chemical industry but also in areas such as business and management, finance, marketing and sales.

Course info

UCAS Code F101

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department Applied Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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