Chemistry with Integrated Master's 

(2018 Entry)

MChem

Our integrated master’s degree will advance your knowledge of chemistry through both teaching and your own research, and builds professional skills which will enhance your career prospects.

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4 years

UCAS code: F102

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Course Overview

This is a four year course in which you’ll have the opportunity to focus on topics which suit your interests and aspirations. You’ll also develop a range of important transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and the ability to conduct cutting-edge research. In the third year, you will carry out a research project to develop your research skills as well as several taught modules, including a synoptic module to consolidate your chemistry knowledge. Fourth year lectures and seminars cover research focused material, and you’ll undertake a major research project.

What will this mean for my future?

With a master's degree, your knowledge and skills will be very appealing to employers, but you may also have developed a particular interest which you'd like to explore at PhD level. If you choose to go straight into employment, you might work in the chemical, pharmaceutical or environmental industries as a research scientist, analytical chemist or in other roles where scientific knowledge and related skills are in demand, such as scientific instrument sales, patent law or environmental analysis.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions

Second year

  • Organic Sythesis and Chirality 
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry 
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Structural and Inorganic Chemistry

Third year

  • Research Project 
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry 
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms 
  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis 
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis

Fourth year

  • MChem Research Project
  • MChem Research Training
  • Applied Chemistry Topics
  • Research Chemistry Topics

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits1 (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60-901

0

0

30

30

2

90

15

30

0

15

3

90

30

30

0

0

4

120

0

0

0

0

1 Students may study combined honours in the first year and elect to switch after year 1. Students on this route will study 60 compulsory credits of chemistry/medicinal chemistry and 60 compulsory credits of a second subject.

 

It is possible to transfer onto the following courses from MChem Chemistry. You may elect to transfer from Combined Honours Chemistry Courses to Single Honours Chemistry at any point up to the first week of Semester 1 of Year 2.

A summary of the MChem Chemistry with International Year programme is provided in Annex A.

Degree Title

Duration

Transfer Deadline

BSc Chemistry (Single Honours)

3 years

Transfer by week 1 of semester 1 of year 3

MChem Chemistry with International Year

4 years

Transfer by week 1 of semester 1 of year 2

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

There are two compulsory 30-credit modules taken by all chemistry students at Level 4. Students on the Single Honours (SH) pathway will select two electives and take two additional core modules, with approximately 4 hours per week timetabled contact time.

Whilst laying the foundations of the principles and vocabulary of Chemistry, you will be challenged to question knowledge and the nature of knowledge when you start to encounter problems that have more than one answer or interpretation.  You will be exposed to experimental evidence from a variety of sources and start to learn how such evidence supports, undermines or otherwise, the theoretical models and ideas upon which the subject of Chemistry is built.  The practical classes emphasise development of core practical skills through hands-on experience of key techniques and procedures, as well as skills in laboratory safety, maintaining a laboratory diary, observation, information retrieval, IT skills, scientific writing and reporting in a variety of formats.

Combined Honours Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry route

60 credits of Chemistry, 60 credits of Subject X

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Structure and Reactivity

30

None

 

Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

30

   

 

Single Honours Chemistry route

90 credits of Chemistry, 30 credits of Electives

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Structure and Reactivity

30

None

 

Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

30

   

Sustainable Chemistry

30

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Students will take 5 or 6 chemistry modules with the option to select an elective. Three 30-credit modules will be core and the 15-credit remaining chemistry module(s) will be selected from a choice of three optional modules. Entry to MChem Year 3/Level 6 requires 50% average across all modules, irrespective of the subject studied. In Year 2 the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 1 are developed with an increasing emphasis on the need to integrate knowledge and critically evaluate experimental evidence in solving theoretical and practical problems. In practical classes, new practical skills are developed and an increasing emphasis is placed on critical evaluation of experimental design and the analysis of complex data from multiple sources, including computational theoretical calculations and the scientific peer-reviewed literature. Sophisticated analytical techniques are introduced and applied to the investigation of a variety of problems, whilst communication skills are developed to include skills in oral presentation.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules1

Credits

Molecular Chemistry and Reactions

30

Industrial Chemistry

15

Spectroscopy and Analysis

30

Medicinal & Biological Chemistry 1

15

Physical and Structural Chemistry

30

Sustainable Chemistry2

15

1 – Students must select at least one optional module, and may take an elective module.

2 – Sustainable Chemistry (CHE-20032) is available as an option module to those students who did not take it in Year 1 (CHE-10051).

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Entry to level 6 of the MChem programme requires an average of 50% in all modules at level 5. In semester 1 you will take three compulsory modules and one optional module. In semester 2 you will study two compulsory modules and select one optional module. There is also a 15-credit research project that lasts the full year.  In Year 3, increasingly sophisticated theories and ideas are introduced which require you to draw upon, integrate and extend the fundamental chemical principles introduced during Years 1 and 2. The breadth of material covered is diverse and encompasses research-informed topics at the forefront of the discipline in areas such as analytical chemistry, medicinal and biological chemistry, green chemistry and many others.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Advanced Organic Chemistry

15

Group 1 (Semester One):

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 22

Materials Chemistry & Catalysis

 

15

15

Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry & Inorganic reaction Mechanisms

15

Group 2 (Semester Two):

Topics in Chemistry

Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

 

15

15

Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Research Project

15

   

Synoptic Topics in Chemistry

15

   

Advanced Chemical Analysis

15

   

Inorganic, Physical & Solid State Chemistry

15

   

1 Students must pick one module from Group 1 and one module from Group 2.

2 Pre-requisite of Medicinal & Biological Chemistry 1.

Modules - Year Four

Year 4 (Level 7)

Following satisfactory progression from Year 3/Level 6, you will take two taught modules in semester 1. You will carry out an extended 60-credit Research Project (selected from a wide variety of research projects on offer), which places increased emphasis on your ability to work independently and to design and critically evaluate practical investigations and the peer-reviewed scientific literature. This will be carried out through semester 1 and 2, but more intensively in semester 2. You will carry out an extensive literature review in the broad area of your project in semester 1. Semester 2 will allow you to focus more on your project as you will have one taught module. The three taught modules are designed to develop depth and breadth of understanding across a wide range of topics.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

MChem Research Project

60

None

 

MChem Research Training

15

   

Applied Chemistry Topics

30

   

Research Chemistry Topics

15

   

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az