Master in Chemistry (MChem) (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Course Overview

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.

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.

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Undergraduate Masters Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours MChemistry. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure 
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions
  • Sustainable Chemistry 
  • Mathematical Tools and Concepts in Chemistry 

Second year

Core modules:

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry
  • Radicals, Phases and Supramolecular Chemistry

Optional core modules:

  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 

Elective modules:

  • Sustainable Chemistry 

Third year

Core modules:

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms 
  • Synoptic Topics in Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis

Optional core modules:

  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Materials, Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Topics in Chemistry
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Radicals, Phases and Supramolecular Chemistry 

Elective modules:

  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Topics in Chemistry
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 

Fourth year

Core modules:

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

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours MChemistry. 

First year

Core modules:

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

Second year

Core modules:

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 

Third year

Core modules:

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms 
  • Synoptic Topics in Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis

Optional core modules:

  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Materials, Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Topics in Chemistry
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Radicals, Phases and Supramolecular Chemistry 

Elective modules:

  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Topics in Chemistry
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 

Fourth year

Core modules:

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

Skills and Careers

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.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Chemistry (MChem) : F102 View Unistats for this course

can be combined with:

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the MChemistry programme you have the potential opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad. 

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

Professional accreditation is sought from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016/17.