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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.

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100% of students said that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

For more information in relation to studying Chemistry, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Chemistry MChem updates. 

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.

Royal Society of Chemistry Logo

100% of students said that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

For more information in relation to studying Chemistry, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Chemistry MChem updates. 

Course Information

UCAS Code
F101

Level of Study
Undergraduate

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

Department
Applied Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Department / Applied Sciences

The Department of Applied Sciences has an exciting and extensive portfolio of subjects including biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, forensic science, food and nutritional sciences.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Chemistry MChem

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Chemistry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.

Student Profiles / Chemistry MChem

Book an Open Day / Experience Chemistry MChem

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Chemistry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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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Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Book an Open Day / Experience Chemistry MChem

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Chemistry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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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The Department of Applied Sciences has modern laboratory and computing resources for learning, teaching, research, innovation and business engagement.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Chemistry MChem

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Chemistry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.

Book an Open Day / Experience Chemistry MChem

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Chemistry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.

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.


 

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Book an Open Day / Experience Chemistry MChem

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Chemistry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
Grade B in A level Chemistry, or recognised equivalent

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

Grade B in A-level Chemistry, or a recognised equivalent.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Placement Cost - All placements are paid internships, however the year will still incur fees from the University at a reduced rate to maintain access to student services. Lab book - all students are required to have a hard bound A4 notebook for use in the lab. Approximate cost £10 Printing costs - £!0 of credit is included in fees, however if students wish to print all notes provided electronically they may need to top this up with up to £20 per year. Textbooks - copies of mandatory texts are available in the University Library, and many are electronic access free to students. If a student wishes to buy a personal copy, we advise on one general Chemistry textbook to supplement the entire course, approximate cost £60. Optional RSC Membersip - recommended to take out in final year of course. Current rates available at https://www.rsc.org/membership-and-community/supporting-individuals/#undefined

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* It is anticipated that fees for 21/22 will be £9,250. EU fees status will be confirmed following confirmation from Government


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

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Home or EU applicants please apply through UCAS

International applicants please apply using the links below

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

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