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Cardiff University

Chemistry (with a year in industry)

UCAS Code: F104
MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Subjects
  • Chemistry
Student score
78% MED
% employed or in further study
99% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

AAA-AAB to include grade B in Chemistry plus ideally at least one other science or mathematical subject.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

Distinction plus two A-Levels at grade B, to include Chemistry and ideally one other science or mathematical subject (Biology, Mathematics or Physics)

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Year 1: Core modules: spectroscopy and kinetics; bonding and structure; techniques and methods in chemistry; molecular structure and reactivity; energy changes in molecules and atoms; metals in solids and solutions; synthetic chemistry; characterisation of molecules; optional modules: forensic chemistry; environmental chemistry; energy resources and materials; chemical biology 1; chemistry of the cosmos; (core or optional); mathematical measures for chemistry; language. Year 2: Core modules: main group chemistry; stereochemistry and reactivity; spectroscopic methods; energy and structure; analytical and separation science; symmetry and bonding; co-ordination chemistry; organic mechanisms and synthesis; atomic and molecular spectroscopy; kinetics from enzymes to polymers; key skills for chemists; optional modules; a language or other free standing module; chemical biology 2. Year 3: Year in industry. Year 4: Core modules: project (quadruple module); ligand influences, structure, reactivity; solids; retrosynthetic analysis and biosynthesis; multinuclear metal and metalloid system; quantum chemistry electron: optional module: chemical biology 4.

Cardiff University

Campus life

A world-leading university in the vibrant capital city of Wales: 94% of our 2010 graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. You'll be part of a Russell Group university and one that is ranked in the top 1.5% of the 10,000 universities globally. With over 26,000 students and 6,000 staff, the academic community is the size of a small town, with an active union to match.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
36%
64%

Year 1

42%
58%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

45%
55%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
59%
22%
19%

Year 1

52%
23%
25%

Year 2

25%
65%
10%

Year 3

40%
30%
30%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 78% MED
Able to access IT resources

97%

Staff made the subject interesting

78%

Library resources are satisfactory

96%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

81%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
36% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
360 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

8%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

7%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

3%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of students taking chemistry courses hasn't changed much in the last ten years, even as numbers in most other subjects have risen, and it's felt the UK has a shortage of chemistry grads overall. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs. But many industries, from the food industry to teaching, need chemistry graduates, and they're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills – anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. The recession hasn't been too kind to chemists, and current problems, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), mean that the stats are probably a little worse than we'd normally expect – they should improve over the next few years.
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