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MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemistry
Student score
96% HIGH
% employed or in further study
88% LOW
Average graduate salary
£22k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics. Practical Science required.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Majority B grades, in conjunction with Advanced Highers at grades AB

Scottish Advanced Highers

AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades Chemistry at grade B.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate

34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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


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


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

The Chemistry course at Loughborough has a 95% overall student satisfaction rate (NSS 2014) and its academic and research staff are both nationally and internationally recognised as experts in their fields. Chemistry at Loughborough scored highly in the 2014 National Student Survey: 1st for Teaching and Coaching; 1st for Assessment and Feedback; 1st for Academic Support; 1st for Organisation and Management; 1st for Learning Resources; and 1st for Personal Development (based on mean scores). Chemistry at Loughborough was ranked 8th for Graduate Prospects in The Times 2014. The MChem in Chemistry achieved 100% student satisfaction (UNISTATS 2014) Upon successful completion of your MChem degree you will be eligible for admission to Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC), and in addition will hold a degree accredited for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem). This enables you to register with the RSC for a two year Professional Development Programme leading to the award of CChem after just three years postgraduate experience.


Year 1: structure and reactivity in inorganic chemistry; structure and reactivity in organic chemistry; energetics and rates of change; spectroscopy and the structure of the universe; stoichiometry and analytical measurements; mathematics for chemistry; chemical and phase equilibria; concepts in main group chemistry; molecular basis of life; introduction to analytical chemistry. Year 2: synthesis of organic molecules; structure of organic molecules; d-block chemistry; advanced kinetics and quantum mechanics; radiochemistry; atomic spectrometric analysis; inorganic structure determination; p-block ligands, cages and clusters; solutions, surfaces and interfaces; polymer chemistry; analytical separation methods. Year 3: advanced organic, inorganic and physical chemistry; pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis; environmental chemistry; dissertation and research project. Plus a choice from: biological organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry option; drugs and disease; synthesis in drug discovery; physical and radiochemistry; forensic DNA analysis Year 4: further aspects of advanced analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry; dissertation and extended research project.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

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Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

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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 98%
Student score 96% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



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
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
36% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
350 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% 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 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


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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