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Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - MChem (H) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemistry
Student score
78% LOW
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£19k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

To include minimum grade C at A2 in Chemistry (must include a Pass in the Chemistry practical assessment) or Applied Science.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science with Merit in all mandatory units and Merit in two of the following optional units: 13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry 14 Applications of Organic Chemistry 19 Practical Chemical Analysis Or BTEC National Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 112 – 120 UCAS Tariff points. Pre 2016 BTECs: BTEC Applied Science - 60 Relevant L3 Credits at Merit

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science with Merit in all mandatory units and Merit in the following optional units: 13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry 14 Applications of Organic Chemistry 19 Practical Chemical Analysis Or BTEC National Extended Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 112 – 120 UCAS Tariff points. Pre 2016 BTECs: BTEC in Applied Science to include 60 credits at Merit from relevant Science units.

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112-120 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

Not available

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 MChem is an integrated four-year undergraduate Masters course. It will enable you to gain a balanced understanding of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry with sufficient flexibility each year to select areas of study that will develop your knowledge, experience and skills appropriate to a range of science-based careers. Typical areas of study include reactions and mechanisms, materials chemistry, forensic chemistry, drug discovery, computational chemistry and spectroscopy, chemical synthesis, physiochemical processes and environmental chemistry. These study areas are complemented by our strong focus on practical laboratory skills throughout the course. The MChem route includes professional studies and you will spend a year either focusing on a major independent project of your chosen specialism or working in industry. You can also incorporate foreign language options. The choice between MChem and BSc may be left until the end of Year 2, if you initially apply for the BSc (Hons) degree. Progress to the MChem programme is subject to your overall performance at the end of Year 2. Features and benefits of the course: - The MChem route is pending re-accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry and upon successful completion of the course, the qualification can be used in part fulfilment for associate membership of the RSC. Enhanced education in chemistry gives you the opportunity to undertake research for a higher degree or to pursue a career in industry as a professional chemist. In the last two years we have invested half a million pounds in chemistry laboratories and equipment. Our laboratories are state-of-the-art and will give you first hand experience of a wide variety of manual and instrumental lab skills and techniques. The four year route with a year in industry allows you gain valuable industry experience as part of your degree. 90% of students are overall satisfied with the School of Science and the Environment (from 261 (70%) students who responded to the 2015 National Student Survey). 94% of Chemistry graduates go straight into employment and/or further study according to the DLHE survey 2014 for all respondents available for employment or further study and who destinations are known.


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MMU is a thriving and diverse community of students from all professions ranging from artists and teachers to business leaders and scientists. Whatever course you choose you'll have access to great industry links and opportunities in one of the UK's most popular student cities. We're two thirds of the way through a £350 million building programme including a new students' union planned for 2014.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 78% LOW
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


Staff value students' opinions



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
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
37% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
21% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
326 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
58% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
16% 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 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. 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. 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 good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.
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