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University of East Anglia UEA

Chemical Physics with a Year in Industry

UCAS Code: F191

Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - MChem (H)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Including Chemistry and Mathematics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

Science pathway with 12 level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 level 3 credits in Mathematics. Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer.

Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

Including HL 6 in Chemistry and HL 6 in Mathematics. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

In relevant subject, please see website for details. Excluding Public Services. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered if taking A-level Chemistry - please contact us. Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Including Chemistry and Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.

Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

136

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Chemical physics

We have been teaching Chemical Physics at UEA for almost 50 years; today some of the most adventurous scientific activity can be found in this field. Exciting and intellectually challenging, this integrated undergraduate Masters degree will introduce you to topics across the full scope of the subject, such as the fabrication and properties of nanoparticles, laser systems and their applications, microsensors, computational modelling and photonics.Crucially youll cultivate both the academic knowledge and wider work experience thats highly valued by employers. In your third year of this four-year course youll undertake a 10-12 month placement in an industrial research laboratory. After initial training youll be fully integrated into the research team, contributing to the day-to-day requirements of the organisation.We are a leading centre for chemistry research in the UK, with 98% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The School of Chemistrys research themes are light and energy, the chemistry of materials and catalysis, and the chemistry of life processes. These themes influence and run throughout our taught programmes, ensuring you learn at the forefront of research in the field.**Course Structure**Over the course you will cover topics across the full scope of chemical physics, as well as developing the transferable skills required of professional scientists.**Year 1**You will study a range of modules, covering topics including: physics, basic organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, maths, quantum mechanics and be introduced to laboratory based work.**Year 2**Your second year will consist of laboratory work, including a specialised laboratory module on chemical physics. Youll also explore core chemistry topics and have additional lectures on mathematics and theoretical chemistry.You will apply for a placement position to start in the summer at the end of your second year.**Year 3**You will typically have a 10-12-month placement based in an industrial research laboratory and working as part of the team.Most placements also involve individual project work. Youll write a detailed end-of-placement report which will be assessed together with a presentation on your return to UEA. During your placement youll also complete a distance learning module to continue your academic development and prepare you for your fourth year.**Year 4**In your final year youll undertake an extended research project alongside further modules in advanced topics in chemistry. Your project could be a computational or laboratory project, typically focusing on one of the key areas of modern chemical physics, such as laser interactions, surface chemistry, light harvesting and smart material.For the project, youll spend time in a research group, usually working alongside postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Your research project will not only build up your research skills, therefore improving your employment prospects, it is also an enjoyable and stimulating experience, that can lead to publication in a scientific journal.**Disclaimer**Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: **www.uea.ac.uk**

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of East Anglia UEA

Department:

School of Chemistry

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical sciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Chemical physics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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