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University of Edinburgh

Chemistry with Materials Chemistry

UCAS Code: F1F2
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Materials science
Student score
75% LOW
Not Available
% employed or in further study
89% LOW
89% LOW
Average graduate salary
£22k HIGH
£23k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAA

Chemistry and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers
AABB-AAAA

Mathematics at grade A and Chemistry.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 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

67%

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 School of Chemistry was voted the winner in the annual Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) Teaching Awards Best Department category in 2011, having been shortlisted in the top two departments for the last three years. All our courses are recognised (BSc) or accredited (MChem) by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Our teaching has been rated as excellent by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. The Saltersâ?? Institute Graduate prize has been won by a student from the School of Chemistry for 16 consecutive years, a record unmatched by any other UK Chemistry Department. Courses are taught by world-leading scientists and our teaching labs are among the best in the UK. If you achieve high enough grades at School, you can enter directly into the second year of your programme, completing your degree in 3 or 4 years rather than 4 or 5 years. Our Students Say: 'The whole of the chemistry department has filled me with enthusiasm for the subject this year. All the tutorials and lectures are made enjoyable by the people taking them while also being serious in terms of having learning as the priority.' One of our academic staff will be designated as your Personal Tutor throughout your time with us. They will take your first year tutorials and will be your first point of contact for any issues; academic or pastoral. One of our Personal Tutors won the EUSA award for best Director of Studies (the old name for Personal Tutors) in 2011. The School of Chemistry is the first department in Scotland to be given an Athena SWAN Gold award, which acknowledges and promotes the advancement of careers for women in Science, Engineering and Technology in higher education and research. Our Students Say: 'Well-organised institution with a lot of really kind people working there. Creates friendly environment and makes student feel secure about their future at the university.'

Modules

Year 1: You will spend approximately a third of your first year in chemistry lectures, laboratory classes and small-group tutorials. For most students a mathematics course is also required. The remainder of your curriculum can be chosen from a broad range of courses from across the University. Year 2: You continue with your chemistry course, which again takes up about a third of your time. Additional courses such as environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, chemical pharmacology or courses in physics or mathematics may be required for your specific programme but most programmes still allow considerable choice of optional subjects at this stage. The range of optional courses available over the first two years allows real flexibility to transfer between different programmes. Year 3: You will study compulsory chemistry courses that provide a foundation for the remaining honours years. If you are studying the chemical physics programme you will take a combination of chemistry and physics courses. Year 4: In the final year of your BSc, you will take compulsory courses from your programme and will choose from a range of advanced chemistry courses, an. In the final year of all programmes you undertake independent research work and complete a final dissertation.

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How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
37%
63%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

43%
57%

Year 3

35%
65%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
63%
20%
17%

Year 1

60%
26%
14%

Year 2

67%
9%
24%

Year 3

66%
17%
17%

Year 4

Course accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for fully meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem). Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

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 76%
Student score 75% LOW
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

70%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

48%

Feedback on work has been prompt

68%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

58%

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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
36% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
515 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% 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 89% LOW
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

6%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

4%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

18%

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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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 Not Available
Student score Not Available

Sorry, not enough students have taken this subject here before, so we aren't able to show you any information.

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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
33% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
37% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
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Typical Ucas points
516 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
9% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 89% LOW
Average graduate salary £23k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

10%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

4%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject isn't very common for undergraduates – so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Most people studying in this fast-moving and often very specialist area take a first degree in another subject and then do a postgraduate course in materials science. Typically, materials students go on to postgraduate study, and so not many went into work in the UK last year. If you're interested specifically in polymers or textiles, then there is the option to study it as a degree on its own.
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