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University of Edinburgh

Chemical Physics

UCAS Code: F333

Master of Chemical Physics - MChemPhys

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Minimum entry requirement: ABB in one sitting, in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37-32

Award of Diploma with 37 points overall and grades 666 at HL - 32 points overall and grades 555 at HL to include Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A-A,A,B,B

Minimum entry requirement: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A, Physics and Chemistry (preferably at Grade A).

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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

67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Physics

Chemical Physics is the keystone interdisciplinary subject that lies at the apex of two major fields of physical science. Its range and compass are broad, from the fundamental physics of individual atoms and molecules through to soft and hard condensed matter physics, dealing with a spectrum of matter from the molecules of life through to the latest technological materials.
A chemical physicist in the 21st century is armed with the tools to make significant contributions to a sustainable, secure and healthy future for the coming generations through the development of efficient renewable energy sources, smart materials and devices, and targeted medicinal therapies.
A chemical physics degree from Edinburgh provides the intellectual framework for understanding the properties of matter from fundamentals to the frontiers of current research. It also focuses strongly on the wide range of analytical and experimental skills necessary to practice the subject. It provides insight into research via a final-year research project working at the cutting edge of the subject. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, overall, 95 per cent of our research was rated world leading or internationally excellent. Funding to develop our teaching infrastructure means we now offer some of the finest facilities in the UK. Our five-year MChem programme provides a research project occupying the full final year. This may be undertaken in Edinburgh, in industry or at one of our partner universities around the world. It offers you an opportunity to devote yourself exclusively to applying the chemistry skills and knowledge you have developed and is ideal preparation for a career as a professional chemist or for a PhD. Our chemical physics programmes are accredited by both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£24,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

School of Chemistry

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate
526

After graduation


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Physics

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.

97%
high
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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.

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