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University of Manchester

Chemistry

UCAS Code: F109

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

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Grades A*AA in any order including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics subject.  Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive. Typical Contextual Offer: Grades AAA including chemistry plus one other science or maths subject. If you miss the MChem grades, but meet the BSc Grades of AAB, you will automatically be offered a place for BSc Chemistry.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving a minimum of Grades D1 to D3 in Principal Subjects. Where A Level Chemistry plus another Science or Mathematics A Level are not taken, then Principal Subjects must include Chemistry and at least another Science from Mathematics, Physics or Biology.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

37 points overall. Grades 7,6,6 in any order in Higher Level subjects to include Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We only offer access to BSc courses from this route. Please refer to the entry requirements for our BSc courses. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations: Two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, and two Highers at Grades AA. This must include chemistry and another science or mathematics at Advanced Higher. Or three Advanced Highers at Grades AAA including Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations: Two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, and two Highers at Grades AA. This must include chemistry and another science or mathematics at Advanced Higher. Or three Advanced Highers at Grades AAA including Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics.  English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

152

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Chemistry

Choosing to study chemistry can open the door to an exciting range of career options. From practical scientist through research technologist to academic specialist, all can be reached, in part, through this contemporary, multi-disciplinary degree programme. Our innovative skills-based curriculum will give you the tools to succeed in your degree and our award-winning careers service will assist you in making choices for your future.

Our courses will equip you with an armoury of skills to take into the world of work, including the ability to analyse problems, to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to develop laboratory, numeracy and communication skills. You will also gain an appreciation for a subject which links so many scientific disciplines through applications and examples as well as practical work and learning through research. In lectures the topics and examples you discuss will be taken from the latest research, much of which is carried out right here by the School's academics.

MChem (Hons) Chemistry offers you a four-year degree programme.

**Special Features**

- We take good care of our students and have multiple tutors to oversee the process. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is in overall charge, and you will have Academic Tutors in all branches of the subject, and a Personal Tutor.

- MChem Chemistry is a highly flexible degree involving courses from the School of Chemistry and a range of outside Schools. For full details of all the courses see below.

- We are also proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support in the area of the current week's tutorial. It is entirely voluntary and second, third and fourth year students help first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£24,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Department of Chemistry

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
Chemistry

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.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

Chemistry

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
87%
low
Employed or in further education
69%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Chemistry

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

£25k

£25k

£31k

£31k

£31k

£31k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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