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University of Southampton

Chemistry

UCAS Code: F103

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA to include Chemistry and one further science subject or AAB to include Chemistry and two further science subjects. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Psychology, Geography and Geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

D3, D3, D3 to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Pass with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points required at higher level: including 6 points from Chemistry and 6 points from one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Psychology, Geography and Geology. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programmes (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Psychology, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual's academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of the pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 - S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject) Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

AAA from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

UCAS Tariff

112-147

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93%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Chemistry

Our MChem in-house programme will expand the breadth and depth of your core chemistry knowledge and prepare you for a research degree or a career specialising in chemistry. You will complete advanced practicals and an independent literature project in year three and an independent research project in year four where you will work alongside one of our cutting-edge research groups. This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) increasing the employability and enhancing the CVs of our graduates. This degree will provide a sound background in all aspects of chemistry and comprehensive training in practical Chemistry. You will conduct an independent research project or advanced practicals and you may choose to spend a significant proportion of your time studying topics outside chemistry, for example in mathematics, physics or biology.This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) increasing the employability and enhancing the CVs of our graduates.

Modules

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry - Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry - Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry - Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science - Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders - Organic Reaction Mechanisms - Atomic and Molecular Interactions - Environmental Chemistry - Geohazards and Earth Resources - X-Ray Diffraction as a Characterisation Method

Assessment methods

There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of
material presented in the lectures and workshops. The practical work is continuously assessed primarily through
written reports. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your
relevant skills from your supervisor. A written literature review related to the project is also assessed.
Coursework exercises based on the lecture material are set each week and feedback is provided promptly. In
some cases coursework marks are used in calculating your overall mark for the particular module of study.
However in most cases coursework is simply to give you an indication of your progress.
The research project will be assessed via a variety of means including review of your laboratory notebook, your
assessments of the risks and hazards of your work, written reports, oral presentations, the production of a
dissertation, and an oral examination.

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
£20,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

88%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
10%
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.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
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.

£21k

£21k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

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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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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