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University of Surrey

Chemistry with Forensic Investigation

UCAS Code: F1F4
MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Forensic & archaeological sciences
Student score
86% MED
Not Available
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£22k HIGH
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

AAA - AAB including Chemistry and a second science

Scottish Highers
Not Available

AAAAB - AAABB including Chemistry and a second science

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available 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

100%

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

£9,250

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 crucial attributes of a forensic chemist are an alert and enquiring mind, keen problem-solving ability and excellent presentation skills, all supported by a solid knowledge of chemical and analytical techniques. With our commitment to scientific communication and strong professional connections, we are uniquely placed to give you the opportunity to acquire these skills, gaining invaluable interaction with the professional world. We nurture and encourage talented scientists by teaching the basic skills in chemistry and providing you with the freedom to translate your ideas into practice. You benefit from our degrees if you are fascinated by science at the molecular level, curious about cutting-edge concepts, motivated by having in-built flexibility in your learning programme and stimulated by mixing with like-minded people.

Modules

Year 1: introduction to organic chemistry; introduction to physical chemistry; introduction to inorganic chemistry; introduction to analytical chemistry; transferable and quantitative skills 1; transferable and quantitative skills 2; fundamentals of forensic science; chemistry of the environment; industrial chemistry. Year 2: intermediate organic chemistry; intermediate physical chemistry; intermediate inorganic chemistry; intermediate analytical chemistry; spectroscopy; world of work; computer modelling of drugs and biomolecules; forensic chemistry; chemistry and technology of modern materials; medicinal chemistry 1; pharmacology 1. Year 3: topics in organic chemistry; topics in physical chemistry; topics in inorganic chemistry; topics in analytical chemistry; inorganic materials and nanochemistry; polymer materials and nanochemistry; medicinal chemistry 2; topics in forensic science; topics in computer-aided drug design. Year 4:; research project; advanced topics in organic chemistry; advanced topics in physical chemistry; advanced topics in inorganic chemistry; advanced topics in analytical chemistry; advanced inorganic materials and nanochemistry; advanced polymer materials and nanotechnology; advanced medicinal chemistry; advanced computer-aided drug design; advanced methods in forensic investigation.

University of Surrey

University entrance

Giving students a competitive edge for their future. That's what we do, and it's what we have been doing since our first students passed through our doors in 1894. The beautiful, landscaped grounds of the University campus are an ideal place to study, relax and socialise in. Safe and secure, the campus has a friendly, close-knit and cosmopolitan community.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
29%
71%

Year 1

29%
71%

Year 2

11%
89%

Year 3

12%
63%
25%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
53%
38%
9%

Year 1

55%
45%

Year 2

75%
25%

Year 3

35%
49%
16%

Year 4

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 97%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

90%

Feedback on work has been prompt

58%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

97%

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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
20% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
422 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

5%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

14%

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
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
53% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
423 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

8%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

5%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The statistics here primarily reflect the prospects for forensic science graduates, as the largest group of students to study a forensic and archaeological science. While there are not a lot of jobs available in forensics itself just at the moment, reflected in the overall unemployment rates for forensic science graduates, there are still jobs for graduates from these subjects. Last year's graduates went into analysis work in labs, technician roles and general research, and for those looking a little wider, IT and management also employed forensics graduates. This is also a good subject for those wanting to work for the police, and if you do, it’s sometimes possible to get sponsorship, so that can be an option to fund your studies and get some relevant – and challenging - experience.
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