This professionally accredited MChem degree includes a year of advanced study at Master's level, and provides a good basis for a PhD or career in research.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
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You gain a firm foundation in the fundamentals of chemistry in your first three years.
You also develop professional-level laboratory skills in our teaching labs, which are some of the highest-spec in the UK.
In your fourth year, you take advanced modules, such as:
- catalyst application and design
- organic synthesis for drug targets
- further organic and inorganic chemistry
Supported by our research-active staff, you also conduct an extended research project in an area of chemistry of your choice, contributing to knowledge at the cutting edge of the field.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
The quality of the chemistry study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall satisfaction score of 94% in the National Student Survey 2016.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This degree is professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Studying an RSC-accredited degree satisfies the academic requirements for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem) and leads, upon application, to full membership of the RSC on graduation.
Find out more on the Royal Society of Chemistry's website.
BSc or MChem?
All of our degrees satisfy the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) requirements for professional accreditation.
Students who are planning for a career in chemical research in industry or academia, or who may wish to study for a higher qualification such as a PhD, are encouraged to apply for an MChem degree.
Our MChem degrees last four years and provide a more in-depth study of chemistry than our BSc degrees. They also include a research project in the fourth year, which gives you experience of working in a research environment.
What you will studyWhat you will study
Shared first year
All of our chemistry degrees share the same first year, building on your existing knowledge. The high level of shared content means transfer between our degrees is usually possible if you want to (depending on academic performance).
You'll cover the following areas:
- general chemistry
- organic chemistry
- physical chemistry
- inorganic chemistry
- biological and medicinal chemistry
- analytical chemistry
Second and third year
During the second and third years you will:
- continue to build on your knowledge of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and structural chemistry
- take a group assignment module and create a learning pack, developing your transferable skills
- develop your skills to a professional level through an advanced laboratory course
- undertake an independent research literature project
- study a range of specialist topics