This professionally accredited MChem degree includes an industrial placement year and a year of advanced study at Master's level.
At a Glance
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A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
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It provides a good basis for a PhD or career in research.
In your first two years, you study the main areas of the subject, such as organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.
In Stage 3 you take a paid year in industry. It is a great opportunity for you to gain first-hand experience in the chemical sector and some host companies offer their placement students a job after they graduate.
In your fourth year, you take advanced modules and conduct an extended research project in an area of chemistry of your choice. Supported by our expert research staff, you'll be 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