Chemistry MChem

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Study on this in-depth Chemistry undergraduate Master’s degree with embedded research year to help you find your focus and get real-world chemistry experience.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - ABB

BTEC - DDD

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

7X66

Places available (subject to change)

25

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473867

About the course

Chemistry at Huddersfield has deep roots. Our teaching and research dates back to the 1840s, when we were a centre for colour chemistry, supporting the textile and dyeing industries in the area, so studying with us means you can get the benefit of all that tradition while setting your sights firmly on the future.

On top of getting a grounding in the core areas of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, you’ll get the chance to explore more specialist options during your studies, so you could find yourself delving into medicinal chemistry or getting to grips with forensic science. All helping you to tailor your degree to the kind of job you’d like to do after graduation.

All along the way, the course is designed to help you gain knowledge of the fundamentals while developing your logical reasoning and imaginative problem-solving skills. You’ll be able to put all that into practice when you get one year’s research experience in an academic setting in Year 3. So if you’re fascinated by the idea of getting stuck into research for real, and gaining an edge that could help you kick start your career in a broad range of fields, this could be the ideal choice for you.

Choosing to study with us means you’ll be taught by academics in specialist areas of chemistry all educated to doctoral level in their subjects and involved in forward-thinking research on a course accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

I chose to study the Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons) at Huddersfield course as it’s the perfect combination of chemistry and maths for me. Plus, the career prospects are really flexible. At Huddersfield there’s also a focus on chemistry, so this keeps my options open and also helps to prepare me to speak to Chemists as part of my chemical engineering role.

Jamie-Wordsworth

Jamie Wordsworth, Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons)

Placements


During the MChem degree you will spend year 3 as a student in a research group usually in a university or a research institute. This is when you’ll really be able to see your knowledge in action, pick up invaluable skills for your future career and boost your employability to help you hit the ground running after graduation. This is also an ideal choice if you like the idea of pursuing a PhD after graduation.

This is a compulsory 48 week placement and we provide advice and guidance to help you secure it.

Previous students in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering subject area have undertaken placements with Thornton & Ross, West Yorkshire Analytical Services, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, GlaxoSmithKline, Intertek Rolls-Royce, Dechema (Germany) and Agilent Technologies (Spain).

Not only did I work with experts, I also made lifelong friends that helped introduce me to a new culture. My placement provided me with skills that bolster my CV immensely such as learning a new language or practicing with a wide range of equipment.

Owen Harper, Owen Harper, Chemistry MChem, placement with Dechema (Germany)

Entry requirements

ABBat A Level including a minimum grade B in Chemistry. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum grade B in Chemistry at A Level.

DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care/Medicinal Science is acceptable but must be accompanied by an A Level in Chemistry at a minimum grade B.

  • Access to Higher Education with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit with at least 21 in Chemistry.
  • 128 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications, including Higher Level Chemistry at grade 5.

We consider all applications individually.

If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0).

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Course Detail

Core modules

Inorganic Chemistry 1

This module introduces you to the chemistry of the elements including the earliest events in the universe and the formation of all the elements in stars. The module examines the structure bonding and properties of the elements and simple inorganic materials. You’ll also have the opportunity to investigate the main group elements in more detail. Your learning experience will be augmented by some introductory chemistry practical work, which will involve experimental techniques. Assessment is via practical reports, and MCQ test and a final examination.

Organic Chemistry 1

In organic chemistry, the focus is on the element carbon. The chemistry of carbon compounds is central to all living organisms. However, thousands of nonliving things (such as drugs, plastics and dyes) are also carbon compounds. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of organic chemistry including structure, bonding, functional groups and the basic language of chemical change. You'll have the opportunity to enhance your learning in a designated block of practical exercises (this element of the coursework is worth 20% of the module mark), which also helps you to develop your hands-on practical skills. Assessment is by coursework and exam.

Physical Chemistry 1

This module gives you an introduction to five key areas in physical chemistry: 1. Ideal and real gases and how temperature, pressure and volume affect the properties of individual gas molecules. 2. Energy changes in chemical reactions and physical processes. 3. Aqueous equilibria involving acids, bases, salts and buffer solutions. 4. Factors influencing the rate of a reaction such as reactant concentration, temperature and catalysts. 5. Applications and properties of catalysts. Lectures are backed up by a series of laboratory exercises. Assessment is via a combination of coursework (practical, multiple choice question test and assignment) and an end of module exam.

Analytical Science 1

In this module you’ll be introduced to analytical science. In the first half of the module you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the basic statistical concepts important in analytical science before going on to an introduction to a series of physical and spectroscopic analytical techniques. The second half of the module focuses on the use of various spectroscopic methods for the characterisation of known compounds and for the identification of unknown compounds. You will be assessed by coursework and exam.

Option modules:

Choose one of the following three combinations-

Option 1

Data Handling

The aim of this module is to help you to develop the basic IT and mathematics skills necessary for a science degree. For the mathematics part you’ll have the opportunity to learn scientific notation, basic algebra experimental functions, logarithms, differential calculations and integration techniques. For the computing part you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to use Microsoft Word and the Chem Draw chemical drawing package. You’ll also have the chance to gain experience of molecular modelling software. You’ll be assessed on a mixture of coursework based tests.

Techniques of Practical Chemistry

The module provides an introduction to practical chemistry in the major branches of the subject through structured practical exercises. It will be taught in the laboratory and sessions will usually begin with some formal teaching from staff in charge, followed by students carrying out practical and other exercises either alone, or in pairs. Laboratory safety, basic laboratory techniques, data recording and the use of routine equipment will be taught. As the module proceeds experiments will be performed to illustrate the principles taught in lectures.

Option 2

Data Handling for Forensic Science

The aim of this module is to enable you to gain the basic IT and mathematics skills necessary for a science degree. For the mathematics part you’ll have the opportunity to learn scientific notation, basic algebra experimental functions, logarithms, differential calculations and integration techniques. For the computing part you’ll be encouraged to learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel. You’ll be assessed on a mixture of coursework based tests.

Practical Forensic Science 1

This module enables you to gain practical experience in many of the practical techniques used to analyse physical evidence. Techniques covered range from ‘spot tests’ for blood, drugs and firearm residues to the development of latent fingerprints, the identification of glass and paint fragments and the microscopic examination of hairs and fibres. Lectures support the practical work and place it in context. Assessment is by results sheets and an end of year poster.

Option 3

Computing and Mathematics for Chemical Engineering

The aim of this module is to help you to develop the basic IT and mathematics skills necessary for a science degree. For the mathematics part you’ll have the opportunity to learn scientific notation, basic algebra experimental functions, logarithms, differential calculations and integration techniques. For the computing part you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to use Microsoft Word and the Chem Draw chemical drawing package. You’ll also have the chance to gain experience of molecular modelling software. You’ll be assessed on a mixture of coursework based tests.

Laboratory Skills for Chemical Engineering 1

The module provides an introduction to practical chemistry through the use of structured laboratory exercises in the major branches of the subject. It will be taught in the laboratory and sessions will usually begin with some formal teaching detailing the objectives of the session plus relevant safety information. Students will then carry out practical and pre and post-lab exercises either alone, in pairs or in larger groups. Laboratory safety, basic laboratory techniques, data recording and the use of common chemicals and routine equipment will be taught. As the module proceeds experiments will be performed to illustrate the principles taught in lectures.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain hands on experience of a wide range of experimental techniques and instrumentation. You’ll also spend year 3, as a student in a research group usually in a university or a research institute. This is an ideal choice for those who know they wish to pursue a PhD upon graduation and gives you the chance to learn more about chemistry in the real world. The final year includes advanced topics in chemistry and a substantial research project in one of the areas of expertise within the department, which include medicinal and synthetic chemistry, catalysis, supramolecular chemistry, analytical chemistry and forensic science.

35% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and directed reading. Assessment will include written exams and coursework including problem solving assignments, laboratory reports, short tests, and oral and poster presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK’s only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 480 credits in total for an integrated master’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics are available, 93% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

93%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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