Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Chemistry

Chemistry

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F103 ABB 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time F102 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich F101 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F100 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

1st

for student satisfaction for Chemistry

NSS 2016

88%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015

1st

in UK for satisfaction with teaching in Chemistry

Chemistry course overview

The principles and application of modern chemistry underpin many important UK industries. To meet the needs of employers we ensure that our students are given the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills, including a logical and imaginative approach to problem solving and effective communication skills.

The broad base of the Chemistry course allows students to take up careers in all areas of chemical science as well as non-chemistry careers.

In Years 1 and 2 the main core areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry form the backbone of the course, with additional modules in spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, biological chemistry, and mathematics.

Laboratory classes, workshops and seminars support these lectures. After Year 2, the development of core chemistry continues along with optional topics which include drug synthesis and action, advanced analytical research methodologies, physical and inorganic chemistry.

In Year 4 you will study advanced research techniques that are complemented with further advanced modules in chemistry, and an extended research project equivalent to six modules where you will have the opportunity to work in the research laboratories.

MChem (Hons) and BSc (Hons)

Our courses are orientated towards the practice of chemistry in the world outside the University.

Master of Chemistry (MChem) undergraduate courses (4 year or 5 year sandwich) prepare students for research work in industry or a PhD research degree. Our 3 year (or 4 year sandwich) BSc equips you for employment in chemistry, scientific and other sectors.

Professional recognition and becoming a Chartered Chemist

Graduates from the MChem courses will be eligible for admission to Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC), and in addition will hold a degree accredited for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem).

This enables MChem graduates to register with the RSC for a two year Professional Development Programme leading to the award of CChem after just three years postgraduate experience. Graduates from our BSc Honours courses are eligible for admission to AMRSC.

Facilities

The Department is well-equipped for the study of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry with a range of specialist equipment including 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, and ion-mobility spectrometers.

STEMLab

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. It is part of a wider £25 million investment in the West Park of our campus which includes the adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

Opening this year, STEMLab contains new engineering, physics, chemistry, materials and bio laboratories forming a truly cutting-edge learning facility.

This outstanding new space allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate – such as the ‘Ideas Factory’ that provides space for cross-disciplinary collaboration. STEMLab boasts a range of high-quality modern facilities, including, for example, a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop alongside teaching laboratories across STEM subjects, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal leaning spaces.

These enhanced facilities further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

  • Fundamental Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills 1
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis 1
  • Energetics and Equilibria 1
  • Structure and Reactivity 1

Year 2

  • Spectroscopy and Analysis 2
  • Energetics and Equilibria 2
  • Structure and Reactivity 2
  • Laboratory Skills 2
  • Chemistry Option

Optional placement/study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.


Year 3/4

Core modules

  • Modern Aspects of Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Dissertation and Investigative Projects

Optional modules

  • Biological Organic Chemistry 
  • Synthesis in Drug Discovery
  • Inorganic Chemistry Option A
  • Inorganic Chemistry Option B
  • Physical Chemistry
  • New Techniques and Technologies in Chemistry
  • Drugs: Modes of Action and Screening 
  • Drugs: Synthesis and Properties
  • Analytical Science Research Methodologies
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry Option

Year 4/5 (MChem)

Core module

  • Dissertation and Extended Research Project

Optional modules

  • Biological Organic Chemistry 
  • Synthesis in Drug Discovery
  • Inorganic Chemistry Option A
  • Inorganic Chemistry Option B
  • Physical Chemistry
  • New Techniques and Technologies in Chemistry
  • Drugs: Modes of Action and Screening 
  • Drugs: Synthesis and Properties
  • Analytical Science Research Methodologies
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry Option

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment

You are assessed by examination and coursework.

  • MChem students must obtain an average of 50% or above in Years 2 and 3 to progress to the next year of the course.
  • Your BSc degree classification will be determined by the weighted average of marks obtained in Years 2 and 3 in the ratio 40:60.
  • Your MChem degree classification will be determined by the weighted average of your marks obtained in years 2, 3 and 4 in the ratio 20:40:40

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

F103 Chemistry - MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

F102 Chemistry - MChem (Hons)

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

F101 Chemistry - BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

F100 Chemistry - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is required.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from this course have gone onto further study and research at e.g. Cambridge, Nottingham, and Oxford universities, as well as finding employment at Lilly Industries, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, 3M Healthcare, GSK, Johnson Matthey and British Steel.

Industrial placements

During this year the time spent in industry, applying knowledge to real problems, learning through practical experience and gaining an insight into the role of the chemist, is exceptionally valuable and is a considerable advantage in the search for subsequent employment.

Successful completion of the training qualifies you for the additional award of the Diploma in Industrial, or Professional Studies (DIS/DPS) on graduation.

Study abroad

You can take part in the Erasmus European Exchange Programme, enabling you to spend a year at one of our collaborating European Universities in Spain, Italy, Germany, or Poland. Successful completion of the training qualifies you for the additional award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) on graduation.

Our students

Anand

Course

Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Marilyn

Course

Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Reece

Course

Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

MChem (Hons)

Year of Study

3rd

Department / School Key Information Sets

MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F103

MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: F102

BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F101

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F100