Undergraduate study2017

MChem (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Year of entry: 2017

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.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year
  • Industry Accreditation

MChem (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Year of entry: 2017

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.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC)
  • 1st in UK for overall satisfaction (NSS2015) 
  • 88% of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles (2014 graduates)
  • 98% for overall satisfaction (NSS 2015) 

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, mathematics and polymer chemistry.

Laboratory classes, workshops and seminars support these lectures. After Year 2, the development of core chemistry continues along with optional topics which include drugs and disease and radiochemistry. In Year 4 you will also undertake an individual research project in a subject area of your choice.

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.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F103
MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time F102
BSc (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich F101
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F100
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 course. 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.

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.

Graduate destinations

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

STEMLab 2017 - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, bringing highly-serviced laboratories for the teaching of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as a new flexible space for formal and informal group working.

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

Find out more about our new facility

 

Course structure

Year 1
  • Structure and Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and the Structure of the Universe
  • Stoichiometry and Analytical Measurements
  • Mathematics for Chemistry
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Concepts in Main Group Chemistry
  • Molecular Basis of Life
  • Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
Year 2
  • Synthesis of Organic Molecules
  • Structure of Organic Molecules
  • d-Block Chemistry
  • Advanced Kinetics and Quantum Mechanics
  • Radiochemistry
  • Atomic Spectrometric Analysis
  • Inorganic Structure Determination
  • p-Block Ligands, Cages and Clusters
  • Solutions, Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Analytical Separation Methods
Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Year 3/4
  • Advanced Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Dissertation and Investigative Projects

Plus a choice from:

  • Biological Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic Chemistry Option 
  • Drugs: Synthesis, Modes of Action and Screening 
  • Synthesis in Drug Discovery 
  • Physical Chemistry 
  • Radiochemistry 
  • Forensic DNA Analysis 
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry Option
Year 4/5
  • Further Aspects of Advanced Analytical
  • Inorganic
  • Organic and Physical Chemistry
  • Plus Dissertation and Extended Research Project

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: F103 MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

UCAS code: F102 MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

UCAS code: F101 BSc (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

UCAS code: F100 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Industrial placement year

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 Studies (DIS) 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 such as 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.

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) DIS / DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F101

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F100

Our students

Anand Ondhia

“The Chemistry building has state of the art facilities with four large laboratories and the latest analytical equipment, enabling me to maximise my practical skills.”

Marilyn Williams

“Loughborough is an exciting place to study and there is a strong community feel here with loads of opportunities to obtain skills for future endeavours.”

Reece Johnson

“Teaching quality is fantastic and we get a relatively large number of contact hours whether that’s in lectures, laboratories, tutorials or workshops.”

Anand Ondhia

“The Chemistry building has state of the art facilities with four large laboratories and the latest analytical equipment, enabling me to maximise my practical skills.”

Marilyn Williams

“Loughborough is an exciting place to study and there is a strong community feel here with loads of opportunities to obtain skills for future endeavours.”

Reece Johnson

“Teaching quality is fantastic and we get a relatively large number of contact hours whether that’s in lectures, laboratories, tutorials or workshops.”