In a recent National Student Survey we had a 5% increase in our overall score and with our initiatives on feedback and engagement, Staff Student Committee and new laboratory and study facilities we will ensure that the student experience is maximised.
We have a strong record of research in areas ranging from the synthesis of anti-cancer chemicals to fuel-cell research and the production of novel catalysts for industry. This cutting-edge research informs our undergraduate teaching and ensures that our students are exposed to the latest thinking across the subject.
In all of our programmes a range of teaching methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and experimental work. Valuable key skills are developed through group assignments and training in problem solving. We also enjoy excellent research facilities and students are encouraged to use these during final year projects.
We have recently built brand new teaching laboratories which offer a state-of-the-art working environment. Our students also have access to specialist computer facilities with chemical software, recently refurbished lecture theatres, and the full range of University facilities including the award winning library and the new multi-million pound sports centre.
Chemistry at Newcastle is big enough to offer plenty of choice but small enough to be able to get to know everyone. Our students are a lively cross section of the population, with representatives from over 15 countries. We have an active student society, Nu:Kem which runs everything from a football team to social events and visits to local industries.
You will have a say in running the School. There is a Staff-Student Committee which deals with any student complaints and/or suggestions. Each student also receives a personal tutor and there are a range of support services available for anyone who needs a bit of extra help.
We have strong links with Industry both for research purposes and for student training. In recent years we have sent students for their Industrial training years to ICI, Zeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter and Gamble, Azko-Nobel, Beecham, Exxon, BP, Kodak and others. Many students who have undertaken such training have gone on to work with the industrial partner on a full-time basis.
Our graduates are extremely successful in securing employment across all the big chemical industries and in the wider employment market. Many of our graduates now hold very senior positions in multinational companies, whilst others have successfully forged careers running their own businesses. Newcastle University benefits from an excellent careers service, and an impeccable reputation with graduate recruiters.
All MChem degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Newcastle is an exciting vibrant city and was recently voted the best place in the UK to be a student. A variety of information is available on what it is like to live and be a student in Newcastle, on the University website.
“The benefits of being a Chemistry student at Newcastle are huge. In our first week we were given our essential textbooks, a lab coat, lab goggles, a spatula for lab work, a modelling kit and even an alarm clock for free!”
Janine Chemistry MChem Honours
“The good thing about Chemistry here at Newcastle is that you can change your mind about your course at almost any point throughout the first two years, so if you decide after first year that you'd like to spend a year abroad, or a year working in industry, you can do it!”
Nia MChem Chemistry with Study Abroad