f106 - Chemistry (w Ind Training Year) MChem

Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) MChem Honours

UCAS Code: F106 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

This professionally accredited MChem degree includes an industrial placement year and a year of advanced study at Master's level.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MChem Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
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.

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Course Details

Modules for 2017 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Stage 3 (Industrial Training Year)

You spend Stage 3 on a paid placement in industry. This year counts towards your final degree mark and is assessed through the following modules:

Your placement aims to provide you with the necessary training and work experience to make you competitive in the job market after graduation.

While on your placement you are employed by your host company but also retain your student status. In the past students have found placements throughout the UK and, occasionally, overseas.

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will give you extensive support in finding and during your industrial placement. At the beginning of Stage 2 we help you to write your CV and send it to our wide range of industrial contacts.

We help you to organise your interviews, and any necessary travel to the companies. We keep in regular email contact with you while you are on your placement and visit you during the year to discuss your progress.

Stage 4

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take three modules from the following list:

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2019 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our 2018 Admissions Policy (PDF: 185 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Chemistry careers

    A degree in chemistry can be the passport to a whole range of careers. If you want to pursue chemistry research in industry or academia, a good chemistry degree (usually an MChem) is essential, often followed by a research (PhD) degree. A large number of our graduates do follow such a career pattern.

    Our Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry degrees are particularly suited for employment in the pharmaceutical industry, hospital laboratories and firms specialising in clinical diagnosis. The industrial training year often plays a decisive role in choosing a career and provides an excellent opportunity to gain the practical skills and experience that employers value so highly. Most chemistry graduates choose to pursue careers in scientific research-related roles or in technical occupations.

    The main employers are those in the chemical and related industries such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals, toiletries, plastics, and polymers. Other key employment sectors include the food and drink industry; utilities and energy research; health and medical; research organisations and agencies.

    A small proportion of Chemistry graduates will choose to enter very different career areas such as finance, marketing, sales and advertising; arts, design and sport; and social and welfare professions.

    During your second year, the School hosts a Professional Awareness Day. We invite a broad mix of business representatives to the event. This provides you with knowledge to make educated career decisions when you leave higher education. Our School also organises one-to-one meetings between final year students and academics to discuss your professional future.

    Find out more about the career options for Chemistry from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    Of our graduates who entered employment more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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