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F103 - Chemistry


MChem Honours

  • UCAS code: F103
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

This professionally accredited degree provides a firm foundation in the fundamentals of chemistry in your first three years. It includes a year of advanced study at master's level, and is a good basis for a PhD or career in research.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 33 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Professional accreditation

Course overview

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You also develop professional-level laboratory skills in our teaching labs, which are some of the highest-spec in the UK.

In your fourth year, you take advanced modules, such as:

  • catalyst application and design
  • organic synthesis for drug targets
  • further organic and inorganic chemistry

Supported by our research-active staff, you also conduct an extended research project in an area of chemistry of your choice, contributing to knowledge at the cutting edge of the field.

BSc or MChem?

If you are planning for a career in chemical research in industry or academia, or you wish to study for a higher qualification such as a PhD, we suggest you apply for an MChem degree.

Our MChem degrees last four years and provide a more in-depth study of chemistry compared to our BSc degrees. They also include a research project in the fourth year, which gives you experience of working in a research environment.


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Additional information

Flexible degree structure

All of our chemistry degrees share the same first year. We allow you to explore your subject and find out where your interests lie. You can then transfer between degrees if you want to.

Find out more about our Chemistry degrees

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

All of our chemistry degrees share the same first year, building on your existing knowledge of chemistry with modules covering: general chemistry; organic chemistry; physical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; biological and medicinal chemistry; and analytical chemistry.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Chemical Skills and Professionalism 10
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 20
General Chemistry 10
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 20
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 20
Chemical Laboratory Skills 1 20
Optional Modules Credits
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20
Earth System Science 10
Mathematical Skills for Chemists 10
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists 10
Introductory Quantum Mechanics 10

You'll continue to build on your knowledge of organic chemistry; physical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; and structural chemistry. You'll take a group assignment module to enhance your employability.

We'll also introduce you to bioactive natural products from plant and marine organisms and their role in naturally derived drugs. You'll take a module introducing a series of topics in contemporary inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Professional Development and Employability Skills 20
Topics in Chemistry 10
Organic Chemistry 20
Bioactive Natural Products 10
Physical Chemistry 20
Inorganic Chemistry 20
Structural Chemistry 20

You'll study advanced organic and inorganic chemistry, both of which include an advanced laboratory course.

Chemistry students continue with physical chemistry and all students undertake an independent research literature project.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Research Literature Project 30
Advanced Organic Chemistry 30
Advanced Physical Chemistry 30
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 30

This year includes an extended research project, developing your professional-level research skills.

You'll also choose from a range of advanced modules on specialist topics.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Advanced Problem Solving 10
Research Project 70
Optional Modules Credits
Selectivity and Stereocontrol in Organic Synthesis 10
Advanced Methods in Drug Discovery 10
Pericyclic and radical reactions 10
Chemistry Far From Equilibrium 10
Contemporary Catalysis: Principles and Applications 10
Exploring d and f block chemistry: applications and structural methods 10
Energy and Materials 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, tutorials and lab-based and computational experiments. You will have practical classes for two afternoons each week in Stage 1 and these increase in later years.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll learn professional laboratory skills required to work in the sector through practical experience in our high-spec teaching labs.

Business skills

In Stage 2 you'll take a group assignment module to create a learning pack on a given topic, teaching you highly transferable skills – from giving presentations, to networking and working with a group of your peers to deliver a range of tasks. This prepares you to be an agile graduate, ready for your chosen career path.

Research skills

You'll conduct an extended research project in an area of chemistry of your choice in Stage 4. You'll be supported by our research-active staff, and this will develop and hone your professional research skills.


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. We also offer Chemistry (with Study Abroad) MChem Honours degree. 

You spend Stage 3 studying chemistry at one of our partner institutions abroad. We have partners in:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia 

The year abroad is assessed on the basis of a research project you conduct while overseas. You also take distance learning modules in advanced organic and inorganic chemistry.

You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

Find out more about study abroad

Industrial training year

We also offer Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) MChem Honours degree. The placement takes place in Stage 3.

An industrial training year is a paid placement opportunity and a great chance for you to gain valuable work experience. If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer on graduation.

It's also an opportunity to build skills such as teamwork, communication and project management. 

The placement year is assessed, and you'll complete a research project and distance learning modules in advanced organic and inorganic chemistry.

In the past students have found placements throughout the UK and, occasionally, overseas with companies including:

  • Akzo Nobel
  • AstraZeneca
  • Corus
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • P&G

Facilities and environment


Based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, you'll have access to our world-leading research labs where you'll develop professional laboratory skills. Other facilities include:

  • physical chemistry laboratory
  • mechanical and electronic workshops, staffed by highly trained technicians
  • facilities for the synthesis and characterisation of novel materials
  • a centralised X-ray diffraction service
  • extensive computational resources for molecular modelling and dynamics
  • a centralised NMR facility which includes 300, 500 and 700 MHz spectrometers


You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 receive a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you’ll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable).

Your future

Join a network of successful graduates

92% of our Chemistry MChem Honours graduates were employed or in further study within six months of graduating, with an average salary of £21,125*.

They were employed in roles such as:

  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Product Testing Analyst
  • Research and Development Chemist
  • Research Scientist

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Chemistry careers

A degree in chemistry can lead 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.

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. The problem-solving and analytical skills you'll acquire will make you highly employable. They provide a good subset for non-science-related, well-paid graduate jobs.

Enterprising students

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Careers support

Our Enterprise Challenge gives students the opportunity to work with industry on a project that tackles real-world issues. Watch the above video to find out more.

During your second year, you'll get to attend to a Professional Awareness Day. We invite a broad mix of business representatives to the event, carry out mock interviews and hold Q&A sessions with alumni.

We also organise one-to-one meetings between final year students and academics to discuss your professional future.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

33 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students


International Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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