Chemistry touches every part of our lives. From food and medicine to biotechnology and renewable energy, its influence is endless. As a Chemist, you can have a great career and make a difference in the world.
Medicinal Chemistry is the discovery, design and synthesis of new clinical drugs.
Our MChem degree follows the normal BSc curriculum, plus a further year of advanced study. The MChem programme is perfect for those pursuing a career within scientific research.
This exciting degree allows you to broaden your interests as you discover the subject. You'll explore the role of chemistry in:
- drug design
- cancer chemotherapy
You'll study organic, inorganic, physical and structural chemistry. You'll investigate modern analytical techniques and computational chemistry. You can create your own distinct learning experience at Newcastle. You'll explore your interests as you discover the subject.
BSc or MChem?
The MChem programme is perfect for those pursuing a career within scientific research.
Our MChem degree follows the normal BSc curriculum, plus a further year of advanced study. You'll undertake a research project in the fourth year. You'll gain valuable experience of working in a research environment.
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.
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Flexible degree structure
Our chemistry degrees share a common first year. This ensures that you develop a solid foundation in chemistry and its many forms.
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.
- Top 200 for Chemistry - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
This degree is professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It fully meets the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
Find out more on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website.
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.
Our chemistry degrees share a common first year. This ensures that you develop a solid foundation in chemistry and its many forms. You’ll explore the fundamentals of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.
|Chemical Skills and Professionalism||10|
|Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry||20|
|Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry||20|
|Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry||20|
|Chemical Laboratory Skills 1||20|
|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|
You'll explore concepts in medicinal chemistry including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, enzymes and drug design. You’ll be introduced to structure-based drug design using CCP4 Molecular Graphics software.
You'll take an employability module that includes a Professional Awareness Event. You'll have the opportunity to interact with a range of companies.
|Chemical Laboratory Skills 2||20|
|Global Element Cycling||10|
|Applied Computational Medicinal Chemistry||10|
|Chemistry of the Atmosphere||10|
You'll discover more advanced concepts in medicinal chemistry including toxicology, enzymology, cancer chemotherapy and chemotherapy of infectious diseases.
You’ll also study advanced organic and inorganic chemistry, exploring topics including chemical nanoscience, synthesis and bioinorganic chemistry.
You’ll also complete an independent research literature project. This will help to develop your skills in reviewing, critiquing and presenting research material.
CHY3010 Structural Chemistry
CHY3012 Chemical Skills and Employability
CHY3111 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHY3410 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
CHY3310 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHY3512 Chemistry Laboratory Skills 3M
CHY3511 Analytical Chemistry in Practice
In your final year, you’ll complete an investigative project. This involves creating original, unpublished work in a modern area of chemistry. As part of the project, you'll generate a researcher development record. This record highlights the specialist skills you’ve acquired from your research project.
You will also choose from a range of optional modules on specialist topics. These include catalysis and synthesis of organic compounds.
|Advanced Methods in Drug Discovery||10|
|Advanced Problem Solving||10|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
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.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You'll have the opportunity to develop professional laboratory skills through practical experience in our high-spec teaching labs.
You'll also develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. These will enable you to pursue careers outside of Chemistry, including:
- patent law
You're able to develop business skills through:
- employability skills modules across all stages
- work placements
- study abroad opportunities
- industrial visits
You'll develop key skills, including:
- writing proposals
- writing scientific reports and papers
- delivering presentations
You'll also network with industry at our Professional Awareness Day, empowering you to make decisions about your career.
Research is at the heart of what we do. Our latest research discoveries feed into your curriculum. You'll learn on the cutting-edge of Chemistry. Our discoveries include:
- discovery of new anti-cancer drugs
- development of battery technology
- creation of nanoscale electronics
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. We also offer Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Study Abroad) MChem Honours degree.
You spend Stage 3 studying chemistry at one of our partner institutions abroad. We have partners in:
- North America
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.
Industrial training year
We also offer Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) MChem Honours degree. The placement takes place in Stage 3.
An industrial training year is a great opportunity to gain first-hand 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 valuable 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
Facilities and environment
During your studies, you'll be based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus.
You'll have the opportunity to study in well-resourced research laboratories and synthetic chemistry teaching laboratories. Our facilities also include:
- physical chemistry laboratory
- mechanical, glassblowing and electronic workshops, staffed by highly trained technicians
- facilities for the synthesis and characterisation of novel materials
- extensive computational resources for molecular modelling and dynamics
- a centralised NMR facility which includes 200, 300 and 500 MHz spectrometers
To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will 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)
- a lab coat for laboratory practicals
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with any issues.
Join a network of successful graduates
92% of our 2016/17 graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating*.
Employers hold our graduates in high regard. Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of sectors, including:
- drug development
- data analyst
- laboratory technician
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Benefit from strong industry links
You'll also benefit from our well-established links with organisations within the industry, such as:
- Astra Zeneca
- Proctor & Gamble
During your second year, you'll attend our Professional Awareness Day. We invite a broad mix of businesses to the event, carry out mock interviews and hold Q&A sessions with alumni. You're empowered to make decisions about your future career.
In your final year, you will have one-to-one meetings with an academic 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.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.
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.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. 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 2022 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying 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.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
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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Open days and events
You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year at our on-campus and virtual open days.
You'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- 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.Apply through UCAS
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