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MChem in Chemistry (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Course Description

Chemistry is a core science that is not only the very essence of life, but is also concerned with the quality of life and its continuing improvement.

The BSc (Honours) degree is the traditional route to a chemistry qualification. It involves four years of full time study (although direct entry into second year is possible for well qualified applicants, and all four years may be undertaken part time).

This degree was instigated about 10 years ago at the request of employers and the RSC to provide graduates with a wider range of skills (including transferable skills and more research experience) than those in the BSc (Hons).

A feature of all of these programmes is a final year 4-month research project placement in the area of specialisation, usually at an overseas university, research institute or industrial laboratory. The MChem is seen as the flagship degree, and entry into the final two years is dependent on achieving at least an upper second class Honours level of performance in third year.

Chemistry graduates are very employable because a degree in chemistry opens many opportunities in areas such as drug development, environmental protection, food chemistry, petroleum chemistry, forensic science and materials development.

Chemistry is a core science that is not only the very essence of life, but is also concerned with the quality of life and its continuing improvement. The BSc (Honours) degree is the traditional route to a chemistry qualification. It involves four years of full time study (although direct entry into second year is possible for well qualified applicants, and all four years...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

You will study introductory courses in Chemistry, alongside other courses which need not necessarily be science related.

Compulsory Courses

Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (CM1021) - 15 Credit Points

Elements of Chemistry 1 (CM1022) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2 (CM1513) - 15 Credit Points

Elements of Chemistry 2 (CM1522) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

NOTE: For students who do not hold a pass in mathematics at Higher, A-level, or equivalent, they may wish to consider MA 1515 Mathematics for Science

Mathematics for Sciences (MA1515) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics (CM2015) - 15 Credit Points

Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy (CM2016) - 15 Credit Points

Organic and Biological Chemistry (CM2514) - 15 Credit Points

Inorganic Chemistry (CM2519) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

General Chemistry (CM3032) - 5 Credit Points

Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry (CM3037) - 30 Credit Points

Environmental Chemistry (CM3038) - 15 Credit Points

Organic and Biological Chemistry (CM3534) - 30 Credit Points

Molecular Structure and Reactivity (CM3536) - 30 Credit Points

Professional Skills for Physics and Chemistry (CM30PS) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Mchem Group Practical (CM4036) - 15 Credit Points

Mchem Research Project (CM4535) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice in Level 3 and 4.

  • Year 5

MChem personal project takes 6 months and is usually undertaken at a partner university in Europe, in an industrial laboratory or departmental research group.

Compulsory Courses

Mchem Chemistry Applications (CM5003) - 60 Credit Points

Mchem Half Year Project Placement (CM5505) - 60 Credit Points

Year 1 You will study introductory courses in Chemistry, alongside other courses which need not necessarily be science related. Compulsory Courses Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (CM1021) - 15 Credit Points Elements of Chemistry 1 (CM1022) - 15 Credit Points Chemistry for the...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers - AAAB*
A Levels - ABB*
IB - 34 points, 5 at HL*
ILC - AAAAB (B2 or above required)*
*Chemistry at Grade A and another Mathematics/Science subject required.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers - AAAB* A Levels - ABB* IB - 34 points, 5 at HL* ILC - AAAAB (B2 or above required)* *Chemistry at Grade A and another Mathematics/Science subject required. English Language Requirements To study for an Undergraduate degree at the...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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