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University of Plymouth

Analytical Chemistry

UCAS Code: F181

Master of Chemistry - MChem

Entry requirements


112 - 120 points from a minimum of 3 A Levels, to include grade C from Chemistry. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

Accepted in combination

Pass an Access to HE Diploma (i.e. Science/ Combined Studies/ Natural Sciences/ Nursing) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction to include at least 15 credits in Chemistry with Merit. The remaining units should come from science related subjects. Must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C / 4 or above.

Considered in combination

Accepted in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-28

to include Grades 5 and 4 in Higher Level Chemistry and one further Higher Level subject from: Maths, Physics, Statistics, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Biology, Human Biology, Use of Maths, Applied Science, Engineering, Psychology, Product Design, Economics. English and Maths accepted within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4


To include Chemistry and one further science subject: Maths, Physics, Statistics, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Biology, Human Biology, Use of Maths, Applied Science, Engineering, Psychology, Product Design, Economics.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

To include Chemistry modules

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

112-120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers to include grades B from Chemistry and one further subject from either Maths, Physics, Statistics, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Biology, Human Biology, Use of Maths, Applied Science, Engineering, Psychology, Product Design, Economics.

Accepted in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112 - 120 points from a minimum of 3 A Levels, to include grade C from Chemistry. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

Accepted in combination

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Analytical chemistry

The MChem Analytical Chemistry programme at Plymouth provides a pathway for progression through a broadly based undergraduate degree in Chemistry with increasing specialisation in Analytical Chemistry from levels four to seven. Plymouth University is the only university which requires students to work in ISO9001:2015 certified laboratories.

Practical work to the ISO 17025 standard is a requirement at level seven for obtaining the MChem Analytical Chemistry qualification. The programme focuses on producing practical professional chemists through a hands-on approach to learning.

* The programme provides a pathway for progression through a broadly based undergraduate degree in Chemistry with increasing specialisation in Analytical Chemistry from levels 4 to 7 (Masters Level)

* You will develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment as professional chemist in a range of chemical and allied fields, including research, teaching and industry

* The programme will develop the theoretical and practical skills, and provide training necessary for employment as an analytical chemist with experience of working to ISO 17025, the international standard for all testing and calibration laboratories

* You will learn to become a practical professional chemists through a hands-on approach to learning.

* The course places the professional skills of communication, problem solving, information and data retrieval and project management at its heart.

Modules

Year 1 core modules:

* Practice of Chemistry
* Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
* Physical and Computational Chemistry

Optional modules:

* Solving Chemical Problems
* French
* German
* Symmetry and Space
* The Quantum Universe
* Spanish

Year 2 core modules:

* Preparation for the Chemical Industry Work Placement
* Inorganic Chemistry
* Organic Chemistry
* Physical Chemistry
* Analytical Chemistry
* Research Skills

Year 3:

Placement in Chemistry

Year 4 core modules:

* Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
* Advanced Organic Chemistry
* Advanced Physical Chemistry

Optional modules:

* Chemistry Project
* Chemistry Project incorporating Work Based Learning
* Advanced Analytical Techniques
* Physical Chemistry

Final year core modules:

* MChem Analytical Chemistry Project
* Quality Assurance and Accreditation
* Analytical Chemistry Advanced Problems and Practice for MChem
* Research Skills for Science

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Assessment methods

30% of assessment is by exam, 70% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Analytical chemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,500
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
17%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

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