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Chemistry and Molecular Physics (4 years)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

including Maths, Physics and Chemistry. A Pass in the practical element is required for this qualification.

Please contact the School for further information.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M1,M2

including Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

including 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level plus 6, 5, in Physics and Chemistry (in any order, with one at Higher Level).

Please contact the School for further information.

Please contact the School for further information.

Please contact the School for further information.

Please contact the School for further information.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

AA+ AABBB from Highers including subjects Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Can be accepted when combined with appropriate Scottish Advanced Higher subjects.

Can be accepted when combined with appropriate A Level subjects - please contact School for further information.

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112-136

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Physics

Chemistry

This four-year course will feed your curiosity for both chemistry and physics. It is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

The fourth year includes masters-level modules and a major research project. You can choose the topic and area of your research project to suit your own personal interests and passion. Optional modules on topics such as green chemistry, nanoscale and lasers in chemistry allow you to tailor your degree to a specialist field.

You will develop your skills in practical and theoretical chemistry, data-analysis and problem-solving. Our graduates have gone on to work for leading companies such as Boots, Cancer Research UK, GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS and Unilever.

You will be taught by academic staff from the School of Chemistry and the School of Physics and Astronomy. You may recognise some of our staff from the popular Periodic Videos and Sixty Symbols YouTube channels. We have been rated Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

- Ranked 11th for Chemistry in the UK (Complete University Guide).

- Small-group tutorials to support your learning

- Put theory into practice in our modern labs and facilities

This course will prepare you for a range of careers in the interdisciplinary field of chemistry and physics.

Modules

In the first year you will study introductory chemistry, physics and mathematics modules. You will take practical chemistry classes in our teaching laboratories and a special module on data analysis and scientific computing.

In the second year, lectures will concentrate on physical chemistry, spectroscopy, quantum mechanics and electromagnetic fields. There are laboratory classes in both chemistry and physics. There is a choice of optional modules, covering specialised topics such as nanotechnology and analytical chemistry.

In the third year, you will study advanced modules in core physics and chemistry. Optional modules cover topics such as catalysis, and topics in inorganic chemistry.

For your fourth year, you will carry out an in-depth research project on a topic of your choice.

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
£25,000
per year
International
£25,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Chemistry

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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.

88%
high
Physics
82%
med
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.

Physics

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

85%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

82%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Physics

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.

£26,565
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
76%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physics and astronomy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Chemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

£35k

£35k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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