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Course summary

Chemistry is part of everything in our lives – it’s the key to understanding our world, and this Masters level degree will equip you with the skills and experience for a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers in a variety of industries. Chemistry at Swansea is ranked 6th in the UK for overall satisfaction by the National Student Survey 2021. Our Chemistry Department has excellent links with employers, and Chemistry graduates are in demand, obtaining roles such as cancer researcher, forensic scientist, flavourist & innovation director, chief chemist, sustainability manager, fragrance chemist, household goods senior scientist, and analytical scientist. The Royal Society of Chemistry is in the process of accrediting our degrees, which will make your MChem Chemistry even more valuable in the jobs market. Swansea University is ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest ranking for teaching in universities. You will be taught in our sector-leading teaching laboratories within the new multi-million-pound Chemistry Hub, which provides a world class facility for cutting edge chemical sciences and interdisciplinary research. This ensures you are exposed to the full range of opportunities which a degree in Chemistry can offer. Teaching is informed by our current excellence in research, in areas such as natural products, materials engineering, and medicine, and the Chemistry Department is currently working on vital projects such as delivering clean water and sanitation and affordable, clean energy in the developing world. On this four-year course, you will have the opportunity to study the main branches of chemistry - organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumental and analytical techniques. The course will develop both your theoretical and practical skills, including lab classes that incorporate a blended, e-learning pre-lab workshop to ensure that you are confident and competent to work in the labs safely and efficiently. You will also be able to use the innovative pre-lab simulation to practise lab skills in your own time. The MChem degree builds on the solid foundation of the BSc course, but explores the main topic areas in further depth. The defining feature of the MChem is a substantial research project, embedded in a research group. Typically, your research group will include a mix of postgraduate students and research staff and has the potential to result in publishable work. Uniquely, these projects can sit within other colleges as well as Science, such as Engineering or Medicine, to further your specialism. MChem degrees are a good first step towards professional chemist status and an introduction to independent research. “After an open day looking around the Chemistry Department, I knew instantly I wanted to study in Swansea. There were great facilities, friendly academics passionate about their research and a beautiful location right next to the beach. As an undergraduate, and now as a researcher, I always felt there was a great support network on hand and there were plenty of events going on around campus to get involved with. It’s the ideal place to study.” - Rachel Woods, Research Chemist We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.

Modules

In the first year students a 'chemical thinking' module will prepare students for University study. Then, structure and bonding and reactions will be considered, showing how the main areas of chemistry blend together. Finally in first year, 'chemical practice' will embed research skills and introduce students to chemistry in context of professional lives and careers. Practical skills are embedded into these modules, giving all important laboratory experience. Second year modules cover the traditional disciplines of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Areas of strength in Swansea research such as materials chemistry, medicinal chemistry and environmental chemistry will also be introduced. These will include more advanced laboratory sessions. The third year delves deeper into the core subjects, with options to allow specialisation and further advance practical skills and project work. The final year of MChem projects takes students to an advanced level in core subjects and specialisms chosen by the student. The focus is a large research project, embedded with research groups and of a potentially publishable nature. The MChem is an FHEQ Level 7 qualification, meeting the academic requirements for chartered chemist and chartered scientists status when other professional experience has been developed.

Assessment method

Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups, supported by practical classes and field courses. Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
F123
Institution code:
S93
Campus name:
Singleton Park Campus
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please visit our International pages at the following link:- http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science/international/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
90%
Student satisfaction
48%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
89%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £19250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Chemistry at Swansea University - UCAS