The MChem degree at the University of Aberdeen is a 5 year programme accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and leading to the professional qualification of Chartered Chemist. 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.
You will study introductory courses in Chemistry, alongside other courses which need not necessarily be science related.
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 they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.
Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
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How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, to include AB from Chemistry and another science.
For Second Year entry, a minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB, to include AB from Chemistry and another science.
Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD|
A minimum of 4 Highers at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAAAB obtained over two sittings. To include AB from Chemistry and another science.
Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 points||
A minimum of 34 points, to include 6 points at HL from Chemistry and another science.
For Second Year entry, a minimum of 36 points, to include 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and another science.
A minimum of Standard level in English and Maths required.
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H2, H3||
A minimum of 5H with 4@ H2 AND 1@ H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and another science, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and another science. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above.
English and Maths at a minimum of Ordinary Level required and either Chemistry or Physics.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0|
|PTE Academic||54.0||Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78.0||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78|
In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.
Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|