Would you like to spend one year of your degree studying chemistry at a foreign university? Perhaps you are interested in developing your language skills whilst training as a chemist or you see yourself working abroad in a future career. If so, our Chemistry with Study Abroad programme, which has a 96% student satisfaction rating, might be for you.
Placements in Europe (studying in language of host country):
Birmingham has an arrangement with universities in the following countries: France (Université Bordeaux 1 , Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 , Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier , Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Toulouse ), Germany (Technische Universität Braunschweig , Philipps Universität Marburg), Italy (Università di Pavia ) and Spain (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela). Students on these placements pay reduced tuition fees whilst on their year out (the figure for 2012 home/EU entrants is £1350) and are eligible to apply for an award from the EU Erasmus Programme to assist with living costs. Further details on fees and funding opportunities.
Placements in Europe (studying in English):
Should you like the idea of experiencing life in a European country but are a little daunted by the thought of studying Chemistry in a second language then you could opt to study in English at one of our partner institutions in Finland (University of Helsinki ) and Sweden (Uppsala University). Students on these placements pay reduced tuition fees whilst on their year out (the figure for 2012 home/EU entrants is £1350) and are eligible to apply for an award from the EU Erasmus Programme to assist with living costs. Further details on fees and funding opportunities.
Placements further afield (studying in English):
Studying abroad at an English-speaking university outside of the EU is increasingly popular. We have well-established arrangements for studying chemistry in Australia (Melbourne , New South Wales , Queensland and Adelaide), New Zealand (Auckland) and Singapore (National University of Singapore). However through worldwide links organised by the University’s International Relations Office, it is also possible for placements to be arranged in countries such as Brazil, Canada and the USA. Should you require further information about these potential overseas placements, please contact us in the first instance. Students on these placements pay reduced tuition fees whilst on their year out (the figure for 2012 home/EU entrants is £1350). Further details on fees and funding opportunities.
Each year contains 120 credits of taught material, which is delivered in modules that are typically worth 10 or 20 credits. In the first two years, you will take 60 credits of core chemistry courses, which cover the fundamental aspects of the subject. These courses include a significant practical component, which not only allows us to develop your practical skills and techniques in a range of experiments, but also to consolidate the theory you will have covered in associated lectures. The remaining 60 credits comprise modules designed to support these core courses and include optional chemistry modules, mathematics courses, laboratory modules, as well as courses focusing on communications skills and employability. If you intend to study at a non English-speaking university in your year abroad, 20 credits of language modules in Years 1 and 2 will help to develop your language skills.
After spending your third year studying abroad at your chosen university, you will return to Birmingham for your fourth year. You will find significant flexibility in this, your final, year, as you choose 40 credits of taught modules from a range of courses pitched at the cutting edge of the discipline. A major research project makes up the remaining 80 credits.
In Year 1, you will take core modules in the traditional sub-disciplines of inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry, all of which include an extensive laboratory work programme.
If you intend to study at a non English-speaking university on your year out, you will also take a module in the appropriate modern language, otherwise, for those of you who have A-level maths at grade B or higher, you will choose from a range of non-chemistry option courses. Particularly popular options include ‘The Cosmic Connection,’ delivered by the School of Physics and Astronomy, and ‘Good brain – Bad brain,’ delivered by the Department of Pharmacology.
Those of you who do not have A-level maths – don’t worry! We provide an introductory maths course in Semester 1, which you take in place of the option course. This course will bring you up to speed with the common mathematical techniques needed for chemistry. In Semester 2, everyone comes together to take Numerical Methods. In this more advanced course, you will begin to apply your mathematical skills to chemical problems. Our maths courses are delivered by staff from Chemistry, which ensures you are equipped with those skills you need to tackle the more physical and theoretical aspects of our courses
Second year (contributes 20% to overall degree mark)
In Year 2, you will build on material from your first year as we employ a combination of lectures and practicals to further your understanding of the fundamental aspects of chemistry. In addition to core courses in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, you will also take chemical electives, choosing from a range of courses, which include analytical chemistry, computational chemistry and biological chemistry, that is, unless you are planning on studying at a non English-speaking university in your third year, in which case you will take a further module in the appropriate modern language.
Third year (contributes 20% to overall degree mark)
Your third year is spent out at your chosen university. Our Course Director will have already liaised with your host department to identify appropriate courses for you that will ensure you return to Birmingham with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully rejoin your MSci cohort for the fourth year.
Fourth year (contributes 60% to overall degree mark)
Significant flexibility in this, your final, year, means you can specialise in a particular sub-discipline should you wish. You will choose from a range of courses that reflect the state-of-the-art of the discipline, which not only allows us to showcase the cutting-edge research interests of the School but also ensures that you are aware of the latest challenges in this rapidly advancing subject.
In addition to 40 credits of taught modules, you will join one of the School’s research groups, and become a member of the Research School as you undertake a major research project (worth the remaining 80 credits). You will work closely with your project supervisor to tailor your project to your particular interests and ensure you develop those research skills that you feel will be most beneficial to you after completing your degree.
Generic skills-training, focusing on transferable skills and employability, is embedded throughout the course from the outset and will ensure that you are equipped with the ICT, presentation, team-working and problem-solving skills, which are seen as crucial by employers.
Progression requirements: In recognition of the challenging nature of the final two years of this course, we require you to achieve minimum overall year marks in Years 1 and 2 of 60% to remain on this programme
Each year contains 120 credits of taught material, delivered in modules that are typically worth 10 or 20 credits.
Core courses (60 credits in Years 1 and 2) are taken by all students enrolled on both single honours and major/minor degree programmes and cover those fundamentals of the subject that we deem essential. These courses include a significant practical component, which not only allows you to develop your practical skills and techniques, but also to consolidate the associated theory from your lectures.
The remaining 60 credits in the first two years comprise modules designed to support these core courses and include optional chemistry modules, mathematics courses, laboratory modules, and courses which focus on communications skills and employability, as well as language modules for those planning on studying at a non English-speaking university.
Year 3 is spent out at your chosen university at which you will take 120 credits of modules that will have been chosen to ensure you return to Birmingham with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully rejoin your MSci cohort for the fourth year.
In Year 4, you take 40 credits of taught material from a wide selection of courses pitched at the cutting edge of the subject. A major research project accounts for the remaining 80 credits.
Detailed module descriptions are located on the course breakdown page on the School of Chemistry website.
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