All of our MSci programmes are four years in duration. Our BSc programmes are three-year courses.
We offer a range of Single Honours and Major-Minor Combined Honours undergraduate degree programmes.
Can I transfer between BSc and MSci courses?
Yes, since the first two years of our MSci and BSc single honours programmes are the same, it is possible to change your registration from MSci to BSc, and vice versa, at any time in Years 1 and 2; however, you will need to achieve a Year 2 mark of 60%, or higher in order to remain on the MSci programme.
Are there progression criteria to remain on a particular degree programme?
Yes, in order to remain enrolled on an MSci programme, you will need to achieve a Year 2 mark of 60%, or higher.
Students enrolled on our MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience (UCAS code: F104) and MSci Chemistry with Study Abroad (UCAS code: F106) programmes additionally need to achieve a Year 1 mark of 60%, or higher, to remain on these two programmes. If you do not achieve this threshold, you will be transferred onto our MSci Chemistry programme (UCAS code: F101).
Is it possible to change my Chemistry course when I arrive at Birmingham?
Yes, providing you satisfy the entry requirements for the degree programme you wish to transfer on to, the flexible nature of our course structure allows you to change courses when you arrive. We encourage students who are considering changing course to discuss this with their personal tutor and if after this, they still wish to transfer, to do so as early as possible, and definitely before they start their second year of study. In some cases, such as transferring between a single honours and a major-minor course, changes need to be made much earlier (usually within the first couple of weeks).
Can I spend time in industry?
Yes, if you are interested in gaining valuable work experience in industry as part of your degree, then you should consider our MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience degree programme (F104).
What companies host students on your Chemistry with Industrial Experience degree programme?
We have been running this programme for many years and we have a partnership with a wide range of companies who have hosted our students. There is great variety in the types of placements you can choose, so the first step is to meet with our Industrial Placement Coordinator so that you are aware of the options and this will help you identify what placement is likely to suit you best.
To give you an idea of the diversity, in recent years we have had students placed at companies working in pharmaceuticals, household products, food technology, environmental materials, nuclear materials, energy, petrochemicals and advanced material manufacture. Companies have included AkzoNobel, Astra Zeneca, AWE, BASF, Cornelius Specialities, Dupont-Teijin, E.ON, Evotec, Fosroc, GSK, Innospec, Johnson Matthey, Lubrizol, Molson Coors, Mondelez, Nestle, Phillips66, Pfizer, Reckitt Benckiser, Robinson Brothers, Roche, Solutia, STFC, Sygnature Discovery, and U-Pol.
Will I get paid during my year out in industry?
Yes, contact us for typical salaries.
Can I spend time studying abroad?
Yes, if you are interested in spending a year studying abroad as part of your degree, then you should consider our MSci Chemistry with Study Abroad degree programme (F106). Currently, Birmingham has an arrangement with universities in the following countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Sweden, USA, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
Can I combine Chemistry with a Modern Language?
Yes, if you are interested in developing your modern language skills, then you should consider our Chemistry with a Modern Language degree programmes (MSci F1RY, and BSc F1R9)
I’m into computers; will I be able to take classes related to Computer Science?
Yes, the topic of computational chemistry is an increasingly important area of chemistry. We have some world-leading researchers in this field and they have designed modules within our courses. For example, it is possible to choose computational chemistry options in Years 2, 3 and 4.
In addition, you can take an additional year "sandwiched" between the second and third years studying core Computer Science at the School of Computer Science as part of your chemistry degree. Successfully completing your intercalated year in Computer Science; you will graduate with a degree ‘Chemistry with a Year in Computer Science'.
Will I do a research project?
Yes, it is a requirement that all students graduating from the University of Birmingham have done an element of project work as part of their degree. Students enrolled on both BSc and MSci degree programmes in Chemistry will carry out a research project in their final year. The research project forms a particularly important component of the fourth year for our MSci students, many of whom decide to continue their studies after by enrolling on a PhD programme.
How much does each year count towards my final degree mark?
This depends on which degree programme you are following. In all cases, however, your first year mark does not count towards your final degree mark, although of course you need to pass this year in order to progress on to Year 2. Typically, Year 2 of BSc programmes contributes 25%, and Year 3 75%, to your final degree mark, whilst for MSci programmes, Year 2 contributes 20%, Year 3 40% and Year 4 40%.
How is your Chemistry course structured?
Each year contains 120 credits of taught material, delivered in modules typically worth 10 or 20 credits.
Core Chemistry (60 credits):
Students on both single honours and major/minor degree programmes take these modules. Modules cover the fundamentals of inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and theoretical chemistry.
Laboratory modules (40 credits):
With embedded communications and employability skills, designed to support core courses, allowing for developing practical skills and techniques as well as consolidating associated theory.
Years 1 and 2 - Broad range of laboratory classes to develop key practical skills.
Year 3 - Open-ended research projects (1-2 weeks long).
Additional modules (20 credits):
Year 1 - Maths module (Semester 1); Data Analysis module (Semester 2).
Years 2 and 3 - Optional chemistry courses.
Significant flexibility in fourth and final year: 60 credits of taught modules from a range of courses pitched at the cutting edge of the discipline; 60 credits of a major research project