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F111 Chemistry (Industrial Route) MChem Undergraduate 2012


UCAS code F111
Degree MChem
Professional accreditation Royal Society of Chemistry
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Related qualifications

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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 2011

Course Content


Chemistry BSc and MChem

The BSc and MChem courses are identical in the first two years, and it is possible to transfer between programmes. All students study six modules per academic year.

Level 1 Compulsory Modules:

Two double modules teach the basics of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, consolidating and building on pre-university courses. Core Chemistry 1B contains courses that develop mathematical and physical concepts as tools for chemistry, and also some background biology.

  • Core Chemistry 1A (double)
  • Core Chemistry 1B (double).

Level 1 Elective Modules:

You will take two modules from those offered by other departments in science and the other faculties:

  • Mathematics, Biology and languages are popular
  • Those taking the degree with a fourth year project overseas (F102) are normally required to study a language module, which can be at any level
  • We offer an elective Chemistry module 'Molecules in Action'.

Level 2 Compulsory Modules:

All Chemistry students study four compulsory modules. These extend the knowledge of inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry from the first year introduction.

  • Core Chemistry 2 (double)
  • Chemistry of the Elements
  • Ring Chemistry
  • Properties of Molecules.

Level 2 Elective Modules:

Your final second year module provides you with an opportunity to specialise or to continue study with a timetable-compatible module of another subject. You study one of:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • A module from another subject.

Level 3 Compulsory Modules:

There is a core module, and the remaining modules allow you to study all areas of the subject or to specialise.

  • Core Chemistry 3 (double)
  • At least two modules from:
  • Inorganic Concepts and Applications
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Molecules and their Interactions.

Level 3 Elective Modules:

These provide you with the opportunity to further develop your interest in specialised areas of the subject:

  • Biological Chemistry (if not taken in second year)
  • Computational Chemistry (if not taken in second year)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Advanced Computational Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Society (BSc only)
  • A language module (F102 only).

Chemistry MChem programmes

The final choice of where to carry out your research project may be delayed until the third year, and the majority of students perform their project work in Durham.

MChem with industrial project

During your third year you apply for a placement with an industrial company, and in your final year you carry out a research project on placement, following some taught material by distance-learning. Placements are typically 10 or 12 months and the company will normally pay you.

  • Core Chemistry 4D
  • External Research project (worth five modules).

Teaching and assessment details

Your programme involves a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical work and a dissertation. In the first year of all degree routes, you will take one or two other subjects (sciences, humanities, languages) to broaden your range of knowledge and widen your options for the second year. At the end of your first year, you can transfer between BSc, MChem and MSci, Chemistry and Natural Sciences degrees, basing your choice upon the results of your examinations and continuous assessment results. In most weeks in your first year you will have seven hours of lectures, two tutorials and six hours of laboratory work in chemistry plus your elective subjects. In your second and third years there will typically be 12 hours of lectures or workshops per week, and 10 hours of laboratory work.

The third year core module contains a literature survey dissertation, which you present as a written report and as a presentation to a group of staff and students. The major part of your fourth year is a research project on a novel piece of work, in an area of chemistry that you select. You present your results both in writing and orally, and your work may be published. Research projects may be in synthetic inorganic or organic chemistry, materials chemistry synthesis or characterisation, physical chemistry and spectroscopy, biological chemistry or theoretical chemistry.

Throughout the course, you will also have the opportunity to develop professional skills, including key instrumental and experimental techniques, computing, group working, report writing and verbal presentation. You will have guidance from departmental staff throughout to help you in your work and to monitor your progress. We have an active student chemical society which organises general interest lectures, as well as social events for staff and students.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University's general entry requirements and the programme specific entry requirements above, please note:

We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. For more information please contact our Admissions Selectors.

Grade A in Chemistry and Mathematics at A-level or equivalent is required.

We do not include General Studies as part of our offer.

We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A

Requirements and Admissions

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Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Department of Chemistry

Preparing you for a career

Throughout your chemistry degree we will help you acquire key skills that are essential to you in your future studies and career, such as:

  • Communication and presentation
  • Logical thinking
  • Report writing
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Data handling and analysis
  • Team work and leadership
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Instrumental and experimental

These skills will enable you to pursue a range of different careers.

Careers for a lifetime

 A chemistry degree will prepare you for a career in chemistry either in industry, research or academia and will lead to a wide range of career opportunities including:

  • Archaeology
  • Biotechnology
  • Drug discovery
  • Environmental science
  • Food technology
  • Forensics
  • Innovation technology
  • Marine chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Sport development
  • Sustainability
  • Teaching

Chemistry is also excellent training for careers in:

  • Business and finance
  • Central and local government
  • Consultancy
  • Journalism
  • Information technology
  • Law
  • Patent Law
  • Publishing
  • Sales and marketing

And much more......

Of students that left in 2012:

- 36.8% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

- 81% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £20,500

Of those in further study:

- 96% are in graduate level further study

Examples of high profile recent employers include GSK, Infineum, Institute of Cancer Research, Proctor and Gamble, BP and Akzo Nobel.

A significant number of students progress onto higher level study following their degree in Chemistry, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions including Oxford, Kings College London, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Nottingham and Manchester.

It pays to do Chemistry

According to independent research, the average chemistry graduate earns substantially more over a lifetime than graduates of many other disciplines:

  • £60,000 more than most other graduates
  • £190,000 more than those with no degree

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works with closely the department in facilitating student access to job and work experience opportunities, careers and employability events, employer workshops and presentations, skills programmes and tailored individual careers guidance.

The department delivers a number of events in partnership with the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre including mock interviews for year in industry students, careers presentations and a chemistry careers evening.   

Professional endorsement and recognition

Our M.Chem. degrees in Chemistry are accredited to the Royal Society of Chemistry. See accreditation for further details.

Opportunities for summer placements

Through our extensive contacts with industry we can help you obtain industrial experience by working with a chemical company in the summer vacation.

During the summer vacation undergraduates can also obtain research bursaries enabling work experience within a research group in the Department or overseas.  These include the "Tanner Research Internship" scheme and bursaries funded by the sale of a successful Departmental spin out.

Meet potential employers

The University, colleges and Department all host a variety of careers events where you can meet potential employers. For example, the Chemistry Department holds a regular CV workshop where industry and other employers will discuss your CV with you, and give you advice on how to present yourself when applying for jobs.

Our 4th year students undertaking a research project in Durham have the opportunity to take part in a business game run by personnel from industry or visit a local chemical company. We also run a 'perspectives from industry' course in which senior industrial chemists from a variety of organisations give lectures illustrating the interplay of research and development, technology and economics.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments and opportunities to explore college options they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days in Durham City will take place on:

  • Monday 25 June 2012
  • Saturday 30 June 2012
  • Saturday 22 September 2012

Further details, and information on how to book.  

Campus tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

Department of Chemistry


Synthesise your future with an introduction to the key elements of this dynamic and fundamental science, and the opportunity to specialise.

The Department is housed in recently extended buildings, equipped with modern spacious laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. You will benefit from having access to top staff and the latest developments in Polymer Science, Structural and Materials Chemistry, Bioactive Chemistry, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, Nanochemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Synthetic Methods, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. We are among the very best chemistry research departments in Britain. Over two thirds of our research was identified as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

RAE results


We have superb facilities for undergraduate teaching, including three new or refurbished teaching laboratories equipped with a wide range of modern instrumentation. During your first three years you will be trained in modern synthetic methods for molecular and solid-state chemistry and be introduced to the more advanced research instrumentation, such as NMR and mass spectrometry. The fundamentals of computational methods in chemistry will also be introduced, using state-of-the-art software.

In your fourth year research project you will work in one of our research laboratories, with access to a comprehensive range of instrumentation, spectrometers, diffractometers and analytical services.


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