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Chemistry with Industrial Placement (MChem) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

If you are thinking about going into research or industry, this course will give you the opportunity to explore both options and find out what is right for you. Your third year industrial placement will provide you with an opportunity to gain professional experience in an industrial environment.

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Through this entry route you have the opportunity to enrich our MChem Chemistry degree with industrial experience in Year 3. Supported by our Student Careers and Skills team, you’ll be fully involved in and responsible for finding a placement . This will ensure you are selecting a field that interests you, suits your strengths and enhances your career prospects. You will return to Warwick for your fourth year, completing a research project and studying optional modules that allow you to explore areas of particular interest. Please note that acceptance onto the placement is subject to academic performance.

We offer a high degree of flexibility, allowing you to transfer between Chemistry degree course at any time in the first two years* as you develop your interests and future plans. What’s more, you may receive a dual offer on application so can enter on a BSc route if you don’t do as well as you hoped in your examinations and then transfer to an MChem later if you meet the progression requirement.

You will study a range of core modules in Years 1 and 2 which provide a solid foundation in the subject, with the opportunity to take an extra optional module 'Starting a Business'in Year 2.

In Year 3 there are three core modules across all aspects of Chemistry which you will study by distance learning whilst on placement. The extended laboratory work of our standard MChem is replaced by the practical experience you gain in industry and your placement project.

In Year 4 you will complete an individual investigative project on a topic that reflects your passion (worth 50% of the year’s mark) in collaboration with one of our academics, and you can select optional modules to support your research or broaden your knowledge.

*All course transfers for overseas students are subject to UK visa regulations.

Lectures are the main way that the content and theory is delivered and all students taking a module attend the lectures at the same time.

In Years 1 and 2 lectures are supported by tutorials with small groups of approximately 6-7 students. These sessions are integrated with lectures to reinforce key concepts. Workshops typically run in groups of 20-40 students and allow you to work with your peers to problem-solve with on-hand assistance from academic and teaching staff. Practical classes in our modern eaching labsory classes are an integral part of any Chemistry student’s life, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice

During your placement you will study the core content, worth 25% of the year by distance, to enable you to access fourth year optional modules. The distance learning is well supported, and you will have access to our virtual learning environment and lecture capture as well as regular contact with the Chemistry department.

Contact time

You should expect to attend around 10 lectures per week, 1 tutorial or workshop a week, and spend 5-10 hours on supervised practical (mainly laboratory and computing) work. For each 1-hour lecture, you should expect to put in a further 1-2 hours of private study.

You will be asessed via a combination of examinations and coursework such as laboratory reports, presentations, posters and essays to monitor your progress and provide you with regular feedback. A minimum of 25% of each year’s grade is generated from coursework. However the majority of your grades for your third year will come from assessed work components that demonstrate the competencies that you develop during your placement, such as report writing and presentation skills.

Your research project in Year 4 will contribute 50% towards your final year grade and will be appraised by a combination of assessments which may include a dissertation, presentation and viva. The final degree classification is determined by Year 1 (5%), Year 2 (20%), Year 3 (30%) and Year 4 (45%).

The course contains a required period of work experience in your third year which may include study in a research context or industrial setting overseas.

The industrial placement replaces Year 3 of study and aims to provide students in developing a range of interactive skills, as well as gaining professional experience in an industrial environment. The actual day-to-day running of the placement will be defined by the industrial supervisor but will be designed to be of maximum benefit to both you and the company, ensuring that your professional development will encompass as wide a variety of experience as possible in the context of the placement.

A level: AAA to include Chemistry and a second Science or AAB to include Chemistry and two further Science subjects.

  • IB: 38 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in a second Science subject at Higher Level or 34 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5, 5 in two further Science subjects at Higher Level.

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. Please contact the Department of Chemistry before application.
    • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • Laboratory and Assessed Work
  • Mathematics and Physics for Chemists
Year 2
  • Laboratory
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Electrochemistry and Properties of Solutions
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Symmetry and Group Theory
  • Transition Metal Chemistry
  • Solid-State Materials
  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Key Skills
Year 3
  • Industrial Placement Project
  • Advanced Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic and Physical (by distance learning)
Year 4
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Research Project and Methodology
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Synthetic Chemistry I (Organic)
  • Synthetic Chemistry II (Metallo-organic)
  • Synthetic Chemistry III (Macromolecular Chemistry)
  • Electrochemistry and Nanotechnology
  • Advanced Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Biology
  • Advanced Biophysical Chemistry

Destination include: EY,Ipsos MORI, KPMG, London Stock Exchange, NHS, PwC, Shell, Royal Society of Chemistry, Sirius minerals, Infinium.

Jobs include: Analytical Scientist,Business Application Consultant, Copy Editor, Customer Relationship Manager, DNA Analyst, Development Chemist,Financial Analyst, Production Chemist, Project Manager, Research And Development Scientist.

We have a specialist careers consultant for Warwick Chemistry, who will help you build your career portfolio and CV.

Entry Requirements

A level AAA to include Chemistry and a second Science or AAB to include Chemistry and two further Science subjects.

IB 38 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in a second Science subject at Higher Level or 34 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5, 5 in two further Science subjects at Higher Level.


Master of Chemistry (MChem)


All our MChems are RSC accredited.

4 years full time

Start Date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Examples of partner institutions where our students have carried placements include Monash University (Australia), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Nayang Technical University (Singapore) and Modena (Italy).

Other course costs

Initial supplies of laboratory coat and safety glasses are provided in year 1. Individual laboratory books may be needed in year 3 at a cost of £1 each. Students are responsible for purchasing replacements for lost equipment, at a maximum estimated cost of £50. Although not essential, students are advised to purchase a molecular modelling kit at an approximate cost of £15.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.