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



Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

This degree is ideal if you’re considering a career in research and/or want to explore different fields with an international placement.

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Through this entry route you have the opportunity to enrich our MChem Chemistry degree with an international placement in Year 3. You will have the opportunity to choose to study for three to six months at one of our partner institutions in Europe or further afield in Australia or Singapore, where you will work with an academic on an authentic research project. During the project you will develop a wide range of transferable skills including team-working, communication, problem-solving, analysis and independent investigation - you may even make a discovery that gets published in a scientific journal. Year 4 will be spent back at Warwick carrying out a research project alongside optional modules that allow you to tailor the course to your interests.

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 four core modules across all aspects of Chemistry in terms 1 and 2 , giving you a broad and deep understanding of the subject. You will also use your experience of the themes and topics from Years 1 and 2 to choose optional modules to tailor your degree to suit your interests. At this stage you could find out how Chemistry is tackling the energy crisis, explore scientific writing, examine case studies in drug discovery or discover how polymer synthesis can be used to design drug delivery systems.

Placements may be taken in industry or at an overseas university/research institute between April and September in Year 3.

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 teaching laboratory classes are an integral part of any Chemistry student’s life, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice

Should you choose this degree there will be the usual lectures, tutorials and workshops at Warwick during the first two terms, and you will sit your exams in March. The placement replaces the laboratory classes that the students at Warwick take during the summer term.

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.

During the placement, you must complete a 5000-word report which is submitted at the beginning of Year 4. You will also be required to produce a poster based on your project work to showcase at presentation session during the first term of Year 4. The supervisor at the host university or industry will write a report assessing you on your attendance, enthusiasm and commitment.

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 international experience in your third year which may include study in a research context or may involve work experience.

You will spend a minimum of 13 weeks working with an academic, in their group, on an authentic research project.

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

  • IB: 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 6 in a second Science subject at Higher Level or 36 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 6, 6 in two further Higher Level Science subjects.**

  • **You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your Science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
    • 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
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • International Placement Project
  • International Placement Poster Presentation
Year 4
  • Research Project and Methodology
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Extended Lab
  • Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Polymer and Colloid Science
  • Energy
  • Communicating Science
  • Co-ordination & Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
  • Secondary School Teaching
  • Starting a Business

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 including Chemistry and two further Science subjects.**

IB 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 6 in a second Science subject at Higher Level or 36 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 6, 6 in two further Higher Level Science subjects.**

**You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your Science A level includes a separate practical assessment.


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.