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Chemistry (MChem) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

An excellent, comprehensive programme that develops a broad skillset and deep subject knowledge. Building on the core of our three-year BSc, this Master's gives you the opportunity to make a real difference through an individual research project in the fourth year.

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Under the supervision of our internationally-recognised academic staff, you might discover a significant improvement in solar cell technology, develop an electrochemical sensor for pharmaceutical analysis, a novel compound for cryopreservation of cells, a renewable polymer made from vegetables, an improved catalyst or an antibacterial agent extracted from plants. You will also choose optional modules to support your project and create a wide base of knowledge in other advanced areas of Chemistry. You may also wish to look into an intercalated placement year to gain extensive professional experience (increasing the course duration to five years). Or, you could consider transferring to either MChem with Industrial or International Placement at the end of Year 2 and gain experience that way.

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, and extended laboratory work, 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.

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.

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.

Your research project 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%).

Our programmes offer a range of options to work and/or study abroad for 3, 6 or 12 months, for example at a pharmaceutical company, or partner institution. such as Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands; Nayang Technical University, Singapore or the University of Modena, Italy.

It is also possible to carry out a 12 month industrial placement via an ‘Intercalated Year’. The placement should involve working for a company, institution, or organisation related to chemistry, allowing students to gain valuable professional experience, without formally counting towards the final degree result. The words ‘with Intercalated Year’ are added to the degree title. Placement opportunities are available as advertised by UK/worldwide industry. Industrial placements in Europe qualify for ERASMUS support.These options are assessed and therefore will contribute as a formal part of your degree.

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
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Extended Lab
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Third-year options may include:

  • 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
Year 4
Optional modules may include:

  • Synthetic Chemistry I (Organic)
  • Synthetic Chemistry II (Metallo-organic)
  • Synthetic Chemistry III (Macromolecular Chemistry)
  • Electrochemistry and Nanotechnology
  • Advanced Medicinal and BiologicalChemistry
  • 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

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.