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This degree is aimed at students who intend to be a professional chemist and pursue a high-level research career. The final year brings you to the frontiers of the subject when you will join the research team of a member of staff, in a subject area of your choice.

All our programmes have a common Chemistry core in the first two years, differing only in optional modules, which can be chosen from Chemistry or non-Chemistry courses. This provides a good measure of flexibility and choice for you during the first two years.

The structure of Years One and Two of this programme is identical to that of MChem Chemistry with Research in Industry and MChem Chemistry with Nanotechnology. These first two years progress rapidly, with a mix of theory and practical modules to give you a solid grounding in the subject. Since students enter the Department with a wide range of experience in Mathematics (which is essential for studying Chemistry to a high level) we provide a flexible three-tiered Maths for Chemistry course allowing you to develop your skills at your own pace.

By Year Three you will be a proficient chemist, and you will be able to extend your knowledge in the three traditional branches of Chemistry and in the cross-disciplinary subject Catalysis. You will also be offered a choice of more advanced optional Chemistry modules. Practical courses are organised more as mini-projects and provide more challenge than the ‘instructional’ courses encountered in the first two years.

In your final year, you will take a range of advanced core modules in Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry and can tailor your studies to choose high-level modules in areas that interest you and that are related to our research areas.

Chemical research is particularly important in Year Four and involves you conducting a significant project as a member of one of the research groups in the Department.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

In the first year, you will take modules that cover the fundamentals of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus necessary key skills, totalling 90 credits. Four Chemistry modules combine theoretical and practical aspects and one Chemistry module develops Quantitative and General Key Skills. You will spend 3 to 6 hours per week in the laboratory and so will receive a comprehensive training in practical aspects of the subject. In addition, you will have a choice of 30 credits of subsidiary modules from other Departments including Environmental Sciences, Biological or Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology), Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology. There are also optional courses within Chemistry covering, eg. the Chemistry-Biology interface, and in the second semester you can opt to take a research inspired course ‘Innovative Chemistry for Energy and Materials’ delivered by staff in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.

Programme Year Two

In the second year, you will learn more advanced topics within all the main branches of chemistry and continue to develop your Quantitative and Key Skills. Practical skills will be developed through stand-alone practical modules and you will have the opportunity to spend between six and nine hours per week in the laboratory. You will take 97.5 credits of compulsory Chemistry modules and choose options worth 22.5 credits either from Chemistry or from Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology. Year 2 MChem students can also take the optional module Science Communication, a course focussing on all forms of presenting science, with emphasis on how this is applied in teaching.

Programme Year Three

The third year will concentrate entirely on Chemistry, extending your knowledge in the three traditional branches of the subject and the interdisciplinary subject of Catalysis. Importantly, Year Three will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the application of Chemistry to the modern world, in modules that examine the Chemistry and chemical processes that are fundamental to the production of pharmaceuticals, polymers / plastics, pigments and novel materials. The practical modules in this year will be more challenging than those encountered in previous years, involve up to 15 hours laboratory work per week and in some cases will be organised as mini-projects.

In the second semester, you will be able to choose options worth 15 credits, reflecting different areas of chemistry, including some at advanced level M.

(Note: the precise modules on offer change over time, reflecting the changes in the research within the department)

Programme Year Four

The final year of your programme will be dominated by your Chemical Research Project which accounts for 60 of the 120 credits. You will choose which branch of Chemistry you wish to pursue research in (and usually also which research group you wish to be in), and work throughout the year on original research at the frontiers of Chemistry.

Students will also take either Catalysis or Spectroscopy (these two modules run in alternate years so you either take them in Year Three or Year Four). And then select four out of six core Chemistry modules which provide advanced knowledge in Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry.

Career opportunities

Graduates from Liverpool find employment in many areas, from the pharmaceutical industry to business management. Typical careers of our graduates include assistant analyst, development chemist, research assistant, and site chemist. Chemistry graduates succeed in a wide variety of careers. The skills and knowledge you develop during your degree ensure that you are highly attractive to employers from the chemical industries to financial services and management.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States