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MChemChemistry with Research in Industry

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This programme is targeted at our very best students, combining a complete MChem programme with a year of paid industrial research experience – an ideal combination if you wish to become a professional chemist and pursue a high-level research career in Chemistry after graduation. The benefits of a one-year industrial placement are immense. You not only gain in terms of your practical and intellectual skills, but return with a more objective attitude towards work for your final year. It is no accident that final degree performances are enhanced by a year in industry. In today’s competitive job market, prior industrial experience is highly sought-after by employers.

All our programmes have a common Chemistry core which provides a good measure of flexibility and choice for you during the first two years. These are identical to the first two years of the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme. 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.

In Year Three you take up your paid industrial placement (recent examples of employers are AstraZeneca, Beckmann Coulter (China), Dyesol, Ineos, GlaxoSmithKline (UK and US), Johnson Matthey, Reckitt Benckiser, and Sigma-Aldrich). While you are on placement, you take a specially developed Chemistry module by distance learning that covers the core Chemistry studied by the third year students not taking up placements. If you choose not to take up a placement, you can transfer onto the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme in Year Two or at the start of Year Three.

In your final year, you will return to Liverpool and 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

This is identical to Year 1 of the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme. You will take modules that cover the fundamentals of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus key skills, totalling 90 credits. 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

This is again identical in structure to the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme, with more advanced modules in theoretical and laboratory Chemistry and 30 credits of optional modules chosen from either Chemistry or another Department.

During this year, students will be seeking their industrial placements and so you will also receive help in writing an attractive CV to showcase your skills and in interview technique, with mock interviews being provided

Programme Year Three

Your third year will be spent on a paid industrial placement. Since you will be returning from placement into the fourth year of the MChem programme, you also need to cover the core Chemistry of the regular Year 3. This is done in specially developed distance learning modules supported by recorded lectures and special tutorial assignments. You will be required to write a final report on your research and performance during the year in industry, and this will contribute part of your mark for the year.

Programme Year Four

On returning from industry, you enter the fourth year of the MChem Chemistry programme. This 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.

As for MChem Chemistry (F102) you will choose four of the six core Chemistry modules that best reflect your interests and the second semester theoretical modules are all optional courses based on research themes in the Department.

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