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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific Funding Notes

The Chemistry Department offers a number of scholarships, including the Bader Bursaries, GSK Bursary, UCL Chemistry Entrance Scholarships and the Kathleen Lonsdale Bursary.

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Chemistry with a European Language MSci

UCAS Code: F1RX

This four-year programme offers an additional year on top of the Chemistry with a European Language BSc, which you will spend abroad at a European university (we currently have links with institutions in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden) undertaking an advanced chemical research project.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA-ABB
Subjects Chemistry and either one science subject or Mathematics required.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade C, plus Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students a foreign language at grade B is required.

IB Diploma

Points 34-38
Subjects A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and either a science subject or Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • Consistently regarded as one of the best chemistry departments in the UK, we offer you an excellent education with high standards of teaching.
  • You will benefit from our outstanding research profile as you are taught by lecturers who are experts in a wide range of chemistry-related fields.
  • You will have the opportunity to carry out an extensive research project in a university in mainland Europe, developing both your chemical and language skills.
  • The UCL Language Centre and the specialist language departments offer excellent modern language-learning aids such as computers, video and satellite links.

This programme is offered either as a three-year BSc or as a four-year MSci. The first two years of study are identical, so you can defer which to opt for until the end of your second year. We advise you to select the four-year MSci programme initially as this keeps more options open.

The Chemistry content directly follows that of the single-subject Chemistry programme in the first three years. You will cover the full range of chemistry core components, together with optional courses in chemistry and other options from outside the department.

Around 25% of your time will be centred at the UCL Language Centre and the specialist language departments. This provides a continuous progression of language and its related courses. The language component is taught in small groups with common levels of fluency ranging from complete beginners to experts.

You will spend your entire final year at a university in mainland Europe, in a country whose language you are studying, carrying out an extensive research project. Close links have been developed with a number of European universities and the consortium currently encompasses Lyon, Bordeaux, Dresden, Dortmund, Parma, Santiago de Compostela, Uppsala and Bologna.

Your Learning

Your learning will combine lectures, practical classes and group workshops. In addition you will attend tutorials in groups of four to six students which provide specialised support for the core courses.

Assessment

Courses usually involve at least two methods of assessment; coursework (problem sheets, essays or poster presentations), an examination, or lab classes. Feedback, such as face-to-face marking in laboratories, is always provided. Your final year project will be assessed through a written report, a presentation and an oral examination.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Basic Inorganic Chemistry
Basic Organic Chemistry
Basic Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Chemical Principles

Optional courses

You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through the UCL Language Centre, plus a Mathematics course appropriate to your level of qualification to the value of 0.5 credits.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
Principles of Organic Chemistry
Principles of Physical Chemistry

Optional courses

You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through the UCL Language Centre.

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
An Introduction to Research Methods
Literature Project
Principles and Methods of Organic Synthesis

Optional courses

You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through the UCL Language Centre.

Final Year

Advanced chemical research project in Europe

The fourth year encompasses an independent research project in one of our partner universities to which UCL Chemistry has links through the Socrates Scheme sponsored by the European Union.

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

As a UCL Chemistry graduate you will have developed both discipline-based and highly sought after analytical skills, for example in logical thought and numeracy.

On completion of your degree you will have the obvious option of pursuing a career within the chemical industry. This is recognised as one of the most exciting and successful contributors to the UK economy, for example in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nanotechnology sectors.

After further study, some graduates continue as researchers at universities or government laboratories around the world, often becoming leading figures in their fields of interest.

Our graduates are in great demand in many other fields such as management, the financial sector, information technology, scientific journalism, patent law, the scientific Civil Service, and in education.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of UCL Chemistry programmes include:

  • Patent Analyst, Work Patent Seekers (2011)
  • Deployment Chemist, Shell Infineum (2011)
  • Tax Associate, Deloitte (2010)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Drug Discovery at UCL (2010)
  • Consultant, Simon Kucher and Partners (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Application

Your Application

Together with essential academic requirements, we are looking for strong evidence in your personal statement of your interest in the subject and your understanding of it. These requirements may be evidenced by examples of project work, relevant work experience or, perhaps, through your knowledge of current events involving chemistry. We also look for your ability to communicate clearly in English.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Selection

UK-based applicants who demonstrate their potential to meet our academic requirements will be invited to visit UCL for a day. The day will include talks, the opportunity to meet current students and a tour of the department and UCL. You will also attend a university-level lecture.

You will also have a 20-minute discussion with one of our academic staff in order to explore what studying at UCL will be like. This discussion will form part of our decision making process.

If you are based overseas, attendance at a visit day is impractical. Instead, you will be sent a presentation of the material that is covered with UK-based students. You will also be sent a series of chemistry questions for discussion by email or telephone.

We aim to contact you about the outcome of your application within 48 hours of your interview or, if overseas, of concluding our discussion.

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