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MSci Chemistry (F101)

This four-year programme offers an additional year on top of the Chemistry BSc, in which you may specialise further and deepen your knowledge by undertaking advanced modules and research projects.

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.

  • The MSci allows you to study more advanced topics and to work on an extended research project within one of our internationally renowned research groups.

  • We offer access to state-of-the-art facilities, enhanced by our strong affiliation to other centres of excellence such as the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Degree Structure:

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

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Chemistry 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.

In the first year, all students take the module 'Introduction to Chemical Principles'. This serves to consolidate A level (or equivalent) Chemistry and generate an awareness of modern chemistry as an integrated whole. In the second term the fundamentals of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry are introduced separately.

Along with your optional modules, you'll also take a module in mathematics that's appropriate to your ability.

In the second year, the three main themes of chemistry are again developed in individual modules, leaving you free to choose two options, which can be either chemical or non-chemical.

In the third year you will have considerable scope to develop your own portfolio of interests, through a range of optional modules. The core unit, 'An Introduction to Research Methods' is a sound preparation for extended personal research projects in the fourth year, and you will also complete a literature project.

In the final year you will undertake a chemical research project and optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the field of chemistry of your choice.

 

Modules:

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Year 1

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules:

Year 2

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules:

Year 3

 

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules:

Year 4

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Advanced Chemical Research Project

Optional modules

  • Intense Radiation Sources for Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry 
  • Stereochemical Control in Asymmetric Total Synthesis 
  • Numerical Methods in Chemistry 
  • Data Analysis and Theory in Analytical Chemistry 
  • Synthesis and Biosynthesis of Natural Products
  • Frontiers of Experimental Physical Chemistry 
  • Catalysis 
  • Topics in Quantum Mechanics 
  • Structural Methods in Modern Chemistry 
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental and Energy Materials 

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Questions & Answers: There's a lot you should ask and a lot for us to tell you in our FAQ section.

Term Dates: Find out more about term dates and college closures. 

New Students:  what you will be expected to do during your first few weeks at UCL.

All Chemistry Modules: Access the course synopses for all our undergraduate taught modules.

Explore your Home: UCL guarantees all first-year students a residential place - find your accommodation.

Undergraduate Tutor
Dr Dewi W. Lewis
Tel: 020 7679 4779
Email: d.w.lewis@ucl.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor
Dr Matt Blunt
Tel: 020 7679 1087
Email: m.blunt@ucl.ac.uk