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Chemical Physics BSc

Chemical physics is an area of modern chemistry that will fascinate students who enjoy the science common to physics and chemistry. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the origins of chemical behaviour, while exploring exciting developments at the interface of chemistry with the other physical sciences.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
F320
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics required.
GCSEs
English Language at grade C or 5, plus Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades
n/a (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
n/a
GCSEs
English Language at grade C or 5, plus Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including 6 in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Contextual offer

Points
n/a (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
n/a

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics required

A,A,A at Advanced Highers in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Consistently regarded as one of the best chemistry departments in the UK (ranked top 5 by Times Higher Education 2020 for universities offering Chemistry 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 department has a rich history at the intersection of chemistry and physics, and is home to UCL's Centre for Computational Chemistry and the Centre for Cosmic Chemistry and Physics.

  • 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).

Chemical Physics 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.

Although the Chemical Physics BSc is based on core chemistry modules, there is more scope to develop skills in physics and theoretical aspects of chemistry, and either inorganic chemistry or organic chemistry is omitted after the first year in favour of mathematics, physics and specialist chemical physics modules.

In year one all modules are compulsory. In year two you will take a combination of compulsory modules together with an optional chemistry module. In the third year you will take further compulsory and optional modules. Compulsory modules will include a literature project and extended laboratory classes.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Physics.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Chemical Foundations
  • Chemical Skills
  • Basic Inorganic Chemistry
  • Basic Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Physical Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Science 1
  • Mathematics for Science 2
  • Atoms, Stars and the Universe

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Chemical Dynamics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods In Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics

Optional modules

You will select one optional module from either:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Compulsory module(s)

  • Synthetic Chemistry and Instrumentation
  • Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Literature
  • Concepts in Computational Chemistry

Optional modules

You will select four other modules from a wide range of options in mathematics, chemistry and other approved undergraduate courses. At least one of these modules must be either:

  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry

At least two of the reamining three modules must be selected from relevant physics or chemistry options. Chemistry based options include:

  • Inorganic Rings, Chains and Clusters
  • Organic Photochemistry, Radicals and Heterocycles
  • Principles of Drug Design
  • New Directions in Materials Chemistry
  • Scientific Programming

The remaining module can be selected from all approved undergraduate options.


Your learning

Your learning will combine lectures, practical classes and group workshops. In addition you will attend small group tutorials which provide specialised support for the core modules.

Assessment

Your learning will be assessed using a variety of methods including end-of-year examinations, laboratory reports, problem sheets, essays, posters and presentations.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Chemical Physics BSc.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

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 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.

Many recent graduates have continued in research at universities including PhDs at UCL, Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Edinburgh, Harvard, Manchester and NUS Singapore.

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.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£28,610 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

Students on this programme have free access to electronic copies of over 100 textbooks and free laboratory coats.

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying. 

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

UCL Chemistry offers a number of scholarships which will be advertised on the departmental website as appropriate.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2021



Selection

Offer holders will be invited to attend an open day event at the Department of Chemistry where they will be able to meet staff and students, partake in learning activities and take a tour of the department.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.


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