Studied as part of the Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship, the BSc (Hons) Chemical Science is a great way to start or progress a career in the chemical industry sector.
It is your opportunity to get a foot in the door of a world-leading company or a specialist regional business, learn from industry professionals and develop key scientific and laboratory skills.
Our industry-leading programme has been developed in collaboration with a range of chemical industry employers and has been running since 2011. Now aligned to the Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship this course offers students a great opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’.
We have an excellent track record in enabling our apprentices to progress in their scientific careers by equipping them all with the required academic and vocational skills.
Our apprentices have won the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This is awarded based on employer recommendations and shows the high value which employers place on the skill set developed by our students.
Features and Benefits
No tuition fees - Fees are paid by your employer and the government for Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeships.
With course content designed to apply to the real world of the workplace, the degree provides a potential gateway to first line management and professional status.
By joining a programme at Manchester Met, you will benefit from teaching led by research-active staff, tutors with extensive workplace experience and be part of a growing group of Degree Apprentices who have chosen to earn while they learn.
Degree apprentice graduates may be employed in the chemical, pharmaceutical, materials, food and drink, utility, healthcare, aerospace, automotive, information technology and telecommunications industries. A chemical science degree will also equip you with a wide variety of transferable skills that can be applied to non-subject specific career pathways such as local government, teaching, law, journalism, business and finance.
Our Chemical Science degree has a strong professional and practical focus, designed to help you move into roles such as:
These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.
UCAS tariff points/grades required
Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants must be employed in the Chemical Industry.
Chemistry is often called the ‘central science’, because its applications form the basis for so many different scientific disciplines.
As a physical science, chemistry considers the origins, behaviour and properties of materials from the (sub) atomic level to the macro scale, and how they affect our daily lives, from health and wellbeing to the material world. Ultimately, chemistry tells us how the material world works – so studying it will give you the power to understand and engage with its processes to improve the world around us.
Our Chemical Science degree has been designed and developed with significant employer input to meet the current and future skills needs for the chemical industry, and maximises the use of the workplace as a learning environment.
The programme is offered on a four-year part-time basis, where 90 credits of study are taken in each of the first two years and 60 credits in the final three years. Employment in the chemical or allied industries is a requirement for all students taking the programme.
In Year 1, you will gain a grounding in the core principles of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, chemical analysis, workplace regulation and laboratory scientist skills.
Your second year will build on your knowledge, with core units typically exploring areas including intermediate level physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, applied chemistry for industry, communication and research skills and laboratory scientist skills 2.
In Year 3, you will study more advanced topics including organometallic chemistry, spectroscopy and instrumental analysis, advanced organic chemistry transformations, business improvement and a work-based project. You may also have the option to study green chemistry and sustainability, pharmaceutical chemistry and polymer chemistry.
In your final year, you will study advanced instrumental analysis and physical chemistry and delve deeper into topics such as drug target interactions, chemistry in society and advance pharmaceutical and green chemistry. You will also complete a work-based project for your personal development.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 4 year part-time degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (90 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Year 1: 10% Residential Schools, 15% directed study; 75% independent study
Year 2: 10% Residential Schools, 15% directed study; 75% independent study
Year 3: 10% Residential Schools, 15% directed study; 75% independent study
Year 4: 10% Residential Schools, 15% directed study; 75% independent study
Year 1: 50% Continuous Assessment, 50% Examination
Year 2: 50% Continuous Assessment, 50% Examination
Year 3: 50% Continuous Assessment, 50% Examination
Year 4: 50% Continuous Assessment, 50% Examination
Additional information about this course
With the Chemical Science Undergraduate Programme, there is a formal requirement (for the duration of the course) for the student to be in full-time employment working within the Chemical Industry sector.
Department of Natural Sciences
Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.
The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
Tuition fees for degree apprenticeships are paid by employers and the government, and apprentices will be paid at least £12,000 per year.
Since the CSUP is delivered as a blended-learning course, combining distance e-learning with Residential stays at Manchester Met, students are recommended to purchase their own laptop in their first year (this is optional since all the students would be expected to have PC/internet access in their workplace). In most of years, there is a requirement to produce a project report which may incur moderate printing costs.
There are compulsory residential stays in each year (1 week in Years 1-3, 4 x2-days in Years 4-5). The vast majority of students will live too far away to commute, so there will be a requirement to stay in Manchester. All travel, accommodation and subsistence costs are not covered by the student fee, but there is an expectation that the employer will pay for this.
Students can choose to join the RSC at anytime it is not required but is useful. The annual charge is £19 for every year.
There is a recommendation that specific textbooks are purchased at various stages of the course. Textbook costs tend to increase through the academic years as they become more specialised.
Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.
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Being at university isn’t just about learning. It’s about living. Before you arrive, we’ll make sure you know where to go and what to do. And once you’re settled in, our team’s ready to support you during your stay.
From apartments and eco-friendly townhouses, to en-suite and standard rooms, we have all sorts of accommodation on (or near) campus. Whichever option is right for you, you’ll have a room complete with desk, heater, and storage, together with a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and free WiFi.
And in such a handy location, you’ll never be more than a few minutes from the library, Students’ Union, your next lecture or a bite to eat in one of the many nearby eateries.
We’re incredibly proud to be part of such a distinctive global city – and we think you will be too.
Manchester is a city of enterprise and sport, culture and diversity. Here, connections are formed and futures begun. Art, science and business coexist and collaborate. Actors and accountants, lawyers and linguists – they’ve all found a home for their ambitions.
We have sporting excellence, culinary creativity, digital innovation and thriving commerce. Entrepreneurs and entertainers. Theatre and music. A rich and distinctive culture. We have character, spirit and personality.
Here, you’ll find people of every type, making leaps in technology, taking strides in industry and creating art in every form. We have a proud heritage to look back on, and a vibrant and diverse future to look forward to, full of possibility and promise.
From advice and support to a fantastic Union and sports clubs, we’ve got your time here covered..
Whether you’re coming to Manchester from another continent or down the road, we’re here to help. As well as our Student Hubs, where you can get all sorts of information and advice, we offer a range of professional support services and social groups for our students.
Being part of our community, you’ll find societies, teams and groups that will help you make the most of your time here. This means you’ll have the chance to pursue your passions, but also to meet people with the same interests.
The Students’ Union is your voice in the University. Through the officials that you elect, the Union supports its members and stands up for your issues. And, with its building at the heart of the campus, it also provides you with a bar, shop, café, and event venue.
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