UCAS tariff points/grades required
A levels – BCC-BBC, to include grade C in Chemistry (including a Pass in A level Chemistry Practical).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Applied Science – DMM, to include four units at merit or above from the following units:
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 13, 14, 19
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science – DMM, to include 60 level 3 credits at distinction from the following units:
01, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 45, 48, 52
Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.
Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English
GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics
GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit
The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science with a minimum score of 106 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate points
26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Chemistry
6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Chemistry is often called the ‘central science’ because its applications form the basis for so many different scientific disciplines. The same applies to your future. Study chemistry with us now and you’ll open up a vast range of pathways and possibilities. Whether you’re looking ahead to a career in the pharmaceutical, materials, food and drink, utility, healthcare, aerospace, automotive or telecommunications industries – to name just a few – you can make your start with us.
As a physical science, chemistry considers the origins, behaviour and properties of materials from the 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.
We offer a selection of different chemistry degrees, offering the chance to focus on areas like medicinal, biological or pharmaceutical chemistry, or to concentrate on the core elements of the discipline. All our BSc programmes offer the option to study abroad, in Europe or further afield. And, all are designed and led by research-active staff, in fully-equipped specialist labs – because we believe that learning skills first-hand is the best way to help you prepare for a range of rewarding careers.
Year 1 aims to provide a firm grounding in core principles of chemistry including an introduction to chemical analysis and fundamental chemistry concepts. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
You will be introduced to atoms, molecules, bonding, structure and periodicity. Identification of functional groups, isomerism and stereochemistry, reaction intermediates, basic reactions and mechanisms, IR and 13C-NMR spectroscopy.
Chemical Equilibrium and Mathematical Methods
This unit covers key physical chemistry concepts underpinning the behaviour of acids, bases and electrochemistry, alongside the mathematics and transferable skills that underpin these concepts.
Introduction to Thermodynamics and Kinetics
You will be introduced to the fundamental physicochemical principles of thermodynamics and kinetics along with underpinning mathematical and transferable skills.
Introduction to Chemical Analysis
The unit will provide an introduction to key concepts required for the study of analytical chemistry. You will explore two main themes: analytical approaches in chemistry, and an introduction to spectroscopy.
Chemistry in Society 1
This unit links the chemistry of modern materials to their properties and applications.
Laboratory Techniques 1
This unit provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques and associated practical and analytical skills for interpreting data in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and computational chemistry.
In Year 2, the course focuses increasingly on specialist units which include analytical techniques, structure and spectroscopy, and thermodynamics and kinetics. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Structure and Spectroscopy
This unit covers fundamental spectroscopic principles and structural elucidation using NMR, mass spectrometry and infra-red techniques and determination of molecular physical parameters from vibrational and rotational spectroscopies.
This unit is an introduction to key aspects of instrumental analytical chemistry: namely separative methods [chromatography], elemental analysis [atomic spectroscopy] and electrochemistry.
Thermodynamics and Kinetics
You will explore concepts required for study of physical chemistry including the study of interfaces, kinetics and thermodynamics.
Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group
This unit covers the use of carbonyl groups as enabling functionality and will be illustrated by discussion of a range of chemical transformations of these functional groups.
Solid State, d-block and f-block Chemistry
This unit covers transition metal complexes, molecular symmetry, crystallography, solid-state chemistry and f-block chemistry.
Laboratory Techniques 2
This unit provides an introduction to some laboratory techniques and associated practical and analytical skills for interpreting data in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and computational chemistry.
Chemistry in Society 2
This module will introduce new, emerging and unusual (NEU) materials and their manufacturing processes.
This module will introduce the concepts of green chemistry and its role in moving towards a more environmentally sustainable and economically viable chemical industry.
If you choose the four-year placement or study abroad option, Year 3 will be spent on a work placement or studying abroad.
In your final year, you will undertake a research project in line with your specialism and also study advanced chemistry concepts. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Project and Personal Development
In this unit, you will plan, develop and implement an individual research project. You will critically analyse published literature and own data. You will also develop research and employability skills.
Advanced Laboratory Techniques
In this unit, a selection of laboratory experiments/mini-projects covering the disciplines of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry appropriate to the course title will be undertaken.
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
In this unit, you will explore the role played by metal ions in key life processes and advanced concepts in coordination/organometallic chemistry.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
You will consider a suite of advanced organic chemistry transformations and strategies in targeted synthesis.
Advanced Physical Chemistry
This unit will provide an introduction to advanced concepts in kinetics, surface science and quantum chemistry for measuring and predicting the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions.
Advanced Instrumental Analysis
This unit considers three advanced instrumental analytical chemistry techniques in depth: analytical mass spectrometry, atomic spectroscopy, and surface analysis.
Chemistry in Society 3
You will examine the unintended consequences during the production and use of chemicals and materials
Advanced Topics in Green Chemistry
This module will explore historical and emerging topics in green chemistry and discuss them from a chemical perspective.
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:
- Year 1 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 2 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 3 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 50% independent study
- Year 1 60% coursework; 40% examination
- Year 2 60% coursework; 40% examination
- Year 3 45% coursework; 55% examination
Optional foundation year
- Study 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 70% independent study
- Assessment 70% coursework; 30% examination
The four-year placement route gives you the opportunity of spending your third year on industrial placement. The Department offers help with finding a suitable placement and experience has shown that placements can lead to improved performance in the final year and improved employment prospects after graduation.
The four-year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in Europe, North America or Australia.
Foundation Year students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)
UK, EU and Channel Island students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £4125 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
- Students often choose to buy a laptop or tablet and occasionally a printer for their degree but there are drop-in computer labs and printing facilities on campus and laptops for loan in the library.
- Personal protective equipment i.e. lab coats, and protective glasses are provided free of charge in the first year of entry and are expected to last for the duration of the course.
- Specialist chemical software is freely available at the University, and remotely via internet access through the University Virtual Desktop. All chemical consumables, glassware etc. are provided free, and we do not require a breakage deposit.
- Textbooks are recommended, and costs tend to increase through the academic years as they become more specialised. In the final year, students are encouraged to use academic journals provided free by the University. The Department arranges a core year 1 book chemistry deal with a local supplier to reduce costs. All recommended texts are available in the Manchester Met library, and several are available as e-books through the library for remote access via internet.
Students opting to study abroad in third year. If you are studying at one of our partner universities on an approved exchange programme, you will continue to pay tuition fees to Manchester Metropolitan University and you will not pay any tuition fees to your partner university. Some partner universities may charge additional fees for mandatory administrative and recreational services, non-mandatory language classes, courses including fieldwork or non-mandatory project costs. If this is relevant to you, the partner university will inform you of any additional costs during the application process. During your study exchange abroad, you will need to budget for the general cost of living as well as additional costs for visas, travel, medical insurance and vaccinations (depending on your destination).
Applicants should visit the MMUi web pages (http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/international/exchange/manchester-met-students-abroad/cost-of-studying-abroad/) for more details including sources of travel funding. 2) Students choosing to undertake a placement (sandwich) in third year. The sandwich year involves full-time work experience work placement. This lasts for a minimum of 36 weeks and normally attracts a salary/weekly wage but this is not guaranteed. Placements are competitive and based on successful interviews with the placement provider. Students will have to pay travel and accommodation costs (including for interview) plus personal insurance. 3) Students partaking in Student Ambassador Scheme in Year 3, placed in local schools. Students should expect to pay travel expenses to placements.
Through negotiation with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Chemistry students are offered optional Affiliate Membership at a reduced annual rate. It is not required but is useful. For students who follow our student ambassador programme in year 3 working in schools, DBS checks are free.
Manchester Met now provides free travel insurance for students when they travel in connection with their programme of study, for example, placements, field-trips, exchanges etc. However, students should also take out personal insurance cover for belongings as items such as mobile phones are not covered by this policy. Students will be expected to print out assessments (including Year 4 dissertations (with comb binding) and posters). Travel expenses associated with the optional final year student school ambassador projects are not reimbursed by the Department. The Department works to ensure these projects are based locally to minimise these costs. There is an additional third-year cost of £30-50 for students following the student ambassador project.
Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.
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