MSci Honours Chemistry with Professional Studies (UCAS Code: F103)
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For course information
Dr Gary Sheldrake
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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BSc Chemistry, Chemistry with Forensic Analysis and Medicinal Chemistry (including sandwich options)
BSc Chemistry with Extended Studies in Europe
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Engineering and Science
Chemistry is a core science subject that touches almost every aspect of our daily lives, and will become increasingly important in our future knowledge-based society. It provides life-saving drugs, polymers, pest control agents and catalysts that can enhance our quality of life beyond measure.
All our degree programmes provide a thorough training in Chemistry, through in-depth study of the three main subject areas - inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Different pathways offer opportunities to specialise, eg Forensic Science and Analytical Chemistry; Medicinal/Biological Chemistry and Drug Design and Synthesis; or a choice of French or Spanish language. Four-year sandwich degrees involve a year's placement in industry (including the possibility of international placements).
Four-year MSci degrees are available for high-calibre students with the ability and aspiration to practise Chemistry at the highest levels. BSc students with excellent performance may transfer to the MSci at any time up to the end of Stage 2.Back to top
All degrees are modular, with six modules each year. To ensure that students acquire a thorough understanding of the subject and meet professional accreditation requirements, there are compulsory core modules each year, common to all the pathways, covering different aspects of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.
Students on Chemistry programmes undertake all the core modules, and also topics such as organic synthesis, materials chemistry and spectroscopy. In the later stages there are optional specialist modules, and extended practical/project work. Stage 4 MSci students carry out an independent research project which counts as three modules, and provides an opportunity to acquire excellent practical skills.
Chemistry with Extended Studies in Europe students take French or Spanish alongside Chemistry in the first two years, spend a year abroad studying chemistry in French or Spanish, and return to Queen's for Stage 3.
Chemistry with Forensic Analysis students take specialist modules at Stages 2 and 3, and there is input to the programme from professional forensic scientists, which in previous years has included the opportunity to participate in mock crime scenes.
Medicinal Chemistry includes modules in Biochemistry, Genetics and Medicinal Chemistry. Project work has a medicinal or biological theme.
The four-year MSci with Professional Studies degrees incorporate an industrial placement with a distance learning element. Students on BSc sandwich degrees spend their third year working in industry (subject to the availability of a suitable placement), then return to Queen's for a further year of study.Back to top
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the MSci in Chemistry with Professional Studies we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts and develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society. We make use of innovative technologies and a world class library to enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
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Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students through the VLE and on the School’s own website.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Studying for a chemistry degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from the chemistry degree programmes at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including chemistry.
Chemistry graduates have entered careers in a wide variety of fields, including the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industry, the forensic services, publishing, marketing, teaching and the financial services. The MSci in Chemistry with professional studies is a new programme and it is anticipated that graduates will go on to either study for a PhD in a variety of leading institutions or take up a graduate grade position in the chemical industry.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Warner-Chilcott (international pharmaceutical company), Almac, Invista, Seagate, and Johnson Matthey who are members of the Industrial Advisory board for the course.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
Other Employer Links
Many of the research projects within the School have industrial input, and are in collaboration with a wide variety of companies operating in the chemical sector. Given the close working relationships, between industry and the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering new opportunities to expand placements, industrial contact and career opportunities are continually developing.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Professional Recognition: the BSc degrees are recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland, and the MSci Chemistry is accredited by The Royal Society of Chemistry. Professional recognition helps make graduates very employable.
Facilities/Support: Chemistry is a practical subject, and all our degrees feature extensive laboratory work right from the beginning, so students develop excellent practical skills. Lectures are backed up by small group tutorials and workshops, so contact hours are high. We support the development of transferable skills such as numeracy, problem-solving, communication and information retrieval, giving students an edge in the employment market.
Placement/Flexibility: there may be opportunities for short placements and work experience during the degree. We teach both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, and in the first year students have the unique opportunity to switch between the two different subjects.Back to top