This is our most challenging programme, combining a complete MChem programme with a year of paid industrial research experience – an ideal combination if you wish to become a professional chemist and pursue a high-level research career in Chemistry after graduation. A one-year industrial placement will enhance your practical and intellectual skills and benefit you when you return for your final year - final degree performances are enchanced by a year in industry. In today's competitive job market, prior industrial experience is also highly sought-after by employers.
All our programmes have a common chemistry core which provides a good measure of flexibility and choice for you during the first two years. This programme is identical to the first two years of the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme. Since students enter the Department with a wide range of experience in mathematics (which is essential for studying chemistry to a high level) we provide a flexible tiered maths for chemistry course allowing you to develop your skills at your own pace.
In Year Three you take up your paid industrial placement (recent examples of employers are AstraZeneca, Beckmann Coulter (China), Dyesol, Ineos, GlaxoSmithKline (UK and US), Johnson Matthey, Reckitt Benckiser, and Sigma-Aldrich). While you are on placement, you take a specially developed chemistry module by distance learning that covers the core chemistry studied by the third year students not taking up placements. If you choose not to take up a placement, you can transfer onto the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme in Year Two or at the start of Year Three.
In your final year, you will return to Liverpool and take a range of advanced core modules in inorganic, physical and organic chemistry and can tailor your studies to choose high-level modules in areas that interest you and that are related to our research areas. Chemical research is particularly important in Year Four and involves you conducting a significant project as a member of one of the research groups in the Department.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
136 Year One undergraduates in 2017
UK league tables
5th in the Times Good University Guide 2018, 7th in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and 10th in the Complete University Guide 2019
National Student Survey
96% overall satisfaction at programme level for Chemistry MChem (NSS 2017)
Ranked 1st in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (THE 2014)
Facts and figures
96% student satisfaction (MChem KIS 2016)
Why this subject?
Thrive in our award-winning undergraduate laboratories
Our £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories offer a unique environment for the study of physical sciences. Chemistry occupies the top floor, which houses synthetic chemistry and physical chemistry labs with new equipment for a wide range of experiments. The new £468 million ‘Materials Innovation Factory’ is a state-of-the-art materials chemistry research hub funded in collaboration with Unilever and the Government. As an undergraduate, this new facility will be accessible to you during your final year research project.
Learn in a culture of research excellence
We are ranked top in the UK for our research and have world-leading groups in materials chemistry, energy and catalysis, functional interfaces, medicinal and bio-nano chemistry, and theoretical and computational chemistry. We have increased our research in renewable energy and sustainable chemistry, and have created the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy which is at the forefront of research and is instrumental in a range of new Chemistry programmes available to all our undergraduates. Our excellence in research strongly influences our teaching, and ensures that you are engaged in frontier science in optional modules and in project work.
Gain professional accreditation
Our MChem programmes have master accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and our BSc programmes have bachelor accreditation ensuring your degree with us will set you on the pathway to a successful career. Please note: Chemistry for Sustainable Energy is a new programme and is preparing for accreditation.
Benefit from flexible degree programmes
You have the flexibility to change degree programmes once you are studying here (provided, of course, you meet the requirements of that programme). We also have optional Chemistry courses in every year of study, so you can tailor your general Chemistry degree to fit your interests and requirements. You may even wish to explore modules from other departments such as Life Sciences or Archaeology.
Bring your learning to life through our Virtual Learning Environment
We integrate e-learning into teaching alongside traditional teaching methods. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports all aspects of your studies, and is available via smartphone and tablet as well as PC, ensuring the resources you need are always at your fingertips. You’ll find lecture notes and supporting material, recorded lectures, pre-laboratory information, problems and practice questions, assessed work, marking/feedback and vacation revision discussions on the VLE.
Immerse yourself in the study of Chemistry through our exceptional resources
ChemTube3D (www.chemtube3d.com) is our unique website housing interactive 3D animations covering some of the most important topics in an undergraduate chemistry degree. We use this extensively in lectures and for self-study, and the website attracts thousands of visitors every day. In addition, we provide all chemistry students with books to cover the whole Chemistry programme in the first and second year, along with all the necessary safety equipment, completely free of charge.