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Course facts

  • UCAS code: F101
  • Bangor code: MChem/Cind
  • Course length: 5 years

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Course Overview

This is our flagship course, which enables you to study chemistry in depth and to gain a masters level qualification. It also includes the scope to study a foreign language in year 1, and to carry out two research projects (one of which may be undertaken in a European University).

Our new 5 year MChem programme builds on the rigour of the 4 year course by offering students an industrial placement in their third year and is aimed at our top-tier graduates looking for a job in the industrial sector. This programme is recognised Europe-wide, being compliant with the Bologna agreement for European degrees and is one of very few such compliant programmes available in England and Wales. MChem graduates are highly sought after by sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry, fine chemicals research, government fast-track schemes and the degree can be used as a platform into business, law or teaching.

(Please note: Chemistry with Industrial Experience is subject to suitable academic progress and industrial availability.)

This course is accredited for Chartered Chemist (CChem) by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • The School of Chemistry offers individual attention in a caring and friendly environment and have all the equipment and instrumental resources of larger Schools.
  • We have excellent links with local companies, including the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemicals sector.
  • Chemistry at Bangor has a vibrant research programme including advanced materials, catalysis, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, computational chemistry, biological chemistry and organic synthesis.
  • The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and you may progress to gain professional qualifications and membership status.
  • We offer several Chemistry scholarships along with a number of bursaries (details sent on application).

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Tags: Chemistry, Industrial, Experience

  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fees: £7,200 UK
  • Language: English
  • Foundation: No
  • Placement: Yes
  • Year Abroad: Yes
  • Course Code: N62-B01

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will have 12 hours of lectures and between 9 hours (Year 1) and 18 hours (Year 3) of practicals and tutorials per week. Some modules include visits to local industry. In the final 2 years you will carry out extended supervised research projects.

Assessment involves examinations and practical work including major supervised research and literature surveys.

The lectures are enjoyable and the facilities in the labs are great!

Sara Menai StockwellBSc (Hons) Chemistry

What will you study on this course?

Years 1, 2 and 3 of the course

These years mirror the BSc degree and will provide you with a solid background of chemical knowledge along with some option modules. The coherence of the modules also makes it possible to transfer between the BSc and MChem degrees, depending on a  satisfactory performance in the end of semester examinations. If you take the industrial experience option, you will spend your third year in an industrial organisation, rejoining the programme for your fourth and fifth years.

Final Year

Compulsory modules:

  • Structure and Reactivity (Organic)
  • Processes at Interfaces
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Web-Based Literature Review
  • Advanced Chemical Techniques
  • Laboratory Health and Safety


  • Masters Practical Project (60 credits)

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Chemistry with Industrial Experience Modules page.

Programme Specification

  • Programme specification: F101

Careers & Employability

MChem is a careers-orientated degree. Destinations for past students include pharmaceutical companies, postgraduate study in chemistry (PhD), high-technology industry (eg optoelectronics, chemical sensors, computational modelling), government organisations, teaching and computer software development.

Employability and the School of Chemistry

A degree from the School of Chemistry gives you a wide choice of careers. Graduates with a good degree in Chemistry have either stayed with us to study a postgraduate course in Chemistry (MSc and PhD) or gone on to work with:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Metallurgical companies
  • High tech industry (e.g Optoelectronics, chemical sensors or computer modelling)
  • Commercial analytical laboratories
  • Computer Software developers
  • Chemistry teaching (following a PGCE)
  • Government organisations
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Government and Environmental Regulatory organisations
  • Company Health ans Safety Officers
  • The Water industry
  • Fast-track management training schemes

Other graduates have used their specialist knowledge and skills they have aquired on our degree courses as the basis for a different career path such as accountancy, journalism or the Civil Service.

We place a high priority on transferable skills which are built into all our degree courses and teaching. These skills include:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • computer literacy
  • time management
  • task organisation
  • critical thinking
  • communication skills
  • team work
  • presentational skills
  • research skills

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.


Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

There is a wide range of internships you can get involved in, from medical research to marketing and promotion. Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering is worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Our students say...

Just take advantage of what the University offers. An internship gives you extra skills, which you can develop alongside as studying for your degree.

Mark BarrowHistory with Journalism

Entry requirements for this course

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 152-128 tariff points including a level 3 qualification* in Chemistry (A grade); excluding General Studies. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2016 entry:

  • 380-320 points (excluding General Studies) including A in Chemistry at A2 level.
  • 3 subjects at A2 level excluding Key Skills.
  • For Scottish Highers we require 320-380 points from 5 Highers with an A grade in Chemistry; for Advanced Highers we require ABB grades with an A in Chemistry.
  • We are happy to accept the International Baccalaureate and Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • We encourage applications from mature students and consider these on an individual basis.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: [email protected] or write to:

Admissions Office Bangor University Gwynedd LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: [email protected] or write to

International Education Centre Bangor University Gwynedd LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

  • apply via UCAS,
  • or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
  • or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

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Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

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Studying within the School of Chemistry

  • The School of Chemistry has been providing excellent Chemistry education for over 125 years.
  • The School of Chemistry has been voted Number 1 in Wales for student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
  • The School of Chemistry has received ‘excellence’ (the highest of four grades) in the recent Teaching Quality Assessment.
  • Hands on training on all analytical equipment.
  • Modern up-to-date research environment for all students.
  • We are a friendly and close-knit school and take a great deal of care to ensure that every one of our students reaches their maximum potential.
  • All students take an extended research project during their third year in a subject area of their choice giving them the chance to specialise.
  • Research work at the school is of the highest quality and covers traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry together with the newer areas of computational and environmental chemistry, materials and biological chemistry.
  • Some of our degrees also offer placement opportunities where you can spend a period of time at an industrial company in the UK or Europe or carry out an in-house research project in the School.
  • Active student Chemical Society ChemSoc run by students for students which also has close links with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Studying at Bangor

A top 15 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice– in university accommodation that’s rated the best in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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