Chemical Structure Determination
School of Environment & Life Sciences
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
MChem Chemistry is a four-year integrated Masters programme leading to a level 7 qualification. You will gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of chemistry and carry out two separate research projects in addition to a full training in modern laboratory methods. You can choose from a wide range of specialised optional modules in the fourth year.
Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and opportunities in the field continue to grow and develop. We integrate the core branches of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry to meet the needs of employers for highly skilled chemists across the range of modern chemical industries.
With an emphasis on integrating your understanding of concepts and applying laboratory skills to find answers to current problems, you will appreciate how chemistry and its applications can transform the world we live in. You will gain experience in sustainable chemistry, a vital area of the modern chemicals industry, also known as ‘green’ chemistry.
We pride ourselves on our research and have recently invested extensively in our facilities to ensure that you are able to complete research projects that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. Examples of research areas include nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial research and toxicology.
- Have the opportunity to specialise in your preferred area of chemistry in your final year
- Study an exciting programme, which will provide you with the sought after skills needed to work in the broad chemical industries sector
- Carry out two separate research projects at levels 6 and 7, preparing you for research and development roles or a PhD after graduation
This is for you if...
You have an inquiring mind and a thirst for new ideas about how to improve everyday lives
You have a need to ‘experiment’ and enjoy the laboratory
You are curious to know more about the world and how it work
All about the course
In year one you will build your foundation in core areas of chemistry. In year two you will develop chemistry-based analytical skills. At the end of year two, you can undertake an optional placement year, which you arrange with our support. After the placement, which in some cases may be salaried, you return to complete your final year, making it a five year course. In the third year emphasis will be placed upon chemical research and highlighting new developments in the field of chemistry. In your final year, you can choose from a wide range of specialised optional modules.
This module introduces the subject of molecular characterisation and looks at the principles of spectroscopic analysis using ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce physical chemistry through energy and chemical bonding. You will study topics such as reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria and atomic and molecular structure.
Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
In this module you will learn the principles of key areas of chemical analysis and inorganic chemistry such as electrochemistry, voltammetry and chromatography.
The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.
Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills
This module is designed to help you facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biology and chemistry.
Applied Chemical Skills
This module is designed to help you advance your laboratory techniques relevant to chemistry.
Chemical and Biomedical Research Skills
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles and includes: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication.
Bio-inorganic and Chemistry
In this module you will learn the principles and application of inorganic chemistry to human health and to the environment.
Core Organic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to build upon topics covered in the Introduction to Organic Chemistry module. You will study organic reactions in more detail and develop practical skills in organic chemistry. This module will also prepare you for year three projects and taught modules.
In this module you will learn principles and application of sustainable chemistry, including microwave synthesis, flow reactions, use of biotechnology, combinatorial and high-throughput green chemistry.
Core Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to further develop knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and thermodynamics.
Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge in the area of inorganic chemistry, placing emphasis in the application of techniques such as radiation, biomaterials, metals, supercritical solvents, nanoscience and symmetry.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
In this module you will study more advanced topics in organic chemistry such as concepts and rules governing pericyclic reactions and designing stereoselective routes to chiral molecules.
Advanced Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to advance your knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as application of kinetics, NMR, spectroscopy, condensed matter and colloids and thermodynamic methods.
Science and Industry
This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving student employability.
Research Project and Professional Skills
An opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of medicinal chemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.
Research Project and Scientific Writing
An intensive research project on a topic of your choosing, lasting from September to January and leading to an article in Salford’s own online journal.
Choose three optional modules
You will use synthetic case studies to gain an in-depth knowledge of modern synthetic methods.
Advanced Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
You will use the most up to date methods and instrumentation to detect, identify and characterise molecules.
You will become expert in the physical, inorganic and organic aspects of catalyst design and application.
Case Studies in Drug Development
You will look at essential medicines right from their discovery/design through to clinical use.
Modern Methods of Drug Design
You will study the latest techniques, computational and genomic used for drug discovery.
Computational Chemistry Methods
This module will provide you with practical experience and a theoretical basis of computational chemistry.
Advanced Materials Chemistry
You will learn about the synthesis, analysis and properties of modern materials
What will I be doing?
A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, such as extended projects, site visits, workshops and seminars, group activities, lab activities and lectures.
Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination and is broken down as follows:
- 25% coursework
- 75% examination
Year two and three:
- 60% coursework
- 40% examination
- 70% coursework
- 30% examination
Continuous formative and summative assessment include research projects, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, presentations, literature reviews and exams (both open and closed book).
Our School is renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, and is supported by over 80 academic staff at the forefront of their specialisms. Our expanding suite of courses cover geography and environmental management, wildlife, biology, chemistry, disease ecology and biomedical sciences and we work closely with our partners to ensure course content develops the skills that employers are looking for.
We have recently been presented with a ‘Bronze Award’ from the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter for its commitment to gender equality.
We have recently invested £3m in newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, opened by Sir Walter Bodmer earlier in 2015. Our facilities include: NMR, IR, HPLC-UV/Fluorescence, LC/GC-MS/MS, microwave reactors, ICP-OES, XRF and several techniques for organic, physical and inorganic chemistry.
What about after uni?
Graduates from the programme will be highly skilled, particularly in research areas. The sector has highlighted the requirement for chemistry graduates with a knowledge of sustainability and green chemistry which this programme will provide. The number of job vacancies within the UK and North West for chemists increased in the five years to 2017 by 64% and 52% respectively.
Potential employers of chemistry graduates include the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries but MChem graduates are also highly employable outside of their discipline. The University of Salford places much emphasis on employability, placements and technical support meaning that Salford chemistry graduates are fully equipped to enter into industry or pursue further study.
PhD in chemical or biochemical research
The focus on research-led teaching means that our students will benefit from research active staff, many of whom are focusing on emerging areas of research that will link into existing activities of environmental science, drug discovery and development and translational medicine. The school is also home to researchers who work with the children’s cancer research charity, Kidscan, and has growing industry links with the Alderley Park innovation centre (Biohub). Close links with organisations such as these provide you with unique opportunities for chemistry-related placements and research projects that are not available to students from other institutions.
This course also has links with the international chemical company BASF and the Manchester Communications Academy. Academics within the University are continually working on developing more links with other companies in different chemical sectors to provide you with the best possible opportunities and experiences.
What you need to know
Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and if you want to be a chemist and have interests in designing and making new materials, analysing different scenarios, working towards sustainability for a green world, helping to cure diseases and to fight pollution, are interested in legal and ethical aspects of science, or want to know more about businesses; then this is the programme for you!
You will need to have a strong grounding and a clear interest in chemistry, usually either by having A-level in chemistry or perhaps by completing our foundation year. However, we recognise that students may be returning to education after a period in industry that may be relevant to this subject.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this
Minimum grade 5 in GCSE mathematics and English
UCAS tariff points
128 points including a biological or appropriate subject discipline and chemistry at A2 or equivalent. A pass in the practical element of science A Levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM in a suitable science subject
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Possible entry to year three
Possible entry to year three
128 points from Higher Level including chemistry
Irish Leaving Certificate
128 points from Higher Level including chemistry
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
30 points with at least one science subject from Group 4
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID F136