MSci Chemical Physics (F322)

2017 entry

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UCAS code F322
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 203 overall for Chemical Physics and Chemistry courses

About MSci Chemical Physics

The four-year MSci course is ideal for those considering scientific careers that will make direct use of their subject-specific knowledge and skills.

Our degrees incorporate units in chemistry, physics and mathematics. The first year gives you a comprehensive grounding in these subjects, while later years focus on atomic and molecular science and its interdisciplinary applications.

You will also focus on areas at the interface between chemistry and physics, so there is less organic and synthetic chemistry and more physical and inorganic chemistry. Similarly, there is very little nuclear and particle physics after your first year, but an emphasis on materials science and nanoscience.

As well as lectures and practical classes, small-group tutorials and workshops help to develop your understanding of challenging and exciting concepts. You will undertake a project or scientific dissertation working in a research group with a member of staff.

The course is accredited by both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

More about Chemical Physics

Find out more about studying Chemical Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Second year

  • Units from chemistry and physics (approximately 50:50 split)

Third year

  • Units from chemistry and physics (approximately 50:50 split)

Fourth year

  • Units from chemistry and physics
  • Optional lecture units
  • Research project
Further details about the course structure for Chemical Physics

Typical offer for MSci Chemical Physics

(including international A-levels)
A*AA including Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
IB Diploma 38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6, 5 in any order in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and 15 credits at Merit. Not all Level 3 Mathematics modules are acceptable for our degree courses. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
BTEC DDD in Science plus grade A in A-level Mathematics
SQASH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics
Welsh BaccAAA at A-level in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and C in Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Core
EB88% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
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English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:Grade C in Mathematics and English. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for fully meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).

The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Key information about this course

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  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 300 student-run societies and sports clubs. The Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, recently underwent a £30-million renovation.
  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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