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Programme structure: Chemistry with Study Abroad (MSci) - what's running in 2019/20

Please note: Due to alternative arrangements for teaching and assessment in place from 18 March 2020 to mitigate against the restrictions in place due to COVID-19, information shown for 2019/20 may not always be accurate.

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

This Integrated Master's programme has been designated as type III: Professional, with a formal period of study abroad, in accordance with the QAA descriptors for Master's programmes. Please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes for further information on this type of programme.

CHEM10003, CHEM10004, and CHEM10002 are must pass units. For the definition of must pass units please see the Glossary of Terms from Annex 1 to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes at

It is necessary to pass all mandatory units. Students must also; 1. Pass all Chemistry units at the first attempt. 2. Obtain marks of at least 60% in both Introductory Chemistry and Introductory Practical Chemistry.

Students are required to achieve a mark of 50% in the second and third year in order to proceed to the fourth year of the programme. Students are required to attend all preparatory sessions and submit all requested documentation and forms by the deadlines. The distance learning aspect of the industrial placement year is must pass.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Mathematical Skills for Chemists CHEM10900 20 Mandatory TB-4
Communication & Information Skills in Chemistry CHEM10002 20 Mandatory TB-4
Introductory Chemistry CHEM10003 40 Mandatory TB-4
Introductory Practical Chemistry CHEM10004 20 Mandatory TB-4
Units from the following list totalling 20 credit points:
Biochemistry: Cellular Composition BIOC10003 20 Optional TB-1
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes BIOC10004 20 Optional TB-2
Big Ideas in Science CHEM10001 20 Optional TB-4
Mathematics 1A20 MATH11004 20 Optional TB-1
Mechanisms of Drug Action PHPH10015 20 Optional TB-1
Core Physics I:Mechanics and Matter PHYS10006 20 Optional TB-1
Stars and Planets 106 PHYS10600 20 Optional TB-1
Galaxies and the Universe PHYS11500 20 Optional TB-2
Any other Applied Foreign Language for General Purposes unit
Certificate of Higher Education   120    

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, the Gateway programmes and International Foundation programmes.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.

The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).