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FAQs

Below you'll find the answers to some common questions about studying at Undergraduate level. 

How will I learn?

Teaching takes place in lectures, workshops and tutorials and through extensive practical laboratory work. The emphasis gradually shifts from supported learning and help in adjusting to university life towards self-directed learning.

What does a typical week look like in terms of lectures, workshops and laboratories?

Typically there will be 13-14 hours of lectures, workshops and tutorials per week, and there will also be 8 hours of practical work including a workshop to prepare for the laboratory.

How are the different modules assessed?

Assessment is usually by written examination at the end of each academic year, with increasing weight given to later years of study. As the degree progresses, increasing importance is being given to course work, which takes the form of essays, reports of practical classes or oral presentation.

Lecture modules are assessed by a combination of written exams and coursework. The exam is the main contribution to the final mark, with the proportion exam/coursework varying across the level of the modules. The coursework can be an unseen written test, an essay, a workshop problem, etc.

How big are the groups for the tutorials?

The size of the groups for the tutorials and workshops varies depending on the nature of the learning material but typically first-year classes will have small groups of 10-20 students. 

Does the Department have a mentoring scheme?

Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor, a member of the academic staff who the student will get to know over the three or four years as an undergraduate. The Personal Tutor should be the first point of contact at the College to discuss your career development and to help you if you experience any problems that can affect your academic performance. You will usually meet your personal tutor within the first few weeks of starting at King’s.

What career options will a chemistry degree give me?

Chemistry graduates find jobs in a huge variety of areas such as pharmaceutical industry (in research and development, or quality control), in clinical chemistry, in regulatory affairs, safety and risk management, in scientific publishing and journalism, and also in intellectual property and patent law, to name a few. Some graduates would like to pursue a career in research, and do postgraduate studies such as a master degree or a PhD.

Further information is available from the  Royal Society of Chemistry.

How can I obtain information on accommodation?

Information about accommodation can be found on our  College accommodation webpages.

How can I obtain information on finance and bursaries?

Information about fees and funding can be found on our College fees and funding webpages.

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