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Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci

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Overview

Our Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci degree will give you a strong theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry. This course is designed to train the next generation of articulate, flexible, biomedically-aware and research-trained chemists for a wide variety of careers starting with chemical, biotech and pharmaceutical industries and extending to wider careers such as finance, law and media.

 The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

  • The course is accredited by the Royal Society for Chemistry with research-enriched teaching delivered by chemists working within a broad range of chemical, biomedical and health applications.
  • Includes a major six-month project in our labs or with our hospital partners.
  • Designed to give graduates flexibility to develop a career in the growing fields of biomedical engineering, biotech and basic biological and biomedical research.
  • New (2016) teaching laboratories and research facilities.
  • Includes an opportunity to transfer to a Study Abroad pathway and spend your third year, or a semester of your third year, studying at a partner institution before returning to King’s to complete your final year.

Key information

UCAS code F1C7

Duration 4 years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Chemistry

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Description

Our course will provide you with a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of chemistry, and prepare you for a professional life in the ever-changing environment of 21st century chemistry. To achieve these goals, our course integrates the teaching of chemistry foundations with the application of chemistry principles and techniques, using examples taken from the very broad range of biomedical research and practice at King’s.

The course starts with the principles of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, with additional maths to ensure you can successfully handle advanced physical and computational chemistry. It also incorporates an integrated laboratory course that brings together the different strands of chemistry and applies them to biological and biomedical systems.

In your third year, you will choose from a range of specialised modules in order to investigate particular aspects of the application of chemical principles to biological and biomedical problems. Optional short research projects may also be available as part of the Research Methods module. These projects will be carried out at King’s or in an appropriate partner institution, including one of the hospitals affiliated with King’s, which will give you the opportunity to gain relevant professional work experience.

Our academics have expertise in a number of research areas, including the development of the full range of modern in vivo imaging techniques, inorganic anti-cancer drugs, enzyme biomimics, biomolecular spectroscopy, computational methods, materials science and nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences from drug discovery to drug delivery, analytical, forensic and environmental science, and a wide range of developmental and cell biology.

 

Flexibility in course choice

Students on both the BSc and MSci courses do the same first three years, which includes project- driven laboratory practicals in Year 3 (introduced in Year 2). Students wanting a general Chemistry degree, for instance to progress to teaching, journalism, management and similar careers, will usually opt for the BSc degree. However, if you want a full-research
experience that introduces you to current areas of intensive chemical research you should choose the MSci degree, which involves an additional year. To do this you would normally require marks in Year 3 equivalent to a 2:1 or 1st class degree.

Transfer between these two degrees is possible up to and including the third year. Transfer from the Chemistry MSci/BSc degrees, to the Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci/BSc degrees, is also possible up to and including the first term of the second year.

Students on this degree are also able to transfer to the corresponding ‘with a Year’s Professional Placement’ degree programme after their second year provided they meet the academic requirements and gain one of the competitive year-long internships.

A Study Abroad pathway is available for students to transfer into and spend their third year, or a semester of their third year, studying at a partner institution before returning to King’s to study the fourth year. Students must obtain an average of 60 per cent in the first year of their course and sustain an average of 59 per cent in the second year to progress to Study Abroad in the third year.

Teaching

Teaching is led by the Chemistry Department though you will also be taught by chemists whose expertise is embedded within different faculties of King’s.

You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, eg 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations.

Assessment

You will be primarily assessed through written examination at the end of each year, but also through in-course tests and coursework.

One of the characteristics of our courses is the variety of assessment methods across all years of study, including essays, poster design and presentation, short talks and reports. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Integrated Chemistry Laboratory 1 (15 credits)
  • Integrated Chemistry Laboratory 2 (15 credits)
  • General Chemistry (15 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry 1 (15 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry 2 (15 credits)
  • Physical Chemistry 1 (15 credits)
  • Inorganic Chemistry 1 (15 credits)
  • Mathematics for Chemists (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Integrated Chemistry Laboratory 3 (15 credits)
  • Integrated Chemistry Laboratory 4 (15 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry 3 (15 credits)
  • Inorganic Chemistry 2 (15 credits)
  • Physical Chemistry 2 (15 credits)
  • Physical Chemistry 3 (15 credits)
  • Chemistry in Cells (15 credits)
  • Protein Structure & Function (15 credits)

 

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 2.

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry (15 credits)
  • Chemistry of Disease & Therapy (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Synthesis and Reactivity (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Physical & Computational Chemistry (15 credits)
  • Molecular Biology in Chemistry (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Advanced Biophysics Techniques (15 credits)
  • Protein Structure & Design (15 credits)

Chemistry with Biomedicine with Study Abroad

Students who have transferred to the Study Abroad pathway and are studying their third year abroad will take modules at the partner institution in Year 3.

Students who have transferred to the Study Abroad pathway and are taking one semester only abroad will study modules at the partner institution and the relevant King’s modules for the semester they are at King’s. Students will be able to enrol on Research Methods Literature (15 credits, Semester 1) or Research Methods Practical (15 credits, Semester 2) in place of the 30 credit Research Methods module.

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Research Project & Dissertation (90 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Chemistry Frontiers (30 credits)

Where the student’s research project would benefit, they may be able to select 30 credits from options which may typically include:

Department of Pharmacy

  • Principles of Drug Delivery & Drug Disposition (30 credits)
  • Biopharmaceuticals Discovery (30 credits)
  • Advanced Spectroscopic, Instrumental & Chemical Analysis Techniques (30 credits)
    • Advanced Separation Science, Quality Control, & Regulatory Matters (30 credits)
    • Drug Delivery/Solid Dosage Forms (30 credits)
    • Drug Delivery/Liquid Dosage Forms & Microbiology (30 credits)

MRes Medical Imaging Sciences

  • Medical Imaging Chemistry 1 (15 credits)
  • Imaging Chemistry 2 – Topics in Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry, and at least one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics

Preferred subjects

Biology, Mathematics or Physics

Further information and other requirements

A-level

AAB

Including Chemistry at grade A, and grade A in at least one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Selectors will be looking for a substantial number of Level 3 credits to be focussed on Chemistry, in addition to at least one of Maths, Biology, or Physics.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

Including D3 in Chemistry, and D3 in at least one of Maths, Physics or Biology.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Chemistry, and grade A in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Chemistry, and grade A in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

M and two A levels at grades AA including grade A in Chemistry, and grade A in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and grade B at Advanced Higher in at least one of Mathematics, Physics or Biology.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 665 at Higher Level with HL6 in Chemistry, and HL6 in at least one of Maths, Physics or Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme.

Other International Qualifications

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

Band E

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Information for students thinking of applying with no A-level Maths: We welcome students having no Maths at A-level, provided that they are numerically proficient and comfortable doing maths. Mathematics is fundamental to Chemistry, and is used in all their areas, with a special emphasis in physical chemistry. The importance of mathematics in the chemistry curriculum is the reason of having a specific module Mathematics for Chemists in the second term of the first year.

We recommend students applying with no Maths at A-level to have obtained at least an A at GCSE Maths or a B at AS-Maths. An indication of the mathematical exercises that you should be able to do can be found here.

Students applying with no A-level Maths will receive additional tuition during the first term of the first year of their degree to enable them to tackle the Mathematics for Chemistry module in the second term. This tuition will be in addition to regular lectures, workshops and laboratories, and therefore they need to be prepared to do the extra effort to succeed in their studies.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Our Chemistry graduates are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. We train Chemists to think logically and apply mathematical and practical techniques to solve real problems. Our ambition is to produce graduates who have a wider vision of the applications of chemistry for the coming decades, and who are equipped for more flexible careers, so it is not surprising that our recent graduates can be found in a range of sectors including research, management, medicine and law, where they can exploit their skills and expertise.

 

 

Career destinations

Recent graduates have started PhD’s in Chemistry at Oxford, Warwick and Berkeley (California) and in Biotechnology at Lausanne (Switzerland). Others have been selected for graduate training programmes as:

  • Market Analyst, RBS
  • Technology Consultant, KPMG
  • Tax Associate, Grant Thornton
  • Media Analyst, Media Sense Communications

And begun training in:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Financial Management
  • Molecular and Life Science

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