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Chemistry with Biomedicine with a Year's Professional Placement MSci

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Overview

Our Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci course will give you a strong theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry. You’ll explore the different strands of chemistry and apply them to biological and biomedical systems - all under the guidance of our research-led scientists. Alongside this, you’ll gain valuable work experience with a year-long internship at a major UK company. In your final year, you’ll explore your interests with a 6-month research project in our state-of-the-art labs or with our hospital partners. By the end of your studies, you will be an articulate, flexible and biomedically-aware chemist, ready for a career in a wide variety of industries, from chemical, biotech and pharmaceutical industries to finance, law and media.

Key benefits

  • The parent Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci course is accredited by the Royal Society for Chemistry, with research-enriched teaching delivered by chemists working within a very broad range of chemical, biomedical and health applications.
  • Enhance your degree with a Year’s Professional Placement for which you'll apply to nationally competitive year-long internships in the wide variety of professions from traditional chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries through to business, finance, law and more.
  • Fully integrated laboratory facilities in the heart of London. 

Key information

UCAS code F1CF

Duration Five 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

This course adds a further, optional year’s Professional Placement to our standard four-year Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci that can be taken after the second or third year.

To take the Year’s Professional Placement, students need their grades in the preceding years to be at an average of 60% or higher; and to be successful in securing a year’s professional internship offered by major companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and also in finance, banking, management and law, and smaller organizations such as biotech companies.

We help prepare you for these competitive year-long placements by providing support from King’s Career Services, a Chemistry academic Year with Professional Placement lead and a dedicated Faculty Placement Coordinator.

Flexibility

Transferring between programmes:

Students on the BSc and MSci courses do the same first three years, which includes project-driven laboratory practical's 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 above. 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.

Year’s Professional Placement:

Students on the Chemistry and Chemistry with Biomedicine BSc/MSci courses are also able to transfer to the corresponding ‘with a Year’s Professional Placement’ course after their second year providing they meet the academic requirements and gain one of the competitive year-long internships. This will add an extra year to the course making a BSc 4 years and an MSci 5 years. 

Study Abroad:

This is a pathway 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.

If the MSci and Year’s Professional Placement courses are of interest, please refer to the programme listing for details on content, fees and visas.

Teaching

You are expected spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, 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.

Structure

Year 1

Each course is divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits, except for the third year which includes a 30 credit module in addition to your placement.

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.

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)
  • Inorganic Chemistry 1 (15 credits)
  • Physical Chemistry 1 (15 credits)
  • Mathematics for Chemists (15 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules 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 in Year 2.

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Chemistry Professional Placement Report (30 credits)
  • Year’s Professional Placement
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in Year 3.

There is the option to take your Placement Year in your fourth year, in which case you will take the modules listed below under the Year 4 heading in your third year.

Year 4

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 & 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)

Year 5

You are required to take:

  • Research Project & Dissertation (90 credits)
  • Chemistry Frontiers (30 credits)

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 D

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.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020/21 (September 2020) 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 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 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 
  • Any travel and subsistence costs related to the year in industry

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

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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 flexible careers to adapt to the changing global and national challenges facing Chemistry.

Career destinations

Recent graduates from our courses 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:

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

And begun training in:

  • Law 
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Financial Management
  • Molecular & Life Science

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