This course adds a further, optional year’s professional placement to our standard four-year Chemistry 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.
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.
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 course listing for details on content, fees and visas.
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.
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.