Applied Chemistry - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

MChem Applied Chemistry

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

MChem

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: F1F5

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time

About your course

Completing the MChem Applied Chemistry at Liverpool John Moores University will help ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects and enhanced earning potential in a variety of sectors after you graduate.

  • £12 million invested in new state-of-the-art laboratories
  • High percentage of practical work to investigate the applications of chemistry to 21st-century problems
  • Strong focus on key areas in demand by employers, such as analytical chemistry, peptide chemistry and chemoinformatics
  • Gain experience in using industry standard apparatus in both the synthetic and analytical laboratories – giving you the laboratory skills required by a wide range of UK and overseas employers
  • Graduates will have hands-on capability required for professional success in the chemical and allied industries
  • MChem qualification allows progression towards full membership of the professional body, the Royal Society of Chemistry

The programme has a strong focus on key areas in demand by employers, such as analytical chemistry, peptide chemistry and chemoinformatics

Steven Enoch, Programme Leader

Graduates need to be well-trained and industry ready. An Applied Chemistry course such as the one offered by LJMU that focuses on a strong theoretical background and practical applications utilising state-of-the-art equipment fulfils these needs

Julie Marley, Site Manager, Bachem UK

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

Work-related learning is a vital element of your studies, as it will give you that extra competitive edge when you come to negotiate your way around the graduate job market. For this reason, we highly recommend that you opt to undertake an industrial summer placement or an industrially-based research project. Although this is not compulsory, it will boost your job prospects and give you a chance to put into practice skills and knowledge you have acquired in the first two years.
 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

There will be times during your course when you need guidance and advice related to your academic studies or more personal matters. For this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your course and take part in small tutorial groups where you can discuss course material in a more informal setting.

Individual support is also particularly valuable when you work independently on your fourth year research project and work-based learning modules, so you will be allocated a supervisor who will discuss aspects of your work in one-to-one tutorials.

Course details

What is the screen of your smartphone made of? What is meant by the term ‘legal high’? How can we fight hospital superbugs? These may seem unrelated questions, but all are topics covered in our new course in Applied Chemistry.

This new integrated master's programme combines traditional education in chemistry with 21st century high-technology applications, in order to produce graduates suitable for immediate employment in the chemical and allied industries, or to move onto postgraduate studies.

Chemistry makes up our environment, whether we are in the countryside, surrounded by natural materials, or in a brightly lit, shiny city centre. Increasingly, we seek to adapt our surroundings to make them warmer, more comfortable or more pleasing to look at. Similarly, we try to improve ourselves with supplements or fight diseases with drugs. We communicate with each other to a degree undreamt of, even a decade ago. All of these things require the creative application of chemistry by the chemical and related industries.

However, modern industry must ensure that such activity does not have a detrimental effect on the environment. The four-year MChem or three-year BSc (Hons) course will provide a thorough education in chemistry, covering areas such as:   

  • Nanotechnology
  • Photomedicine
  • Computational chemistry/chemoinformatics
  • Modern materials
  • Green chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Peptide chemistry

The course structure is traditionally based around Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, but with a high practical content of 100 hours per year.

Students will follow basic and intermediate core modules in the first two years of the degree, with more applied and specialised subjects covered in Levels 6 and 7.

As the MChem degree is also an accepted route to postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) study, the Level 7 Research Project makes up half of the final year.

Using this practically-based, hands-on approach to modern chemical education and training produces well-informed, practical graduates who fit well in the workplace – whether in industry or research - and hit the ground running.

Opportunities for study abroad and placements
The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences has an excellent track record of providing relevant vocational training for students. Students are supported by Erasmus and Professional Training Tutors who are responsible for advertising placements and promoting vocational training to students.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Atomic Structure and Reactivity
  • From Atoms to Molecules
  • Practical Labs
  • Properties of Molecules
  • Properties of Matter
Level 5
  • Radiation and Matter
  • Understanding Molecules
  • Practical Labs
  • Understanding Materials
  • Structure and Analysis

Sandwich year

Year-long industrial placement

Level 6
  • Modern Materials
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Modern Synthesis
  • Practical Labs
  • Molecular Design
  • Research Project
Level 7
  • Advanced Analysis
  • High-Tech Colourants
  • Predictive Toxicology
  • Advanced Organic Synthesis
  • Research Project

Further guidance on modules 

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is heavily based on the practical approach and there will normally be 3-4 laboratory sessions per week throughout the first three years. In terms of module content, a combinatorial approach has been employed to ensure that each of the main areas of Chemistry is taught continuously across the semesters – this is not always the case with traditional courses. 

Lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars will make up around 20 hours per week, with the remainder of your time expected to be spent in private study. Tutorial groups will be small and will be used to cover the course material more informally.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your lecturers come from a long tradition of high-quality teaching, innovation and student support within the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Teaching is directly informed by research, so you can be confident that what you learn on the course is relevant to today's professional chemical and allied industries.
 

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

Assessment methods vary across the modules, but most are assessed through a combination of exam and coursework and some by coursework only. Exams are normally held at the end of each semester and can be in the form of multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning or essay questions.
 

Your World of Work Skills Certificate will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Subject specific requirements: At least Grade B in A level Chemistry plus 2 other A levels to give a total of 112 UCAS points
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Not applicable
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM - Only BTECs with a strong Chemistry content will be considered.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Not applicable

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Successful graduates can enjoy above average salaries in this fast growing sector

As a group, the chemical and allied industries form the UK's largest manufacturing industry, growing more than five times faster than any industry in the last ten years. It is manufacturing's number one exporter, with an annual trade surplus of just under £5 billion. It spends over £2 billion a year on new capital investment.

On average, a full-time employee in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries earns 19% more than in other manufacturing industries. This degree programme is the ideal platform from which to launch your career as it is designed to meet the high demand for highly skilled and technology literate people to help these industries continue to be innovative and compete on a global scale.

As an Applied Chemistry graduate, you will be able to work in a wealth of different fields, including:

  • chemical and related industries - fine chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer, petrochemical, energy/power, biotech, food / fragrance, cosmetic, healthcare
  • patenting, accounting and the financial sector
  • academic research and teaching


Professional accreditation / links

While studying for the MChem you will be encouraged to join the professional body, the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

On graduation, you will be able begin progression to the professional status of Chartered Chemist and full membership of the Society (CChem MRSC).

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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