Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) or MChem (Hons) – 2018 entry

The opportunity for Professional Training was one of the main reasons why I chose Surrey and the range of placements offered was also a factor. It meant that I could ‘try out’ a specific area of chemistry and see if it was for me before I graduated.

I’d definitely recommend doing a Professional Training placement as it really does help you grow in chemistry, and also helps you decide what area you want to go into after graduation.

Why Surrey?

Our Chemistry with Forensic Investigation programmes will enable you to acquire the problem-solving and presentation skills a forensic chemist needs, supported by a solid knowledge of investigative techniques and modern instrumentation. Benefiting from our research-active academics and strong professional links, you will gain the confidence to translate your ideas into practice.

Our chemistry programmes are ranked seventh in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Programme overview

On our Chemistry with Forensic Investigation programmes you will study specialist topics such as forensic evidence, crime scene investigation, the toxicology of drugs, and DNA profiling, as well as core chemistry modules. You’ll benefit from innovative teaching methods and have the freedom to conduct your own research project using state-of-the-art instrumentation.

We have excellent links with leading companies in the UK and further afield, and many of our students opt to take a Professional Training placement year in industry or a forensics investigative environment. This gives them an invaluable insight into working life as a chemist – and a real edge over other graduates when they enter the job market. 

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year for BSc degrees and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Our MChem degrees have a compulsory Industrial Research year.

Distance learning modules (MChem only) include:

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

MChem only:

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

Final year for MChem students only.

Indicative modules:

Professional recognition

Our MChem and BSc degree programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Graduation, with experience, can lead to Chartered Chemist status (CChem) with an MChem degree, and admission to the Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC) professional grade with a BSc degree.

The Chemistry with Forensic Investigation programme has also been accepted into corporate membership of the Forensic Science Society.

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Teaching

On our programmes you will experience a variety of teaching methods, including project­-based laboratory work, tutorials, problem­ solving classes and assessed coursework, alongside lectures and seminars.

The Transferable and Quantitative Skills modules develop oral presentation, graphic presentation, teamwork and leadership skills.

Each week you spend around 24 hours in lectures, practical classes and tutorials. This provides you with the opportunity to explore topics in small group tutorials and utilise computer­-assisted learning packages to enrich your understanding.

Personal study time is primarily taken up with coursework and practical assignments.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Year 1 marks do not count towards the final degree classification, but they do determine whether you are able to proceed to Year 2.

You are required to achieve 60 per cent on assessments in Years 1 and 2 to continue on the MChem programmes. Students achieving less than this will continue their studies on the BSc programme.

Marks towards the final degree classification of our MChem programmes are accrued from the Year 2 assessment (25 per cent), Industrial Research year assessment (35 per cent) and Year 4 assessment (40 per cent).

Marks towards the final degree classification of our BSc programmes are accrued from Year 2 assessment (35 per cent) and Year 3 assessment (65 per cent). A Professional Training year may be taken in the BSc programme, but this does not contribute to the degree classification.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

The laboratories in which you undertake practical work have recently been refurbished with modern equipment. Our commitment to the development of your practical skills means that you will spend a great deal of time utilising these facilities.

For your research project in Year 3, you will work within our research laboratories alongside active researchers.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

You are also paired with a student from the year of study above you. They provide a peer-­based form of support, advising on options and study skills, allowing you to benefit from their recent experience on the programme.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country.

Students have worked at Aalto University in Finland or in Canada or New Zealand.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement at one of our partner universities such as La Sapienza in Rome or Aalto in Finland. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Our programmes provide you with the opportunity to undertake a placement with an industrial placement provider in the UK or overseas.

Placements help you become confident in problem­solving and communication, and to acquire management and leadership skills. This industry experience will give you a real advantage in whatever career you choose to pursue – whether in science, industry, government or education.

In the increasingly competitive world of graduate employment, research shows that companies are more likely to consider applicants who have had previous professional experience.

Many companies hosting Professional Training placements offer our students employment upon graduation.

Companies that participate in our scheme include:

  • BP
  • British Geological Survey
  • De La Rue International Ltd
  • Dow Analytical Technology
  • Grace Davison
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Procter & Gamble
  • RJ Hill Laboratories
  • LB Foster Rail Technologies
  • 3M

Graduate prospects

Over the last decade, our employment figures have been amongst the best in the UK, with impressive salaries being paid. We place 70–80 per cent of our graduates into graduate­-level jobs, compared with the national average of 66 per cent.

While many of you will enter the chemical industry, as positions often follow naturally from successful Professional Training placements, others will continue studying (MSc or PhD). Our graduates are very successful, not only in the industrial sector but also in finance, government and education.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • EDF Energy, Graduate Trainee
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Quality Assurance Scientist
  • LGC Forensics, Forensic Scientist
  • Novartis, Scientific Associate
  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Electrophysiologist
  • Oxis Energy, Research Scientist
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Assistant Editor

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - New students are required to purchase a labcoat, marker pen and lab book

Grand total: £20

There are associated costs with this MChem (Hons) programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - New students are required to purchase a labcoat, marker pen and lab book

Grand total: £20

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

BSc (Hons): ABB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MChem (Hons): AAB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BSc (Hons): Chemistry and a second science subject.

MChem (Hons): Chemistry and a second science subject.

GCSE

BSc (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MChem (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

BSc (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.

MChem (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

Required Subjects

BSc (Hons): Modules must be in relevant subjects.

MChem (Hons): Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE Equivalent

BSc (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MChem (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

BSc (Hons): DDD. BTEC Extended Diploma.

MChem (Hons): DDD. BTEC Extended Diploma.

Required Subjects

BSc (Hons): BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

MChem (Hons): BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BSc (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MChem (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

European Baccalaureate

Overall

BSc (Hons): 78%.

MChem (Hons): 82%.

Required Subjects

BSc (Hons): At least a grade 7.5 in Chemistry and a second science subject.

MChem (Hons): Grades 8.5 and 7.5 in Chemistry and a second science subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BSc (Hons): English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

MChem (Hons): English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall

BSc (Hons): 32.

MChem (Hons): 34.

Required Subjects

BSc (Hons): HL5/SL6 in Chemistry and a second science subject.

MChem (Hons): HL6/SL7 and HL5/SL6 in Chemistry and a second science subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BSc (Hons): English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

MChem (Hons): English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall

BSc (Hons): AABBB.

MChem (Hons): AAABB.

Required Subjects

BSc (Hons): Chemistry and a second science subject.

MChem (Hons): Chemistry and a second science subject. 

GCSE Equivalent

BSc (Hons): English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

MChem (Hons): English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

BSc (Hons): ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MChem (Hons): AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BSc (Hons): A level Chemistry and a second science subject.

MChem (Hons): A level Chemistry and a second science subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BSc (Hons): Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

MChem (Hons): Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years F1FK View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years F1FL View KIS data set
MChem (Hons) 4 years F1F4 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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