MChem Forensic and Investigative Chemistry

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This course satisfies the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Chartered Scientist (CSci).

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The School of Chemistry prides itself on research excellence across its spectrum of activities, from synthetic chemistry and drug discovery to spectroscopy and analytical and biophysical chemistry, as confirmed by successive Research Assessment Exercises.

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Prepare for a career in Forensic Chemistry through learning the essential components of a Chemistry degree complimented by the desired skills required of a Forensic scientist.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, this degree gives you the opportunity to study a specialist branch of chemistry from your first year. Alongside the core study of chemistry, you will take specialist modules covering topics such as forensic collection, fundamentals of DNA and biotechnology, forensic toxicology and interpreting and presenting forensic evidence. This involves theoretical study, laboratory work and a series of problem-based workshops, such as investigating a mock-crime scene and presenting evidence at a mock court. Students who excel on this programme will be given the unrivalled opportunity to study Forensic Science at the Florida International University in Miami for a semester of their third year.


This four year integrated Master’s degree in chemistry offers a different approach to the teaching of Forensic skills which we consider appropriate to the requirements of employers both in the Forensic Sector and in Analytical Chemistry generally.

The Forensic and Investigative Chemistry course covers all the material taught in a standard Chemistry degree, ensuring that students have the essential background chemistry and practical skills that Forensic Providers and other employers expect of any Chemistry graduate. Students emerge with detailed knowledge and experience synthetic, inorganic physical and analytical chemistry, including spectroscopic techniques.

Running alongside this are Forensic Chemistry modules, designed by a forensic practitioner with thirty years experience. All the basic skills required of a Forensic Scientist are included; crime scene investigation in our dedicated scene building; collection of evidence; practical analysis; genetics and DNA analysis; interpretation of evidence; statement writing and court presentation.

Teaching on these modules is done by posing interesting and challenging problems in the form of simulated casework. Students have to solve the crime using their chemical knowledge and interpretation skills and then present their reasons in writing and verbally, either to their colleagues or to a staged court; in the final year they face trainee barristers who challenge their understanding of the science. In this way we provide practical training in critical thinking, a skill that will be highly prized in research and practitioner institutions alike.

The high quality of our research is recognised nationally and internationally; the School is one of the leading research centres in the UK and this facilitates research-led teaching and cutting-edge opportunities for Masters projects. This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Institute of Forensic Sciences. 

Course Structure

Students will gain all the experience of an integrated Masters Graduate. The School of Chemistry offers rigorous training in the theoretical and experimental foundations of Chemistry and is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research, as is reflected in the modules taught.

Year 1
From the first year, you will be taught forensic science modules alongside the mainstream Chemistry subjects. During the first semester you will visit our own crime scene house and learn to interact with others as part of an investigation team, attempting to solve a crime using science. You will also learn about genetics and how DNA has revolutionised forensic science.

Year 2
The problem-based learning approach continues in your second year, with another crime to solve. However, the forensic modules are integrated into the main chemistry curriculum so that the focus on you achieving a good chemistry degree is not lost.

Year 3
In year three, once the basic forensic skills are embedded, students start to look at more complex analytical and forensic techniques, writing statements and presenting evidence on the casework they undertake to a staged staged court.
Students with good grades are invited to study Forensic Science for the second semester at Florida International University which provides a great opportunity to explore the latest thinking in Forensic Science and understand how it is viewed in another country.

Year 4
The fourth year offers advanced forensic and chemistry topics, such as forensic archaeology, and also a substantial final project based in a specific forensic research field. There is another case to courtroom exercise, this time.


In fulfilment of the Master’s degree, in the fourth year students complete a substantial research project on a novel aspect of Forensic Science. The topics are wide and varied, covering fields such as the criminal, environmental and consumer forensics. Last year’s projects included studies on the ageing of inks, the use of cholesterol in the detection of buried remains, distinguishing horsemeat from beef using NMR spectroscopy, the detection of microplastic pollutants in a marine environment, and the development of a method for detecting counterfeit honey. Some of our projects have led to publications or further doctorate-level research (view a selection of those publications here).

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Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


After an introduction to chemical bonding (taught jointly with CHE-4101Y), atomic and molecular structure and chemical principles, this module will provide an introduction to the structures, properties and reactivities of molecules and ionic solids. The latter part of the course will concentrate more on fundamental aspects of inorganic chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between chemical bonding and the structures and properties of molecules. This module is the prerequisite for the 2nd year inorganic module CHE-5301B. The first few lectures of this module are integrated with CHE-4101Y. The course is supported and illustrated by the bonding, structrure and periodicity experiments of the first year practical modules, CHE-4001Y and CHE-4602Y.




This is a laboratory based module covering experimental aspects of the "core" chemistry courses CHE-4101Y (Chemistry of Carbon-based Compounds CCC), CHE-4301Y (Bonding, Structure and Periodicity BSP) and CHE-4202Y (Light, Atoms and Materials LAM). A component on Analytical Chemistry is also included. The use of spreadsheets for analyzing and presenting data is covered in the LAM section of the course.




After a shared introduction to atomic structure and periodicity (taught jointly with CHE-4301Y), 4101Y introduces the concepts of # and # bonding and hybridisation, conjugation and aromaticity, the mechanistic description of organic reactions, the organic functional groups, the shapes of molecules and the stereochemistry of reactions (enantiomers and diastereoisomers, SN1/SN2 and E1/E2 reactions, and epoxidation and 1,2-difunctionalisation of alkenes). These principles are then elucidated in a series of topics: Enolate, Claisen, Mannich reactions, and the Strecker amino acid synthesis; the electrophilic substitution reactions of aromatic compounds, and the addition reactions of alkenes, and the chemistry of polar multiple bonds. Organic synthesis and spectroscopy are discussed, with a survey of methods to synthesise alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides, ethers, amines and carboxylic acids, and the use of IR, UV and NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to identify the products.




History of forensic science, forensic collection and recovery methods, anti-contamination precautions, microscopy, glass refractive index, introduction to pattern recognition including footwear; introduction to Drugs analysis; forensic statistics and QA chain of custody issues. The second half Introduces the student to the fundamentals of DNA and biotechnology essential for an understanding of forensics technologies. Topics covered include: nucleic acid/chromosome structure, replication, mutation and repair; concepts of genetic inheritance; DNA manipulation and visualisation; DNA sequencing; DNA fingerprinting. Teaching and learning methods: lectures, practicals and mentor groups (pbl). Presentation of a case study.




This module introduces students to the major areas of classical physical chemistry: chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, electrolyte solutions and electrochemistry as well as spectroscopy. Chemical kinetics will consider the kinetic theory of gasses and then rate processes, and in particular with the rates of chemical reactions taking place either in the gas phase or in solution. The appropriate theoretical basis for understanding rate measurements will be developed during the course, which will include considerations of the order of reaction, the Arrhenius equation and determination of rate constants. Thermodynamics deals with energy relationships in large assemblies, that is those systems which contain sufficient numbers of molecules for 'bulk' properties to be exhibited and which, are in a state of equilibrium. Properties discussed will include the heat content or enthalpy (H), heat capacity (Cp, Cv), internal energy (U), heat and work. The First Law of Thermodynamics will be introduced and its significance explained in the context of chemical reactions. It is very important that chemists have an understanding of the behaviour of ions in solution, which includes conductivity and ionic mobility. The interaction of radiation with matter is termed spectroscopy. Three main topics will be discussed: (i) ultraviolet/visible (UV / Vis) spectroscopy, in which electrons are moved from one orbital to another orbital; (ii) infrared (vibrational) spectroscopy, a technique which provides chemists with important information on the variety of bond types that a molecule can possess; (iii) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), which allow chemists to identify 'molecular skeletons'.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module will include: Mathematical skills relevant to the understanding of chemical concepts; Statistics as applied to experimental chemistry; Error propagation in physical chemistry and Physical principles through applied mathematics. This part of the module aims to bring students' understanding of mathematical ideas and physics to a sufficient level to study core physical chemistry in later stages. The module also contains a broadly based series of lectures on science, coupled with activities based upon them. The twin objectives for this part of the module are to provide a contextual backdrop for the more focused studies in other concurrent and subsequent degree courses, and to engage students as participants in researching and presenting related information.




This module gives an introduction to important topics in physics, with particular, but not exclusive, relevance to chemical and molecular physics. Areas covered include optics, electrostatics and magnetism, and special relativity. The module may be taken by any science students who wish to study physics beyond A-Level.



Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


Following on from CHE-4701Y, where the emphasis was on collection of evidence, this module introduces more in-depth forensic chemistry, looking at the way evidence gathered at a crime scene may be analysed in the laboratory. The module will deepen the knowledge of forensic statistics and cover basic detection and recovery techniques for body fluids; dna analysis; fingerprint development and recovery; advanced microscopy and spectroscopy and their application to fibres including the theory and practical application of infra-red and raman spectroscopy, paint and other particulates; the use of elemental analysis in forensic science including atomic absorption spectroscopy; and questioned document examination including counterfeiting.




The module describes the structure, bonding and reactivity patterns of inorganic compounds. The aspects covered are set out in the content summary. The module is a prerequisite for the 3rd level inorganic course CHE-6301B. Further details will be provided in the course information booklet.




The module covers the theory and practical application of some key instrumental techniques for chemical analysis. Molecular spectroscopy, chromatography and electroanalytical techniques are the important instrumental methods included. Laboratory practicals using these techniques will reinforce material covered in the lecture programme.




This course builds on CHE - 4101Y (the first year organic chemistry course). Four main topics are covered. The first "Aromaticity" includes benzenoid and hetero-aromatic systems. The second major topic is the organic chemistry of carbonyl compounds. Spectroscopic characterisation of organic compounds is reviewed and the final major topic is "Stereochemistry and Mechanisms". This covers conformational aspects of acyclic and cyclic compounds. Stereoelectronic effects, Neighbouring Group Participation (NGP), Baldwin's rules, Cram's rule and cycloaddition reactions are then discussed.




The module covers a number of areas of modern physical chemistry which are essential to a proper understanding of the behaviour of chemical systems. These include the second Law of thermodynamics and entropy, the thermodynamics of solutions, chemical kinetics, surface chemistry and catalysis. The module includes laboratory work. Due to the laboratory-based content on this module students must have completed at least one level 4 module containing laboratory work.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module explores the structural, kinetic and thermodynamic properties of biological systems and the methodologies used to define them. Using predominantly examples from protein biochemistry, these topics will be discussed within three major themes: 1) Binding, activation and transfer in biological systems, 2) Enzyme catalysis, and 3) Macromolecular size, shape and structure determination. The concluding lectures will explore protein disorder, folding and structure to illustrate how biophysicists integrate concepts and methods from each of these themes when addressing a specific research topic.




An introduction to the basic principles of polymer synthesis is presented, together with a discussion of their physical properties. Speciality polymers are discussed. Materials chemistry is developed further with the introduction of inorganic structures and the concept of ferroelectric properties together with powder x-ray diffraction as applied to cubic crystals. Ion conductivity and basic band theory are also discussed. Semiconductivity is introduced and related to the band description of these materials. A series of practical experiments in polymer and materials chemistry supports this module and are designed to improve and enhance laboratory skills through experiments, which cover important topics in modern chemistry.




This module is the second in a series of three mathematical modules for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers vector calculus (used in the study of vector fields in subjects such as fluid dynamics and electromagnetism), time series and spectral analysis (a highly adaptable and useful mathematical technique in many science fields, including data analysis), and fluid dynamics (which has applications to the circulation of the atmosphere, ocean, interior of the Earth, chemical engineering, and biology). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples.




This module introduces medicinal chemistry using chemical principles established during the first year. The series of lectures covers a wide range of topics central to medicinal chemistry. Topics discussed include an Introduction to Drug Development, Proteins as Drug Targets, Revision Organic Chemistry, Targeting DNA with Antitumour Drugs, Targeting DNA-Associated Processes, Fatty Acid and Polyketide Natural Products.




Quantum mechanics, one of the key scientific ideas of the 20th century, has had a wide impact in chemistry. In the first part of the module you will be introduced to the language and methods of quantum mechanics. In the second part, the close relation between spectroscopic measurements of small molecules and quantum theory will be discussed. Further methods of spectroscopy will then be introduced, beginning with the most widely used of all techniques in structure determination, NMR spectroscopy. This will be followed by a discussion of molecular electronic spectra which are widely used in chemical analysis.



Students will select 120 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module provides an important bridge between 1st and 2nd year undergraduate labs with closely scripted experiments and independent research. Projects will be conducted in all the core areas of chemistry (physical, theoretical, organic and inorganic), in non-synthetic areas (analytical or forensic) as well as special topics (biological chemistry, biophysical chemistry and inorganic spectroscopy). Students will be given a limited opportunity to select some preferences prior to the module beginning, depending on their specific course requirements.




This module is only available to MChem students on their year in industry and to FF41 students attending the FIU in Miami during the second semester. Students will study core level 3 chemistry through a series of distance learning assignments. It provides, through distance learning, the essential material from the third year chemical sciences syllabus. Study of this material will equip the student for further study at M level in all major sub-disciplines of Chemistry. It is a pre-requisite for entry to the level M units for students on industrial placement degrees.




In the first semester, the module contains introductory lectures on the diverse aspects of mass spectrometry in inorganic and organic chemistry from routine benchtop GC/LC-MS to Orbitrap-MS and MC-CC-ICPMS in a forensic chemistry context. It then applies this knowledge in two areas; an introduction to Forensic Toxicology, including drugs of abuse, and to Environmental issues, including provenancing of foodstuffs. The module also re-enforces issues of collection and preservation of evidence through two simulated case exercises dealing with scene examination and collection of evidence. In the second semester the module expands on themes introduced in the first semester and concentrates on developing both the written and oral presentation skills of students. It is based around a simulated case in which the students will need to examine some evidence, place in the context of the case and write an expert witness report. This will culminate in the presentation of live evidence to a simulated court. The module also includes teaching and discussion of more advanced forensic topics such as advanced DNA, firearms and gunshot residues. This module provides a foundation for the advanced forensic topics taught through CHE-7701Y in the final year.




This module is only for students on the Forensic and Investigative Chemistry course taking CHE 6025B (second semester in Miami); they must also take CHE 6022Y (Chemistry Distance Learning). The module contains introductory lectures on the diverse aspects of mass spectrometry in inorganic and organic chemistry from routine benchtop GC/LC-MS to Orbitrap-MS and MC-CC-ICPMS in a forensic chemistry context. It then applies this knowledge in two areas; an introduction to Forensic Toxicology, including drugs of abuse, and to Environmental issues, including provenancing of foodstuffs. The module also re-enforces issues of collection and preservation of evidence through two simulated case exercises dealing with scene examination and particulate collection. This part of the module is co-taught with CHE 6701Y. The module also takes three sessions (nine weeks) from the first semester of CHE 6003Y to provide the student with adequate practical skills to access the fourth year topics on return from Miami. Students must select the Forensic and analytical experiments from this module and will have one other free choice of experiment. All three sessions will be examined with one viva in week 12.




This module concentrates on two important themes in contemporary inorganic chemistry: (i) the role of transition metals in homogeneous catalysis (ii) the correlation between the structures of transition metal complexes and their physical properties, specifically electronic and magnetic properties. The structure and bonding in these compounds will be discussed as well as applications in materials chemistry and synthesis. There will be a series of problem-solving workshops interspersed with the lectures. As each of the three lecturers completes their material, there will be a formative course test of short questions in exam format.




This module introduces medicinal chemistry using chemical principles established during the first year. The series of lectures covers a wide range of topics central to medicinal chemistry. Topics discussed include an Introduction to Drug Development, Proteins as Drug Targets, Revision Organic Chemistry, Targeting DNA with Antitumour Drugs, Targeting DNA-Associated Processes, Fatty Acid and Polyketide Natural Products.




This module covers several key topics required to plan the synthesis of organic compounds, and to understand the properties displayed by organic compounds. The first topic is on synthesis planning, strategy and analysis, supported by a study of further important oxidation and reduction reactions. The second topic is on the synthesis of chiral non-racemic compounds, and describes the use of chiral pool compounds and methods for the amplification of chiral information. The third topic is on the use of organometallic compounds in synthesis with a particular emphasis on the use of transition metal based catalysts. The fourth topic is on the various types of pericyclic reactions and understanding the stereochemistry displayed by an analysis of frontier orbitals. The final topic is on physical organic chemistry and includes aspects of radical chemistry.




The module covers fundamental material in Physical Chemistry including statistical thermodynamics, plus specialist topics such as lasers and photochemistry, diffraction methods, interfacial kinetics and dynamic electrochemistry.




The structural basis of the function of many proteins has been elucidated and this, together with the ready availability of chemical and biochemical techniques for altering proteins in a controlled way, has led to the application of proteins in a wide variety of chemical processes. These include their use as industrial catalysts and medicines, in organic syntheses and in the development of new materials. Central to the module is the link between the structures of proteins and their biochemical and physical properties. Included are discussions of protein structure, and an introduction to the methods employed to determine protein structures by X-ray crystallography. Acknowledging the importance of metal ions to protein function, the chemical principles of protein-metal interactions and spectroscopic techniques for studying protein metal centres are also covered. Relevant methods from bioinformatics and computational biomolecular modelling are introduced as tools for rational protein engineering. In the second half of the module, lectures progress to explain the experimental techniques by which the properties of proteins can be altered, through to the design and production of completely novel proteins and of synthetic protein mimics.




THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR STUDENTS ON U1FF41402 ONLY. BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST HAVE PASSED CHE-2H57 or 5701Y WITH A MARK OF AT LEAST 65% AND HAVE ACHIEVED AN AVERAGE MARK FOR YEAR 2 OF AT LEAST 65%. Students take 60 credits of approved study at The Florida International University. Aim: to be educated in forensic chemistry topics not available UEA and experience the US forensic chemistry environment. Content: Tentative module description FIU modules (details will be decided in autumn before spring semester) Survey Forensic Science FIU code 3501 (3 credits) or Forensic Science (CHS 4503C); Forensic Analytical Laboratory 5535L (1 credit); Forensic Toxicology 5539 (3 credits); Forensic Chemistry 5542 (3 credits). In addition there is one free choice of 3 credits, although this is often dictated by the timetabling at FIU. The selection of the additional credit must be approved by the UEA course director. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, lab sessions and web based study Learning outcome: knowledge of modules offered and experience of studying in the USA.




What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is challenging, in large part because of this complexity. In this module you will learn about the atmosphere, ocean and land components of the carbon cycle. We cover urgent global issues such as ocean acidification and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction'. The complexity of the carbon cycle leads to a truly inter-disciplinary module, incorporating elements of chemistry, ecology, physics, mathematics and geography. We also consider several human dimensions such as: how to 'decarbonise' the UK; geoengineering the climate; how to deal with climate denialists; how to verify greenhouse gas emissions; and the policy relevance of the carbon cycle. The understanding of the carbon cycle gained from this module is an important foundation for all climate change studies. Emphasis is given to the most recent, cutting-edge research in the field.




The aim of this module is to provide an overview of important classes of organic natural product and pharmaceutical compounds. The biosynthetic origins and or the natural product synthesis of some of these entities are also, in some cases, explained in terms of classic organic chemistry, arrow pushing, all of which is presented alongside the properties of perinent examples. The module examines examples of biogenesis, chemical synthesis as well as the biological action of selected natural products and pharmaceutically active compounds. More specifically the chemistry associated with natural products that contain important bioactive motifs will be discussed. The roles of coenzymes in the mevalonate and methylerythritol pathways that generate the "isoprene" building blocks for terpenes and steroids, are outlined as well as the significance of substrate folding in the action of terpene synthases and the enzymes that produce steroids. The historical development and applications of multicomponent reactions as well as the use of microfluidics (flow and continuous), microwave and biphasic chemical synthesis. Finally target molecule synthesis associated with natural product synthesis and the chemistry associated with organosulfur, organosilicon and organoselenium chemistry is discussed in the context of natural product synthesis.



Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits


The module describes some advanced forensic chemistry topics including stable isotope analysis, explosives, chemometrics and the practical application of DNA to Forensic science from basic genetics to interpretation in a casework context. It also develops the practical application of stable isotope analysis to provenancing of human remains and introduces students to Forensic Archaeology. .the module contains an important revision element. Students will give oral presentations on selected year 1 and year 2 material of fundamental importance and will prepare handouts suitable for use as revision notes. The formative exercise will be set in week 1, Semester 1 for a 20 minute presentation in week 5. Students then draw together all the ideas learnt in past forensic modules and apply them to the investigation of a major case scenario. The module culminates in a mock court exercise run in conjunction wwith the Law School where the student will take personal accountability for the work done during the module.




A supervised research project available only to students registered for the MChem programme.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This 20-credit module is an option for all final year M level students. It is classed as a taught postgraduate module; this implies that it can be flexible in some aspects of assessment and aims to present material that is not necessarily covered in standard textbooks. The module provides M level coverage in selected topics of inorganic chemistry and builds upon the prerequisite Level 6 module CHE-6301Y. The material will be presented in three lecture blocks, covering (i) homogeneous catalysis, focussing on dehydrocoupling and stereoselective alkene polymerisation(ii) frustrated Lewis pairs and their applications in catalysis and (iii) recent advances in gold chemistry




This is a 20-credit module for final year MChem The module provides advanced level coverage in selected topics of organic chemistry. Topics will include Asymmetric synthesis and catalysis, mechanism in organic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. Lectures will be seminar-style.




This 20-credit module is classed as a taught postgraduate module; it can be flexible in some aspects of assessment and aims to present material that is not necessarily covered in standard textbooks. The contents in seminar series are not assessed in the final exam. The module provides M level coverage in selected topics of nanochemistry and physical chemistry and follows on from the respective 3rd year modules. The material will be presented in two lecture blocks, covering (i) advanced synthesis of nanomaterials and related considerations, functionalization and characterizations, single molecule methods in biophysical chemistry, and nanoparticles in nanomedicine; (ii) physical chemistry and reaction kinetics, molecular photophysics and spectroscopy.




From supernovae and the early condensation of the solar system, through the climate history of the planet and on to modern stratospheric chemistry, studies using stable isotopes have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the processes that shape the Earth. In this module we look at the theory and practice of isotope geochemistry, covering analytical methods and mass spectrometry, fractionation processes, and isotope behaviour in chemical cycles in the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. The course consists of lectures, practicals, including hands-on experience in the stable isotope laboratory, and student led seminars.




This module concerns important concepts and methods that are widely employed in Biochemistry, Biological and Biophysical Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. There are two main areas upon which this module focuses: The first focusses on biological systems covering key areas such as the role of metal-containing proteins, electron transfer - metalloproteins; biocatalysis, membrane proteins, including transport across biological membranes, glycobiology and modern developments in chemical biology. The second part of the module develops further the understanding of key characterisation tools used in chemical and structural biology. It develops the spectroscopic/structural theme covered in the B.Sc. course by providing an in depth, specialist view of key biophysical methods at the forefront of research in biological chemistry. These include (i) high resolution crystallographic techniques and x-ray spectroscopic techniques (eg SAXS, SANS, EXAFS and XANES) (ii) magnetic resonance techniques (both advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) methods); (iii) advanced optical techniques (eg MCD and Mossbauer), (iv) Computational approaches (eg molecular dynamics) for structure determination and structure-function studies as well as understanding and determining protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and one other science.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points to include HL Chemistry at grade 6 and one other HL Science or Maths at grade 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Advanced Higher Level Chemistry and one other science
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2 including Chemistry and one other science subject
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3, to include 12 credits of Chemistry and 12 credits of a second science or Maths plus Merit in 9 credits at level 3
  • BTEC DDD with a minimum of 6 Chemistry units and 6 of Science or Maths units
  • European Baccalaureate Overall 80% with at least 70% in Chemistry and one other science

Entry Requirement



All applicants are required to have A level Chemistry and one other A level science from Physics, Mathematics and Biology.

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE Level.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2 


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you. 

The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or above and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above.

Fees and Funding

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Tuition Fees

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We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.



How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

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