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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.6k / 2015 cohort
  • Foreign: $ 34.1k / 2015 cohort
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 5607pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    These courses are designed to train scientists for research at the interface of chemistry and physics, providing graduates with strengthened knowledge of the physical and mathematical background for mastering physical methods of modern chemistry.

    Years one and two of all programmes follow the same core course content supplemented by two ancillary modules that are designed for specific degree programmes. This structure allows many of our students the opportunity to transfer to a different degree programme at a later stage providing they have studied the appropriate ancillary subjects in years one and two.

    First and Second years Students taking this course will follow the core MSci chemistry degree course, with the requirement that students select the course ‘Maths and Physics for Chemists 1’ as their ancillary option in Year 1 and that they take the ancillary course ‘Maths and Physics for Chemists 2’ in Year 2. In the Physical Chemistry tutorials more attention will be given to the mathematical and physical culture of the students, with stronger requirements on their skills of analysis.
    Third and Final years In Year 3, Chemistry with Molecular Physics will follow the existing Chemistry MSci course structure, with some options choices defined to ensure a high content of molecular physics, as detailed below. Students will be required to take two compulsory eight-lecture courses in the existing ‘Options’ slots in Years 3 and 4. These will build directly upon the Maths and Physics for Chemists courses run in Years 1 and 2, focusing on topical areas in Chemical Physics. At present these courses are ‘Soft Condensed Matter’ and ‘The Theory, Modelling and Simulation of Nanoscale Systems’ and it is anticipated that these courses will be continuously updated in response to developments in the field and developments in other chemistry course provision. In addition, students will be required to select both the Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Methods laboratory courses in Year 3. Students will normally be required to select a minimum of two optional courses out of a total of five in Year 3 with a high degree of Molecular Physics content. In addition, technical Literature Reports will be set in November, to be submitted by the student in March, on any relevant topic of Chemistry with Molecular Physics (the CMP label will be assigned to appropriate topics on the list of the suggested physical reports). In Year 4, Chemistry with Molecular Physics students will select a Research Project with a high molecular physics content and will be required to select a minimum of 6 elective courses with a high molecular physics content out of a total of 12 (8 lectures each, some including problems classes). Examples of suitable Year 3 and 4 elective courses: Lyotropic Liquid Crystals Molecular Electronic Materials Modern Analytical Instrumentation Techniques Unifying Concepts in the Physics and Chemistry of Interfaces Solar Energy Fuel Cells and Renewal Energy The Theory, Modelling and Simulation of Nanoscale Systems Protein-Protein Interactions Electronic Structure Methods in Quantum Chemistry Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Nanoparticles and Nanostructures. 


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Applicants should have an enthusiasm for study at the interface of chemistry and physics, and they should normally have A-grade at A2 level Mathematics in addition to the standard Chemistry requirement; A2 level Physics is highly recommended. Students who have taken the Maths and Physics for Chemists 1 Ancillary, and have obtained high grades at the end of their first year are encouraged to transfer from the standard Chemistry MSci course to Chemistry with Molecular Physics. 

    Thermo Fisher Scholarship

    Student Status EligibilityValue Required    
    Open pre-enrolment only
    ValueValue Required    
    $5000
    Number AvailableValue Required - 8
    Further Eligibility Criteria InformationValue Required    
    This scholarship is available to HOME applicants who have received a conditional firm or unconditional offer from Imperial College by the published deadline. Only available to Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Earth, Science and Engineering, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Life Sciences and Mathematics students only.
    Your household income must also have been assessed to be £60,000 or less by your government funding authority (e.g. Student Loans Company).
     DurationValue Required    
    Maximum of 4 years
    Application Deadline DateValue Required    
    07-MAY-2015

    How to apply
     There is no separate application form that you need to complete in order to apply for this scholarship. 
      Your department will assess your academic merit from your UCAS form and your predicted A-Level results, and will select the best candidate as the scholar.  Each Department will be allocated one award. 
    Value of the Award
    The successful Scholars will receive a cash bursary (the equivalent in £GBP) of $5,000 per annum. The award is for a maximum of 4 years, excluding repeat periods of study.

    Outcome of the Award
    The successful candidate will be notified by email no later than 4 July 2015.  If you have not heard from us by this date please assume you have been unsuccessful in your application.
    Please note that the successful scholar will be expected to meet informally with the donors on occasions, and will be required to submit a short statement of progress each year that will be shared with the donors.
    This award is for students starting in the academic year 2015-16 and cannot be deferred.

    President's Undergraduate Scholarships

    Student Status EligibilityValue Required    
    Open pre-enrolment only
    ValueValue Required    
    £3,000 one off scholarship payment upon enrolment
    Number AvailableValue Required - 112
    Further Eligibility Criteria InformationValue Required    
     All applicants are reviewed by their academic departments as part of the admission process and nominated on the basis of academic excellence and potential.
     DurationValue Required    1 year
    Selection ProcessValue Required    
    There is no seperate application process for these awards. Selection will be determined by departments' usual admissions processes.

    The standard MSci programme lasts four academic years and carries 240 ECTS credits. Students have the option of undertaking additional study or project work in the summer vacations to raise their ECTS count to 270.

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