MChem Forensic and Investigative Chemistry

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MChem Forensic and Investigative Chemistry

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A forensic chemist’s most valuable asset is combining critical thinking with sound experience in a wide range of chemical and associated disciplines. The course at the UEA is unique in the sense that it not only teaches the essential chemistry but also exposes the students to practical work in order to stimulate the critical thinking aspects.

From year one the students are taught forensic science units, are involved in forensic and forensic archaeology fieldwork and are given the opportunity to investigate forensic science issues in tutor groups as part of the problem based learning approach. During the second semester of year 3 the students have the possibility (depending on grades) to stud…

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A forensic chemist’s most valuable asset is combining critical thinking with sound experience in a wide range of chemical and associated disciplines. The course at the UEA is unique in the sense that it not only teaches the essential chemistry but also exposes the students to practical work in order to stimulate the critical thinking aspects.

From year one the students are taught forensic science units, are involved in forensic and forensic archaeology fieldwork and are given the opportunity to investigate forensic science issues in tutor groups as part of the problem based learning approach. During the second semester of year 3 the students have the possibility (depending on grades) to study aspects of forensic science, like courtroom testimony, at the International Forensic Research Institute at the Florida International University in Miami. The fourth year offers a dedicated curriculum related to the specific forensic research at the Centre for Forensic Provenancing at the UEA. The final research project is either based on forensic technique development or specific case work.

After the completion of the course the graduates can apply for employment at law enforcement agencies, customs, ministry of defence, food standards agencies, environmental protection agencies and of course any other chemical industry where critical thinking chemists are required.

In the School of Chemistry, students are offered rigorous training in the theoretical and experimental foundations of Forensic Chemistry in a School that is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research, as is reflected in the units taught in the Programme. The high quality of our research is recognised nationally and internationally; The School is one of the leading research centres in the UK and is engaged in all of the traditional areas of Chemistry, as well as many interdisciplinary areas.

This is a four-year high quality integrated masters programme which leads students from the fundamentals of Forensic Chemistry through to an advanced level of understanding in the core areas of Forensic Chemistry.


Course Organiser:Dr. Stephen Day
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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 Highers: AAAAB including Higher Level Chemistry and one other science Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB including Advanced Higher Level Chemistry and one other science Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAABB including Chemistry and one other science at Higher Level Access Course: See below HND: Please contact institution for further information European Baccalaureate: Overall 80% to include Chemistry and one other science 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). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
  • PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

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.

Special Entry Requirements

All applicants are required to have A2 Chemistry and one other A2 science from Physics, Mathematics and Biology.

Offers made to applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications will also include the requirement to pass a chemistry test at the University in Summer 2013. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

Intakes

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 and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above.

During your first week at UEA, our staff will welcome you and provide a full induction programme; we aim to help our students settle in as quickly as possible. At the School of Chemistry we believe in offering each student individual care and guidance.

On your arrival at UEA you will be assigned to an adviser who will provide both academic and pastoral guidance. You will normally have the same adviser throughout your degree. We maintain an ‘open door policy’ so that students can see their adviser (or other members of staff) at any mutually convenient time. Your adviser will guide you through your academic career and provide a sympathetic ear during difficult times. If you study abroad for a year you will also be assigned an adviser at your host institution.

The University has excellent provision of specialist support services. Whatever the issue, be it financial, personal, academic or administrative - the University’s Dean of Students Office and the Union of UEA Students’ support services have experienced and sympathetic people, support groups and advice centres to help you.

Top-rated research

Research is a key activity in any major academic institution. It offers scope for advanced thinking, helps attract the keenest minds, and ensures that the institution’s work is at the cutting edge of the discipline. Most importantly, the creativity, resourcefulness and authority fostered by first class research feeds directly into the quality of teaching at the University. UEA’s School of Chemistry has an enviable reputation for its long and distinguished tradition of high quality research. In the latest RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) the School was ranked among the top 20 Chemistry departments. Our research work is currently financed by a grant holding of over £11 million won competitively from sources including the National Research Councils, charitable trusts (including the Wellcome and Wolfson Trusts), industrial companies (especially from the pharmaceutical industry) and the European Union. We have over 70 postgraduate research students, many of whom completed their undergraduate studies at UEA.

Key research in the School includes Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry, Biological and Biophysical Chemistry, Nanoscience, Biomedicinal Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry.

Many of our core MChem degrees are accredited, and all other Chemistry programmes are recognised, by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the professional body for career chemists, or the Institute of Physics (IoP).

Reasons to choose us:
  • A top 20 research school (RAE 2008)
  • Research led, up-to-date teaching
  • The University has consistently been voted top five of English mainstream Universities for Student Satisfaction
  • Enthusiastic and friendly staff
  • Superb laboratory and IT facilities
  • Excellent academic and student support services
  • Varied and comprehensive range of degree programmes
  • A warm, welcoming campus environment
  • Active student social scene within the school
  • At the forefront of interdisciplinary research
UniStats Information Fees and Funding Undergraduate University Fees

We are committed to ensuring that Tuition Fees do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. Full time UK/EU students starting an undergraduate degree course in 2013 will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000. The level of fee may be subject to yearly increases. Full time International students starting an undergraduate degree course in 2013 will be charged a tuition fee of £14,400. The level of fee may be subject to yearly increases.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships. To check if you are eligible please visit http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/finance/university-financial-support

International Students - The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Our University international pages gives you more details about preparation for studying with us, including Fees and Funding http://www.uea.ac.uk/international



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