|Courses Four courses are taken:||Teaching methods: Lectures, Practicals, Suupervisions, Examination|
|Courses Core material, including courses on:||Teaching methods: Lectures, Practicals, Suupervisions, Examination|
|Courses Specialise in 1 selected subject for in-depth study. Alternatively students may opt for a more generalised course :||Assessment Examination, Completion of degree|
|Research FAny of the following subjects can be followed|
into a fourth year:
|Assessment / Teaching Methods |
Cambridge: At Cambridge, Chemistry is part of the Natural Sciences Degree (NatSci). In Year 1 (Part IA), Natural Science students can take Chemistry as one of their three experimental sciences. In the second year (Part IB), two Chemistry courses are on offer. Chemistry A covers mainly Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Whereas Chemistry B covers mainly Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Those intending to specialise in Chemistry usually take both of these courses, but this is not a requirement for proceeding to the third year. Often, NatScis heading for other specialisms take just one of these two. In the Third and Fourth years, you can specialise completely in Chemistry. You can either choose to graduate after three years (with the BA) having completed Part II or alternatively, you can take Part II and then carry on for the fourth year to complete Part III. At the end of the fourth year you graduate with an MSci (which is equivalent to an MChem) and are also awarded a BA.
Chemistry A Chemistry A focuses mainly on the theories used to understand and probe chemical bonding, structures and reactivity. The option starts by introducing quantum mechanics, which is the fundamental theory used by chemists to understand the behaviour of atoms and molecules at the microscopic level. You also look at how symmetry is a powerful aid in describing the behaviour of molecules. The subject goes on to discuss the way in which the microscopic properties of atoms and molecules influence the properties of bulk matter, and concludes with a discussion of the properties and chemistry of solid materials.
Chemistry B focuses mainly on organic, inorganic and biological chemistry. The emphasis is on how an understanding of the structures of molecules and the mechanisms of reactions can help to rationalise a very diverse range of chemistry. The option covers the carbon-based (organic) chemistry which is so important in the development of pharmaceutical and other products which have revolutionised modern life. You also study the huge diversity of compounds and structures formed by other elements that are the domain of inorganic chemistry. The subject closes with an exploration of biological chemistry – the chemical processes which are the basis of life.
In the fourth year, student have the opportunity to carry out a research project in an are of particular interest. Building on the skills developed in the first three year, students will apply the ideas and concepts to solve problems, make calculations, make predictions and rationalize trends to critically evaluate information and data from the primary research front. The year culminated with an oral examination and presentation of your dissertation to a panel of experts, both intrnal and external. Many students may then go on to continue this work as part of a PhD.