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Chemistry with Business Management MSci


Course Level:

Undergraduate, Major-minor combined





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (4 Year)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Each year contains 120 credits of taught material, delivered in modules that are typically worth 10 or 20 credits.

Core modules (60 credits in Years 1-3) are taken by all students enrolled on both single honours and major/minor degree programmes and cover those fundamentals of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry that we deem essential. Year 1 also includes a self-paced maths module.

The remaining 60 credits in each year include 40 credits of Business Management modules, along with laboratory or project modules (with embedded communications and employability skills) designed to support the core chemistry, allowing you to develop your practical skills and techniques as well as consolidate the associated theory from your lectures.

In Year 4, you study just Chemistry and choose 60 credits of taught material from a selection of modules pitched at the cutting edge of the subject. A major research project accounts for the remaining 60 credits.


Year 1

In Year 1, you will take core modules in the traditional sub-disciplines of inorganicorganic and physical chemistry, all of which are supported by an additional 20-credit module of laboratory work. The business management component in Year 1 includes modules in financial analysis, economics, marketing and business organisation and management.

Those of you who do not have A-level maths – don’t worry! We provide a self-paced introductory maths module in Semester 1, which will bring you up to speed with the common mathematical techniques needed for chemistry.  All students take this module, whether they have A-level maths or not, since not all A-level maths syllabuses cover the same material.  

In Semester 2, additional mathematics is embedded in the physical chemistry module, as you begin to apply your mathematical skills to chemical problems.  All of the maths material is delivered by staff from Chemistry, which ensures you are equipped with those skills you need to tackle the more physical and theoretical aspects of our courses.

  • Introduction to Economics and Finance – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Management and Marketing – 20 credits
  • Inorganic Chemistry I – 20 credits
  • Organic Chemistry 1a – 10 credits
  • Organic Chemistry 1b – 10 credits
  • Physical Chemistry I – 20 credits
  • Practical Chemistry Ia1 – 10 credits
  • Practical Chemistry Ia2 – 10 credits
  • Year 1 Summer Skills Laboratory*
  • Fundamental Mathematics**

* Year 1 Summer Skills Laboratory is a zero credit module which provides training in the fundamental skills of separation, measurement, analysis, calculation and the interpretation of data. Satisfactory completion is assessed by maintenance of a laboratory notebook, the quality of the data produced in the laboratory and its interpretation. Satisfactory completion of this module is normally required for progression to Year 2.

** Fundamental Mathematics is a zero credit module which is student centred and self paced, providing training in the fundamental skills and concepts of mathematics that underpin the rest of the programme. Satisfactory completion of this module is normally required for progression to Year 2.


Year 2 

In Year 2, you will build on material from your first year as we employ a mix of lectures and practicals to develop further your understanding of the fundamental aspects of chemistry. In addition to these core courses in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, you will take business management modules in marketing, financial decision-making and management of human resources.


Core modules

  • Inorganic Chemistry IIa – 10 credits
  • Inorganic Chemistry IIb – 10 credits
  • Organic Chemistry IIa – 10 credits
  • Organic Chemistry IIb – 10 credits
  • Physical Chemistry IIa – 10 credits
  • Physical Chemistry IIb – 10 credits
  • Practical Chemistry IIa1 – 10 credits
  • Practical Chemistry IIa2 – 10 credits
  • International Economics and Financial Decision Making – 20 credits


Choose 20 credits of options, examples listed below:

  • Marketing and New Technology – 20 credits
  • Human Resource Management – 20 credits


Year 3

In addition to modules in core chemistry, you will choose from a range of specialist modules in business management, including corporate finance, strategic management, innovation management and supply chain management. You will also undertake a research project in an aspect of chemistry.

  • Inorganic Chemistry IIIa – 10 credits
  • Inorganic Chemistry IIIb – 10 credits
  • Organic Chemistry IIIa – 10 credits
  • Organic Chemistry IIIb – 10 credits
  • Physical Chemistry IIIa – 10 credits
  • Physical Chemistry IIIb – 10 credits
  • Major/Minor Chemistry Research Projects – 20 credits
  • Corporate Finance and Supply Chain Management – 20 credits
  • Strategic and Innovation Management – 20 credits


Year 4 

You focus on just Chemistry in this, your final, year, choosing from a range of courses that reflect the state-of-the-art of the discipline, which not only allows us to showcase the cutting-edge research interests of the School but also ensures that you are aware of the latest challenges in this rapidly advancing subject.

In addition to 60 credits of taught modules, you will join one of the School’s research groups, and become a member of the Research School as you undertake a major research project (worth the remaining 60 credits). You will work closely with your project supervisor to tailor your project to your particular interests and ensure you develop those research skills that you feel will be most beneficial to you after completing your degree. Many students enjoy their research project so much that they choose to go on to study for a PhD after graduation.


Core module

  • Masters Research Project – 60 credits


Optional modules

Select 60 credits of optional modules, examples listed below:

  • Materials Chemistry  – 10 credits
  • Applications of Supramolecular Chemistry  – 10 credits
  • Synthesis of Natural Products  – 10 credits
  • Clusters, Surfaces and Interfaces  – 10 credits
  • Bio-inorganic Chemistry  – 10 credits
  • Modern Methods for Molecular Synthesis  – 10 credits
  • Soft matter – 10 credits
  • Statistical Mechanics, Symmetry and Spectroscopy – 10 credits
  • Advanced Sustainable Polymeric and Advanced Molecular Materials – 10 credits

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

As a chemistry graduate from Newcastle, you’ll be in great demand from a variety of industries. Many of our graduates go on to become professional scientists, but the problem-solving and transferrable skills you develop on our programmes – from written and spoken communication to complex data analysis – mean the career possibilities are numerous.

Newcastle Chemistry has strong research links with many chemical companies, which we can exploit to help you to gain industrial experience whilst studying. Whilst you may choose to undertake a Summer placement as part of your degree, our  Chemistry with Industrial Experience MSci programme is a more popular degree choice should you wish to gain experience of working during your degree. On this programme, you spend your third year in paid employment. Working and studying in an industrial setting provides you with valuable experience, whilst at the same time improving your career prospects.


Graduates who have studied our courses:

Example employers

  • Astrazeneca
  • Johnson Matthey Akzonobel
  • Glaxosmithkline
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Ernst & Young
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Severn Trent Water
  • RBS
  • HSBC


Example careers

  • Analytical scientist
  • Chemist
  • Lawyer
  • Accountant
  • Business retailer
  • Marketing executive
  • Public service manager
  • Web designer
  • Computing and IT expert
  • Investment analyst
  • Publisher