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MSci Chemical Physics (F322)
A-level standard offer: A*AA
A-level contextual offer: AAB
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
Join a University ranked #1 in the UK for Chemistry research and in the UK top five for Physics research (THE analysis of REF 2021) with an excellent reputation for teaching and learning.
This four-year course is ideal for those considering scientific careers that will make direct use of their subject-specific knowledge and skills.
Our degrees incorporate units in chemistry, physics and mathematics. The first year gives you a comprehensive grounding in these subjects, while later years focus on atomic and molecular science and its interdisciplinary applications.
You will focus on areas at the interface between chemistry and physics, with limited treatment of organic chemistry and more physical and non-synthetic inorganic chemistry. Similarly, there is very little nuclear and particle physics after your first year but an emphasis on materials science and nanoscience.
As well as lectures and practical classes, small-group tutorials and workshops help develop your understanding of challenging and exciting concepts. Practical labs in both chemistry and physics help develop experimental techniques, computational modelling and programming skills needed in the final year for conducting a research project with a research team.
This course is accredited by the following organisations
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for fully meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
A*AA including Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (see also Additional requirements below)
A-level contextual offer
AAB including Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in any order (see also Additional requirements below)Find out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
D*DD in either BTEC Engineering with Distinctions in six Physics units plus A at A-level in Mathematics and Chemistry OR BTEC Applied Science Extended Diploma with Distinctions in six specified Chemistry units plus A at A-level in Mathematics and Physics.Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations). See also Additional requirements below.
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 6, 5 (in any order) at Higher Level in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations). See also Additional requirements below.Find out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
88% overall with 9.0, 8.5 and 8.5 in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in any order (see also Additional requirements below)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AA in two of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and Standard Higher: AAAAA including the science not taken for Advanced Higher (see also Additional requirements below)
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Science (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
- at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
- at least 30 credits at Distinction from specified units in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry)
Not included in offer
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B and M3 is C
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile E qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
If this course is your Firm or Insurance choice and you do not achieve the required grades when we receive your results but do meet the grades for BSc Chemical Physics, you will automatically be offered a place on the BSc course.
More about UK qualifications.
- We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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