MSci in Chemistry and Physics within the Natural Sciences programme (FGC0): 2024-2025

Entry requirements: See the Essentials

The current course structure is shown in the table below that consists of modules which must be studied in the appropriate year - click on the module code for the current module content. After Year 1, students focus solely on studying Chemistry and Physics. If students don't wish to take a particular module or include a third subject then it may be possible take up the option of the more flexible "MSci in Natural Sciences degree. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Chemistry and Physics". As the rules in each year permit, students may take up to 80 credits in one subject and no less than 40 credits in the other subject and always take precisely 120 credits in one year. UCAS applicants are invited to use the app to discover the key modules to self-build a degree

Year 1
Chemistry40 credits: Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078), Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087)
Physics80 credits: Foundations Of Physics 1 (PHYS1122) and ((Calculus I (MATH1061) and Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)) or (Single Mathematics A (MATH1561) and Single Mathematics B (MATH1571)))
Year 2
Chemistry60 credits: Core Chemistry 2 (CHEM2012), Properties Of Molecules (CHEM2097), Practical Chemistry 2 - Measurement (CHEM2157)
Physics60 credits: Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101), Foundations Of Physics 2A (PHYS2581), Mathematical Methods In Physics (PHYS2611)
Year 3
Chemistry60 credits: Molecules And Their Interactions (CHEM3137), Computational Chemical Physics (CHEM3151), Chemical Physics 3 (CHEM3411), Practical Chemistry 3 - Measurement (CHEM3467)
Physics60 credits: Foundations Of Physics 2B (PHYS2591), Foundations Of Physics 3A (PHYS3621), Laboratory Skills And Electronics 3 (PHYS3681)
Year 4
Chemistry40 credits: EITHER (Advanced Research Concepts In Chemistry (CHEM4481) and Advanced Computational Chemical Physics (CHEM4471)) OR Chemistry Research Project (CHEM4494)
Physics40 credits: EITHER (Project (PHYS4213) and Foundations Of Physics 4B (PHYS4261)) OR (Foundations Of Physics 4B (PHYS4261) and (Advanced Research Concepts In Chemistry (CHEM4481) or Advanced Computational Chemical Physics (CHEM4471)))
Students must take a Dissertation/Project module in Year 4 from the following list:
Project modules40 credit Bioactive Chemistry Research Project (D) (CHEM4272); 80 credit Chemistry Research Project (CHEM4494); 60 credit Project (PHYS4213);
Further details about the modules in the Chemistry list.
Further details about the modules in the Physics list.

Below is an example of modules that are timetabled to satisfy these rules except in Year 4 where the set may not satisfy the rules above to increase flexibility of choice of modules. Click on the single digit numbered link on the left to see a sample timetable and the module code to see details about the module such as content, contact hours, teaching methods and assessment methods.

1Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078)Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087)Single Mathematics A (MATH1561)Single Mathematics B (MATH1571)Foundations Of Physics 1 (PHYS1122)      
1Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078)Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087)Calculus I (MATH1061)Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)Foundations Of Physics 1 (PHYS1122)      
2Core Chemistry 2 (CHEM2012)Properties Of Molecules (CHEM2097)Practical Chemistry 2 - Measurement (CHEM2157)Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101)Foundations Of Physics 2A (PHYS2581)Mathematical Methods In Physics (PHYS2611)     
3Chemical Physics 3 (CHEM3411)Computational Chemical Physics (CHEM3151)Molecules And Their Interactions (CHEM3137)Practical Chemistry 3 - Measurement (CHEM3467)Foundations Of Physics 2B (PHYS2591)Foundations Of Physics 3A (PHYS3621)Laboratory Skills And Electronics 3 (PHYS3681)    
4Chemistry Research Project (CHEM4494)Advanced Computational Chemical Physics (CHEM4471)Foundations Of Physics 4B (PHYS4261)        
4Chemistry Research Project (CHEM4494)Advanced Research Concepts In Chemistry (CHEM4481)Foundations Of Physics 4B (PHYS4261)        
4Chem4411 (CHEM4411)Advanced Computational Chemical Physics (CHEM4471)Project (PHYS4213)Foundations Of Physics 4B (PHYS4261)       

Note that:

  • You can vary the balance between the two subjects in all years assuming the rules below and timetable will allow it.

  • Not all combinations of the modules which make up the degree rules are guaranteed to timetable, but one set will.
  • If no student is following the Joint-Honours degree in a given year, then we do not ask for modules to be timetabled for that cohort in the following year.
  • The timetable changes each year.
  • Future changes in the Joint-Honours rules are either flagged up in the programme regulations in the Faculty Handbook or in the Chemistry/Physics advice.
  • Students are welcome to suggest to the Director better guaranteed combinations, but due to the quality assurance process and timetabling the lead in time is one year.

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Prof James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University

Email: Natural Sciences Director

WWW: Natural Sciences home page

The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey