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    Hey, cant seem to find many people on here with an offer to study chemistry or a chemistry related course at UEA?
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    I'm a first year at UEA studying Chemistry. If you have any questions, I can help you out (that is if I remember to check TSR... Hahaha)!
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    (Original post by mobius323)
    I'm a first year at UEA studying Chemistry. If you have any questions, I can help you out (that is if I remember to check TSR... Hahaha)!
    Can't decide between MChem or Mbiological and medicinal chemistry? Are there many people on the courses? I can't find any figures anywhere


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    Can't decide between MChem or Mbiological and medicinal chemistry? Are there many people on the courses? I can't find any figures anywhere


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    Not sure about figures on each course, but I'm pretty sure you're going to want to make that decision as early as I know that you do Biology modules (including labs) on the Biological and Medicinal course. I think that course would be the most difficult to switch to during your time studying here...
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    (Original post by mobius323)
    Not sure about figures on each course, but I'm pretty sure you're going to want to make that decision as early as I know that you do Biology modules (including labs) on the Biological and Medicinal course. I think that course would be the most difficult to switch to during your time studying here...
    I chose MChem how did you find the jump from alevel to uni? It's going to be so strange without the same teacher helping you all the time!


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    (Original post by LaydurrDude)
    I chose MChem how did you find the jump from alevel to uni? It's going to be so strange without the same teacher helping you all the time!


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    It isn't too bad at first. You'll be learning a few new things in the first few weeks, but it's mainly trying to bring everyone up to a standard. Your first five lectures in Organic and Inorganic will be joint together, then after that, the two diverge. Be prepared for intense mechanism studying in the Organic module, but all in all, it's not too bad.

    The jump is quite an interesting experience because you really do become a Chemist quite quickly. Understanding why reactions go, further understanding of mechanisms of reactions you cover at A Level, a lot of stuff on stability and a broad study of the Periodic Table is something you can expect in your first year. It's really quite fun!
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    That all sounds quite interesting actually. I prefer organic

    Do you mind if I ask what career you're considering at the end of your degree? I was thinking about what jobs were out there to do with chemistry and all I can think is pharmaceutical, research or teaching.

    Oh, what are labs/practicals like?


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    (Original post by LaydurrDude)
    That all sounds quite interesting actually. I prefer organic

    Do you mind if I ask what career you're considering at the end of your degree? I was thinking about what jobs were out there to do with chemistry and all I can think is pharmaceutical, research or teaching.

    Oh, what are labs/practicals like?


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    I haven't decided on a career yet. I'd rather keep doors open than close them at this point. I'm hoping to get an industrial placement just to try it out, but a couple years ago, I wanted to teach. So we'll see!

    Labs are okay. Two 3.5 hour sessions a week (though they rarely run the full length of the session). Demonstrators everywhere (including PhD students, some of whom are quite funny - one girl was particular proud of announcing where the lubricant for the desiccators were. "The LUBE? Oh, the LUUUUUUUBE is over there!"). Lots more safety stuff than I was used to at school, where we rarely ever wore gloves... I personally was slightly overwhelmed by the first few experiments, but then again, it's a new environment. Oh, and be prepared for plenty of standing around and waiting... 45 minute refluxes are the death of me at times...
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    (Original post by LaydurrDude)
    I chose MChem how did you find the jump from alevel to uni? It's going to be so strange without the same teacher helping you all the time!


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    Hi, I'm a second year on the Mchem with a year in industry course. To be honest, the jump from A-level to 1st year isn't too bad, as they are very aware that they've got a variety of different a-level syllabuses coming in, meaning that you'll find yourself going over some A-level stuff at first. I found it really useful to get a good group of friends on the course, and then discuss work with them and even sit in the pub and do some coursework (rule of thumb: it's ok to have someone explain something to you, it's cheating when they just give you the answer).
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    (Original post by mobius323)
    I haven't decided on a career yet. I'd rather keep doors open than close them at this point. I'm hoping to get an industrial placement just to try it out, but a couple years ago, I wanted to teach. So we'll see!

    Labs are okay. Two 3.5 hour sessions a week (though they rarely run the full length of the session). Demonstrators everywhere (including PhD students, some of whom are quite funny - one girl was particular proud of announcing where the lubricant for the desiccators were. "The LUBE? Oh, the LUUUUUUUBE is over there!"). Lots more safety stuff than I was used to at school, where we rarely ever wore gloves... I personally was slightly overwhelmed by the first few experiments, but then again, it's a new environment. Oh, and be prepared for plenty of standing around and waiting... 45 minute refluxes are the death of me at times...
    Have you got over the 'blue nitrile gloves for everything' phase yet? We wore them all the time in 1st year, but if you're using an organic solvent, they do nothing, and it's often safer not to wear them. Did the lube girl have a new zealand accent?

    Oh, and also, 45 minute refluxes are nothing. 2nd year inorganic has you take an IR of a refluxing solution every 20 minutes for 2 hours.

    By the way, are you on the year in industry course?
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    Have you got over the 'blue nitrile gloves for everything' phase yet? We wore them all the time in 1st year, but if you're using an organic solvent, they do nothing, and it's often safer not to wear them. Did the lube girl have a new zealand accent?

    Oh, and also, 45 minute refluxes are nothing. 2nd year inorganic has you take an IR of a refluxing solution every 20 minutes for 2 hours.

    By the way, are you on the year in industry course?
    Oh, I got over that ages ago. Quite quickly, hahaha. Although much to the annoyance of Anna Fuller, I, and plenty others, still wear nitriles when writing up lab notes...! And yeah, she did have a New Zealand accent!

    Oh myyyyyy. Can't even run away from that reflux! We were allowed to go away during the one 90 minute reflux we did, but that's a joke!

    And nah, I'm not on that yet. I'm on the BSc with aspirations to move up onto either MChem or MChem Industry course. Hoping my marks are good enough!
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    (Original post by mobius323)
    Oh, I got over that ages ago. Quite quickly, hahaha. Although much to the annoyance of Anna Fuller, I, and plenty others, still wear nitriles when writing up lab notes...! And yeah, she did have a New Zealand accent!

    Oh myyyyyy. Can't even run away from that reflux! We were allowed to go away during the one 90 minute reflux we did, but that's a joke!

    And nah, I'm not on that yet. I'm on the BSc with aspirations to move up onto either MChem or MChem Industry course. Hoping my marks are good enough!
    That'd be suzy. She's fun. Next year you'll get Lancaster going round inorganic labs demanding people justify wearing the nitrile gloves, so it's easier not to bother wearing any and just be careful (or wear marigolds for really dangerous stuff)

    If you get decent results, get in contact with Chris Richards for the industry course ([email protected]). He'll be able to tell you what to do. You'll need to start applying for placements early (many finish in early october, especially the big companies). What sort of Chemistry were you looking at doing if you got a placement?
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    (Original post by chrisawhitmore)
    That'd be suzy. She's fun. Next year you'll get Lancaster going round inorganic labs demanding people justify wearing the nitrile gloves, so it's easier not to bother wearing any and just be careful (or wear marigolds for really dangerous stuff)

    If you get decent results, get in contact with Chris Richards for the industry course ([email protected]). He'll be able to tell you what to do. You'll need to start applying for placements early (many finish in early october, especially the big companies). What sort of Chemistry were you looking at doing if you got a placement?
    Haha, yeah, the idea of Lancaster looking for people to tell off for use of nitriles doesn't surprise me that much! Haha.

    Thanks for that information, I wasn't actually sure how to go about moving up if I get a better mark. When do you get your exam results back? Haven't the faintest idea when! Also, I'm not really sure about what sort of Chemistry I'd be looking at... I'd assume you mean Inorganic, Organic or Physical? I quite like Organic Chemistry, so probably something involved in synthesis. I really have no idea what to say - I probably sound a bit stupid!
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    (Original post by mobius323)
    Haha, yeah, the idea of Lancaster looking for people to tell off for use of nitriles doesn't surprise me that much! Haha.

    Thanks for that information, I wasn't actually sure how to go about moving up if I get a better mark. When do you get your exam results back? Haven't the faintest idea when! Also, I'm not really sure about what sort of Chemistry I'd be looking at... I'd assume you mean Inorganic, Organic or Physical? I quite like Organic Chemistry, so probably something involved in synthesis. I really have no idea what to say - I probably sound a bit stupid!
    Have you picked your 2nd year modules yet? (If not, I'd avoid medicinal if Bew is still module organizer, it's not even funny how crap he is.) There are plenty of synthetic organic places, but many of the big companies (Novartis, GSK, Pfizer etc.) go really early (applications close mid october), so be ready to start applying as soon as you get back.

    Don't worry about not knowing what you want to do, it's pretty rare you'll know this early in the degree (I thought I liked physical after 1st year, I now hate it). Also, don't worry if you don't get a placement straight away, I only got mine a month or so ago.

    Not sure exactly when results are published, but I got my letter saying I'd passed the year in mid July last year, but as exams are earlier this year, I'd say around the start of July.
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    (Original post by chrisawhitmore)
    Have you picked your 2nd year modules yet? (If not, I'd avoid medicinal if Bew is still module organizer, it's not even funny how crap he is.) There are plenty of synthetic organic places, but many of the big companies (Novartis, GSK, Pfizer etc.) go really early (applications close mid october), so be ready to start applying as soon as you get back.

    Don't worry about not knowing what you want to do, it's pretty rare you'll know this early in the degree (I thought I liked physical after 1st year, I now hate it). Also, don't worry if you don't get a placement straight away, I only got mine a month or so ago.

    Not sure exactly when results are published, but I got my letter saying I'd passed the year in mid July last year, but as exams are earlier this year, I'd say around the start of July.
    Yeah, I've picked my modules - and I picked Medicinal... It was a few hours after I picked my modules that I heard about Bew. If he's that bad, it's surprising that people haven't gone to the department to complain. I understand that some of the information he gave with regards to tests was pretty bad (he said a test was multiple choice and then it wasn't)... Oh well, perhaps trying to compensate for his deficient organisation might be a fun (albeit stressful) challenge...

    Yeah, I haven't even started writing a CV yet. I only know of the big companies like Glaxo, but I'm not quite sure I want to go into Pharmaceuticals... In all honesty, that's why I went for both Medicinal and Polymers for second year options - I guess it gives a few of two of the major branches of industrial synthetic Chemistry. So we'll see... If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts are you going to be next year?
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    (Original post by mobius323)
    Yeah, I've picked my modules - and I picked Medicinal... It was a few hours after I picked my modules that I heard about Bew. If he's that bad, it's surprising that people haven't gone to the department to complain. I understand that some of the information he gave with regards to tests was pretty bad (he said a test was multiple choice and then it wasn't)... Oh well, perhaps trying to compensate for his deficient organisation might be a fun (albeit stressful) challenge...

    Yeah, I haven't even started writing a CV yet. I only know of the big companies like Glaxo, but I'm not quite sure I want to go into Pharmaceuticals... In all honesty, that's why I went for both Medicinal and Polymers for second year options - I guess it gives a few of two of the major branches of industrial synthetic Chemistry. So we'll see... If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts are you going to be next year?
    Yeah, dealing with Bew should be a little easier if you know it's coming, plus he might pick up after the *******ing he'll get when the module assessment closes (overall satisfaction with the module is averaging about a 2/5 at the moment, the lowest I've seen by far).

    You've taken the exact same modules I did, and one company you might want to look at is Infineum, who do fuel additives and lubricants, which involves a fair bit of synthetic chemistry. I had an interview with them but didn't get in. Apart from that, look to oil companies like BP and Shell, and possibly polymers companies like MERL. If you contact Chris Richards and let him know the general area, he'll probably come back with a list, he's really helpful.

    I'm going to Genzyme, a medicinal company which specialises in rarer genetic diseases, but I'm working on one of their analytical teams which works to develop ways to do spectroscopy on reactions in progress so they can get ultra high yields 99%+. Apparently they need that so they can get 50+ step syntheses to work.
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    Hey all
    I'm starting my second year in September so I'm also here to help. For interest I'm doing MChem Year in Industry
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    I'm hopefully transferring onto the MChem September 2015 as I've decided my current degree isn't for me. I have an interview this Thursday and wondered if anyone had any tips? Thanks
 
 
 
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