Practical Skills (all programmes)


KR: Students must develop a range of practical skills
  • Practical work, while supporting theoretical aspects should be stimulating and challenging in its own right and provide the essential Chemistry-related practical skills described in the Chemistry Benchmarking Statement
  • The practical component should be laboratory based and designed so that students are exposed to a variety of synthetic and measurement techniques
  • Practical work must be rigorously and appropriately assessed and contribute towards the final mark of the degree programme
  •   For bachelor's programmes students should typically complete at least 300 timetabled hours (exclusive of project work)
  • For integrated master's programmes, students should typically complete at least 400 timetabled hours (exclusive of the substantial project)
  • Computational work, case studies and short investigative tasks can contribute to the total timetabled hours
  • The RSC will consider a lower value for programmes which incorporate a period of study in industry or for the part time modes of study. In such cases a condition may be imposed on the accreditation status of the programme and applicants may be required to provide evidence of developing appropriate practical skills within a workplace context
  • For discrete master's programmes, students must have prior learning of appropriate practical skills at bachelor's level and programmes should seek to develop these further, for example, through project work