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The sun never sets on the Chemistry MChem(abroad) programme

Posted on 9 May 2014

In recent years the MChem(abroad) programme in chemistry has grown substantially, both in terms of the number of students participating and the number of exchange partners involved in the scheme.

Two new exchange schemes have just been approved that will see York students on placements in India and New Zealand for the first time during the 2014-15 academic year. These new exchanges offer excellent opportunities for York Chemistry students to experience world-class science in a different cultural setting and for the Chemistry Department to welcome excellent students from around the world to York. With York chemists on placements in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, Canada (GMT -7 hours) and in Wellington, New Zealand (GMT +12 hours) the sun will literally never set on York Chemists in 2014-15!

Centre for excellence in basic sciences (CEBS) in Mumbai, India

Our exchange partner in India will be the CEBS in Mumbai. CEBS was formed as part of a push within India to establish new modern science undergraduate degree courses, which are highly selective and have a demanding curriculum. Initially this has happened in a few places and by and large as spin-offs from India’s well-established and highly regarded research institutions. CEBS has strong links with the University of Mumbai, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, IIT-Mumbai and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and York students have the opportunity to undertake research projects with these partner institutions as well as in the CEBS. There is on-campus accommodation on the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai, as well as new purpose-built well-equipped teaching buildings. We will send out two students to Mumbai in 2014-15. To the best of our knowledge we are the first chemistry department in the UK to offer an MChem degree with a year in India.

Student quotes:

“The department has given us the fantastic opportunity to study at a prestigious institution in one of the 21st century's most exciting countries for science, innovation and culture”

"Along with the adventure, the thing I'm most looking forward to about the exchange is seeing science outside of the west. I'm very excited to be able to grapple with the challenges that chemistry can help with in India."

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand

Our exchange partner in New Zealand will be the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at VUW. VUW has an excellent national and international reputation and is an excellent place to send York Chemists to perform a research project in year 4. VUW is currently ranked No. 1 in New Zealand for research quality in chemistry. We will send out two students to Wellington in 2014-15.

Student quote: “Whilst I'm slightly nervous about being so far away from home I am really excited about travelling to New Zealand as it is a part of the world that I would have never have been able to consider visiting, let along studying in outside of the Year Abroad option”

Photo of Wellington, NZ

Photo: Wellington City‌

MChem(abroad) in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at York now offers students the opportunity to undertake an MChem degree with a year abroad in 11 countries around the world (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain). Placements in these countries involve a substantial research project, which is the major component of the academic year, and our partners offer the opportunity to undertake world-class research in a range of cultural settings. The number of students undertaking placements abroad is growing steadily and we will send out 18 students in 2014-15.