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Durham University

Chemistry

UCAS Code: F100

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Chemistry at grade A. Mathematics at grade A. Specific subjects excluded for entry: Critical Thinking and General Studies. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) required for entry: Chemistry and Mathematics both at grade A.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

Subject specifics required for entry: Chemistry and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

Eighteen points (6, 6, 6) from Higher Level subjects including HL Chemistry and HL Maths. Under the new scheme we will accept HL Maths Analysis and Approaches or HL Maths Applications and Interpretation.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

Subject specifics required for entry: Chemistry and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) required for entry: Chemistry and Mathematics both at grade A.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Chemistry and Mathematics at grade A.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers. Must include Chemistry and Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Chemistry

**Course Learning and Teaching**

Chemistry is a linear, quantitative subject containing a significant volume of factual material. It is an experimental science where practical work, and development of practical skills, is important. This three-year course is delivered through a mixture of “Core” and “add-on” modules using lectures, tutorials, problem classes and laboratory practical work.

Lectures provide the key information on a particular area and form the main basis by which you will learn the fundamental concepts and facts of the subject. In tutorials and workshops you will acquire and consolidate subject-specific knowledge, and also develop problem-solving skills embodying the concepts from lectures in a formative environment.

Revision classes are used in the first year in preparation for the end of year examinations. Problem classes are used in the first year to develop mathematical and other quantitative skills in a problem-solving environment. We use laboratory classes to teach, develop and refine subject-specific experimental skills of synthesis, measurement and characterisation that characterise a competent chemistry graduate, whilst applying concepts from lectures in an experimental environment.

Throughout the course, you are expected to spend a minimum of one subsequent hour per hour of lecture contact on private study, reading and problem-solving using textbooks and other resources. Additional private study is preparing for tutorials, workshops, writing reports of laboratory work and revision for examinations. In the four compulsory modules in the first year, you will attend seven hours of lectures, two hours of tutorials or problem classes and six hours of laboratory work each week. Additionally, a third of the year’s credits are from elective modules which involve between two and six hours of lectures and laboratories each week. Individual learning forms an important part of academic study.

In the second and third years, you will typically attend 12 hours of lectures or workshops per week and 10 hours of laboratory work. A component of the third year is a literature survey based dissertation, where you will undertake a detailed study of a particular area of current chemical research under the supervision of a member of academic staff who you will typically have three or four one-to-one supervisory meetings.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

You will spend three years developing an understanding of a broad range of modern chemistry covering organic and inorganic synthesis, physical characterisation methods, and chemistry at the interfaces with biosciences, engineering and physics. You will also gain a broad range of practical skills in synthesis, physical measurement and data analysis. In your third year you will have an opportunity to demonstrate the research skills you have developed. Throughout the degree you will develop your chemical understanding, problem-solving and practical skills, whilst learning how to learn. Graduates of this degreee are well-prepared for Masters level study, work in the chemicals sector, and roles requiring problem-solving and numeracy skills.

**Year 1**
You will study 120 credits per academic year. In the first year, there are 80 credits of chemistry modules that teach you the basics of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, consolidating and building on pre-university courses. Mathematical and Experimental Tools Required in Chemistry (METRiC) contains courses that develop mathematical and physical concepts as tools for chemistry, and also some background biology and physics. Practical Chemistry is introduced in two cross-disciplinary modules, concluding in a short project.

Compulsory modules:
Core Chemistry 1
Practical Chemistry 1A
Mathematical and Experimental Tools Required in Chemistry
Introduction to Materials Chemistry
Practical Chemistry 1B.

Optional modules:
You will take 40 credits of modules from those offered by other departments in science and the other faculties. Optional modules have previously included:
Mathematics
Biology and languages are popular
We offer an elective Chemistry module ‘Molecules in Action’.

**Year 2**
You will study compulsory modules to the value of 100 credits. These extend your knowledge of inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry from the first-year introduction, and develop further practical skills.

Compulsory modules:
Core Chemistry 2
Chemistry of the Elements
Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
Properties of Molecules
Practical Chemistry 2– Inorganic
Practical Chemistry 2 – Organic
Practical Chemistry 2 – Physical.

Optional modules:
Your final second-year modules provide you with an opportunity to specialise or to continue to study with a timetable-compatible module of another subject. You will study one 20-credit module. Option modules have previously included:
Biological Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
A module from another subject.

**Year 3**
Three compulsory modules ensure that you cover some core aspects of the subject, and also provides you with a research-led project. The remaining modules allow you to study all areas of the subject or to specialise.

Compulsory modules:
Core Chemistry 3
Chemistry BSc Dissertation
Either Chemistry and Society Or Chemistry into Schools.
At least one 10-credit module:
Inorganic Concepts and Applications
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Molecules and their Interactions.
At least one 10-credit laboratory module:
Practical Chemistry 3 – Inorganic
Practical Chemistry 3 – Organic
Practical Chemistry 3 – Physical.

Optional modules:
These 20-credit modules provide you with the opportunity to further develop your interest in specialised areas of the subject. Modules have previously included:
Advanced Biological Chemistry (if Biological Chemistry was taken in the second year)
Computational Chemistry (if not taken in the second year)
Materials Chemistry
Advanced Computational Chemistry.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£27,350
per year
International
£27,350
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

St Mary's College

John Snow College

Hatfield College

College of St Hild and St Bede

No college preference

Trevelyan College

Grey College

Josephine Butler College

Van Mildert College

St Chad's College

Collingwood College

St Aidan's College

University College

Stephenson College

St Cuthbert's Society

South College

St John's College

Department:

Chemistry

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
med
Chemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A

After graduation


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Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Business, research and administrative professionals
20%
Natural and social science professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£34k

£34k

£36k

£36k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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