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Chemistry

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject is acceptable for entry. You will need 60 credits overall with 45 at level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2 with passes in level 2 Maths and Communication units. QAA accredited course required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent).

UCAS Tariff

112

A minimum of 112 points from A levels including a C in Chemistry, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Chemistry

**Why study this course?**

More than an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry, this degree provides intensive basic training that is designed to give you the core laboratory, IT and performance skills to succeed in your chosen career.

You'll be taught in our £30 million Science Centre, which has more than 280 cutting-edge work stations, and gain hands-on practical experience alongside analytical techniques such as UV and infrared spectroscopy. Our lecturers are often industry experts or active researchers and there are opportunities for on-the-job experience through our work placement scheme.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and provides partial exemption from the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist status.

**More about this course**

With access to 280 workstations and specialist labs, you’ll get the chance to explore electrochemical analysis, gas and liquid chromatography, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry and many other modern techniques used in the industry today.

Your first year will cover the fundamentals of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry to prepare you for the study of forensic, pharmaceutical, medical and analytical science. As the course progresses, you’ll have the chance to explore the practical and technical aspects of chemistry at a more in-depth level as well as having the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you such as forensic chemistry or bioanalytical science.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a year-long research project on a topic of your choosing within the chemistry sector. You’ll also have the option to undertake an on-the-job placement as part of your degree, giving you valuable hands-on experience and exposure to the industry.

Modules

The modules listed are subject to change. Please visit the university website for full, up-to-date module details.

Example Year 1 modules include:

General Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Foundations of Physics (core, 15 credits);
Introduction to Laboratory Skills (core, 15 credits);
Fundamental Chemical Concepts (core, 15 credits);
Introduction to Organic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits);
Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits);
Key Principles in Chemistry (core, 15 credits)

Example Year 2 modules include:

Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits);
Organic Unsaturated Molecules (core, 15 credits);
Coordination and Solution Chemistry of d and f block Complexes (core, 15 credits);
Kinetics and Surface Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits);
Organic Ring Systems (core, 15 credits);
Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (core, 15 credits)

Example Year 3 modules include:

Advanced Organic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Advanced Physical Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Advanced Inorganic Techniques (core, 15 credits);
Research Project (core, 30 credits);
Sandwich Placement (year-long) (option, 30 credits);
Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Medicinal Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option, 15 credits);
Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 15 credits);
Atomic and Molecular Spectra (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through mini-tests, practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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.

87%
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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

87%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
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.

96%
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Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

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.

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