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Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 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


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

7.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subjects

Chemistry

Natural sciences

**Why study this course?**

Our undergraduate degree in natural sciences will enable you to maintain a breadth of science subjects reflecting the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of scientific research and enterprise. The course's highly flexible structure will allow you to more easily tailor the degree towards your personal interests whilst providing the core laboratory, IT and performance skills to succeed in your chosen career.

**More about this course**

This wide-reaching course will equip you with technical and transferable skills and competencies across a range of subjects within the natural sciences. On graduation you will be well-equipped to take on an exciting role in the chemical, biological or pharmaceutical industries, or progress to postgraduate study.

A typical week involves a minimum of 12 hours' contact time with lecturers in a variety of forms including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops or practicals. Practicals and projects are conducted in our £30 million Science Centre, which is one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe with 280 workstations and specialist laboratory equipment.

Our Learning Centre has just been renovated and has many areas available for group or independent study with Wi-Fi and computer facilities as well as a café where you can relax with friends over a coffee. We've also invested in additional interactive, digital laboratory resources, which will support you in your preparation for practical classes and written practical reports.

There is also the opportunity to become a member of the Life Sciences society, which in turn can provide you with the opportunity to attend several social and professional events. This welcoming society will help you build the skills you'll need for a career within life sciences.

You’ll leave this course ready to pursue a career in the high-technology, science-based industries. You could choose to work in sectors such as education or healthcare, with roles such as developer, lab technician and researcher on offer. You’ll also develop the IT, research and analytical skills that are valued by employers in many different industries such as finance and commerce.

Modules

The modules listed below are subject to change. Please see the University website for full, up-to-date module details.

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 (core, 15 credits);
Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits);
Key Principles in Chemistry (core, 15 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits);
Organic Unsaturated Molecules (option, 15 credits);
Coordination and Solution Chemistry of d and f block Complexes (option, 15 credits);
Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits);
Kinetics and Surface Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits);
Organic Ring Systems (option, 15 credits);
Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry (option, 5 credits);
Human Immunity (option, 15 credits);
Microbiology (option, 15 credits);
Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (core, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Advanced and Organic Chemistry (option, 15 credits);
Natural Products (option, 15 credits);
Advanced Physical Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Advanced Inorganic Techniques (option, 15 credits);
Research Project (core, 30 credits);
Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (option, 15 credits);
Fundamentals of Biotechnology (option, 15 credits);
Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 15 credits);
Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (option, 15 credits);
Medicinal Chemistry (option, 15 credits);
Atomic and Molecular Spectra (option, 15 credits);
Ethics for Science (option, 15 credits);
Virology (option, 15 credits);
Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 15 credits);
Advanced Bioanalytical Science (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:

School of Human Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Chemistry

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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

Others in biological sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

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%
med
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.

Others in biological sciences

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%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

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

Chemistry

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

£24k

£24k

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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