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.
The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and provides partial exemption from the academic requirements for the Chartered Chemist status.
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.
In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
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.
You’ll be assessed through mini-tests, practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
- Concepts in Chemistry (core, 30 credits)
- Foundations of Physics (core, 15 credits)
- General and Organic Chemistry (core, 30 credits)
- Laboratory Science (core, 30 credits)
- Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits)
- Inorganic Chemistry (core, 30 credits)
- Organic Chemistry (core, 30 credits)
- Physical Chemistry (core, 30 credits)
- Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits)
- Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits)
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Materials (core, 30 credits)
- Advanced Organic Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
- Advanced Physical Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
- Medicinal Chemistry (core, 15 credits)
- Research Project (core, 30 credits)
- Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option, 15 credits)
- Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (option, 15 credits)
- Sandwich Placement (option, 30 credits)
- Work Placement (option, 15 credits)
After the course
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.
Many of our previous graduates are now employed by companies such as Mundipharma Research. Others have gone on to postgraduate study.
You’ll also develop the IT, research and analytical skills that are valued by employers in many different industries such as finance and commerce.