Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (with a foundation year), 4 years (MChem) full-time
UCAS code: F100, F101 (with a placement year), F102 (with a foundation year), F104 (MChem)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our new Chemistry courses build on our longstanding expertise in analytical science and the application of chemistry in the real world, in areas such as pharmaceutical science and forensic science.

* This course is subject to validation.

Our new Chemistry courses build upon our longstanding expertise in analytical science and the application of chemistry in the real world in areas such as pharmaceutical science and forensic science.  We will provide you with a robust education, from the basic concepts that underpin chemistry through to the development, synthesis and identification of complex molecules and materials. 

Our courses provide you with the choice and flexibility that you need when deciding what is right for your future career.  If you are really fired up for a career in chemistry and imagine yourself working in research or the higher levels of the chemical industry, then our MChem integrated masters course will put you on the right track.  Our you might be keen to experience 12 months on the ground in a company putting your skills to use and developing others further – in that case we have our BSc(Hons) with a placement year. 

For those of you who might not have the necessary entry qualifications, there is our BSc(Hons) with a Foundation Year which prepares you well for your studies at the latter stages of your degree.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Chemistry, MChem Chemistry

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

Throughout your course you will cover a wide range of chemical subjects, building your knowledge in topics such as organic synthesis, chemical analysis, drug design, inorganic and organometallic chemistry.  There will be opportunities for you to specialise through your choice of options, please really develop your expertise in your independent project work. You will also develop expertise in related fields including pharmaceutical science, forensic analysis, biochemistry and plastic electronics. Embedded throughout your studies will be opportunities for to apply your knowledge and skills and develop yourself as a professional scientist.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Compulsory
Fundamentals of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Compulsory
Professional Skills and Practice Compulsory
Option Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Compulsory
Fundamentals of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Compulsory
Professional Skills and Practice Compulsory
Cells and Biological Molecules Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Inorganic Materials Chemistry Compulsory
Methods of Chemical Analysis Compulsory
Drug Discovery, Design and Synthesis Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Compulsory
Methods of Chemical Analysis Compulsory
Research Skills Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Advanced Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy Compulsory
Advanced Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry Compulsory
Analysis and QA of Drugs Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Advanced Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy Compulsory
Advanced Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry Compulsory
Global Chemical Industry Compulsory

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Research Methods and Dissemination Compulsory
Option Optional
Option Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Placement/Research Assistantship Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.