BSc (Hons) Chemistry

With study abroad and sandwich year options

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Overview

With our BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree, we blend laboratory study with classroom learning to ensure you graduate with a balanced understanding of the subject, from inorganic and organic chemistry to physical and analytical chemistry.

We’ve worked to shape our curriculum around industry needs and developments, so we’ll equip you with the skills and strengths that employers want. And, while the units you’ll study provide a well-rounded understanding of the subject as a whole, you’ll also have the flexibility to focus on those areas that interest you most – developing the knowledge, experience and skills you’ll need to fulfil your professional or academic ambitions. As such, we cover a wide range of specialist areas, including physiochemical processes, materials chemistry, forensic chemistry, biological and medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, catalysis, computational chemical modelling and spectroscopy, and synthetic chemistry.

This course is also available with a Foundation Year.

Features and Benefits

  • This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, reflecting our professional standards and standing within the discipline of chemistry.
  • We recently invested over a million pounds in upgrading our synthetic chemistry and materials laboratories.
  • Our teaching is supported by a range of technological innovations including videos to support the learning of key concepts and problem-solving practice.
  • You can opt for a four-year route, with the third year of your degree spent on an industry placement or studying abroad with one of our partner institutions in Europe, North America or Australasia.
  • Apply for the BSc (Hons) course now and you can choose the MChem later, at the end of Year 2. As long as you’re working to a high enough standard you can then switch over to the MChem route.
"Analytical, pharmaceutical and quantum chemistry have been very interesting for me to learn. The content of the course built up my knowledge from A-Level and gave it more depth. The lab classes gave me a practical approach on how the theory is applied." Ahmed Abdul Rahim, BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I chose theoretical chemistry as it was the most challenging subject I could think of. Now, I get to research a wide range of applications, from olfactory proteins and biosensors, through to designing drugs and functional materials.”

Dr Lindsey Munro, Head of Division, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences

Career Prospects

Chemistry graduates may be employed in the chemical, pharmaceutical, materials, food and drink, utility, healthcare, aerospace, automotive, information technology and telecommunications industries.

Your chemistry degree will also equip you with a wide variety of transferable skills that can be applied to non-subject specific career pathways such as local government, teaching, law, journalism, business, finance, IT and retail.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) to include A2 A-level Grade C in Chemistry (and a Pass in Chemistry A level Practical)/Applied Science.

BTEC National Extended Diploma/Diploma in Applied Science (grades DMM/D*D). To include four Chemistry units at grade Merit or above.

Recommended Chemistry Units as follows:

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 13, 14, 19

Pre 2016 BTECs:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma in Applied Science (grades DMM/D*D). To include 60 Chemistry L3 credits at grade Distinction.

Recommended Chemistry Units as follows:

01, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 45, 48, 52

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. GCSE Science and Mathematics requirement may be met through the Level 3 requirements for the course. Please contact the institution if further information is required.

Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted. BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 Diploma Pts (Chemistry HL grade 5)

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Chemistry is often called the ‘central science’ because its applications form the basis for so many different scientific disciplines. The same applies to your future. Study chemistry with us now and you’ll open up a vast range of pathways and possibilities. Whether you’re looking ahead to a career in the pharmaceutical, materials, food and drink, utility, healthcare, aerospace, automotive or telecommunications industries – to name just a few – you can make your start with us.

As a physical science, chemistry considers the origins, behaviour and properties of materials from the atomic level to the macro scale, and how they affect our daily lives, from health and wellbeing to the material world. Ultimately, chemistry tells us how the material world works – so studying it will give you the power to understand and engage with its processes to improve the world around us.

We offer a selection of different chemistry degrees, offering the chance to focus on areas like medicinal, biological or pharmaceutical chemistry, or to concentrate on the core elements of the discipline. All our BSc programmes offer the option to study abroad, in Europe or further afield. And, all are designed and led by research-active staff, in fully-equipped specialist labs – because we believe that learning skills first-hand is the best way to help you prepare for a range of rewarding careers.

There is sufficient flexibility throughout the degree to enable development of knowledge, experience and skills appropriate to a range of science-based careers or particular areas of interest.

Year 1 aims to provide a firm grounding in core principles of chemistry including an introduction to chemical analysis and fundamental chemistry concepts.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

You will be introduced to atoms, molecules, bonding, structure and periodicity. Identification of functional groups, isomerism and stereochemistry, reaction intermediates, basic reactions and mechanisms, IR and 13C-NMR spectroscopy.

Chemical Equilibrium and Mathematical Methods

This unit covers key physical chemistry concepts underpinning the behaviour of acids, bases and electrochemistry, alongside the mathematics and transferable skills that underpin these concepts.

Introduction to Thermodynamics and Kinetics

You will be introduced to the fundamental physicochemical principles of thermodynamics and kinetics along with underpinning mathematical and transferable skills. 

Introduction to Chemical Analysis

The unit will provide an introduction to key concepts required for the study of analytical chemistry. You will explore two main themes: analytical approaches in chemistry, and an introduction to spectroscopy and statistics.

Chemistry in Society 1

This unit introduces the contribution made by chemistry to society, in the context of the structural materials used in everyday commercial products.

Laboratory Techniques 1

This unit provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques and associated practical and analytical skills for interpreting data in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and computational chemistry.

In Year 2 the course focuses increasingly on specialist units which include analytical techniques, structure and spectroscopy, and thermodynamics and kinetics. Options include Green Chemistry or Chemistry in Society.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Structure and Spectroscopy

This unit covers fundamental spectroscopic principles and structural elucidation using NMR, mass spectrometry and infra-red techniques and determination of molecular physical parameters from vibrational and rotational spectroscopies.

Instrumental Analysis

This unit is an introduction to key aspects of instrumental analytical chemistry: namely separative methods [chromatography], elemental analysis [atomic spectroscopy] and electrochemistry.

Thermodynamics and Kinetics

You will explore concepts required for study of physical chemistry including the study of interfaces, kinetics and thermodynamics.

Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group

This unit covers the use of carbonyl groups as enabling functionality and will be illustrated by discussion of a range of chemical transformations of these functional groups.

Solid State, d-block and f-block Chemistry

This unit covers transition metal complexes, molecular symmetry, crystallography, solid-state chemistry and f-block chemistry.

Laboratory Techniques 2

This unit provides an introduction to some laboratory techniques and associated practical and analytical skills for interpreting data in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and computational chemistry.

Option Units

Chemistry in Society 2

This module will introduce new, emerging and unusual (NEU) materials and their manufacturing processes.

Green Chemistry

This module will introduce the concepts of green chemistry and its role in moving towards a more environmentally sustainable and economically viable chemical industry.

If you choose the four-year sandwich or study overseas option, Year 3 will be spent on work placement or studying abroad.

In your final year, you will undertake a research project in line with your specialism and also study advanced chemistry concepts. Options include Advanced Topics in Green Chemistry.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Project and Personal Development

In this unit, you will plan, develop and implement an individual research project. You will critically analyse published literature and own data. You will also develop research and employability skills.

Advanced Laboratory Techniques

In this unit, a selection of laboratory experiments/mini-projects covering the disciplines of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry appropriate to the course title will be undertaken.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

In this unit, you will explore the role played by metal ions in key life processes and advanced concepts in coordination/organometallic chemistry.

Advanced Organic Chemistry

You will consider a suite of advanced organic chemistry transformations and strategies in targeted synthesis.

Advanced Physical Chemistry

This unit will provide an introduction to advanced concepts in kinetics, surface science and quantum chemistry for measuring and predicting the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions.

Advanced Instrumental Analysis

This unit considers three advanced instrumental analytical chemistry techniques in depth: analytical mass spectrometry, atomic spectroscopy, and surface analysis.

Option Units

Chemistry in Society 3

You will examine the unintended consequences during the production and use of chemicals and materials

Advanced Topics in Green Chemistry

This module will explore historical and emerging topics in green chemistry and discuss them from a chemical perspective.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

Assessment

Optional foundation year

Placement options

The four year sandwich route gives you the opportunity of spending your third year on industrial placement. The School offers help with finding a suitable placement and experience has shown that placements can lead to improved performance in the final year and improved employment prospects after graduation.

The four year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in Europe, North America or Australia.

Department of Natural Sciences

Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs in campus and students can borrow laptops which are suited to the course. There are no other costs in the Foundation Year. Beyond this point, the students will embark on separate courses that may have their own cost associations, which cannot be included as part of Foundation Year costing.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

F100 - BSc (Hons) Chemistry 

F110 - BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Study Abroad

F107 - BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Sandwich Year

F108 - BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Foundation Year

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