UCAS tariff points/grades required
A levels – BBB, to include Chemistry (including a Pass in A level Chemistry Practical).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Applied Science – DDM, to include four units at merit or above from the following units:
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 13, 14, 19
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (QCF) – DDM, to include 60 level 3 credits at distinction from the following units:
01, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 45, 48, 52
Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.
Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English
GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics
GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit
The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science with a minimum score of 122 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate points
26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Chemistry
6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
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.
Our degrees 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.
In Year 1 of our MChem (Hons) Chemistry, you will gain a firm grounding in core principles of chemistry including reactions and mechanisms, thermodynamics and kinetics, introduction to chemical analysis, chemistry in society, maths for chemists and laboratory techniques. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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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.
Chemistry in Society 1
This unit links the chemistry of modern materials to their properties and applications.
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.
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 instrumental analysis, chemistry of the carbonyl group and solid state, d-block and f-block chemistry. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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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.
Solid State, d-block and f-block Chemistry
This unit covers transition metal complexes, molecular symmetry, crystallography, solid-state chemistry and f-block chemistry.
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.
Thermodynamics and Kinetics
You will explore concepts required for study of physical chemistry including the study of interfaces, kinetics and thermodynamics.
This unit is an introduction to key aspects of instrumental analytical chemistry: namely separative methods [chromatography], elemental analysis [atomic spectroscopy] and electrochemistry.
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.
Chemistry in Society 2
This module will introduce new, emerging and unusual (NEU) materials and their manufacturing processes.
This module will introduce the concepts of green chemistry and its role in moving towards a more environmentally sustainable and economically viable chemical industry.
Your final year is an integrated undergraduate masters year, focusing on a major research project in your chosen specialist area, plus taught units covering topics at the forefront of the field. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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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.
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.
Your final year is an integrated undergraduate 'Masters' year, focusing on a major research project in your chosen specialist area, plus taught units covering topics at the forefront of the field.
Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Advanced Project and Personal Development
In this unit, you will undertake an advanced practical research project, developing an integrated knowledge base and critical understanding of theory, concepts and practical skills relating to chemistry.
Research Frontiers in Chemistry and Materials
This unit imparts awareness of advances at the forefront of the chemical sciences, through research-informed delivery and critical evaluation of peer-reviewed literature.
Further Topics in Analysis, Synthesis and Catalytic Chemistry
This unit will extend students' comprehension of key chemical concepts to provide an in depth understanding of specialised areas of chemistry and instil a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of the chemical sciences.
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:
- Year 1 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 2 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 3 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 50% independent study
- Year 4 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 1 60% coursework; 40% examination
- Year 2 60% coursework; 40% examination
- Year 3 50% coursework; 50% examination
- Year 4 65% coursework; 35% examination
Additional information about this course
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