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BSc Hons Chemistry


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Chemistry
UCAS Code: F100 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Chemistry Director of Studies: Dr MP Coogan
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students gain an advanced understanding of all of the main areas of chemistry including those traditionally covered by inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, but also including analytical, computational and biological aspects of chemistry over the course of the programme of study. In the first year, in addition to chemistry content, students develop mathematics and other transferable skills to support their studies. In the second year, the degree programme further expands the core subjects of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and also includes courses on spectroscopy, quantum chemistry and other advanced chemistry modules. The course contains research training to enable students to complete a substantial project. In the third year, students are supported in producing a research project that matches their interests and will be offered course options that place their knowledge in a real world context, selecting from other branches of chemistry including biomedical imaging, polymer and analytical topics.

    Across the full programme, students undertake at least 300 timetabled hours of laboratory based practical work in chemistry, in addition to completing a substantial project. Laboratory work involves synthetic, computational, spectroscopic and measurement-based techniques.

    In sum, the programme aims are that students:

    Will be fully conversant with all major aspects of chemical terminology.

    Will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems.

    Will gain knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials;

    Can evidence their understanding of general synthetic pathways, including related chemical mechanisms and isolation, purification and characterisation techniques.

    Develop an awareness of issues within chemistry that overlap with related disciplines.

    Acquire a systematic and broad understanding of key chemical concepts.

    Gain in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a substantial area of chemistry, and are suitably prepared for contemporary professional practice in the chemical sciences or for further study at postgraduate-level.

    Sustain their academic curiosity in preparation for lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills 

    Graduates with Honours will be able to demonstrate:

    Knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the areas of chemistry being studied.

    The ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.

    The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution.

    Skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data skills in communicating scientific material and arguments.

    Information technology (IT) and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.

    The ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar chemical problems.


    Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Chemistry Skills:

    Graduates with Honours will be able to demonstrate:

    Skills in the safe-handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties including any specific hazards associated with their use and the ability to conduct risk assessments (COSHH).

    Skills required for the conduct of documented laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work, in relation to both inorganic and organic systems.

    Skills in the monitoring, by observation and measurement, of chemical properties, events or changes, and the systematic and reliable recording and documentation thereof skills in the operation of standard chemical instrumentation.

    The ability to interpret and explain the limits of accuracy of their own experimental data in terms of significance and underlying theory.

    The ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures.

    The ability to design synthetic approaches to key targets.

    Competence in the planning, design and execution of chemistry experiments.

    Skills required to work independently and be self-critical in the evaluation of risks, experimental procedures and outcomes.

    The ability to use an understanding of the limits of accuracy of experimental data to inform the planning of future work.

    Generic Skills:

    Graduates with Honours will be able to demonstrate:

    Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication.

    Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information.

    Numeracy and mathematical skills, including such aspects as error analysis order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.

    Information retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through online computer searches.

    A range of IT skills using different platforms.

    Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working.

    Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working.

    Skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature.

    Problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction and originality.

    The ability to communicate and interact with professionals from other disciplines.

    The ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility.

    The ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

    The ability to assimilate, evaluate and present research results objectively.

    Skills required to: plan, conduct, complete and present a major research project.

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