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Environmental Chemistry

BSc Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:F140
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Credit Points:360
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Dr MP Coogan

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • To provide a flexible but structured, progressive and thematic training in Environmental Chemistry which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment
  • To develop key transferable skills to prepare students for general graduate employment
  • To develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training
  • To encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning
  • To offer a broad range of modules within which students can select a specialised route
  • To offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Knowledge and Understanding

Depending on the choice of modules, students will acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of:

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Earth sciences and geology
  • Hydrology
  • Atmospheric science
  • Environmental management
  • Ecology
  • Environmental modelling 

Students will be given guidance on an appropriate choice of modules.  The degree programme provides opportunities and support for all students to develop many intellectual, practical and transferable skills at various levels. 

Intellectual Skills

Students will learn to:

  • synthesise information from a variety of sources
  • critically evaluate and assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and strategies
  • interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • develop a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and a reasoned argument
  • plan, conduct and report a substantial investigation 

Practical Skills

Students will learn to:

  • use appropriate field and laboratory equipment effectively
  • carry out experimental work in the field
  • undertake risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work
  • collect and present field, laboratory and literature data 

Transferable Skills

Students will learn to:

  • work independently and as a team (recognising the views of others), on time limited tasks
  • manipulate numbers and use relevant information technology
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
  • design and prepare project proposals

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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On entry to our programme, students can register for either the 3 year (BSc) or 4 year (MChem.) degree in Environmental Chemistry.  The final choice of degree will normally be taken at the end of Part 1, although change is still possible at the end of Year 2.Part 1 (Year 1) is qualificatory, and marks from Part 2 (Years 2, 3 and 4) classify the degree. The intellectual content of modules becomes increasingly more demanding from Years 1 to 4.  As they progress through the degree, students are expected to demonstrate increased intellect, independence and scientific rigour in all assessed work.

Year 1

Students take 15 modules in Year 1.

Compulsory modules

ENV.101     Earth's Internal Processes, ENV.102     Geological Processes, ENV.103     Biogeochemical Processes, ENV.104 Hydrological Processes, ENV.105 Atmosphere, Weather & Climate I

CHEM101   Atoms and Molecules, CHEM102 Introduction to Organic Chemistry, CHEM103   Physical Chemistry, CHEM104 Organic Chemistry, CHEM106 Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM111 Skills for Natural Scientists, CHEM112 Physical Foundations of Chemistry, CHEM113 Introduction to Spectroscopy, CHEM114 Analytical Chemistry . CHEM115 Inorganic Chemistry II

Work/Study Placement


Year 2

Compulsory modules

LEC.270 Environmental Field Course, CHEM211 The Physical Principles of Spectroscopy, CHEM214 Phase Transfer and Kinetics, CHEM212 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, CHEM224 Advanced Coordination Chemistry

Students choose two from the following:

LEC.276 Aquatic Biogeochemistry, LEC.278 Soil Science or TBC

Students choose one from the following:

CET6064 Enhancing your Employability and Career Potential or LEC.201 Enterprise for the Environment

Students choose two of the following (CHEM222 & 233 are recommended):

CHEM201 Chemistry of Pi-Systems, CHEM222 (Recommended) Organometallics, Catalysis and Mechanism, CHEM204 Analysis and Determination of Organic Structure, CHEM203 Strategies for Chemical Synthesis, CHEM233 (Recommended) Solids, Surfaces and Soft Matter


Students graduate with a BSc or MChem degree, Honours or Pass, in Environmental Chemistry. Degrees are classified according to the university's standard regulations for 16 or 24 unit degree schemes.


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