Each year contains 120 credits of taught material, delivered in modules that are typically worth 10 or 20 credits.
Core modules (60 credits in Years 1-3) are taken by all students enrolled on both single honours and major/minor degree programmes and cover those fundamentals of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry that we deem essential. Year 1 also includes a self-paced maths course.
The remaining 60 credits in each year include 40 credits of Business Management modules, along with laboratory or project modules (with embedded communications and employability skills) designed to support the core chemistry, allowing you to develop your practical skills and techniques as well as consolidate the associated theory from your lectures.
In Year 4, you study just Chemistry and choose 60 credits of taught material from a selection of modules pitched at the cutting edge of the subject. A major research project accounts for the remaining 60 credits.
In Year 1, you will take core modules in the traditional sub-disciplines of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, all of which are supported by an additional 20-credit module of laboratory work. The business management component in Year 1 includes modules covering economics, finance, management and marketing.
Those of you who do not have A-level maths or equivalent – don’t worry! We provide a self-paced Fundamental Maths for Chemists course in Semester 1, which will bring you up to speed with the common mathematical techniques needed for chemistry. All students take this course, whether they have A-level maths or not, since not all A-level maths syllabuses cover the same material.
In Semester 2, additional mathematics is embedded in the physical chemistry module, as you begin to apply your mathematical skills to chemical problems. All of the maths material is delivered by staff from Chemistry, which ensures you are equipped with those skills you need to tackle the more physical and theoretical aspects of our courses.
In Year 2, you will build on material from your first year as we employ a mix of lectures and practicals to develop further your understanding of the fundamental aspects of chemistry. In addition to these core courses in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, you will take business management modules in economics and financial decision-making and either human resource management or marketing and new technology.
Choose 20 credits of options, examples listed below:
MSci study is dependent upon performance: you will need a 60% overall mark and pass all core modules in Year 2 in order to remain on the MSci programme.
In addition to modules in core chemistry, you will choose from a range of specialist modules in business management, including corporate finance, strategic management, innovation management and supply chain management. You will also undertake a research project in an aspect of chemistry.
You focus on just Chemistry in this, your final year, choosing from a range of courses that reflect the state-of-the-art of the discipline, which not only allows us to showcase the cutting-edge research interests of the School but also ensures that you are aware of the latest challenges in this rapidly advancing subject.
In addition to 60 credits of taught modules, you will join one of the School’s research groups, and become a member of the Research School as you undertake a major research project (worth the remaining 60 credits). You will work closely with your project supervisor to tailor your project to your particular interests and ensure you develop those research skills that you feel will be most beneficial to you after completing your degree. Many students enjoy their research project so much that they choose to go on to study for a PhD after graduation.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2023. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.