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 module. The remaining 60 credits in each year include 40 credits of Pharmacology 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 pharmacology component in Year 1 includes an introduction to pharmacology, along with modules on physiology and cell biology.
Those of you who do not have A-level maths – don’t worry! We provide a self-paced introductory maths module in Semester 1, which will bring you up to speed with the common mathematical techniques needed for chemistry. All students take this module, 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.
- Autonomic Physiology - 10 credits
- Pharmacology (Chemistry with Pharmacology) - 20 credits
- Essentials of Cell Biology and Physiology - 10 credits
- Inorganic Chemistry I - 20 credits
- Organic Chemistry I - 20 credits
- Physical Chemistry I - 20 credits
- Practical Chemistry Ia - 20 credits
- Year 1 Summer Skills Laboratory *
- Fundamental Mathematics **
* Year 1 Summer Skills Laboratory is a zero credit module which provides training in the fundamental skills of separation, measurement, analysis, calculation and the interpretation of data. Satisfactory completion is assessed by maintenance of a laboratory notebook, the quality of the data produced in the laboratory and its interpretation. Satisfactory completion of this module is normally required for progression to Year 2.
** Fundamental Mathematics is a zero credit module which is student centred and self paced, providing training in the fundamental skills and concepts of mathematics that underpin the rest of the programme. Satisfactory completion of this module is normally required for progression to Year 2.
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 pharmacology modules in systems pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics, as well as a particularly popular pair of modules entitled “Good Brain–Bad Brain”, which focuses on the workings of the brain, its molecules and cells, and considers how these may become altered in neurological and psychiatric disease states.
- Good Brain, Bad Brain 1 - 10 credits
- Good Brain, Bad Brain 2 - 10 credits
- Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenetics - 10 credits
- Systems Pharmacology - 10 credits
- Inorganic Chemistry II - 20 credits
- Organic Chemistry II - 20 credits
- Physical Chemistry II - 20 credits
- Practical Chemistry IIa - 20 credits
Students may proceed with the MSci programme providing a minimum of 220 credits have been accumulated by the end of Stage 2 and an Overall Stage 2 mark of greater than 60% has been obtained, normally to include passes in core chemistry exams.
In addition to modules in core chemistry, you will take specialist modules in pharmacology, including molecular and integrative pharmacology and drug discovery and development. You will also undertake a research project in some aspect of chemistry.
- Inorganic Chemistry III - 20 credits
- Organic Chemistry III - 20 credits
- Physical Chemistry III - 20 credits
- Major/Minor Chemistry Research Projects - 20 credits
- Introduction to Drug Discovery and Development - 10 credits
- Molecular and Integrative Pharmacology: From Molecules to Man - 30 credits
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.
- Masters Research Project - 60 credits
Select 60 credits of optional modules, examples listed below:
- Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery - 10 credits
- Materials Chemistry - 10 credits
- Applications of Supramolecular Chemistry - 10 credits
- Synthesis of Natural Products - 10 credits
- Clusters, Surfaces and Interfaces - 10 credits
- Chemical Dynamics, Spectroscopy and Symmetry - 10 credits
- Bio-inorganic Chemistry - 10 credits
- Modern Methods for Molecular Synthesis - 10 credits
- Soft matter - 10 credits
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 2019. 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.