Each year contains 120 credits of taught material, delivered in modules that are typically worth 20 credits. Core modules (60 credits in Years 1 and 2) 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 the first two years comprise optional material and laboratory modules (with embedded communications and employability skills) designed to support these core courses, allowing you to develop your practical skills and techniques as well as consolidate the associated theory from your lectures. Language modules replace the optional chemistry modules for those planning on studying at a non English-speaking university.
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 two additional modules comprising an extensive laboratory work programme.
If you intend to study at a non English-speaking university on your year out, in place of an optional module you will take a module in the appropriate modern language. Otherwise, you will choose from a wide range of non-chemistry option courses from across the University, including a number of foreign languages spanning a range of abilities.
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.
- Inorganic Chemistry I - 20 credits
- Organic Chemistry I - 20 credits
- Physical Chemistry I - 20 credits
- Practical Chemistry Ia - 20 credits
- Practical Chemistry Ib - 20 credits
- Widening Horizons - 20 credits
- Year 1 Summer Skills Laboratory *
- Fundamental Mathematics **
* Year 1 Summer Skills Laboratory is a zero credit module which fulfils the accreditation requirement of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 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 fro 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 combination of lectures and practicals to further your understanding of the fundamental aspects of chemistry. In addition to core courses in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, you will also take a chemistry options module, choosing from a range of courses, choosing from a range of courses, which include analytical chemistry, computational chemistry and biological chemistry, that is, unless you are planning on studying at a non-English-speaking university in your third year, in which case you will take a further module in the appropriate modern language.
- Inorganic Chemistry II - 20 credits
- Organic Chemistry II - 20 credits
- Physical Chemistry II - 20 credits
- Practical Chemistry IIa - 20 credits
- Practical Chemistry IIb - 20 credits
- Year 2 Chemistry Options or Language - 20 credits
If you are planning to study in a country where English is not the language of instruction you should study 20 credits of a language of your anticipated host country. This is taken in place of Year 2 Chemistry Options.
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.
You take a 10-credit intensive lab course before leaving Birmingham, the remainder of Year 3 is spent out at your chosen university at which you will take 110 credits of modules. These will have been chosen to ensure that when you return to Birmingham to re-join your MSci cohort, you possess the necessary skills and knowledge to underpin a successful final year of your MSci. This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for those students choosing to study at a university in which English is the language of instruction.
- Chemistry Year Abroad - 120 credits
- Year Abroad - 110 credits
- Intensive Practical Chemistry - 10 credits
After spending your third year studying abroad at your chosen university, you will return to Birmingham for your fourth year. You will find significant flexibility in this, your final, year, as you choose 60 credits of taught modules from a range of courses pitched at the cutting edge of the discipline.
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.
- Masters Research Project - 60 credits
Select 60 credits of optional modules, examples listed below:
- Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (03 20495) - 10 credits
- Materials Chemistry (03 24508) - 10 credits
- Applications of Supramolecular Chemistry (0320493) - 10 credits
- Synthesis of Natural Products (03 20494) - 10 credits
- Clusters, Surfaces and Interfaces (03 20497) - 10 credits
- Chemical Dynamics, Spectroscopy and Symmetry (03 20496) - 10 credits
- Bio-inorganic Chemistry (03 28079) - 10 credits
- Modern Methods for Molecular Synthesis (03 28080) - 10 credits
- Soft matter (03 28081) - 10 credits
As a condition of RSC accreditation and to provide sufficient breadth of knowledge, students must choose at least one module from 03 20495, 03 20494 and 03 28080, at least one module from 03 24508, 0320493 and 03 28079 and at least one module from 03 20497, 03 20496 and 03 28081.
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.