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 the essential fundamentals of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.
The remaining 60 credits in Years 1-3 comprise maths and data analysis modules in Year 1 and sustainability-based material in later years, along with laboratory modules (with embedded communications and employability skills), allowing you to develop your practical skills and techniques as well as consolidate the associated theory from your lectures.
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. Your remaining 20 credits will give you a solid grounding in the maths and data analysis techniques you will need during your degree.
The Fundamental Maths for Chemists module allows you to learn at your own pace, supported by lectures and workshops to 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.
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 combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops 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 specialised courses within the two chemistry options modules that will introduce you to the fundamental principles of sustainable chemistry.
In Year 3, core chemistry modules in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry are accompanied by further specialised sustainability courses within the options modules. These focus on aspects such as metal-organic frameworks for sustainability applications, sustainable polymer chemistry and sustainable approaches catalysis. You will also carry out 40-credits of independent research, in the form of two 20-credit modules. The first of these is a literature dissertation focused on a cutting-edge aspect of sustainable chemistry. You will choose the topic of your dissertation from a pool of titles and work with your project supervisor to tailor the project to your particular research interests. The second module is advanced laboratory work and skills training, during which you will work as part of a team on a sustainable chemistry project.
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 2024. 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.