Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
F100; Short form: BSc/Ch
Preston (Campus code: U)
It’s entirely unique. As well as giving you a solid, practical, laboratory-based foundation in all the traditional elements of physical, inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry, a strong emphasis is placed on the sustainable modern practices that have revolutionised chemicals manufacture and given rise to the term ‘Green Chemistry.’ Graduates from this course will be better prepared than most to understand the new environmentally-friendly systems and processes the chemical industry is adopting - making you much more employable than most, too.
National Student Survey 2017
Second in the North West and no.12 nationally for overall student satisfaction. Chemistry at UCLan is ranked top in the UK for academic support with 96% student satisfaction
112 Points at A2, including Chemistry; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
We also require 4 of the following Chemistry modules at Distinction:
Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques
Unit 16: Chemistry for Biological Technicians
Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis
Unit 26: Industrial Chemical Reactions
Unit 27: Chemical Periodicity and Application
Unit 28: Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P including HL5 in Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
The issue of sustainability and the impact of our daily lives on the environment is of ever-increasing concern. In order to meet the demands of a sustainable future the chemical industry is adopting new, more environmental-friendly processes which have resulted in the term "Green Chemistry".
At UCLan, however, we tend not to think about chemistry in terms of separate branches of chemistry, instead we prefer to adopt a more interdisciplinary approach. Consequently, modules are designed to combine elements of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry to provide cohesive units that demonstrate the interdependence of each. The same is true of laboratory classes where experiments are designed such that you will utilise a number of concepts and techniques in order to study chemical processes.
Chemistry provides an important understanding of our world and how it works. Through an understanding of the chemistry of materials we can design and manufacture drugs to fight disease; computer chips to enhance communication; pesticides to protect our health and crops; fertilizers to grow abundant food; fuels for transportation; fibres to provide comfort and variety in clothes; plastics to package food and replace worn-out body parts; and much, much more. However it is becoming increasingly more apparent if we are to continue to enjoy the lifestyle which is so heavily reliant upon chemicals then we will have to give more consideration to the impact that this has on our environment.
Chemistry-based research is focused on Materials Chemistry within the Centre for Materials Science. As a result, specialist areas in Materials Chemistry provide a focus for study in the final year and topics include nano-structured materials, surface science, and catalysis and polymer science.
The chemistry practicals and tutorials were really useful, especially as we work in smaller groups and get a lot of one-to-one help.
Chemistry at UCLan is famous for its excellent facilities. We have impressive new laboratories housed within our purpose-built JB Firth Building, with state-of-the-art equipment including mass spectrometers, NMRs and electron microscopes to give you hands-on experience of the latest techniques.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
Both BSc(Hons) Chemistry and MChem Chemistry courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Our Chemistry department is top in the UK in terms of student satisfaction, ranking first in the Times Good University Guide 2015.
Chemistry is heavily reliant upon practical skills; consequently practical classes have an important role in the delivery of the course. Practicals are designed to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. These increase in depth and complexity as the course progresses, taking the form of student initiated mini projects in the final year. This gradual change to a more student-initiated approach prepares you for the double module project in the final year. Throughout the course, theory is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and supported via the practical sessions. Each module typically consists of six hours per week of contact time, however, it is anticipated that you will engage in approximately a further six hours of independent study per week per module studied. Modules are assessed through a combination of both coursework and examinations.
Our courses are underpinned by skills modules that not only allow you to develop your subject-specific skills but also focus on developing transferable skills, increasing your employability.
On graduating from University with a degree in Chemistry, the possibilities are almost endless. Careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries, in chemical research and development, are all obvious career paths and our graduates are highly sought after, but other possible careers include nanotechnology, environmental science, forensic science, biotechnology and teaching. And because so many of the skills you’ll learn are transferable, we have graduates working in accountancy and finance, law and even publishing.