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Chemistry BSc (Hons)

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

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.
 


 

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FACILITIES

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.


Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    F100; Short form: BSc/Ch

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points including Chemistry grade C.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Courses at a glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Experimental Techniques in Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Concepts
  • Skills for Chemists
  • Introduction to Green Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Organic Compounds
  • Elective
  • Introduction to Chemistry and/or a free choice elective

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Laboratory Studies of Chemical Concepts
  • Physical Chemistry: Theory and Applications in Analytical Science
  • Elements of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Concepts in Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry in Action
  • Tools for Green Chemistry

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Concepts in Chemistry
  • Exploration of Chemical Processes
  • Research Topics
  • Biological, Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry
  • Green Energy
  • Chemistry Project

Late Applications

Our Opportunities

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.

Industry Links

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.

 

Learning Environment

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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

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.