Chemistry

Chemistry BSc (Hons)

UCLan's Chemistry degree course is 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.

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UCLan Chemistry was ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian 2020 University Guide

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years (4 years with industrial placement), Part-time: Five years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    F100

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Top for value added in the Guardian League Table 2019 – helping every chemistry student achieve his or her full potential.
  • Latest DLHE 2016/17 results show 100% of BSc leavers were in employment, further study or training six months after completion of their course.
  • Gain hands-on experience classes in the state-of-the-art JB Firth Building, including advanced analytical instruments, eg mass spectrometers, NMRs, electron microscopes, HPLC.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Core Skills for Chemist
  • Introduction to Chemical Concepts
  • Synthesis and Analysis of Molecular Materials
  • New Frontiers in Chemistry

Year 2

  • Laboratory Studies of Chemical Concepts
  • Chemical Concepts: Physical Measurements
  • Chemical Concepts: Developing Molecular  Materials
  • Analytical & Separation Science
  • Frontiers in Chemistry

For sandwich award:

  •  Industrial Placement Year

Year 3

  • Advanced Chemical Concepts
  • Chemistry through Research & Innovation
  • Modern Advances in Molecular Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry of Drug Development (o)
  • Applications in Nanochemistry (o)
  • Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry (o)
  • Chemistry Project

(o) optional

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 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: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level 5 Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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

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Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Further Information


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.

UCLan's Chemistry degree course 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.

Read our student case studies

Lauren Bailey | Joe Rawlinson | Megan Critchley | Chlöe Foster

FACILITIES

UCLan's Chemistry degree 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.

Chemistry Laboratory

Chemistry Laboratory

Analytical Suite

Chemistry Research Laboratory

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Placements

This Chemistry degree course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry. Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your academic learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability.

The benefit of the experience gained during your placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs. We will support you in preparation for this with advice, guidance and seminars run by your placement tutor and UCLan Careers, and you will plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.


“This year I started my first industrial placement. It is a 12-month placement and I hope to gain a lot of great experience working in industry and narrow down my ideas of what I might want to focus on in my career.”

Chloe Foster, MChem Chemistry (sandwich year in industry)


 

Our Opportunities

Our Chemistry degrees 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.


"I have worked over summer on an area of chemistry I have become interested in - this involved being part of real-world research which improved my laboratory skills and allowed me to practically apply my laboratory skills gained within taught labs."

Connor Maguire, Chemistry, MChem (Hons) Student


Industry Links

Both BSc (Hons) Chemistry and MChem Chemistry courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

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"The chemistry practicals and tutorials were really useful, especially as we work in smaller groups and get a lot of one-to-one help."


Course Enquiries

Telephone us: +44(0)1772 892400
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Isabel Rumoroso

Isabel Rumoroso

BSc (Hons) Chemistry, 1993

Looking for a degree in science, Isabel Rumoroso made the journey all the way from France to study BSc (Hons) Chemistry at UCLan. Despite being a long way from home, the Parisian embraced the challenge of learning a new culture and language alongside her academic studies.

“Moving to England and commencing studies at the University was the first time I had lived away from home, never mind living abroad” said Rumoroso.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.