BSc (Hons) in Chemistry

General

Program Description

As a University of Bradford chemistry student, you will have choice and flexibility in your degree.

During the first two years, you will develop a sound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, with core content delivered across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

To give you an intellectually fulfilling experience, our chemistry courses allow you to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the University such as mathematics, engineering, economics and many more.

The third year will introduce you to specialist content in medicinal, materials and analytical chemistry. You will also have the opportunity to study a specific subject by choosing to a greater depth during an extended dissertation.

As a Bradford Chemistry graduate, you will be uniquely placed to deploy the skills that have developed across the programme.

Professional accreditation

Students can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Rankings

Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

Entry requirements

A-Levels: To include A-level Chemistry minimum grade B.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Science subject required - must include a minimum of three Chemistry-related units.

Applicants on Access Programmes: 112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at minimum Distinction.

International Baccalaureate requirements: 112 UCAS tariff points to include HL Chemistry at grade 6 and 2 other HL subjects at grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus a minimum of GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

  • Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

CIFS entry requirement

  • If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies.
  • 80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus Maths and a Science qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C.
  • UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus:

  • Foundation in Chemistry

And one additional module from the following:

  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Business Environment
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Progression requirements for the degree programme

An overall average of at least 50% and at least 55% in Foundation in Chemistry.

What you will study

Our degrees have been structured to give students choice and flexibility. During the first two years, students will develop a sound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, with core content delivered across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. However, we believe that an intellectually fulfilling university experience should allow students to sample subjects from outside the Chemistry subject area. Hence all our chemistry courses allow students to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the university’s teaching portfolio.

The third year will introduce students to specialist content in medicinal, materials and analytical chemistry. Students will also have the opportunity to study a specific subject by choosing to a greater depth during an extended dissertation.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

First year

Core

  • Organic Chemistry 1 (CFS4023-B)
  • Physical Chemistry 1 (CFS4024-B)
  • Inorganic Chemistry 1 (CFS4022-B)
  • Practical Chemistry 1 (CFS4026-D)

Second year

Core

  • Organic Chemistry 2 (CFS5017-B)
  • Physical Chemistry 2 (CFS5018-B)
  • Inorganic Chemistry 2 (CFS5016-B)
  • Practical Chemistry 2 (CFS5019-D)
  • Elective

Final year

Core

  • Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Science (CFS6015-B)
  • Bio-organic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry (CFS6014-B)
  • Advanced Laboratory and Research Skills (CFS6030-D)
  • Organic Chemistry 3 (CFS6017-B)
  • Molecular Analysis (CFS6016-B)

Learning and assessment

You will have a mix of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, workshops, case studies and directed study. The directed study will include directed reading of selected textbooks, specified source literature and open learning materials, directed Web-based materials, report writing and other assignments. There will also be an individual project/dissertation.

You will be assessed via written closed-book examinations using constructed (essays, short answers) and selected-response (MCQ) questions and a variety of coursework assignments, including laboratory reports, oral presentations and dissertations.

Involvement in the laboratory, small-group workshops, case-based work and projects (individual and small group) will also be part of your assessment. You will be assessed by a critical appraisal, case analysis and critique, case presentations, laboratory reports and dissertations.

Facilities

Our multi-million pound Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis houses excellent analytical instrumentation which you will use to gain genuine practical experience of research apparatus.

You will use NMR, IR, Raman, Mass Spectrometry, HPLC and GC, and X-ray diffraction instruments throughout your course.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home: £9,250
  • International: £19,160

Scholarships

Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Chemists are attractive to employers both for the skills that they offer directly related to their specialism and for the professional skills that they have developed through the study of the discipline. The range of careers available to chemists is vast – take a look at the Royal Society of Chemistry careers guide to getting some ideas.

Employment statistics

92% of our 2017 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 Chemistry and Forensic Sciences graduates was £20,242.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.

Our support services include:

  • Personal tutors
  • Disability services
  • Counselling services
  • MyBradford student support centres
  • The Students’ Union
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers
  • An on-campus nursery
  • Halls wardens

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.

Research

Research in Chemistry is broadly themed into Molecular Science and Materials Chemistry, comprising the development of synthetic, analytical and computational methods.

Last updated Jan 2020

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