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BSc (Hons)Chemistry

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This programme is a good platform for you if you want to pursue careers within or outside Chemistry, or if you wish to take further postgraduate training in, for example, education or in a specialised Masters programme (the Department currently offers the Advanced Chemical Sciences MSc Programme) before going on to a research career. You will get a solid grounding in all aspects of Chemistry, and can choose to combine this with some nonchemical options to broaden your education.

All our programmes have a common Chemistry core in the first two years, differing only in optional modules, which can be chosen from Chemistry or non-Chemistry courses. This provides a good measure of flexibility and choice for you during the first two years.

Thus, Years One and Two of this programme are largely identical to those of the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme (they differ only in one course being compulsory for MChem students and optional for BSc students). If you decide during this first 18 months that you want to aim for a research career in Chemistry, then you can transfer to the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme provided you have obtained an average mark at the 2:1 level or above (60%).

These first two years progress rapidly, with a mix of theory and practical modules to give you a solid grounding in the subject.

Since students enter the Department with a wide range of experience in Mathematics (which is essential for studying Chemistry to a high level) we provide a flexible three-tiered Maths for Chemistry course allowing you to develop your skills at your own pace.

By Year Three you will be a proficient chemist, and you will be able to extend your knowledge in the three traditional branches of Chemistry and you will also be offered a choice of optional Chemistry and non-Chemistry modules, or modules in Science Education for those interested in pursuing a career in teaching. Practical courses will provide more challenge than the ‘instructional’ courses encountered in the first two years and may involve you conducting mini-projects. Emphasis will be placed upon the applicability of the Chemistry that you have studied to the modern world, including educational aspects. Key

Programme structure

Programme Year One

In the first year, you will take modules that cover the fundamentals of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus necessary key skills, totalling 90 credits. Four Chemistry modules combine theoretical and practical aspects and one Chemistry module develops Quantitative and General Key Skills. You will spend three to six hours per week in the laboratory and so will receive a comprehensive training in practical aspects of the subject. In addition, you will have a choice of 30 credits of subsidiary modules from other Departments including Environmental Sciences, Biological or Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology), Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology. There are also optional courses within Chemistry covering, eg. the Chemistry-Biology interface, and in the second semester you can opt to take a research inspired course ‘Innovative Chemistry for Energy and Materials’ delivered by staff in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.

Programme Year Two

You will learn more advanced topics within all the main branches of Chemistry and continue to develop your Quantitative and Key Skills. The programme is largely the same as the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme.

Practical skills will be developed through stand-alone practical modules and you will have the opportunity to spend between six and nine hours per week in the laboratory.

You will choose 30 credits of optional modules from within the Department or from Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology. In this year you can also choose the optional module Science Communication, a course focussing on all forms of presenting science, with emphasis on how this is applied in teaching.

Programme Year Three

In your final year you will continue to study the three main branches of Chemistry, Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, but the emphasis is on the application of Chemistry to the modern world. You will also further develop skills to enhance your employability and general Chemistry skills, including a module on Further Key Skills and Molecular Modelling. The practical courses in this year are more challenging than those encountered in previous years but will allow you an element of choice of topic and some are organised as mini-projects.

In the second semester, you can choose to undertake a research project with one of the research groups in the Department, or choose a broader project such as developing www resources. The Science Communication module can also be chosen in this year, and you can also choose your second semester project to focus on development of educational material, such as advanced experiments for schools and colleges.

Career opportunities

Graduates from Liverpool find employment in many areas, from the pharmaceutical industry to business management. Typical careers of our graduates include assistant analyst, development chemist, research assistant, and site chemist. Chemistry graduates succeed in a wide variety of careers. The skills and knowledge you develop during your degree ensure that you are highly attractive to employers from the chemical industries to financial services and management.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States