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BSc (Hons)Chemistry with a Year in Industry

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This programme gives you the same academic training and broad range of options as Chemistry BSc (F100) students, with the added bonus of a year’s paid work experience in an industrial setting. During this time, you work as part of a team on a cutting-edge project and write a report on the work you have carried out.

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.

The first two years of this programme are identical to the BSc Chemistry (F100) programme. If you decide you want to aim for a research career, you can transfer to the MChem programme in Year Two provided you are achieving an average mark at the 2:1 level or above (60%). If you decide not to take up an industrial placement, you can transfer either to the BSc Chemistry (F100) programme or the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme in Year Two.

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.

In Year Three, you will undertake a paid placement in an industrial company. On return to the University in Year Four, 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 modules. 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.

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 between three and 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

The third year is spent carrying out research in the company identified during the second year. You are paid a salary by the company and are expected to work as part of a team on a cutting-edge project. At the end of the year, you are required to write a report describing the work you have carried out.

In the BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry (F111) programme, you do not take any modules by distance learning during your industrial placement, unlike the MChem Chemistry with Research in Industry (F161) programme.

Programme Year Four

In the fourth year, you return to the University to complete your degree, taking the same modules as those offered in the final year BSc Chemistry programme. 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 continue to develop skills to enhance your employability and general Chemistry skills, including a module on Further Key Skills and Molecular Modelling.

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