Chemistry (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 Years/ 4 years with placement, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Chemistry was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Chemistry was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Course Overview

Keele’s award-winning teaching and research span the wide diversity of chemistry, helping you to develop subject knowledge and transferable skills in a supportive learning environment.

You’ll develop a solid foundation of theory and practical skills, building to cover advanced concepts and contemporary issues in chemistry in later years. You can tailor your studies to reflect your interests, and learn how to pursue your own research. You’ll have hands-on experience with state-of-the-art scientific instruments and techniques, and enjoy access to dedicated IT facilities. You’ll learn to use chemistry in problem solving, and to present your theories and findings confidently and imaginatively to your audiences. You could even spend a semester or year abroad. If you study our single honours or major route programme, your degree will be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Chemistry. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills 
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions
  • Mathematical Tools and Concepts in Chemistry

Second year

Core modules:

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry
  • Radicals, Phases and Supramolecular Chemistry

Optional core modules:

  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 

Elective modules:

  • Sustainable Chemistry

 

Year 2b, BSc Chemistry with International Year only

In collaboration with our study abroad tutor, you will select an international host institution and modules. You may plan to attend two institutions, one in each semester. The modules you select should be appropriate to level 5. We require that students undertaking the international year have the following breakdown of credits:

90 credits (or 75% of credits studied) of Chemistry modules including 60 credits (or 50% of credits studied) of a research project.

30 credits (or 25% of credits studied) of subjects complementary to Chemistry, for which the expertise exists at Keele should reassessment be required.

Students are barred from studying any Chemistry module with significant overlap to Level 5 modules already studied, or Level 6 modules that they intend to select on their return.

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Chemistry. 

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis

Optional core modules:

  • Biological Chemistry*
  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Topics in Chemistry
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

* There are prerequisites for this optional core module. Refer to course pages for more information

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Chemistry. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills 
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills 
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions

Second year

Core modules:

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Third year

Core modules:

  • Chemistry Research Project
  • Topics in Chemistry

Optional core modules:

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic reaction Mechanisms
  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Chemistry. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills 
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills 
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions

Second year

Core modules:

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Third year

Core modules:

  • Chemistry Research Project
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic reaction Mechanisms
  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis
  • Topics in Chemistry

Elective modules:

  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

• Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 37%
• Guided independent study – 63%

Second year

• Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 41%
• Guided independent study – 59%

Third year

• Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
• Guided independent study – 80%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

The many opportunities offered by this course will equip you to confidently and skilfully pursue your chosen career. You might work in industry, research or education; you could choose to become a chemical engineer, research scientist, toxicologist, patent lawyer, analytical chemist or technical writer. Many students go on to higher study after a first degree in chemistry, allowing them to specialise in an area of interest such as analytical, forensic, synthetic or materials chemistry and eventually work in a wide range of other specialist roles.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Chemistry with Foundation Year: F103 View KIS Stats
MChem : F102 View KIS Stats

OpenPlus Scheme: Some applicants may be interested in applying to the OpenPlus scheme, which Keele University is running in partnership with the Open University (OU). The scheme involves two years part-time study, with the OU, followed by two years full-time study at Keele to complete the degree programme. At the moment, this route is restricted to the combination of Chemistry with Forensic Science. Visit OpenPlus (Open University website) and OpenPlus with the OU for more details.

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Study abroad

On the Chemistry programmes you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

BSc Chemistry Major Route is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Please note the following:

Regulations: Your programme has professional accreditation and there are specific regulations regarding attendance at laboratory classes, which you have to abide by, as detailed below.

Study abroad: Because studying abroad has potential implications for Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation of the BSc Chemistry major route degree students wishing to Study Abroad must discuss this in advance with the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Chemistry and Forensic Science ‘Study Abroad tutor’ to identify and agree whether any guided study will be required to ensure their eligibility for Royal Society of Chemistry Accreditation.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF) Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions
  • Sustainable Chemistry* 
  • Mathematical Tools and Concepts in Chemistry*

Second year

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality 
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry 
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Third year

  • Research Project 
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry 
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis

*Single honours and MChem modules only

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.