Chemistry 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

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.

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UCAS code: F101

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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

Our single honours or major route programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Course Overview

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.

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.

Indicative modules

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
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 1*∆ 
  • Radicals, Phases and Co-ordination Chemistry*∆

 

Third year

  • Research Project 
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis 
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis
  • Synoptic Topics in Chemistry∆


* Single honours and ∆MChem modules only

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits1 (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60-901

0

0

30

30

2

90

15

30

0

15

3

90

30

30

0

0

1 Students may study combined honours in the first year and elect to switch after year

 1. Students on this route will study 60 compulsory credits of chemistry/medicinal chemistry and 60 compulsory credits of a second subject.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

There are two compulsory 30-credit modules taken by all chemistry students at Level 4. Students on the Single Honours (SH) pathway will select two electives and take two additional core modules, with approximately 4 hours per week timetabled contact time.

Whilst laying the foundations of the principles and vocabulary of Chemistry, you will be challenged to question knowledge and the nature of knowledge when you start to encounter problems that have more than one answer or interpretation.  You will be exposed to experimental evidence from a variety of sources and start to learn how such evidence supports, undermines or otherwise, the theoretical models and ideas upon which the subject of Chemistry is built.  The practical classes emphasise development of core practical skills through hands-on experience of key techniques and procedures, as well as skills in laboratory safety, maintaining a laboratory diary, observation, information retrieval, IT skills, scientific writing and reporting in a variety of formats.

Combined Honours Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry route

60 credits of Chemistry, 60 credits of Subject X

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Structure and Reactivity

30

None

 

Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

30

   

 

Single Honours Chemistry route

90 credits of Chemistry, 30 credits of Electives

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Structure and Reactivity

30

None

 

Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

30

   

Sustainable Chemistry

30

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Students will take 5 or 6 chemistry modules with the option to select an elective. Three 30-credit modules will be core and the 15-credit remaining chemistry module(s) will be selected from a choice of three optional modules. Entry to MChem Year 3/Level 6 requires 50% average across all modules, irrespective of the subject studied.

In Year 2 the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 1 are developed with an increasing emphasis on the need to integrate knowledge and critically evaluate experimental evidence in solving theoretical and practical problems. In practical classes, new practical skills are developed and an increasing emphasis is placed on critical evaluation of experimental design and the analysis of complex data from multiple sources, including computational theoretical calculations and the scientific peer-reviewed literature. Sophisticated analytical techniques are introduced and applied to the investigation of a variety of problems, whilst communication skills are developed to include skills in oral presentation.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules1

Credits

Molecular Chemistry and Reactions

30

Industrial Chemistry

15

Spectroscopy and Analysis

30

Medicinal & Biological Chemistry 1

15

Physical and Structural Chemistry

30

Sustainable Chemistry2

15

1 – Students must select at least one optional module, and may take an elective module.

2 – Sustainable Chemistry (CHE-20032) is available as an option module to those students who did not take it in Year 1 (CHE-10051).

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

In semester 1 you will take three compulsory modules and one optional module. In semester 2 you will study one compulsory module and select one optional module. There is also 30-credits of project work (research project and dissertation) that last the full year.  In Year 3, increasingly sophisticated theories and ideas are introduced which require you to draw upon, integrate and extend the fundamental chemical principles introduced during Years 1 and 2. The breadth of material covered is diverse and encompasses research-informed topics at the forefront of the discipline in areas such as analytical chemistry, medicinal and biological chemistry, green chemistry and many others.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Advanced Organic Chemistry

15

Group 1 (Semester One):

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 22

Materials Chemistry & Catalysis

 

15

15

Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry & Inorganic reaction Mechanisms

15

Group 2 (Semester Two):

Topics in Chemistry

Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

 

15

15

Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Research Project

15

   

Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Dissertation

15

   

Advanced Chemical Analysis

15

   

Inorganic, Physical & Solid State Chemistry

15

   

1 Students must pick one module from Group 1 and one module from Group 2.

2 Pre-requisite of Medicinal & Biological Chemistry 1.

 

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az