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Undergraduate study
Chemistry (with Foundation Year)

Chemistry (with Foundation Year)
BSc (Hons)

 

Course overview

Chemistry is essential in modern society. The electronics at the heart of your mobile phone, the fibre optics which bring you high-speed broadband, most of the fabrics and dyes in the clothes you wear – none of these would exist without a thorough understanding of the chemical properties of substances.

You can complete an optional work placement year as part of this degree course at no extra cost.This course includes an integrated foundation year – ideal if you need additional preparation in the fundamental sciences and/or if you don’t have sufficient tariff points to join Year 1 of the degree directly. Apart from the foundation year, the remainder of this degree is identical to the BSc (Hons) Chemistry programme and leads to the same level award.

Professional accreditation

Royal Society of Chemistry This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 
 

Course details

If you take advantage of the optional work placement year during your third year, you get further valuable work experience that will really help you to stand out when applying for your first graduate job. It is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. A placement could lead to a permanent job with your placement employer.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Big Data

Big data – it’s a phrase that a lot of people would argue is overused, or at least not always used in the appropriate context. So what is it really? How is it made and how do we make sense of it?

In this module you learn how big data is not just abundant but a growing field in so many aspects of our society from policing and conservation to health and bioinformatics. You explore how groups and communities use and share big data to help keep themselves safe in disaster zones around the world. You begin to value the role data plays in helping to make sense of community relationships in society, from uncovering criminal networks, tracking disease outbreaks to developing a deeper understanding of our ecology.

Data might end up in a data-frame spreadsheet format but it doesn’t begin there. It is often created with people and animals engaging with each other and technology. You explore how search engines collate and store the data we need to help make predictions, enhance decision making, or simply to better understand society’s needs.

Chemical Science and the Environment

This module provides an overview of fundamental concepts in chemistry and their application in the context of environmental and life sciences

Chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactivity of elements and compounds, and plays a key role in all physical, life and applied sciences. The topics covered include the structure of the atom, the periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical reactivity, environmental science, biogeochemistry, pollution, green chemistry and climate change.

Experimental Methods for Life Science

This module is based around a series of laboratory sessions. The first sessions emphasise important foundation skills, such as how to work safely in a practical environment and how to properly document practical work. These are followed by a series of sessions based on your wider academic interests including the basics of microscopy, handling microorganisms, safe handling food, using volumetric glassware and investigating acid base titrations.

Global Grand Challenges

This module focuses on how science can help address some of the biggest global Grand Challenges that face society. This reflects the University’s focus on externally facing research that makes a real, practical difference to the lives of people and the success of businesses and economies.

You work on a project in a group, to enabling you to develop innovative answers to some of the biggest issues of our time based on five thematic areas – health and wellbeing, resilient and secure societies, digital and creative economy, sustainable environments and learning for the 21st century.

Life on Earth

You explore the diversity of life on earth and the concept of evolution. You consider Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection to demonstrate relationships between species, the principles of taxonomy and speciation, and how they relate to the evolutionary tree.

You are introduced to the physiological processes, cellular organisation, homeostasis, metabolism, growth, reproduction, response to stimuli and adaptation - all hallmarks of living organisms equipping diverse species to survive and thrive.

Life Science

This module focuses on the life sciences from a human perspective. While developing an understanding of human biology you explore the role of different but interconnected life science disciplines in modern life.

While reviewing life science from an interdisciplinary context, relatable to a variety of backgrounds, you examine the major human body systems – cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory, endocrine, nervous, digestive, skeletal and reproductive. This module enables you to appreciate how such knowledge is relevant to issues in health, disease and modern society.

 

Year 1 core modules

Biochemistry and Chemical Science

You will develop an understanding of key concepts necessary to underpin subsequent studies in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences and molecular biology. Building of the underlying principles of chemistry is essential to understand complex biological systems. This module will introduce the fundamentals of chemistry and link them to the key biomolecules and biochemical processes which form the basis of life.

Chemical and Biochemical Reactivity

In this module you will take a close look at the basic ideas of kinetics and thermodynamics and explore how they apply to biochemical reactions, in particular to the function of enzymes. You will study the chemistry of the transition metals and consider some of their roles in proteins and pharmaceuticals.

Chemistry in Practice

Your practical, analytical and numerical skills develop in this laboratory module. You will gain familiarity with a range of analytical instruments in the chemistry laboratory and will enhance your data-handling skills and your awareness of risk management processes. The module culminates in a mini-project in which you are able to put your skills together to work creatively with others in the laboratory

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

You are introduced to the creative science of organic chemistry which mainly looks at molecules composed of, but not limited to, carbon and hydrogen. You will learn the principles of chemical reactivity and mechanisms necessary to understand how and why simple molecules as well as macromolecules react in a certain way. Additionally, you will learn the key concepts in synthetic organic chemistry that will enable you to develop an exquisite control over structure and reactivity with no limit on what molecules you can synthesise.

Structure and Bonding

This module will introduce basic concepts in chemistry related to structure and bonding. Topics include; atomic structure, quantum mechanics, chemical bonding, spectroscopy (UV, NMR, IR), inorganic chemistry (metals and main group) and introduction to symmetry.

Synthetic Laboratory Skills

You learn and practice the core skills of the chemical scientist in this module. From basic laboratory manipulations, separations and purifications to the synthesis and analysis of biomolecules and pharmaceuticals, you will become familiar with a range of laboratory and data skills that will underpin your practical work throughout your degree.

 

Year 2 core modules

Applied Chemical Laboratory

Through a variety of syntheses, physical chemistry investigations and analytical studies you will further develop your laboratory skills. Focussing on complex chemistry, synthesis of organometallic compounds, careful physical measurement and data analysis, you will work with an increasing level of self-direction in the laboratory to solve problems and analyse complex data to present accurate chemical information to a professional standard.

Chemical Information Processing

You will be introduced to the exciting world of cheminformatic and how to use technology to unravel the mysteries of chemistry and handle big data sets. You will develop an in-demand skill set combining a technical understanding of chemistry with expertise in computation which could support advancements in any branch of chemistry, with career opportunities rapidly expanding in the design of new drugs and materials. A key focus will be on the underlying rationale/theory, statistical methods, and data manipulation e.g. principle component analysis, coding, matrix algebra and database searching and quantitative structure activity relationships.

Integrated Laboratory

A series of detailed chemical practicals in which you synthesise and analyse organic and inorganic compounds, and investigate physicochemical phenomena are carried out in this module. The laboratory sessions introduce you to more advanced synthetic techniques (such as inert-atmosphere manipulation for air-sensitive compounds) and analytical tools (such as hyphenated chromatographic techniques) and strengthen existing laboratory skills. The module culminates in an extended exercise running over several weeks, providing realistic experience of industrial practice and academic research.

Organic Chemistry

You will build on your prior knowledge of organic chemistry and learn the concept of retrosynthetic analysis, the art of synthesising any molecule however complex it is! You will also learn strategies to control regio- and chemoselectivity. Moreover, you will consider more advanced areas of organic chemistry, eg pericyclic reactions, heterocyclic chemistry and you will get introduced to organometallic chemistry that expands the range of chemical transformation beyond classical chemistry.

Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

You will apply the fundamental principles of chemistry – thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, periodicity and electronic structure – to themes of considerable industrial importance. You will develop a deep physical understanding of chemical processes and reaction mechanisms, and will discover the important role that quantum mechanics plays in our application of spectroscopic techniques. You will also learn about the reactivity d- and f-block metals, their practical applications in industry and their useful optical and magnetic properties. You will study the structure, properties and reaction mechanisms of organometallic compounds, discovering their synthetic and industrial importance in homogeneous catalysis.

Through a variety of syntheses, physical chemistry investigations and analytical studies you will further develop your laboratory skills. Focussing on complex chemistry, synthesis of organometallic compounds, careful physical measurement and data analysis, you will work with an increasing level of self-direction in the laboratory to solve problems and analyse complex data to present accurate chemical information to a professional standard.

Structure Determination

All research, analytical and industrial laboratories require a range of techniques that allow you to determine and predict the chemical structure of molecules and biomolecules. This module covers the most significant molecular structure determination techniques including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, UV-visible and infrared spectroscopies, elemental analysis and crystallography.

 

Year 3 optional placement year

Final-year core modules

Advanced Organic Chemistry

You will massively expand your knowledge of organic chemistry, focusing on advanced synthetic methodologies involving the chemistry of enoid reagents (carbenes, nitrenes and ylides), in addition to in-depth study of various state-of-the-art organometallic transformations, and ultimately the applications of them combined in designing asymmetric syntheses. You also consider different modern strategies of chemical synthesis, eg combinatorial and parallel synthesis.

Advanced Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

This module aims to extend and apply your understanding of physical and inorganic chemistry to intellectually demanding topics, and to familiarise students with selected areas of current research in physical and inorganic chemistry.

Green and Environmental Chemistry

You will develop an understanding of the earth as a chemical system and an appreciation of the chemistry (and chemical complexity) of the clean and polluted environment.

You will see the central role that chemistry is playing in the development of technological solutions to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Science Research Project

You complete an in-depth, independent investigation into a specialist aspect of your field of study. In your project you will bring together a range of practical and academic skills developed in previous years of study. Regardless of the nature of the project, this process acts as a capstone experience requiring analysis and critical evaluation of data as well as critical reflection on the potential risks, moral and ethical issues. This piece of work will involve a significant individual contribution on your part. You will be supported by the appointment of an academic staff member as your research supervisor. They will act as a mentor and guide you through the development and completion of your research project.

Finally, you will communicate your independent research by producing a research poster and journal article to allow you to develop essential skills which mirror professional practice when research is presented at scientific conferences and for publication.

 

and one optional module

Chemical Frontiers and Functional Materials

This module will introduce you to some of the modern frontiers in chemical science, such as the application of chemistry to clean energy production, smart materials for advanced applications in electronics and soft matter, solid state catalysis and surface science, and biomaterials.

Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

You will combine your advanced chemistry knowledge in the context of applications in biological context. You will develop strong understanding of the concepts of drug molecules and drug targets, the process and strategies of drug development, and you will be able to appreciate the journey to bring a molecule from the laboratory bench to the pharmaceutical market following the lifecycle of a drug from discovery to clinical trials and approval. You will focus on certain essential classes of drugs, eg antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

This course aims to produce graduates who are competent in a range of knowledge, understanding, experience and practical skills appropriate to chemistry.
You learn through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • seminars and workshops (including oral presentations and poster sessions)

  • laboratory work

  • computer laboratory-based sessions

  • group projects

  • research projects.

You have a number of contact teaching and assessment hours, but you are also expected to spend time on your own - self-study time - to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

Each programme and module is supported by a specific virtual learning environment (VLE) site.

How you are assessed

The programme assessment strategy tests your subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition. It is also robust, equitable and manageable and incorporates both formative and summative assessment opportunities.

You may be assessed through:

  • formal exams including 'unseen' exams

  • laboratory reports

  • computer-based assessments

  • problem-solving exercises

  • data interpretation exercises

  • critical analysis of case studies

  • oral presentations and technical interviews

  • essays, literature surveys, evaluations and summaries

  • collaborative project work

  • preparation and display of posters

  • planning, conduct and reporting of project work

You will be provided with an assessment schedule providing details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Examples of typical entry qualifications include:

  • any combination of Level 3 qualifications (for example, A/AS levels, BTEC Certificates/Diplomas, Access to HE)
  • a High School Certificate/Diploma with good grades completed after at least 12 years of primary and secondary education
  • demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of relevant post-school work experience.

Any Level 3 subject is acceptable for entry to this course.

English language and mathematics requirements
Normally, evidence of English language and mathematical skills equivalent to at least GCSE grade 4 is required. We consider a wide range of English and maths qualifications alternative to GCSEs. Please contact our admissions staff for advice.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement. Applicant Days
If you receive an offer to study with us you will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days. This is a great opportunity to learn more about studying at Teesside by exploring our campus, seeing our excellent facilities, meeting staff and students, and finding out more about your course.

The Applicant Day provides you with information, guidance and advice to help you make the right choice. Even if you have attended an Open Day we encourage you to attend the Applicant Day - we are confident you will find your visit a useful experience.

Alternative progression routes
If you are not eligible to join this course directly then we may be able to help you prepare for admission by studying appropriate pre-degree Summer University modules.

Please contact us to discuss the alternative progression routes available to you.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

A work placement officer and the University's careers service are available to help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills may include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure and commercial awareness.

An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's preselection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

Career opportunities

In addition to a solid grounding in chemistry, a chemistry degree provides you with a range of skills, such as numeracy, data handling and analysis, teamwork and problem solving, which are highly valued by employers. 

The chemical industry is one of the most important contributors to the UK economy and provides excellent career prospects for our chemistry graduates. But graduates can seek employment in a wide range of industries and organisations, ranging from pharmaceuticals, environmental agencies, processing industries, food, manufacturing and product development, to surprising areas such as publishing and journalism, automotive and aerospace industries, IT and telecommunications, law and business, teaching and healthcare.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Useful information

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year) or 5 years (including a work placement)
  • UCAS code: F190 BSc/ChemFY
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Offers tailored to individual circumstances

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 
 
 
 

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