Faculty of Science and Engineering

FdSc Chemical Sciences (part-time)


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What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Modules include

  • Chemical Structure, Molarity and Kinetics (Blended Learning)

    Study the essential fundamentals of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry in theory, problem-solving and laboratory skills. You will explore structure, bonding and reactivity, atomic and molecular structure, moles, molarity and volumetric analysis, and kinetics of reactions.

  • Inorganic Solids, Analysis and Kinetics (Blended Learning)

    Build on your knowledge of the essential fundamentals of analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry in theory, problem-solving and laboratory skills. You'll explore the significance of kinetics in the understanding of reactions, structure and symmetry of inorganic structures, and chromatography and spectroscopy in the analysis of structure and purity.

  • Professional Skills (Blended Learning)

    This module is focused on mathematical and IT skills, with an emphasis on their application to chemistry and science in general, in both academia and industry. You will enhance your knowledge, skills and practical use of a range of software packages.

  • Applied Industrial Chemistry (Blended Learning)

    This module is concerned with short industrial projects, and gives you an opportunity to research industrial processes. Examples of topics explored in the past include steelmaking, plastics and green chemistry techniques.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Modules include

  • Chemical Elements, Conjugation and Thermodynamics (Blended Learning)

    Study the trends and properties of the groups of elements in the periodic table and approaches for the analysis of materials, organic reactions and mechanisms through conjugated systems, and the fundamentals of thermodynamics.

  • Organic Reactions, Transition Metals and Thermodynamics (Blended Learning)

    Study thermodynamics, and explore nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions and carbonyl chemistry. This module introduces the exciting and colourful chemistry of the transition metals. You will enhance your theory knowledge, progress your problem solving skills and your laboratory skills.

  • Applied Commercial Chemistry (Blended Learning)

    This module is concerned with commercial considerations of industry. Examples of topics explored in the past include the costing and viability of oil extraction and refining, and an in-depth consideration of sustainable economies.

  • Work Based Learning (Blended Learning)

    This module is concerned with aspects of your company's activities, with an emphasis on health and safety legislation, control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) and other risk assessments in the workplace. You will compile a short literature review on a topic of your choice and develop your literature searching and writing skills.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Modules include

  • Synthesis and Analysis (Blended Learning)

    Explore atomic spectroscopy and elemental analysis, spectroscopic methods in organic structure determination, stereochemistry and aromatic chemistry. This module also considers the more advanced aspects and applications of transition metal complexes.

  • Synthesis and Measurement (Blended Learning)

    Explore the exciting chemistry of multi-functional molecules. You will be introduced to heteroaromatic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and molecular spectroscopy. You will enhance your theory knowledge, progress your problem solving skills and your laboratory skills.

  • Transferable Skills (Blended Learning)

    You will collect your various pieces of evidence of your learning and acquisition of skills and compile a self-critical, reflective electronic portfolio of your progress so far, with an emphasis on progression of your personal and professional development.

  • FdSc Work Based Project

    You'll select a topic, most likely related to your work activities, and search the literature for background, perform practical work to acquire results, and write up the project in a report and compile a PowerPoint presentation.

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More about this course

This three-year part-time blended-learning course leads to a nationally recognised qualification. The programme is designed to provide a foundation of chemical knowledge and professional skills across a wide range of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry topics.

Chemistry students at Hull work closely with our world-class researchers and enjoy access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, making for a truly outstanding learning experience. Chemistry here is taught by some of the leaders in the field, including members of the pioneering liquid crystal display (LCD) research team, now spearheading the next generation of display technology – Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs). The programme covers an exciting and diverse array of subjects. You gain a broad, balanced knowledge of the wide array of subjects that make up modern chemistry, and the opportunity to extend that knowledge into specialised and cutting-edge areas of the discipline.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Excellent job prospects - 94% of our students are in work or study six months after graduating. (HESA 2017)

Be inspired by leaders in the field including members of the team that gave the world LCD displays

Cutting edge facilities include synthesis laboratories, a state-of-the-art microscopy suite, NMR, microfluidic fabrication facilities and mass spectrometry facilities.

Industry links include projects with AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt-Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever.

Entry requirements

The normal requirements are A level Chemistry, Advanced Level GNVQ or a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in which chemistry is a major subject. Applications from those with other qualifications and mature students with appropriate experience are welcomed.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU (part-time): £1,200 (20 credits), £3,600 (60 credits), £4,795 (80 credits) 

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

We are ranked among the top 10 universities nationally for the job prospects of our chemistry graduates. This, alongside the national shortage of suitably qualified chemists in industry, puts our graduates in a strong position. Some use their chemistry and their communication skills to become teachers in universities, schools and colleges. Others use their knowledge and skills to follow research careers in universities, industry, government laboratories and research institutes.

From your training as a scientist, your analytical and problem-solving skills, experience in research, excellent training in fundamental scientific principles as well as practical, organisational and computing skills will make you highly sought after by employers from a wide range of industries.

Our links with employers through our Institute for Chemistry in Industry have enabled many Hull graduates to gain senior positions in their chosen field. Many of our graduates go into successful careers with employers such as BP, RB (Reckitt Benckiser), Croda International, Tata Steel, and Smith & Nephew to name a few. Many students have also stayed on for higher degrees both at masters and PhD level.