chemical

Faculty of Science and Engineering

BSc Chemistry (top-up) (part-time)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: N/A

What you'll study

Upgrade your Foundation degree to full Bachelors level. Two years of part-time study cover an array of subjects, taught by research pioneers.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Advanced Chemistry Laboratory with Literature Review

    This part-time, blended-learning, industry-based module has two principal components, advanced laboratory experiments and write ups, and a literature review. The focus is on practical skills in both a laboratory environment and through literature searching, as well as writing skills.

  • Structure Determination and Analytical Techniques

    Explore structure determination and analytical techniques of x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and quality assurance. The emphasis is on enhancing theoretical knowledge and developing problem-solving skills.

  • Topics in Materials Chemistry

    Discover exciting, cutting-edge research topics of rings, chains and clusters,  as well as the structure and applications of fullerenes and nanotubes. You'll also explore large molecules in polymers, dendrimers and supramolecular systems. The emphasis is on enhancing theoretical knowledge and developing problem solving skills.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Topics in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

    Learn about the role of metals in organic synthesis, explore concerted cycloaddition reactions and homogeneous catalysis, and discover the role of inorganic compounds in biological systems. The emphasis is on enhancing theoretical knowledge and developing problem solving skills.

  • Advanced Colloid Science

    This module is focused on exciting, cutting-edge topics of physical chemistry in terms of polymers, surfactants and colloids. The emphasis is on enhancing theoretical knowledge and developing problem solving skills.

  • Work-based Project

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

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More about this course

This blended-learning programme is a top-up route to a BSc degree if you've already completed the FdSc Chemical Sciences course. Studying part-time for two years, you'll learn through workshops, online resources, direct reading and independent research.

  • 93% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry – putting you on track for Chartered Chemist status (CChem).
  • Our industry-standard resources include mass spectrometry facilities, laser technology for elemental analysis and a microfluidic fabrication capability.

Chemistry here is taught by leaders in the field, including members of the pioneering liquid crystal display (LCD) research team. You gain a broad, balanced knowledge of the subjects which make up modern chemistry. And you'll have the chance to extend that knowledge into specialised and cutting-edge areas.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Excellent job prospects - 93% 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

This programme is typically intended as a top-up route to a BSc degree for those students that have successfully completed the FdSc Chemical Sciences programme.

International students

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU (part-time): £1,540 (20 credits), £4,625 (60 credits), £6,165 (80 credits)

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

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.