What you'll study
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.
First year modules
Chemical Structure and Physical Chemistry
Learn about kinetics and thermodynamics and study trends of chemical properties of the main groups of elements, as well as being introduced to atomic and molecular structure.
Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Approach
Come to understand core principles of organic chemistry from alkanes to the surprising stability of aromaticity - with lots of hands-on laboratory experience.
Professional Skills in Modern Chemistry
Explore an aspect of modern chemistry of your choosing, as well as developing the key written communication and mathematical skills needed to help you flourish in your studies.
Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
Immerse yourself in the exciting world of transition metal chemistry, inorganic solids and the identification of unknown organic compounds by spectroscopy.
Organic and Physical Chemistry
You'll be introduced to basic and fundamental concepts in organic and physical chemistry. And you'll develop crucial problem-solving and experimental skills.
Chemistry's Global Challenge
In small groups, you'll investigate a scientific topic suggested by your tutor. You'll produce a poster and an audio recording in the style of a radio interview around your topic.
Second year modules
Synthesis, Structure and Analysis
Develop insight in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry through a combination of lectures, workshops and laboratory classes.
Study the quantum mechanical basis of spectroscopy and use this knowledge to understand atomic, rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopic techniques.
Chemistry of the World and Scientific Skills
This module allows you to explore an area of your choosing where chemistry has a significant impact on society and to develop your communication and employability skills.
Synthesis and Measurement
You’ll explore bifunctional chemistry, heteroaromatic chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and electroanalytical chemistry through both lectures and laboratory work.
Inorganic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Thermodynamics
You'll unravel the secrets of why chemical reactions and molecules behave the way they do, by exploring the intricate world of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.
Computational and Employability Skills
This module combines molecular modelling and computational chemistry, as well as the opportunity to further develop your employability skills.
Final year modules
Surfaces, Colloids and Molecular Machines
In this module, you'll explore the field of molecular machines and porous solids, and learn about the behaviour of surfactants and colloidal particles in bulk and at surfaces.
Chemical Separation and Characterisation
Explore the structure determination and analytical techniques of X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and separation science in theory.
Organic and Organometallic Chemistry
You’ll explore pericyclic reactions; organic synthesis using reagents containing the p-block elements P, B, Si and Si; and control of reactivity in metal-organic systems.
Chemistry Group Project
Work as part of a small group on a short, supervisor-supported research project. This may include lab work,computational chemistry or chemical education projects.
Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids
Explore the physical quantities and laws for describing and predicting the mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of solids, including cluster compounds.
Chemistry of Materials
Explore advanced and specialised topics relevant to materials chemistry, such as the synthetic methods for the preparation of polymers, their physical chemistry and their characterisation.
Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
This module looks at the chemistry behind important classes of biological molecules, including peptides, nucleic acids, lipids, and porphyrins.
Lab on a Chip and Advanced Analysis
This module will introduce you to state of the art analytical science techniques such as biosensors, lab on a chip, process analysis and quality assurance.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.