chemistry

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BSc Chemistry

Hull offers an outstanding learning experience led by pioneers in chemistry, putting you on track for Chartered Chemist status.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

N/A

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UCAS code

F100

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Course overview

Chemistry at Hull is taught by the leaders in the field. Scientists at Hull paved the way for the LCD display technology that's on your smartphone, laptop, tablet and TV.

Our course covers analytical, forensic, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, with modules on topics such as materials chemistry, spectrostropic methods and computational chemistry.

You gain a broad, balanced knowledge of the array of subjects that make up modern chemistry – and the opportunity to extend that knowledge into cutting-edge areas. You develop investigative and problem-solving skills that prepare you to succeed in industry.

Six reasons to study Chemistry at Hull

  1. Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  2. 93% graduate employability rating*
  3. 91% rating for overall student satisfaction
  4. Learn from experts who are leaders in their field
  5. Strong links with industry
  6. Long-standing placement programme

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

  • Compulsory

    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

  • Compulsory

    Synthesis, Structure and Analysis

    Develop insight in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry through a combination of lectures, workshops and laboratory classes.

    Spectroscopic Methods

    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

  • Compulsory

    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.

  • Optional

    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.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

396 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

804 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

51%
27%
22%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

444 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

756 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

44%
39%
17%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

384 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

816 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

53%
26%
21%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

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  • Points required N/A

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During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades - you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 466100 or complete our online form to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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

£9,250 per year*

International

£17,200 per year

Fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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 £9,203 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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Industrial chemist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Biotechnologist

One reason for the high employability rates among our graduates is our close links with industry giants such as Smith & Nephew, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever.

Many of our graduates go into successful careers with these companies, as well as with others such as Novartis and Croda International.

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*Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of 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

†Overall satisfaction score for this subject (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)