BSc Chemistry

Route code: 2CHEM001U

Programme guide

First YearSecond YearThird Year
  25% of final degree mark 75% of final degree mark

Progression and Classification

For the purposes of progression, it is necessary to pass all mandatory units; compensation may only be applied to optional first-year units.

First year options

You will choose one 20 credit point optional unit in the first year.

General ScienceBioscience
Physics and AstronomyAdditional Mathematics

The following language units (all worth 20 credit points) are also available as first-year optional units. A range of experiences is catered for, from beginners to those who have taken the language at A level.

BeginnersPost GCSEPost A level

Third-year options

Practical work

*Students in the final year of the BSc Chemistry programme would usually be expected to undertake a Chemistry Project. However, under certain circumstances, academically well qualified students may be permitted to take the Advanced Practical Chemistry (teaching laboratory) unit on request if space allows.

Sample timetable

The following sample timetable shows the typical contact hours for a first year student taking Biochemistry as an option. Please note that the times of classes shown are for illustration only and will definitely be different for a given individual!

9.00 - 10.00 Chemistry tutorial Biochemistry lecture Mathematics for Chemists drop-in   Chemistry lecture
10.00 - 11.00 Biochemistry lecture   Chemistry lecture Chemistry lecture  
11.00 - 12.00   Biochemistry lecture   Mathematics for Chemists problem class
12.00 - 13.00 Chemistry lecture Chemistry lecture  
13.00 - 14.00     Wednesday afternoons are kept free for extra-curricular activities including sports  
14.00 - 15.00 Biochemistry tutorial Biochemistry teaching laboratory Chemistry laboratory
15.00 - 16.00  
16.00 - 17.00

Transfer possibilities

 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Chemistry MSci    
Chemistry with Study in Continental Europe MSci    
Chemistry with Industrial Experience MSci    
Chemistry with Study Abroad MSci    
StraightforwardPossible under certain circumstancesNot possible

Please note the following

  • Transfer to any of the Chemistry MSci programmes in the first year is subject to you meeting the entrance requirements for these programmes.
  • Transfer to any of the Chemistry MSci programmes in the second year is only possible for students who have passed all of their first-year courses at the first attempt and have a combined average for their Chemistry courses of at least 60% with marks of at least 60% in both Chemistry for Life Scientists and Chemistry for Physical Scientists.
  • Transfer to Chemistry with Study in Continental Europe MSci is only possible for first-year students who are taking an appropriate language unit.
  • Transfer to the Chemistry with Industrial Experience programme is not normally possible after the first term in the first year.
  • Transfer to the Chemistry with Study Abroad programme in the second year is possible but becomes increasingly difficult due to demand for placements on this programme.