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Chemistry

F100 BSc Chemistry (3 yrs)

Whether you are hoping to become a professional scientist or are seeking a broad scientifically-centred education, our BSc Chemistry degree is designed to meet your needs. Our overall aim is to provide you with the highest quality of teaching and pastoral support in attractive modern surroundings.

Introducing your course

The BSc Chemistry degree programme provides a solid theoretical foundation and practical training. Accredited by the RSC, you can tailor your education with optional modules in many subjects. Embedded with valuable transferable skills, this course is ideal for students considering further study, or careers in a broad range of scientifically-related areas, or for those who wish to apply their skills outside of the sciences.

Programme Overview

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The aims of the BSc Chemistry programme are to enhance your sense of enthusiasm for chemistry and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating experience of learning in a supportive environment. We will provide you with a sound background in all aspects of chemistry as part of a rounded scientific education, as well as comprehensive training in practical chemistry and an appreciation of the importance of the discipline in different contexts. We will provide a strong foundation for a successful career as a professional chemist and provide opportunities for you to develop a range of transferable skills for both chemical and non-chemical careers.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All applications for BSc Chemistry are via UCAS, the course code is F100. For more information, visit the how to apply section of the website.

Accreditation

Our BSc Chemistry programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - when you graduate, you will be eligible for full membership status (MRSC) and you will have met the academic requirements to become a Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Programme Structure

Core, compulsory and optional units.

Key Facts

This single Honours three year course allows you to study chemistry with your choice of options.

In the first and second years, the course develops your knowledge across a wide range of topics before allowing you to specialise in the final year. This specialisation takes the form of theoretical units and a practical project undertaken in our research laboratories.

The National Student Survey 2015 (NSS)

 

  • 94% of our BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course
  • 92% of our BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied that staff made the subject interesting
  • 100% of our BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied that staff were enthusiastic about what they were teaching
  • 92% of our BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied that the course was intellectually stimulating
  • 100% of our BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied that they had access to specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when needed
  • BSc Chemistry scored an overall satisfaction of 92%

 

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSEIf you are not studying Maths at A level (or equivalent), we prefer an A grade in GCSE Mathematics but a B grade will be considered. Otherwise, our minimum requirement is grade C in Maths and English. This is supplementary to your A level (or equivalent) qualifications. For details of our English Language entry requirements please click here.
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

Our typical offers for students who are studying 3 A-levels are:

AAA, for students taking Chemistry with no other science or mathematics subject.

AAB, for students taking Chemistry with at least one other acceptable science or mathematics subject.

ABB, for students taking Chemistry, with two other acceptable science or mathematics subjects.

 
Each application is considered on its own merit. Standard offers are made based on the application as a whole, including combination of subjects taken, and predicted grades. Offers may be subject to adjustment, based on discussion with the applicant, formal interview (if deemed necessary), or on a contextual basis. Under certain circumstances we may make an offer to an individual applicant which differs from those outlined above.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points on the IB scale, with: 18 points at Higher Level, to include Chemistry and no other acceptable science or mathematics subject at Higher Level. 17 points at Higher Level, to include Chemistry and one other acceptable science or mathematics subject at Higher level. 16 points at Higher Level, to include Chemistry and two other acceptable science or mathematics subject at Higher Level.
Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

AAAA(AA) - AABB(BB) to include Chemistry with preferably one other acceptable science or maths subject at Advanced Higher.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A1 – A1, A1, A1, A1, A2, A2, to include Chemistry with preferably one other acceptable science/maths subject at Higher Level.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3D3D3 – D3M2M2

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass in core (2014) or A in core (2015), plus AA-AB, to include Chemistry plus one other acceptable science/maths subject. Not accepted where Chemistry is the only accompanying science/maths A-level.

European Baccalaureate

Average of 85–75% across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry and Maths.

Selection process:
Intake:
Total undergraduate intake 160-180
Average applications per place:
6

Once you have applied and submitted your application to study on this BSc Chemistry degree programme, your application will be sent to us by UCAS as soon as possible. On arrival, we consider every application on its individual merits and determine whether or not we are prepared to make an academic offer on the basis of the information provided.

If we decide that we will be able to make you an offer, we will send you confirmation of your offer, and invite you to visit us on one of our UCAS Visit Days as a Post-Offer Applicant. These are usually hosted on a Thursday (or Tuesday), during November, December and February.

We sometimes require a formal interview, prior to making an offer, to discuss aspects of your application, and to assess your Chemistry background in detail. In this case, you will be invited to attend one of our UCAS Visit Days, as a Pre-Offer Applicant.

The Chemistry UCAS Visit Day is your chance to get all the detailed information you need, and invaluable student feedback, to help you in making your decision at this stage in the application process. 

You will have the opportunity to discuss anything related to your application and offer, in an informal Post-Offer Applicant 1-2-1 meeting with a member of academic staff, or Pre-Offer Applicant interview.

Our Admissions team and Admissions Tutor are always available to answer your enquiries and to discuss your application and offer in detail. Please contact us prior to your application, if you have any queries about your qualifications, the course requirements or the application process.

E-mail: ugafnes@soton.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310 / +44 (0)23 8059 7755

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

In each of the three years of this BSc Chemistry degree you will take certain specified core modules and a selection of approved optional modules to give a minimum of 120CP of study. The modules are graded introductory/fundamental (HE1), intermediate (HE2) and advanced (HE3): the first number in the module code also indicates the level of study in which the module is normally taken.

To help you see Chemistry in a broader context you will study over the three years at least 60CP of subjects that are academically and/or professionally related to Chemistry. A feature of the programme is the wide range of modules available for this purpose.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

As a first year BSc Chemistry student you will study a set of core topics that are essential to your developing knowledge irrespective of the area that you eventually decide to specialise in.

Two optional modules from chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken.  Normally one is taken in each semester.

Transfer opportunities for related courses are available at the end of the year, subject to you fulfilling specific performance criteria.  Please refer to Progression rules and transfer opportunities in the programme overview tab.

Physics options available to you in Year 1 may include PHYS1004 Introduction to photonics, PHYS1008 Physics of the solar system and PHYS1026 Introduction to the nanoworld. You also have a choice of language modules (both 15 and 30 CP) in Year 1.

Semester One

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

 

Optional
GEOG1002
Geomorphological Processes
SOES1008
Earth and ocean system
Core
CHEM1031
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
CHEM1033
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry I
CHEM1035
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry I
Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

Optional
BIOL1003
Ecology and Evolution
CHEM1008
Environmental Chemistry 1: Aquatic Chemistry
GEOG1001
The Earth System
SOES1009
The living Earth
Core
CHEM1032
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
CHEM1034
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry II
CHEM1036
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry II

Year 2

Two optional courses from chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken, one in each of semester one and two. One course maybe taken from the level 1 module list provided that the course has not already been taken previously.

Physics options available to Year 2 students may include PHYS1004 Introduction to photonics, PHYS1008 Physics of the solar system, PHYS1026 Introduction to the nanoworld and PHYS2003 Quantum physics. You also have a choice of language modules (both 15 and 30 CP) in Year 2.

Semester One

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

Optional
BIOL2004
Pure and applied population ecology
BIOL2012
Exploring Proteins: Structure and Function
BIOL2016
Pharmacology A
CHEM2011
Chemical Foundations of Synthetic Biology
DEMO1001
Introduction to Demographic Methods
GEOG2007
Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
PSYC2003
Social Psychology
SOES1005
Introduction to ocean biogeochemistry
SOES1008
Earth and ocean system
Core
CHEM2001
Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHEM2013
Atomic and Molecular Interactions
CHEM2015
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I
Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

Optional
BIOL2017
Pharmacology B
CHEM1008
Environmental Chemistry 1: Aquatic Chemistry
CHEM2010
Environmental Organic Chemistry
SOES2026
Introduction to marine molecular biology
Core
CHEM2005
Aspects of Organic Synthesis
CHEM2012
Change and Equilibrium
CHEM2016
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II

Year 3

The optional modules are only taken in semester two.

Three optional modules from chemistry, with the option of taking one of the courses at level 2 or 3 in chemistry  or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken. 

Semester One

In addition to the compulsory modules below, students must take either CHEM3012 Chemistry Research Project or CHEM3047 Chemistry Literature and Mini-Research Projects (semester 1 and 2).

Compulsory
CHEM3037
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry for BSc and MChem Year 3 (single honours)
CHEM3038
Advanced Organic Chemistry (Bioorganic) for BSc and MChem Year 3 (single honours)
CHEM3039
Advanced Physical Chemistry for BSc and MChem Year 3 (single honours)
Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

A further option in this semester is CHEM3044 Sustainable energy.

Optional
CHEM2010
Environmental Organic Chemistry
CHEM2011
Chemical Foundations of Synthetic Biology
CHEM3002
Medicinal Chemistry for Part 3 students
CHEM6093 CHEM3004
Organic Materials Chemistry
CHEM3027
Communicating and Teaching the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
CHEM3036
Atmospheric Chemistry
CHEM3040
Macrocyclic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHEM3041
Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry
CHEM3044
Sustainable Chemistry
CHEM3045
Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy
CHEM3046
Advanced Practical Chemistry (Year 3)

UOSM2026 Ethics in Science, Engineering and Technology: Jekyll and Hyde

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

Employability is about more than just getting a job. We believe in helping our students gain the necessary experience for a future career, along with the skills to identify opportunities and make the most of them.

It is reassuring to know that Chemistry degrees are third only behind Medicine and Dentistry as the degree which offers the highest financial return over the term of the graduate's career, but the rewards of a BSc Chemistry degree lie at a deeper personal level and not just in terms of financial return.

During your years here you will have the opportunity to broaden your options by meeting employers, getting involved in volunteering activities, work placements and much more.

A significant proportion of our graduates decide to go into research by taking a PhD qualification, most of them staying in Southampton. But careers in industry and commerce are available even in the toughest economic times.

There are also research and teaching opportunities and the options to branch out into other fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, even finance, the law and science journalism. This is because chemistry gives you the confidence to take on so many varied challenges in life.

With a Chemistry degree from the University of Southampton your career path will be limited only by the level of your commitment and determination.

Learning & Assessment

The standard of our teaching is renowned. We encourage a close working relationship between you and your academic tutors who will develop your understanding in an inspiring and rewarding fashion. We use the following methods to deliver the curriculum and help you learn and understand the wide variety of chemistry that is covered in our degree courses.

Lectures and workshops

Our BSc Chemistry lectures are often interactive, with discussions, question and answer sessions, informal quizzes as well as the more conventional lecture style. In most lectures you are provided with handouts to summarise key points and structure your note taking.

Workshops then convert your knowledge to understanding. Working in small groups of peers, you will explore problems and link this to material you have recently covered in lectures. Workshops allow you to learn from each other and gain confidence in your own abilities.

The tutorial system

Tutorials on this chemistry degree involve a group of six to eight students and one tutor. You will work on problems in advance of the tutorial and submit your work for assessment. Your tutor will then tailor each session to suit your developing knowledge. You will have the opportunity to lead as well as contribute to discussions, and these sessions provide a forum at which you can present your ideas.

Electronic resources

Blackboard is our virtual learning environment, where we will post copies of lecture notes and other alternative teaching media like videos and self-assessment tests for you to access to enhance your self-study.

Laboratory work and practical sessions

You will spend up to six hours a week in practical sessions to develop your lab technique and exemplifying the theoretical concepts covered in lectures. These sessions are hard work but sociable, and will allow you to obtain your own results and generate supporting laboratory reports.

Assessment

There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in the lectures and workshops. The practical work is continuously assessed primarily through written reports. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your relevant skills from your supervisor.

Coursework exercises based on the lecture material are set each week and marked promptly. In some cases your grade is used to calculate your overall mark for the particular unit of study. However in most cases the grade is simply to give you an indication of your progress.

Costs

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £5 per 7.5 ECTS CHEM towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?5p - £1

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryApproved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT - Computer Discs or USB Drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Software Licences: All software is provided.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab Coats and Safety Spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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