BSc Chemistry

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  • Objectives
    The Chemistry Department offers a unique portfolio of high quality courses that are designed to give graduates a varied range of employment opportunities. Although our programmes are carefully structured to ensure students cover all the relevant materials they are also flexible, allowing students the chance to move between many of the different programmes at the end of their first year. Chemistry is a broad discipline and amongst the many courses offered in our Department you will find one that is tailored to your specific interests. We are committed to high quality teaching and student support and we are very active in research. We have internationally recognised research groups specialising in biological chemistry, green chemistry & molecular properties. We take pride in our research-led teaching which ensures that our syllabus is filled with cutting-edge topics and our graduates are ready to work in the chemical industry. Students successfully completing the University of Leicester Sciences Foundation Year Programme can progress automatically to the first year of any of our degrees.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS Levels: Three A levels usually required including Chemistry. Two AS levels considered in place of one A level. General Studies accepted. * GCSE: Mathematics is essential if not held at A or AS level. * Access to HE course: Pass, with at least the requisite credits at level 3. * European Baccalaureate: Pass with 65% overall. * International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points. * Leicestershire Progression Accord: F100: 210 points plus full Accord credits. F105-8: 270 points as above plus full Accord credits. * BTEC Nationals: Diploma with DMM, plus any subject / GCSE requirements. * Other Qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students welcomed: Alternative qualifications considered. * Second Year Entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications compatible with our degree structure. * Applicants are normally interviewed. * All applicants receiving an offer will be invited to visit the Department. * These degrees are not available on a part-time basis.
  • Academic title
    BSc Chemistry
  • Course description
    BSc Chemistry


    First year

    -Chemical Principles
    -Organic Stereochemistry and Reactivity
    -Co-ordination Chemistry
    -Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    -Organic Functional Groups

    Second year

    -Molecular Spectroscopy
    -Colloids and Interfaces
    -Kinetics and Mechanism
    -Bifunctional Molecules
    -Chemistry of Rings
    -Organometallic Chemistry

    Third Year in Industry (where chosen)

    In the third year you spend a year working in paid employment with a chemical or pharmaceutical company. Companies that have participated include:

        * AstraZeneca
        * Glaxo SmithKline
        * Pfizer Central Research
        * Merck Sharpe and Dohme
        * Johnson Matthey Ltd
        * British Petroleum plc
        * Dow Corning Ltd
        * Laporte

    During the year working in industry you will undertake a project with the company, which is written up as a report and assessed as a module contributing to your degree. We have also had a number of students who have worked for chemical companies in Europe. These students have been able to add fluency in a foreign language to their transferable skills.

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