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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

152

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Subjects
  • Chemistry
Student score
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£24k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*AA

Chemistry at grade A.Mathematics at grade A.

Scottish Highers
AAAAA

Mathematics at grade A.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA

Chemistry at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
38

eighteen points (6, 6, 6) from Higher Level subjects including HL Chemistry and HL Maths

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Year 1: Inorganic, organic and physical chemistry; mathematics for chemistry; subsidiary studies (choice available). Years 2 & 3: Important and basic aspects of inorganic, organic, biological, physical and theoretical chemistry; preparative methods and methods of separation and purification; polymer chemistry; industrial chemistry; spectroscopy and other instrumental methods; hands-on sessions with main-frame and stand-alone computers; dissertation; final year core and optional lectures.

Durham University

Queen's Campus

As one of the only collegiate-style unis in the UK, coming to Durham means that you are part of a close community from the moment you arrive. With huge participation in sport, drama, arts and societies there's something for everyone. After all, where else could you spend your first year living in a castle which was also, incidentally, used as a film set for Harry Potter

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
34%
66%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
71%
12%
17%

Year 1

52%
23%
25%

Year 2

50%
30%
20%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 97%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

97%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

75%

Feedback on work has been prompt

77%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

93%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
43% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
575 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £24k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

9%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of students taking chemistry courses hasn't changed much in the last ten years, even as numbers in most other subjects have risen, and it's felt the UK has a shortage of chemistry grads overall. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs. But many industries, from the food industry to teaching, need chemistry graduates, and they're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills – anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. The recession hasn't been too kind to chemists, and current problems, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), mean that the stats are probably a little worse than we'd normally expect – they should improve over the next few years.
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