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University of the West of Scotland

Chemistry

UCAS Code: F100

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Including Chemistr

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Including Chemistry

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4

Including Chemistry

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

Including Chemistry

UCAS Tariff

102

Including Chemistry

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Chemistry

This degree will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in drug research, environmental analysis and forensic science. You will develop professional skills through practical and project work, plus the analytical and communication skills relevant to the modern scientist.

The Honours sandwich programme offers a year’s paid work experience between years 3 and 4. Study abroad opportunities are available.

You will study the general aspects of chemistry including organic, inorganic and physical chemistry throughout the programme up to an advanced level with additional learning including topics such as enzymes and pharmaceutical production and safety, environmental chemistry, spectroscopy and photochemistry.

Career areas include chemical research, industry, environmental pollution monitoring, commerce, management or teaching.

UWS graduates have secured roles including process chemist at GSK, laboratory supervisor at Sellafield Ltd and medicinal chemist with Scottish Biomedical. Graduates are also sought by non-scientific employers.

The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The RSC accreditation is a rigorous evaluation process that is respected around the world. It helps students, their parents and advisers choose high-quality degree programmes, and graduates will have an advantage when applying for jobs and in looking for professional qualifications.

Course content
Our degree in Chemistry is recognised by employers for its impressive analytical and applications focus. We encourage you to develop professional skills through practical and project work, plus the analytical and communication skills relevant to the modern scientist.
Furthermore, much of the teaching is carried out in relatively small groups, giving you ample opportunity to explore the subjects in greater depth. It is these aspects of the programme that give you an advantage when seeking employment.

Year 1
This covers the general aspects of chemistry including organic, inorganic and physical chemistry along with two other science subjects. Laboratory sessions develop practical and communication skills.

Year 2
Organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry are reviewed in greater depth and practical skills are developed in all four areas. Additional subjects such as forensic science may be studied.

Year 3
Subjects from years 1 and 2 are studied at advanced level, with additional learning including enzymes and pharmaceutical production and safety, and environmental chemistry.

Year 4 (Honours)
Studies include a varied range of advanced topics such as spectroscopy, photochemistry and advanced analytical techniques. You will also undertake an individual research project, usually on a topic of your choice

Career prospects
Career areas include chemical research, industry, environmental pollution monitoring, commerce, management or teaching. UWS graduates have secured roles including process chemist at GSK, laboratory supervisor at Sellafield Ltd and medicinal chemist with Scottish Biomedical. Chemistry graduates are also sought by non-scientific employers such as stockbrokers, given their numerical and problem-solving skills.

Placement/Work-based learning
The Honours sandwich programme offers a year’s paid work experience between years 3 and 4 within an environment relevant to your specialism. Students have undertaken placement/work-based learning with organisation such as Ferring Pharmaceuticals,
Doosan Babcock and Taytech Environmental Solutions

Study abroad
You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

Professional recognition
BSc (Hons) Chemistry programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
med
Chemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

62%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
9%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,200
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
19%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Engineering professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. 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. 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 good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

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