Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Chemistry with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

Four year

Eight year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Chemistry at Salford integrates the core branches of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry in a package that meets the needs of employers for highly skilled chemists across the range of modern chemical industries. This course will provide you with a strong foundation in the field of chemistry, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree.

With an emphasis on integrating your understanding of concepts and applying laboratory skills to find answers to current problems, you will appreciate how chemistry and its applications can transform the world we live in. You will gain experience in aspects of sustainable chemistry, a vital area of the modern chemicals industry, also known as ‘green’ chemistry.

Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and opportunities in the field continue to grow and develop. Our chemistry students are curious to know more about our world – how it works as well as having a thirst for new ideas about how to improve everyday lives. This course is for you if you have an inquiring mind and a need to ‘experiment’ and enjoy the laboratory.

You will:
  • Get a strong foundation in chemistry to prepare you for more advanced study
  • Benefit from hands-on experience in the labs and fieldwork opportunities
  • Have the opportunity to do a placement year after your second year of the undergraduate degree
Placement

options available

This is for you if...

1.

You have a non-scientific background and would like to pursue a career in science

2.

You are returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

3.

You did not obtain the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Course details

All about the course

In year one you will build your foundation in core areas of chemistry. In year two you will develop chemistry-based analytical skills. In the third year, emphasis will be placed upon chemical research and highlighting new developments in the field of chemistry.

Foundation year

Chemical Principles

You'll start to understand the significance of the structure of atoms, their classification in the periodic table, chemical reactions and bonding to form organic and inorganic molecules and the importance of pH.

Scientific Methods

Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.

Data Handling

Develop skills for application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective presentation and communication of data and ideas.

Professional Communications

Develop life-long learning skills including techniques for self-assessment and reflection, written and verbal communication skills for meetings, debates and presentations.

Choose two modules from

Earth Processes

Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.

Environmental Conservation

Understand key ecological concepts, explore biogeography, appraise conservation techniques and consider priorities and issues in management of habitats and wildlife.

Science for Health

Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.

Biological Principles

Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.

Year one

Chemical Structure Determination

This module introduces the subject of molecular characterisation and looks at the principles of spectroscopic analysis using ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.

 

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.

Introduction to Physical Chemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce physical chemistry through energy and chemical bonding. You will study topics such as reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria and atomic and molecular structure.

Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

In this module you will learn the principles of key areas of chemical analysis and inorganic chemistry such as electrochemistry, voltammetry and chromatography.

Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills

This module is designed to help you facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biology and chemistry.

Introductory Biochemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

Year two

Applied Chemical Skills

This module is designed to help you advance your laboratory techniques relevant to chemistry.

Chemical and Biomedical Research Skills

The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles and includes: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication.

Bio-inorganic and Chemistry

In this module you will learn the principles and application of inorganic chemistry to human health and to the environment.

Core Organic Chemistry

The aim of this module is to build upon topics covered in the Introduction to Organic Chemistry module. You will study organic reactions in more detail and develop practical skills in organic chemistry. This module will also prepare you for year three projects and taught modules.

Green Chemistry

In this module you will learn principles and application of sustainable chemistry, including microwave synthesis, flow reactions, use of biotechnology, combinatorial and high-throughput green chemistry.

Core Physical Chemistry

The aim of this module is to further develop knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and thermodynamics.

Year three

Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry

The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge in the area of inorganic chemistry, placing emphasis in the application of techniques such as radiation, biomaterials, metals, supercritical solvents, nanoscience and symmetry.

Advanced Organic Chemistry

In this module you will study more advanced topics in organic chemistry such as concepts and rules governing pericyclic reactions and designing stereoselective routes to chiral molecules.

Advanced Physical Chemistry

The aim of this module is to advance your knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as application of kinetics, NMR, spectroscopy, condensed matter and colloids and thermodynamic methods.

Science and Industry

This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving your employability after graduation.

Research Project and Professional Skills

An opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of medicinal chemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, such as extended projects, site visits, workshops and seminars, group activities, lab activities and lectures.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination and is broken down as follows:

Foundation year

You will be assessed by a combination of course work and examinations depending on what modules you take. 

Year one
  • 25% coursework
  • 75% examination
Year two and three
  • 60% coursework  

  • 40% examination

Continuous formative and summative assessment include research projects, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, presentations, literature reviews and exams (both closed and open book).

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable future. Our research expertise includes the built environment, cancer, data security, dementia, marine conservation, robotics, and sustainability.

We place our students at the heart of everything we do. With over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative members of staff we offer a robust support system for our student community. Our expanding suite of multidisciplinary programmes cover acoustics, architecture, biology, biomedicine, chemical sciences, computing, construction, engineering, environment (built and natural), geography, mathematics, physics, property, robotics, surveying and wildlife.

If you're looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.

Our facilities

We have recently invested £3 million in newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, opened by Sir Walter Bodmer in 2015. Our facilities include: NMR, IR, HPLC-UV/Fluorescence, LC/GC-MS/MS, microwave reactors, ICP-OES, XRF and several techniques for organic, physical and inorganic chemistry.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

Graduates from the course will be highly skilled and particularly well suited to address the skills shortages in the chemical sector. The sector has highlighted the requirement for chemistry graduates with a knowledge of sustainability and green chemistry which this course provides. Potential employers of chemistry graduates include chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We place a high emphasis on employability, placements and technical support meaning that our graduates are fully equipped to enter into industry or pursue further study.

A BSc in Chemistry will provide you with chemical and transferable skills, both of which are highly regarded by employers from different sectors including CRO (contract research organisations), small and big pharma, analytical based companies (both independent and governmental - such as forensic analysis), and a varied range of chemical industries including lubricants, synthesis, quality control, food, cosmetics, materials, construction, toiletries, clinical settings and more. Transferable skills will allow you to seek work in several areas such as research, development, quality assurance, teaching, on legal cases, within government and more.

FURTHER STUDY

MSc Drug Design and Discovery
MSc Biotechnology
PhD in chemical or biochemical research

A taste of what you could become

An analytical chemist

A biotechnologist

A forensic scientist

A research scientist (physical sciences)

A toxicologist

And more...

Career Links

 

The focus on research-led teaching means that our students will benefit from research active staff, many of whom are focusing on emerging areas of research that will link into existing activities of environmental science, drug discovery and development and translational medicine. The school is also home to researchers who work with the children’s cancer research charity, Kidscan, and has growing industry links with the Alderley Park innovation centre (Biohub). Close links with organisations such as these provide you with unique opportunities for chemistry-related placements and research projects that are not available to students from other institutions.

This course also has links with the international chemical company BASF and the Manchester Communications Academy. Academics within the University are continually working on developing more links with other companies in different chemical sectors to provide you with the best possible opportunities and experiences.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and if you want to be a chemist and have interests in designing and making new materials, analysing different scenarios, working towards sustainability for a green world, helping to cure diseases and to fight pollution, are interested in legal and ethical aspects of science, or want to know more about businesses; then this is the programme for you!

You will need to have an interest in chemistry and a desire to pursue this at undergraduate level. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Where English is not your first language you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above

UCAS tariff points

64 UCAS points

A level

64 UCAS points

BTEC National Diploma

MPP

Access to Higher Education

64 UCAS points

Scottish Highers

64 UCAS points from Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 UCAS points from Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 

Scholarships for international students 2020/21 

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID F125

Institution S03