Chemistry

Over £26 million has been invested in the new Department of Chemistry. With an expanding team of leading academics and a brand new, state-of-the-art building, students will benefit from an extensive array of instrumentation and equipment to support their studies.

Chemical Synthesis and Structure

Requires A Level Chemistry grade B or higher (including a pass in the practical endorsement), GCSE Mathematics grade B or higher.

Concentrating mainly on the synthesis of molecules (organic, organometallic and inorganic), the organic reactions of molecules containing π–electrons is reviewed. Synthetic strategies for the synthesis of large complex molecules are examined with methods such as retro-synthesis being discussed. The pathway also covers the basic concepts and principles of organometallic chemistry and introduces students to the structures, bonding, synthesis and properties of a representative range of organo-transition metal complexes containing carbon-based ligands of different hapticities.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Atoms and Molecules Chemistry of π-Systems Advanced Synthetic Chemistry
Organic Structure Strategies for Chemical Synthesis Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Chemistry of the Elements Organometallics Catalysis and Mechanism f-Block Metals in Biology
Organic Reactivity and Mechanism Coordination Chemistry Advanced Coordination Chemistry Investigation of Chemical Mechanisms and Experimental Design
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials The Chemistry of Biomedical Imaging
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes Molecular Structure Determination Polymer Chemistry
Chemical Reaction Kinetics   Advanced Synthetic Chemistry Practical
    Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
    Chemistry Research Project (BSc only)

Chemical Measurement and Analysis

Requires A Level Chemistry grade B or higher (including a pass in the practical endorsement), GCSE Mathematics grade B or higher.

This pathway covers the non-synthetic branches of chemistry. Traditional physical chemistry such as kinetics and thermodynamics are examined in detail along with studies in phase equilibria. A mathematical treatment of thermodynamics is covered in statistical mechanics.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Atoms and Molecules Physical Principles of Spectroscopy Computational Chemistry
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics Advanced Quantum Chemistry
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes Electrochemistry Advanced Spectroscopy and its Applications
Chemical Reaction Kinetics Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry & Group Theory Advanced Analytical Separations
Physical Foundations of Chemistry Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials Biological Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Organic Reactivity and Mechanism Coordination Chemistry Molecular Structure Determination Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
Skills for Chemists (compulsory for those without A-level Maths)   Investigation of Chemical Mechanisms & Experimental Design
    Chemistry Research Project (BSc only)

Environmental Chemistry

Requires A Level Chemistry grade B or higher (including a pass in the practical endorsement), GCSE Mathematics grade B or higher.

This pathway is designed to give a thorough grounding in chemistry whilst covering aspects of environmental chemistry dealing with the aqueous, atmospheric and terrestrial environments. The techniques and methodology of environmental chemical analysis, together with an introduction to environmental planning and assessment are also covered.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Atoms and Molecules Atmospheric Science Computational Chemistry
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Aquatic Biogeochemistry Advanced Analytical Separations
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics Advanced Spectroscopy and its Applications
Chemical Reaction Kinetics Electrochemistry Environmental Radioactivity
Physical Foundations of Chemistry Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry & Group Theory Environmental Isotope Geochemistry
Organic Reactivity and Mechanism Coordination Chemistry Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials Energy: Controversies and Decision Making
Skills for Chemists (compulsory for those without A-level Maths) Molecular Structure Determination Investigation of Chemical Mechanisms & Experimental Design
  Soil Science Chemistry Research Project (BSc only)

Compulsory modules are highlighted in grey.