What Will You Study
During the first year of your degree, you will cover many of the fundamentals of chemistry, and you will learn about its relevance to the other natural sciences; for example, how it relates to biology, mathematics and physics. You will also have the opportunity to significantly develop your practical chemistry skills. One third of first year is free choice—you can choose to study modules offered by other departments in the University.
Second year courses build upon the broad fundamentals of first year, where you will cover some familiar topics in more detail, such as organic synthesis, spectroscopy and kinetics, while new, more advanced topics are introduced, such as d-metal chemistry, soft-matter chemistry and quantum chemistry. Practical laboratory classes will form a large part of your modules. You will also learn many additional transferable skills.
In your third year you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project alongside advanced modules in specialised areas of chemistry, together with more advanced core topics. Our staff have varied research interests, and are particularly interested in inter-disciplinary projects that cross the typical subject boundaries.
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Atoms and Molecules
- Chemical Reaction Kinetics
- Chemistry of the Elements
- Coordination Chemistry
- Organic Reactivity and Mechanism
- Organic Structure
- Physical Foundations of Chemistry
- Skills for Chemists
- Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
- Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes
- Advanced Coordination Chemistry
- Alkene and Aromatic Chemistry
- Molecular Structure Determination
- Organometallics, Catalysis and Mechanism
- Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry and Group Theory
- Solids, Soft Matter and Surface
- Strategies for Chemical Synthesis
- The Physical Principles of Spectroscopy
- Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
- Using your degree for career success
- Advanced Synthetic Chemistry
- Advanced Synthetic Chemistry Practical
- Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
- BSc Chemistry Research Project
- Core Computational Chemistry
- Electrochemistry and Advanced Spectroscopy
- Further Inorganic Chemistry: f-block and metals in biology
- Investigation of Chemical Mechanisms and Experimental Design
- Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
- Advanced Techniques for Analytical Separations
- Elucidating the Properties and Interactions of Molecules
- Investigating mechanism in sustainable polymer synthesis
- The Chemistry of Biomedical Imaging
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAA-ABB including grade B Chemistry and grade B in a further science subject
International Baccalaureate 36-32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and a further science subject
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in a relevant subject including sufficient Science content at Distinction. BTEC qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility. We typically require an A level Chemistry grade B alongside the BTEC or other equivalent qualification.
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units. Access qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly
A range of Advanced/Higher Level subjects, including Chemistry and further science from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology is required for entry
GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level.
Combination of Qualifications We welcome applications from students with a combination of qualifications, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly for further advice
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via email@example.com
Chemistry graduates find employment in areas such as pharmaceuticals, product development, postgraduate medicine, research, teaching, protecting the environment, energy and more. Your degree equips you with up to date skills and knowledge allowing you to embark on a challenging and rewarding career.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017-18 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:
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Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, or the equivalent academic qualifications. In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.