Chemistry – BSc (Honours)/MChem

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Study chemistry and learn how to apply its principles to real world problems. Internationally renowned researchers on your teaching team ensure that the course content and lab skills you learn are at the cutting edge of the science. And the opportunity to gain a placement with major industry names like AstraZeneca gives you the chance to gain experience and build your CV.

Key points• Develop your practical skills and techniques using industry standard equipment.
• Learn from active researchers and well-known academics in the field.
• Gain industry experience by applying for a placement at a major company like GlaxoSmithKline.
• Develop attributes valued by employers such as the abi…

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At a glance

Study chemistry and learn how to apply its principles to real world problems. Internationally renowned researchers on your teaching team ensure that the course content and lab skills you learn are at the cutting edge of the science. And the opportunity to gain a placement with major industry names like AstraZeneca gives you the chance to gain experience and build your CV.

Key points• Develop your practical skills and techniques using industry standard equipment.
• Learn from active researchers and well-known academics in the field.
• Gain industry experience by applying for a placement at a major company like GlaxoSmithKline.
• Develop attributes valued by employers such as the ability to communicate and problem solve.

What is chemistry?
Chemistry is the study of the reactions and properties of matter. It is often described as 'the central science' as it links with aspects of biology, physics, materials science and statistics. Chemistry is used to develop new compounds, such as pharmaceuticals or advanced materials, as well as analysis and quality control.

This course

Develop your practical laboratory skills and build knowledge of chemistry that is relevant to the real world. As a student on this course you investigate biological, environmental and materials chemistry in our specialist labs, in addition to more traditional topics.

Your practical studies are carried out in specialist laboratories that use the same type of equipment found in industry. You learn the latest techniques and use modern, state of the art instrumentation in all aspects of chemistry, which helps you to develop into an effective, safe, employable and practical scientist.

Most of our teaching staff are active in research and some are well-known academics. Professor Malcolm Clench leads an internationally renowned research group using MALDI-mass spectrometry to investigate the distribution of drugs in biological tissue and responses to treatment. Both Professor Clench and fellow lecturer Dr Simona Francese have featured on BBC programmes as experts in their field. This expertise and engagement with research allows us to feed the latest scientific developments directly into your course.

Once you have gained skills in chemistry, you get the opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt with a one-year placement at a national or multinational firm such as • GlaxoSmithKline • AstraZeneca • Quotient Bioresearch • ReckittBenckiser • Sheffield Assay Office • Covance • Merck, Germany.

You can apply for a placement in the UK or take the opportunity to work overseas in Europe, America or further afield. In a paid placement, you can earn up to £17,000 a year.

In the final year of study, one third of your time is spent on a research project where you use skills and knowledge gained in the earlier parts of your course to investigate a specific topic. Example project titles include • gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of skin metabolites • speciation of chromium by MALDI-mass spectrometry • new testosterone derivatives as potential molecular vehicles for delivery of drug moieties to hormone-sensitive targets.

As well as gaining subject specific knowledge, you develop transferable skills such as • teamworking • communication • numeracy • problem solving. These skills make you attractive to a wide range of future employers in and outside of the scientific industries.

The optional transfer to the MChem qualification is suitable for students who achieve good marks during years one and two.

Key areas of study
The course emphasises analytical science and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of • modern organic chemistry • inorganic chemistry • physical chemistry.

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