UCAS codes

  • F100 -

Course contact

Dr Jorge Chacon
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years
  • BSc Hons (Sandwich) - 5 years


Start date(s)

  • September

The BSc Chemistry will provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the subject and the practical skills required for a career in drug research, environmental analysis and forensic science.

BSc Chemistry - University of the West of Scotland

Chemistry stats

SQA Highers: BBBC including Chemistry and 1 science
GCE A-Levels: CCC including Chemistry, plus GCSE Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBBC2 including Chemistry and 1 science subject
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including Chemistry and 1 other science plus another 2 other subjects at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science: BBB
SQA Advanced Highers: BBB including Chemistry
GCE A-Levels: BBB including Chemistry
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including Chemistry and 1 other science plus another 2 subjects at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science; Chemistry; Industrial Biotechnology
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Science or Applied Chemical Science

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 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.

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.

BSc Chemistry and BSc (Hons) graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC). Successful applications depend on your degree module and project selection.

Useful Information

  • 91% students in work/further study (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

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