UCAS codes

  • F100 -

Course contact

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

Qualifications and durations

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


Start date(s)

  • September

 Chemistry stats

This degree 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

  • SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB 2 inc sciences, inc Chemistry
  • GCE A-Levels: BCC inc 2 sciences, inc Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or BBBB inc 2 sciences, inc Chemistry 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBB inc Chemistry
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB inc Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points (5, 5 at HL)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
  • SQA HNC-D or BTEC Level 4-5 HNC-D: Applied Science; Chemistry
  • SQA HND, BTEC Level 5 HND: Chemistry
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 particular 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

General aspects of chemistry are studied 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 problemsolving skills. The Honours sandwich programme offers a year’s paid work experience between years 3 and 4 within an environment relevant to your specialism. This course is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry as partially satisfying the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

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