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

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

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: H3 H3 H3 H4 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.

The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The RSC accreditation is a rigorous evaluation process that is respected around the world. It helps students, their parents and advisers choose high quality degree programmes, and graduates will have an advantage when applying for jobs and in looking for professional qualifications.
Marissa Smith graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science from UWS in 2016. She is currently undertaking a MSc in Forensic Toxicology within the Forensic Medicine and Science department at the University of Glasgow a world renowned centre for the principles and practice of Forensic Toxicology. Her MSc research project is an investigation of the contents e-Cigarette liquids. Once she has completed the course she hopes to carry out a PhD within the Forensic Medicine and Science department at Glasgow University.
Marissa commented on the Forensic Science programme at UWS, “it provided a useful insight to the various branches of Forensic Science. Throughout my time at UWS I spent a great deal of time in the labs conducting various experiments using different analytical techniques. The practical aspects of the course were extremely beneficial as they allowed me to become much more confident in an analytical laboratory environment. The staff at UWS provided a great support network and operated an open-door policy, meaning that they were always willing to help resolve any issues or problems.”
Marissa Smith , BSc (Hons) Forensic Science 2016

Useful Information

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

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    Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

    Many Chemistry students at UWS work as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry –Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme. This involves delivering workshops in schools showing modern applications of chemistry using portable Infrared and NMR spectrometers. Click here for more information.