University of Aberdeen

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environmental Chemistry

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Course summary

Environmental Chemistry is a subject for people who want to understand how the world works. The 5th year option to the BSc programme. Environmental Chemistry is one of the public and friendly faces of Chemistry with decisions based on research having enormous consequences for all of us. You may think that Environmental Chemistry is mostly about pollution, but really it is a subject for people who want to understand how the world works. Environmental Chemistry is concerned with the behaviour of chemicals (natural or man-made) in air, water, soils and sediments. It is an interdisciplinary field at the cross roads of important scientific subjects centred around advanced analytical chemistry. It requires knowledge of fundamental principles of many subject areas, including organic chemistry, soil science, biochemistry, toxicology and ecology. You will learn about the chemistry of organic and inorganic compounds, whether they are produced on purpose or generated as by-products of industrial processes, and about their reactivity and their interactions with living systems.

Course details

Assessment method

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeF143
Institution code A20
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, to include AB from Chemistry and another science. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB, to include AB from Chemistry and another science. Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD
Scottish Higher AAAB A minimum of 4 Highers at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAAAB obtained over two sittings. To include AB from Chemistry and another science. Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points A minimum of 34 points, to include 6 points at HL from Chemistry and another science. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 36 points, to include 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and another science. A minimum of Standard level in English and Maths required.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2, H3 A minimum of 5H with [email protected] H2 AND [email protected] H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and another science, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and another science. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above. English and Maths at a minimum of Ordinary Level required and either Chemistry or Physics.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0
TOEFL (iBT)78TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78
PTE Academic54Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above

In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.

Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/undergraduate-degrees-english-requirements-268.php


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fee information not yet published for Home, EU or International.
Environmental Chemistry at University of Aberdeen - UCAS