This degree will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in drug research, environmental analysis and forensic science. You will develop professional skills through practical and project work, plus the analytical and communication skills relevant to the modern scientist. The Honours sandwich programme offers a year’s paid work experience between years 3 and 4. Study abroad opportunities are available. You will study the general aspects of chemistry including organic, inorganic and physical chemistry throughout the programme up to an advanced level with additional learning including topics such as enzymes and pharmaceutical production and safety, environmental chemistry, spectroscopy and photochemistry. 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. Graduates are also sought by non-scientific employers. 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. Course content 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 prospects 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. Placement/Work-based learning 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. Professional recognition BSc (Hons) Chemistry programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data. For further information, see the Discover Uni website.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Paisley Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Standard Qualification Requirements
|UCAS Tariff||102 points||Including Chemistry|
|A level||CCD||Including Chemistr|
|Scottish Higher||BBBC||Including Chemistry|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points||Including Chemistry|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H4||Including Chemistry|
Year 1 Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science: BBB including Chemistry. Year 2 SQA Advanced Highers: BBC including Chemistry and 1 science subject at least at standard grade GCE A-Levels: BBC including Chemistry and 1 science subject at least at GCSE International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including Chemistry and 1 science with 4 subjects at Higher). SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science; Chemistry; Industrial Biotechnology Year 3 SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Science or Applied Chemical Science
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|