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Chemistry with Materials Chemistry

F1F2

4 years

Full-time

BSc

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA
  • A Levels: AAA
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4–S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Chemistry (preferably at Grade A). Qualified applicants are strongly advised to take Mathematics and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible.
  • A Levels: ABB required in one sitting, to include Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Chemistry HL at Grade 5 plus two HL subjects at Grade 5. Mathematics SL at Grade 6 or HL at Grade 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Entry to second year

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAB to include Chemistry and Mathematics; or AA in Chemistry and Mathematics, plus at least BB in two other Highers.
  • A Levels: A*AA required in one sitting, to include Chemistry and Mathematics, or AAA in one sitting, to include Chemistry and Mathematics and one of Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Geology.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Chemistry and Mathematics HL at Grade 6 plus one other HL subject at Grade 6.
Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA
  • A Levels: AAA
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4–S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Chemistry (preferably at Grade A). Qualified applicants are strongly advised to take Mathematics and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible.
  • A Levels: ABB required in one sitting, to include Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Chemistry HL at Grade 5 plus two HL subjects at Grade 5. Mathematics SL at Grade 6 or HL at Grade 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Entry to second year

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAB to include Chemistry and Mathematics; or AA in Chemistry and Mathematics, plus at least BB in two other Highers.
  • A Levels: A*AA required in one sitting, to include Chemistry and Mathematics, or AAA in one sitting, to include Chemistry and Mathematics and one of Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Geology.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Chemistry and Mathematics HL at Grade 6 plus one other HL subject at Grade 6.
Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

Overview

Chemists play an important role in developing new materials suitable for modern life. This area of study will increase your understanding of the electronic, molecular and crystal structure of materials, and how they can be manipulated to develop new materials.

What you will study

Year 1

You will spend approximately a third of your first year in chemistry lectures, laboratory classes and small-group tutorials. For most students a mathematics course is also required. The remainder of your curriculum can be chosen from a broad range of courses from across the University.

Year 2

You continue with your chemistry course, which again takes up about a third of your time. Additional courses such as Environmental Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Chemical Pharmacology or courses in physics or mathematics may be required for your specific programme but most programmes still allow considerable choice of optional subjects at this stage. The range of optional courses available over the first two years allows real flexibility to transfer between different programmes.

Year 3

You will study compulsory chemistry courses that provide a foundation for the remaining honours years. If you are studying the chemical physics programme you will take a combination of chemistry and physics courses.

Year 4

In the final year of your BSc, or the final two years of your MChem, you will take compulsory courses from your programme and will choose from a range of advanced chemistry courses. If you opt for study abroad, or an industrial placement, this occurs during your fourth year. In the final year of all programmes you undertake independent research work and complete a final dissertation.

Year 5

See Year 4 (MChem only)

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory classes and small-group tutorials. In your first two years you will undertake 20 hours per week of timetabled study. Normally an additional 15 to 20 hours is dedicated to preparing for tutorials, writing lab reports or private study. Later years include more practical learning and research project work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, presentations and exams.

Programme structure

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Details

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