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BSc Chemistry with Biomedicine with a Year's professional Placement

Programme description

The programme is designed to educate graduates so that they have an understanding of most fundamental laws and principles of chemistry, along with their application in the various fields of biomedicine.

Educational Aims & Learning Outcomes
  • To prepare students for a professional career either within or outside chemistry.
  • To ensure that students can manage their own learning with the aid of suitable resources.
  • To develop students’ ability to conduct experiments, analyse the results using various quantitative methods and draw valid conclusions.
  • To provide a supportive environment, encouraging students to be critically receptive to new ideas and to attain their full academic potential.
  • To develop students’ ability to plan and execute an experimental or theoretical investigation, using ideas and techniques appropriate to research work in the relevant discipline, and including critical and quantitative assessment of their own work and the work of others
  • To provide students with the opportunity to spend a year working in a professional firm that offers suitable careers for graduates (for those students who successfully transfer to the BSc Chemistry with Biomedicine with a Year’s Professional Placement pathway).

 Programme Structure

All the first- and second-year modules must be taken by all students. These modules provide theoretical and practical foundations for all core aspects of Chemistry. All students take official examinations at the end of each year.

Core module: must be taken and passed

Compulsory module: must be taken

Students are required to obtain an average of at least 60% in the first year (or as an average for year 1 and 2 if the year in placement is to be between years 3 and the final year), and be successful in obtaining a placement offer (which is subject to Departmental approval). Students unable to meet this criteria will be transferred to MSci Chemistry with Biomedicine.

To be awarded the MSci Chemistry with Biomedicine with a Year’s Professional Placement students must complete the professional placement and passed the associated project.


First year

Core modules

Compulsory modules

NOTE: First-year students must pass core modules and have gained at least 90 credits, excluding condoned fails, in order to progress to the second year.

Second year

Core modules

Compulsory modules

NOTE: Second-year students must pass core modules and have gained at least 210 credits over the first two years, excluding condoned fails, in order to progress to the third year.

Third year Final year

Award requirements and degree classifications

Please see the Regulations page for the requirements for the award of degrees and how the classification of a degree is calculated.

Year's Professional Placement

A Year’s Professional Placement Year (YPP) is offered by the Department of Chemistry as part of its undergraduate degrees, adding an extra year of training in an external company which, if passed, will earn the additional descriptive, “with Year’s Professional Placement”, to the degree title. Please see the Programme Extras page for further details. 

Optional language modules

Students may also take a language module in addition to their standard programme requirements. Please see the Programme Extras page for details. The additional module may be at any level, so long as it is considered appropriate by the Modern Language Centre. Students need the permission of their Programme Director to take additional credit and are allowed to take a maximum of 30 additional credits (normally two extra modules) during their whole degree programme. In most cases additional credit will only be permitted from Year 2 onwards, and will be dependent on overall performance in the previous year. Please contact the Programme Administrator in the first instance if you wish to take additional credit.


21 August 2018
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