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BSc (Hons)

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Chemistry and Biochemistry

UCAS Code: Chemistry without placement : F122 ; Chemistry with Professional Studies: F123 ; Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry: F142 ; Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry with Professional Studies: F143

Start Dates(s): September


3 years full-time
4 years full-time with Professional Studies (placement year)
Up to 6 years part-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,400 per year

In Brief:

  • You will study an exciting programme which will provide you with the sought after skills needed to work in the broad chemical industries sector
  • You will have opportunities to develop a specialism in sustainable and environmental chemistry by selecting to take the BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry route in your second year
  • Placement year opportunities are available in an appropriate research or industrial laboratory that will contribute towards your final degree award (adding 'with professional experience' to your degree title)
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Chemistry at Salford integrates the core branches of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry in a package that meets the needs of employers for highly skilled chemists across the range of modern chemical industries.

With an emphasis on integrating your understanding of concepts and applying laboratory skills to find answers to current problems, you will appreciate how chemistry and its applications can transform the world we live in. You will gain experience in aspects of sustainable chemistry, a vital area of  the  modern  chemicals  industry,  also known as ‘green’ chemistry. You can develop this further if you wish by taking the BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry route in your second year. This involves studying modules in environmental chemistry where you will learn about environmentally-friendly approaches to the design of new materials, technologies and clean synthetic methods, as well as  studying  the impact  of  inorganic and organic molecules on human health and the environment.    

At the University of Salford we pride ourselves on our research and have recently invested extensively in our facilities to ensure that our students are able to complete research projects that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. Examples of research areas that you  can  explore  include:  nanotechnology,  drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial research, natural products, biomarkers, analytical detection of volatiles, mass spectrometry, computational studies, skin modelling, environmental assessment, pollution and remediation, toxicology and much more.    

Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and opportunities in the field continue to grow and develop. Our chemistry students are curious to know more about our world – how it works as well as having a thirst for new ideas about how to improve everyday lives. This course is  for  you  if you have an inquiring mind and a need to ‘experiment’ and enjoy the laboratory.

Why Study Chemistry at Salford?

Salford alumnus and Barclays Iconic UK Male Entrepreneur of 2017 Dr Darrin Disley visits our Bodmer Laboratories 

Discover our £3m Bodmer laboratories

Course Structure

In year one you will build your foundation in core areas of chemistry. In year two you will develop chemistry-based analytical skills and decide if you want to follow the Chemistry or the Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry route. At the end of year two, you can undertake an optional year away from University on an appropriate placement, which you arrange with our support. After the placement, which in some cases may be salaried, you return to complete your final year, making it a four year course overall. In the final year emphasis will be placed upon chemical research and highlighting new developments in the field of chemistry.

Year one    

This module introduces the subject of molecular characterisation and looks at the principles of spectroscopic analysis using ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.
The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.
The aim of this module is to introduce physical chemistry through energy and chemical bonding. You will study topics such as reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria and atomic and molecular structure.
In this module you will learn the principles of key areas of chemical analysis and inorganic chemistry such as electrochemistry, voltammetry and chromatography.
The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.
This module is designed to help you facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biology and chemistry.

Year two    

This module is designed to help you advance your laboratory techniques relevant to chemistry.
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles and includes: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication.
In this module you will learn the principles and application of inorganic chemistry to human health and to the environment.
The aim of this module is to build upon topics covered in the Introduction to Organic Chemistry module. You will study organic reactions in more detail and develop practical skills in organic chemistry. This module will also prepare you for year 3 projects and taught modules.
In this module you will learn principles and application of sustainable chemistry, including microwave synthesis, flow reactions, use of biotechnology, combinatorial and high-throughput green chemistry.
The aim of this module is to further develop knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and thermodynamics.
The modules below are studied if you choose to take the BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry route, and replace Applied Chemical Skills and Chemical and Biochemical Research skills.  
This module is designed to help you advance your laboratory techniques relevant to environmental chemistry.
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles and includes: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication related to environmental        studies.

Year three    

The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge in the area of inorganic chemistry, placing emphasis in the application of techniques such as radiation, biomaterials, metals, supercritical solvents, nanoscience and symmetry.
In this module you will study more advanced topics in organic chemistry such as concepts and rules governing pericyclic reactions and designing stereoselective routes to chiral molecules.
The aim of this module is to advance your knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as application of kinetics, NMR, spectroscopy, condensed matter and colloids and thermodynamic methods.
This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving student employability.
This project provides you with an opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of chemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.
The module below is studied if you choose to take the BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry route, and replaces Science and Industry.  
This module will provide you with knowledge of the chemical characteristics and toxic effects of major environmental pollutants.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
European Baccalaureate Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
UCAS tariff points 104-120 points
GCE A level 104-120 points including a biological or appropriate subject discipline and Chemistry at A2 or equivalent. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma DMM in a suitable science subject
BTEC Higher National Diploma Possible entry to year 3
Foundation Degree Possible entry to year 3
Scottish Highers 104-120 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects (Biology and Chemistry)
Irish Leaving Certificate 104-120 points from Higher Level including a science subject (Biology and Chemistry)
International Baccalaureate 28 points with at least one science subject from Group 4

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and if you want to be a chemist and have interests in designing and making new materials, analysing different scenarios, working towards sustainability for a green world, helping to cure diseases and to fight pollution, are interested in legal and ethical aspects of science, or want to know more about businesses; then this is the programme for you!

You will need to have a basic grounding in chemistry, usually either by having A-level Chemistry or perhaps by completing our foundation year. However, we recognise that students may be returning to education after a period in industry that may be relevant to this subject.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year


Teaching, learning and assessment are inclusive, balanced and progressive to facilitate and encourage independence and self-responsibility for learning during advancement through the programme.

A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, such as:

  • An extended project providing opportunities to demonstrate depth of learning.
  • Project-based learning, providing the chance to manage your time and learning.
  • Site visits to help raise your awareness of the industrial world.
  • Workshops and seminars to give you the opportunity to improve your presentation and communication skills.
  • Group activities, giving you the chance to practice problem solving and its applications.
  • Contributions from industrial partners and external experts.
  • Individual and small-group oral and poster presentations to reflect on professional practice.
  • Laboratory activities, one of the key elements in science, to gain competencies in different methods.
  • Portfolio development allowing you to develop professional skills.
  • Lectures to provide you with core knowledge and problem solving skills as well as being an opportunity to discuss applications. Material is made available through different formats and previous to classes, flipped-classroom approaches help you to develop critical thinking.
  • Small-group tutorials for pastoral support but also to develop those important scientific skills.


Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination with coursework accounting for around 65% throughout the course. 

  • In year 1, you are expected to have over 330 contact hours, with generally 20 hours per week, of which a third would be in the laboratories and around 700 hours of independent study; coursework accounts for 60%.
  • Progressing to year 2, you are expected to have over 260 contact hours, with generally 15 hours per week, of which over a third would be in the laboratories and around 700 hours of independent study; coursework (including poster and project presentation) accounts for 60%.
  • In your final year, you are expected to have over 430 contact hours, with generally 25 hours per week, of which half would be in the laboratories especially towards your dissertation and around 700 hours of independent study; coursework (including poster and project presentation) accounts for 65%.

Continuous formative and summative assessment include:

  • Research project  
  • Laboratory reports 
  • Essays
  • Data analysis 
  • Presentations (poster, project, talk)
  • Literature reviews
  • Exams (both closed and open book)


Career Prospects

Graduates from the programme will be highly skilled and particularly well suited to address the skills shortages in the chemical sector. The sector has highlighted the requirement for chemistry graduates with a knowledge of sustainability and green chemistry which this programme will provide. Graduates having successfully completed a relevant placement and project will be especially well placed to fill posts in this area. Potential employers of chemistry graduates include chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The University of Salford places much emphasis on employability, placements and technical support meaning that Salford chemistry graduates are fully equipped to enter into industry or pursue further study. 

A BSc in Chemistry will provide you with chemical and transferable skills, both of which are highly regarded by employers from different sectors including CRO (contract research organisations), small and big pharma, analytical based companies (both independent and governmental - such as forensic analysis), and a varied range of chemical industries including lubricants, synthesis, quality control, food, cosmetics, materials, construction, toiletries, clinical settings and more. Transferable skills will allow you to seek work in several areas such as research, development, quality assurance, teaching, on legal cases, within government and more.

Links with Industry

The focus on research-led teaching means that Salford chemistry students will benefit from research active staff, many of whom are focusing on emerging areas of research that will link into existing activities of environmental science, drug discovery and development and translational medicine. The school is also home to researchers who work with the children’s cancer research charity, Kidscan, and has growing industry links with the Alderley Park innovation centre (Biohub). Close links with organisations such as these provide you with unique opportunities for chemistry-related placements and research projects that are not available to students from other institutions.

Furthermore, this course has links with the international chemical company BASF and the Manchester Communications Academy. Academics within the university are continually working on developing more links with other companies in different chemical sectors in the North West and further afield in order to provide you with the best possible opportunities and experiences.

Further Study

  • MSc Drug Discorvery and Design
  • MSc Biotechnology
  • PhD in chemical or biochemical research
  • Facilities

    We have recently invested £3m in newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, opened by Sir Walter Bodmer earlier in 2015.  Our facilities include: NMR, IR, HPLC-UV/Fluorescence, LC/GC-MS/MS, microwave reactors, ICP-OES, XRF and several techniques for organic, physical and inorganic chemistry.

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