Undergraduate BSc (Hons)


School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and opportunities in the field continue to grow and develop. We integrate the core branches of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry to meet the needs of employers for highly skilled chemists across the range of modern chemical industries.

Hands-on learning

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 sustainable chemistry, a vital area of the modern chemicals industry, also known as ‘green’ chemistry.  

Research-focused teaching

We pride ourselves on our research and have recently invested extensively in our facilities to ensure that you are able to complete research projects that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. Examples of research areas include nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial research, analytical chemistry and molecular modelling.

You can learn more about studying chemistry, explore course modules and speak to the course team, by joining our next Open Day on campus. 

You will:
  • Study the core branches of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry
  • Study an exciting programme, which will provide you with the sought after skills needed to work in the broad chemical industries sector
  • Explore the most versatile scientific discipline

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You have an inquiring mind and a thirst for new ideas about how to improve everyday lives


You have a need to ‘experiment’ and enjoy the laboratory


You are curious to know more about the world and how it work

Course details

All about the course

In year one you will build your foundation in core areas of chemistry. In year two you will develop chemistry-based laboratory skills. In the third year emphasis will be placed upon chemical research and highlighting new developments in the field of chemistry.

Year one

Chemical Structure Determination

This module will help you develop the skills associated with identifying small organic molecules and on completion you will be able to use a range of spectroscopy and mass spectrometry data to determine the structures of small covalent compounds.


Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills

This is a practical laboratory based module aiming to develop practical skills in the areas of biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and general chemistry. The students will be involved in hands-on laboratory work covering a range of the essential techniques used in academia and industry. Students will be given feedback on their work during the classes. 

Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

This module covers fundamental concepts of both inorganic and analytical chemistry. Laboratory sessions are designed to support the theory with practical skills on qualitative and quantitative analytical chemistry. Tutorial classes will support theoretical and practical classes with thematic problem solving.

Introduction to Physical Chemistry

This module is focused on the fundamentals of physical chemistry such as thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, phase diagrams, quantum mechanics and molecular geometry. The students will learn the theoretical concepts during traditional lectures & practical concepts during laboratory practicals and problem solving tutorials.  

Introductory Biochemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

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.

Year two

Applied Chemical Skills

This module will help you develop computer-based and laboratory report-writing skills through a series of practicals and workshops. Good laboratory practice, including a full assessment of risk, will be included in all practical work.

Chemical and Biochemical Research Skills

This module will help you develop your scientific writing and communication skills and understand key statistical methods that may be applied to the chemical and biochemical sciences.

Bio-inorganic Chemistry

In this module you will learn the principles of inorganic chemistry and its applications to human health and to the environment.

Core Organic Chemistry

This module will provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate and understand advanced organic chemistry concepts, practical methodologies and to use a range of primary and secondary information sources.

Core Physical Chemistry

This module is a research-informed FHEQ level 5 course that follows on the level 4 to inform, analyse and stimulate enquiry into fundamental and applied Physical Chemistry topics in problems of relevance to industry and wider applications. It features applied quantum mechanics, introduction to computational chemistry, advanced spectroscopy and colloidal nanoscience. Attributes developed: cognitive/analytical, subject knowledge, transferrable skills.

Choose one from the following


Educational Principles and Practice in STEM

The module will provide you with an introduction to teaching and learning at key stage 4 (level 2 GCSE qualifications) through the application of core educational concepts. You will design and deliver an educational activity for a laboratory, workshop or through an online interactive system. The module will provide a taster for students considering teaching as a career.

Green Chemistry

This module will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability and greenness, specifically to the area of green chemistry and will look at examples of good practice within academia and industry, and will be supported by guest lectures from industry speakers. 

Year three

Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry

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.

Advanced Organic Chemistry

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.

Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry

This module is a research-informed FHEQ level 6 course that aims to inform, analyse and stimulate active learning through critical evaluation of the physico-chemical topics in real world applications. It engages students with an authentic assessment offering transferrable skills via guided coaching on writing of the research proposals and professional scientific communication, the employable toolkit for the build-up of student’s CVs. It features physico-chemical properties and methods in applied colloidal nanomaterials aimed for bio-nano interface analysis, pathogen protection, biomedical and food chemistry, applications of current spectroscopy in authenticity assessment and/or conservation of the arts heritage. The module expands the knowledge towards application of the computational methods and soft matter systems and polymers.

Science and Industry

This module will help you develop the understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability and greenness and recovery from a post-pandemic landscape featuring skills sets of biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical, pharmaceutical and personal health care from the laboratory to gaining understanding of the workings of industry. The material issued as lecture notes and support guides will be all released pre-module and each lecture session will ‘flip-learning’ to ‘workshop’ through the academic staff and invited industry speakers for ‘real world’ experience

Final Year Project and Professional Skills

This dissertation module allows you to develop independent research skills, including both data collection/generation (for example, via lab-based research or fieldwork) and analysis, while conducting research on a topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. You will also develop your professional skills, with a focus on employability. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, such as extended projects, site visits, workshops and seminars, group activities, lab activities and lectures.


Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination and is broken down as follows:

Year one
  • 25% coursework
  • 75% examination
Year two and three
  • 60% coursework  
  • 40% examination

Continuous formative and summative assessment include a research project, laboratory reports. essays, data analysis, presentations, literature reviews and exams (both closed and open book).

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment


Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career. 



You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

As a chemistry student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose-built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.


Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduates from the course 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 course provides. Potential employers of chemistry graduates include chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We place a high emphasis on employability, placements and technical support meaning that our 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.


MSc Drug Design and Discovery
MSc Biotechnology
PhD in chemical or biochemical research

A taste of what you could become

An analytical chemist

A biotechnologist

A forensic scientist

A research scientist (physical sciences)

A toxicologist

And more...

Career Links

The focus on research-led teaching means you 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.

This course also 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 to provide you with the best possible opportunities and experiences.


What you need to know


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, discover the legal and ethical aspects of science; then this is the programme for you!

You will need to have a basic grounding in chemistry, usually either by having A-level in chemistry or equivalent 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.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. 

Standard entry requirements


English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalents are accepted.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112 UCAS points including Chemistry grade C. A pass in the practical element of science A levels must be achieved.


A Level

112 points including Chemistry grade C. A pass in the practical element of science A levels must be achieved.


BTEC National Diploma

DMM in a suitable science subject, which must include chemistry. 

Scottish Highers

112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry


Irish Leaving Certificate

112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry


European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

International Baccalaureate

28 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry. 


Access to HE

112 UCAS points from QAA-approved Science access course, must include Chemistry.

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year 3

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year 3

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15900per year
Part-time 2022/23 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

International Student Scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID F122

Institution S03