How will I study Chemical Sciences

Chemical Sciences is an extremely versatile discipline, involving a combination of practical laboratory and field work supported by theoretical learning.

If you choose to study a chemical science-based course at Salford, you will have plenty of opportunities to put your knowledge to the test, through hands-on experiments, placements and industry connections. Read on to get a flavour of what to expect. 

    Laboratory-based Learning

    Biomedical science

    As a chemical sciences student, you're going to spend lots of time in our laboratories, so we've made sure that we have access to some of the best around. We've designed our facilities to mirror those used in professional practice, so that when you graduate you will have practical skills to get started in your career. 

    During your studies, you'll be based in our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory, known as the Bodmer Labs. Throughout your degree, you will complete practical experiments and projects in these labs to strengthen your laboratory skills and help you apply complex scientific knowledge.

    The labs hosts industry-standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.  Many of these facilities are used for live industry research projects too, which means that you will also benefit from access to emerging innovations and discoveries.

    Lectures and Tutorials

    Science tutor in the laboratory

    You are probably familiar with lectures and tutorials at school and college - they are are a key part of building your theoretical knowledge at University too.

    We use lectures to introduce you to core topics, with seminars and tutorials providing opportunities to discuss them with your tutors and other students in smaller groups and develop your understanding.

    Lectures and tutorials are delivered by our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field.

    Self-Directed Study


    Inside Clifford Whitworth library

    Successful knowledge-building means lots of study. Whether you are collaborating with your course mates on a group project, or working your way through the latest tutorial reading list, you'll spend lots of time in our library.

    Our recently-refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library has lots of physical and virtual resources that will support your science studies. The modern learning space includes computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to scientific journals, databases, and software.

    With an onsite cafe, breakout areas, comfy chairs and 24-hour access, it is also the perfect place for writing up lecture notes and finalising assignments - day or night!


    Biomedical science

    Along with the learning comes the assessment!

    Don't worry - we've shaped our assessments, so they help you to check your progress and help you build skills that will support your future employability and academic success.  We provide regular feedback throughout your studies in the form of personal written communications, online notes, and group-based feedback.

    Typical assessment combines coursework and exams, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years one and two and up to a half of your marks in your final year.

    As you can imagine, a lot of assessment takes place in the laboratory. Although you might be currently studying science at school or college, you might be unfamiliar with some of our approaches. During your first year, we include lots of opportunities for you to become familiar with them. Typical methods include:

    • Research project
    • Laboratory reports
    • Essays
    • Literature Reviews
    • Data analysis
    • Presentations