Your first year studying Chemical Sciences

You are on your way to studying Chemical Sciences with Salford. Ready to learn more about what to expect?

We've gathered some essential info, including a look at your first year modules, some tips about making the most of your time studying with us, and a few stories from students who’ve been there and done it.

 

    Your First Year

    Chemical sciences is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines. As your studies progress, you’ll develop analytical and critical thinking skills, build your practical laboratory skills and learn how to conduct scientific research.

    Let's take a look at what you will cover during your first year.

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    First Year Modules

    BSc (Hons) Biochemistry & BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

    Chemistry students

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry - Learn the basics of organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.

    Introduction to Biochemistry -  Gain an understanding of the key principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

    Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills - Experience hands-on laboratory work covering a range of the essential techniques used in both academia and industry. 

    Biological Chemistry - Learn the key concepts in biological chemistry, including spectroscopy and spectrometry techniques, chemical reactivity, chromatography, kinetics and thermodynamics.

    Cell Biology - Build broad knowledge about cell biology and gain a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to modules later on in your studies

    Genetics -  Genetics is a fascinating topic, not only in science, but also in data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. In this core module, you will look at DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, ethics and conservation biology.

    BSc (Hons) Chemistry

    Chemistry students

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry - Learn the basics of organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.

    Introduction to Biochemistry -  Gain an understanding of the key principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

    Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills - Experience hands-on laboratory work covering a range of the essential techniques used in both academia and industry. 

    Chemical Structure Determination - Develop the skills to identify small organic molecules. On completion you will be able to use a range of spectroscopy and mass spectrometry data to determine the structures of small covalent compounds.

    Introduction to Physical Chemistry - Study the fundamentals of physical chemistry such as thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, phase diagrams, quantum mechanics and molecular geometry, through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical sessions. 

    Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry - Learn the fundamental concepts of both inorganic and analytical chemistry and gain practical skills on qualitative and quantitative analytical chemistry.

    Foundation Year Pathways

    Scientific testing

    If you are planning to study either our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Foundation Year or our BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science with Foundation year, your first year with us will be a bit different. 

    Our foundation year pathways are carefully designed to prepare you for study at a higher level.  You will focus on six modules that deliver essential scientific knowledge and study skills. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full BSc (Hons) degree.

    Biological Principles - Explore a range of ecosystems and the characteristics of plant and animal cells that form building blocks of all life forms

    Chemical Principles - Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the periodic table, classification within chemistry, reaction processes and quantities

    Scientific Methods - Develop practical laboratory training, including the use of glassware and instrumentation, developing data recording and analysis,  and writing-up experiments

    Professional Communications - Build the academic practice and professionalism required for successful study at university

    Data Handling - Learn to apply statistical and mathematical methods and practises, using technology to present and communicate data and ideas

    Science for Health - Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health, including pollution, nutrition and drug development 

    Get Involved

    Students in the library

    University life is not just about study - it's about meeting new people too!

    Our students run a range of societies, from academia to sports, politics to the environment, performance to faith, where you can find like-minded students (or totally different!) and create a place to socialise, relax or even gain extra skills.