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BSc (Hons) - Applied Chemistry (Top Up)

Make a living out of your love of chemistry. We can help you top up your qualification and achieve your goals. Gain the skills to succeed in this exciting field.

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Course Overview

If you have a foundation degree in Chemistry or a related subject, you may be wondering how you can put your knowledge towards starting a career. That’s where our top-up course in Applied Chemistry comes in. We’ll help you focus towards using your skills to get a job, underpinning theoretical concepts with a practical element to show you how scientific principles can be applied in a vocational setting. You’ll gain the confidence and ICT skills you need to be a highly desired employee on the job market, allowing you to make a living out of your love for chemistry.

Your degree will be highly valued in the job market. We’ll help you develop your potential to handle any kind of work, and show you how to apply your skills to produce your best performance. You’ll also have the option of using our Continuing Professional Development or postgraduate courses as a stepping stone into a career. Whatever your choice, studying or working, you can count on our support.

On this course you will...

  • Work in labs designed and run by academic staff with knowledge of the subject.
  • Take on groups projects to network with fellow students and staff, learning more about their knowledge and skills.
  • Benefit from connections with local employers.
  • Attend lecturers from industry experts in the field of Chemistry.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The applied chemistry programme has been designed with employers to build upon your subject knowledge through an understanding of the application of chemistry to industrial processes, focusing on practical applications, problem-solving, transferable and key skills in order to progress in your career.

You'll develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of chemistry topics including inorganic, organic, physical, biomedical and analytical techniques. We'll teach you the best ways to put your chemistry skills to use in a dynamic job market.

Year one
  • Advanced Analytical Applications
    To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the applications of advanced analytical techniques used in the analysis and characterisation of drugs, nuclear materials, pollutants, food and other materials.
  • Exploring Research
    Provides you with the skills required to conceive, design, conduct and interpret scientific research. You will be guided in developing your ability to evaluate a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and when it is appropriate to use them.
  • Dissertation
    To enable you to undertake an independent piece of in depth research into a topic of your choice. This module provides you with an opportunity to develop your research skills and gain valuable experience in project management.
  • Nuclear Chemistry (optional)
    Develops a detailed knowledge and understanding of Nuclear Science. In addition, it aims to expand the fundamental understanding of the interactions between radioactivity and matter, with their chemical and biological consequences and applications to radioprotection.
  • Drugs and Medicinal Chemistry (optional)
    This module focuses on the influence of chemistry on the understanding of diseases at the molecular level and to provide chemotherapeutic drugs/agents for the avoidance, control and treatment of various diseases.
  • Polymer Chemistry (optional)
    The module is designed in partnership with industry and aims to give a clear understanding of the key concepts of polymer chemistry, polymer structure, polymer synthesis and recent advances in research.
  • Chemistry in the Environment - Industry (optional)
    Designed to equip students with specialist skills in modern environmental analytical methodologies, sustainable green chemistry and waste management technologies as well as the effects of contaminants on ecosystems.
  • Materials Science and Nanomaterials (optional)
    The aim of this module is to develop a deep understanding of the nature, properties and industrial applications of functional materials, engineering materials and nanomaterials.
  • Work Based – Negotiated Learning (optional)
    The module is a work based learning modules which will allow students to extend their chemistry knowledge and understanding in an area of study that complements previous experience and learning.

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