Course Content (including module information)
While providing dedicated subject-specific learning, our Chemistry degrees strongly emphasise opportunities to develop generic problem-solving and reflective-working practices applicable to a range of career paths and patterns of employability.
Many of the elements of the BSc are in common with the MSci programme, and allow students to transfer between the two pathways, subject to meeting the appropriate programme requirements.
All degrees are modular, with six modules each year. All provide a thorough training in the three main subject areas (Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry) through compulsory core modules which offer in-depth study of these three areas.
Students study a common programme with the Chemical Engineers, giving them an understanding of how the two subjects relate to each other and an opportunity to transfer if they decide they are better suited to the other discipline. Key to this is a course structure permitting students to study both introductory Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering, alongside a couple of skills modules equipping students to proceed on either degree programme.
In the second semester students then take three modules covering the main fundamental subject areas; inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.
Students are required to take six modules of chemistry, designed to extend their knowledge of the traditional subject areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, in addition to introducing aspects of applied chemistry, spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry. Each of the modules contain both practical and coursework components allowing students to develop, practice and demonstrate a wide range of professional skills.
In addition to advancing the three main subject areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, students can also can select a number of applied options allowing opportunities to specialise. Students have the choice of taking either a double-weighted research project directly supervised by a member of staff, or experiencing the full breadth of the subject through taking a series of three extended mini-projects in each of the main subject areas, making up a double-weighted module. Key to both of these options is the acquisition of both subject-specific and generic skills to act as a springboard to a successful career.
Different pathways offer opportunities to specialise. In the later stages there are optional specialist modules and extended practical/project work. The specialist pathways available consist of additional elements which are detailed below:
- Chemistry with Study Abroad: students take French or Spanish alongside Chemistry in Stages 1 and 2, then spend a year abroad studying Chemistry in French or Spanish, and then return to Queen's for Stage 3.
- BSc Sandwich Degrees: students spend their third year working in industry (subject to the availability of a suitable placement), then return to Queen's for a final year of study.
- Medicinal Chemistry: students take modules which include Biochemistry, Genetics and Medicinal Chemistry, and undertake a medicinal or biological project.
MSci Honours Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry (Stage 4)
Students carry out an independent research project. The MSci with Professional Studies four-year degrees incorporate an industrial placement with a leading UK or European company as well as a distance-learning element.
MEng/MSci Engineering Chemistry
This exciting new course reflects the School’s distinctive position as the only combined School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the UK. It also reflects the reality of the workplace, where chemists and engineers work together and need to be able to communicate and understand each other. The core topics in both subject areas are studied, and then in the later stages of the course there is the opportunity to select specialist options modules in either Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. This will determine whether students graduate as MEng (Chemical Engineering) or MSci (Chemistry).
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