- You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and basic practical elements of chemistry, all of which will give you the solid chemistry foundation required to complete your degree.
- General Chemistry
- Introductory Organic Chemistry
- Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
- Introductory Physical Chemistry
- Introductory Practical Chemistry
- Chemistry Key Skills and Maths
- Scientific Method and Principles of Analytical Chemistry
- Chemistry of the Real World
- This is the same as the first year of the MChem.
NB. It is possible to switch at the end of the first year from a degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry to this regular Chemistry degree, but transferring in the other direction is not possible because of the specialised modules taught on that course. So if you like the sound of Pharmaceutical Chemistry but you're not completely certain that's where you want to go, you should apply for the specialised degree and then consider your options at the end of Year 1.
- During this year you will extend the foundation knowledge from your first year and begin to gain more advanced and specialised practical skills. You will also consider how chemistry and scientific advancements are communicated to wider audiences, a vital skill when applying for a job or research funding.
- Spectroscopy Theory and Practice
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Practical Chemistry and Key Skills (double module)
- Analytical Chemistry in Practice
- Polymer and Materials Chemistry
- This is the same as the second year of the MChem.
- You will spend your final year honing your practical skills and gaining a more complex understanding of chemistry. You will have acquired all the necessary skills and information to be able to pursue a research project of your own.
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
- BSc General Paper and Key Skills
- BSc Project Practical
- BSc Project Report
Choose three option modules from:
- Advanced Physical Chemistry
- Biological Chemistry
- Metals in Synthesis
- Advanced Analytical Chemistry
- Advanced Materials Chemistry
- You must take either Advanced Physical Chemistry or Advanced Analytical Chemistry.
Year in Industry (optional)
- If you want to, you can spend your third year working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
NB. A year spent on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.
- You will carry out a year long project in the research and development section of your host company, such as developing new drugs or exploring new analytical techniques for testing the purity of petroleum products.
- In addition to getting paid, throughout your industrial placement you will have all the same entitlements as other employees in the company. Salaries vary but the average is around £15,000-17,000 per year.
- Recent host employers include: GlaxoSmithKline, Astra Zeneca, 3M, BASF, the Ministry of Defence, Lubrizol and Reckitt Benckiser.