Chemistry students perform practical work with state-of-the-art instrumentation and staff include internationally recognised researchers in material, biomolecular and environmental chemistry.
The opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and participate in co-curricular activities. See www.abdn.ac.uk/thedifference for more information.
Degree programmes in this discipline area contain Environmental or Sustainability Content.
Students study introductory courses in Chemistry, alongside other courses which need not necessarily be science related. There is plenty of choice at this level.
The four chemistry courses cover all the main areas of chemistry, including Forensic Analytical Chemistry, and take up half the workload. Four more courses are selected from other departments, usually in science.
In third year, students spend the majority of their time studying chemistry, including laboratory classes with state-of-the-art instrumentation dedicated to teaching.
All students choose from a range of topics in specialised areas of chemistry, and receive training in methods of research. BSc students undertake a personal research project in fourth year.
MChem students have group-based practicals on advanced instrumental techniques and a mini-project in fourth year. The MChem personal research project is in fifth year, and usually involves a placement in Europe. For specialised degrees, some courses are replaced by specified courses in other departments.
In first year, traditional lectures and practical classes are now integrated with the support provided by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, MyAberdeen. At higher levels, tutorials, individual and group project work, and essay and oral presentations, together with a rapidly increasing range of computer-based learning aids, also form part of the programme.
Chemistry graduates are very employable because a degree in chemistry opens many opportunities in areas such as drug development, environmental protection, food chemistry, petroleum chemistry, forensic science and materials development. It is also considered to be an excellent preparation for a career in business in particular because of the skills developed in problem solving and numeracy.
There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us – from first to final year – and beyond.
SQA Highers - AABB*
A Levels - BBB*
IB - 32 points, 5 at HL*
ILC - AAABB (B1 or B2 required)*
*Including good performance in Chemistry and another Mathematics/Science subject.
Advanced Entry - Advanced Highers ABB, A Levels ABB, or IB 34 points (6 at HL), including Chemistry at A and another Mathematics/Science subject.
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