Chemistry - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
More than an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry, this degree provides intensive basic training that is designed to give you the core laboratory, IT and performance skills to succeed in your chosen career.
The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and provides partial exemption from the academic requirements for the Chartered Chemist status.
You'll be taught in our £30 million Science Centre, which has more than 280 cutting-edge work stations, and gain hands-on practical experience alongside analytical techniques such as UV and infrared spectroscopy.
Our lecturers are often industry experts or active researchers and there are opportunities for on-the-job experience through our work placement scheme.
In the National Student Survey 2017 this course scored an impressive 100% overall student satisfaction.
With access to 280 workstations and specialist labs, you’ll get the chance to explore electrochemical analysis, gas and liquid chromatography, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry and many other modern techniques used in the industry today.
Your first year will cover the fundamentals of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry to prepare you for the study of forensic, pharmaceutical, medical and analytical science. As the course progresses, you’ll have the chance to explore the practical and technical aspects of chemistry at a more in-depth level as well as having the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you such as forensic chemistry or bioanalytical science.
In your final year, you’ll undertake a year-long research project on a topic of your choosing within the chemistry sector. You’ll also have the option to undertake an on-the-job placement as part of your degree, giving you valuable hands-on experience and exposure to the industry.
You'll be assessed through mini-tests, practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.
The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to give partial exemption from the requirements for Chartered Chemist status.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BCC from three A levels including grade C or above in Chemistry (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.
Entry from appropriate foundation or access courses will also be considered.
If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Chemistry Extended Degree BSc (Hons).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Cell and Molecular Biology (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
- Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
- Concepts in Chemistry (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
- Laboratory Science (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Bioanalytical Science
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Materials
- Advanced Physical Chemistry
- Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry
- Research Project (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
- Advanced Bioanalytical Science (optional)
- Forensic Chemistry (optional)
- Work Placement (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science) (optional)
You’ll leave this course ready to pursue a career in the high-technology, science-based industries. You could choose to work in sectors such as education or healthcare, with roles such as developer, lab technician and researcher on offer.
Many of our previous graduates are now employed by companies such as Mundipharma Research. Others have gone on to postgraduate study.
You’ll also develop the IT, research and analytical skills that are valued by employers in many different industries such as finance and commerce.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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News and sucess stories
The University hosted an event in honour of International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women and how they can reach their career goals through higher education.
Three part-time Chemistry BSc students are currently working with one of the world's leading consumer-goods company, Unilever.
Dr Kevin Devine, senior lecturer in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at London Met, has worked collaboratively on research which suggests bacterial life on Mars could exist.
Two London Met students have presented their dissertation research at Westminster Palace.
University welcomed Sir Michael Barber to its Holloway campus.
A London Met Chemistry student put his knowledge to the test and appeared on the BBC’s hit show, Pointless.
Professor Terry Wilkins has been made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Chemistry BSc student chosen for highly sought after training week at GlaxoSmithKline.
Chemistry BSc students have been using 3D printing to give their learning an extra dimension.
Five students from London Met were selected to present their research at this year’s British Conference of Undergraduate Research.
Posters in Parliament
London Metropolitan University has launched a project for Promoting and Disseminating Undergraduate student Research (PADUR)
The surface of Mars
BSc Chemistry graduate Berivan Esen to carry out research into life on Mars with NASA.
Meet the team
Date 18 Apr 2018 Time 1:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Rd
This Mini Open Day is for those who are interested in studying with us on human sciences, social sciences, social professions, computing and digital media subjects (see subject area list below). We... more
Date 3 May 2018 Time 6:00 PM Venue Tower Building
166-220 Holloway Road
Touring our Holloway campus* is an excellent way to experience life at London Metropolitan University. One of our student ambassadors will guide you around our state-of-the-art facilities, such as the... more