Chemistry is the stuff of life. Chemists are vital to our economy and the health of our planet. Chemists discover drugs that cure disease, invent products that help the environment, and develop techniques that solve crime. Chemistry is an exciting and diverse science, and if you are passionate about making a difference, then this is the course for you.
NTU chemistry courses are recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This accreditation is our assurance that our courses are relevant to, and valued by, industry. You will regularly be working in a professional laboratory, using the most advanced techniques, so that when you graduate you will already have many of the skills employers are looking for.
The course gives you real flexibility too. You can opt to spend one year working in industry, getting valuable work experience that can help you get a job when you graduate. You can also choose to follow a specialist route, depending on your own personal passions.
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What you'll study
Who will teach me?
We have a passionate team of experts who are committed to providing you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry or in research. We are proud to have won awards and recognition for our high levels of teaching and student satisfaction. As a student here, you will not only have the full support of your tutors, but you'll also work with a highly skilled technical team who are on hand to help you throughout your studies.
Take a look at our Academic Team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
What our students say
The content of this course looked challenging yet enjoyable, which really appealed to me. It was the right choice - I'm enjoying my time in the labs, developing practical skills, carrying out experiments, and getting to know other students and lecturers.
All in all, I'd say this course has a good structure, a great student atmosphere, and friendly staff. You get the opportunity to carry out research too, which is a fantastic experience for any Chemistry student.
BSc (Hons) Chemistry
In your first year, you will be introduced to the various strands of chemistry, and we will start to think about the ways in which chemistry contributes to our economy and the world around us.
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules and functional group chemistry, with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
Study physical chemistry including kinetic theory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.
Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques, and appropriate specialist methods.
Engage with real-life examples of how chemistry works, and understand the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate.
Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry
These include biological chemistry of drugs, polymeric materials and environmental issues.
This year we will be exploring more advanced concepts and you'll have the opportunity to take a short placement to get you thinking about the world of work. You'll also choose a specialist area for further study.
Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.
Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.
Learn about the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.
Builds on Year One with a focus on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.
Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You'll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes and attitudes.
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Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.
Modern Day Materials
Develop an awareness of the impact of advanced materials science on modern-day life through a series of lectures and laboratory demonstrations on the applications of carbon and composite materials.
This module brings chemistry into reality starting with the introduction of both fundamental and practical knowledge of applied chemistry in commercial applications and taking it through to the industrial environment.
Applied Instrumental Analysis
Develop an understanding of how modern analytical instrumentation and radiochemical techniques are used to solve real-world problems in areas such as research, industry and the regulatory sectors.
Optional year-long work placements.
We're moving on to advanced topics and you'll start to work more independently, carrying out research for your final year project. You'll have more input in deciding which modules you study this year, depending on your own interests and career aspirations.
Study advanced topics across the spectrum of chemistry including heterocyclic chemistry, reaction mechanisms at metal centres, and molecular self-assembly and polymer chemistry in solution.
Develop plans and carry out a substantial independent research project of publishable quality. Understand the principles of analytical work and the limitations of experimental design.
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Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Study a range of topics including bioinorganic chemistry, magnetochemistry, and the chemistry of lanthanides and actinides, to name a few.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Builds on previous concepts presented in organic chemistry, and introduces you to concepts of total synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and advanced theories in pericyclic reactions.
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Study the principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.
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Advanced Chemical Analysis
Develop through advanced topics in the theory and practice of chemical analysis, including method development from first principles through to final presentation, method validation, and group work.
Study the biological processes involved in disease proliferation and the use of chemotherapeutic agents as a treatment.
Nano and Green Chemistry
Develop an appreciation of cutting-edge progress in nanomaterials and green chemistry, their use in domestic and engineering applications and the theory and practice of green chemistry.
Communicating Science and Technology
Opportunity to gain academic credit for working as a