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About Chemistry at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

If you are ambitious, and know where you want to go in your career, this course is definitely for you. To help you achieve your personal goals, this course gives you the option to follow an employment-based route or a more academic pathway.

This course is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry for professional Chartered Chemist (CChem) status. This means that if you obtain the MChem award with the appropriate degree classification, you can apply to become a Chartered Chemist after a period of postgraduate experience.

Our chemistry degrees give you real flexibility too. You can opt to spend one year working in industry, getting valuable work experience, and - if you find that your aspirations change - you can complete just three years of the course and graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree.

For your final year project you can work with other areas of science and really tailor your degree to suit your own interests.  A major part of the MChem is focused on a research project where you'll produce results of sufficient quality to be published in a refereed scientific journal.

No.1 in the UK for Student Satisfaction in Chemistry (National Student Survey 2017)

What you'll study

  • Year One

    In your first year, you will be introduced to the various strands of chemistry, and we'll start to explore some more specialist areas, including the biological chemistry of drugs, environmental issues, and polymeric materials.

    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 kinetictheory 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.

    Professional Development

    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.

  • Year Two

    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 one module in a specialist area that's of interest to you.

    Organic Chemistry

    Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.

    Inorganic Chemistry

    Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.

    Physical Chemistry

    Learn the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

    Analytical Chemistry

    Builds on Year One with a focus on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.

    Professional Practice

    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.

    Choose one of the following modules:

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.

    Modern Day Materials

    Develop an enthusiastic 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.

    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.

    Chemical Technology

    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.

  • Year Three

    Optional Integrated Work Placement

    You have the opportunity to take a work placement during your third year.

    Core modules

    Advanced Chemistry

    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.

    Advanced Organic Chemistry

    Builds on the previous concepts presented in organic chemistry, and introduces you to concepts of total synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and advanced theories in pericyclic reactions.

    Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    Study a range of topics including bioinorganic chemistry, the chemistry of lanthanides and actinides, and single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to name a few.

    Advanced Physical Chemistry

    Study the principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

    Research Methodology

    Develops your research and presentation skills, ready for independent study in your final year.

    Choose one module from:

    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 Technology

    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

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Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International Fees

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

  • For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.
  • For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.
While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - ABB including chemistry; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM including relevant chemistry modules; or
  • 128 UCAS points from three A-levels or equivalent including an A-level grade B equivalent in chemistry; and
  • GCSEs - English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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