Develop your skills and knowledge in the main areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry) in an integrated manner with areas of specialism such as Pharmaceutical & Forensic chemistry, Biochemistry, Polymer chemistry, Environmental chemistry and aspects of Industrial chemistry. In addition, if you choose to undertake a sandwich degree, the course will allow you to acquire technical skills in the workplace and enable you to integrate knowledge gained in the theoretical aspects of the course into the professional environment.
Produce a graduate who is “fit for purpose”, who satisfies the academic and professional requirements for associate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry, who is ready for employment in the chemistry or related industry, or who can progress to teaching, further study or research aspirations
What happens on the course?
Year one of this exciting new development covers the main areas of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry with specialist modules in transferable skills and specialist topics. The theme of specialist applied chemistry topics will be returned to at each level of the course. Basic practical skills are focussed upon in the first year of the course.
Year two continues the theme of vertically integrating and developing your knowledge and skills in the four main areas of chemistry together with applied integrated specialist topics and more challenging practical work.
Year three will develop advanced areas of inorganic and organic synthesis, advanced analytical techniques, concepts of quality assurance and laboratory management, applied industrial, environmental and sustainable chemistry together with advanced extended practical work and a research project. Research will link to some of the main research interests of the staff which include Professor Marek Kowalczuk who is known for studies in the area of novel polymeric materials, in particular biodegradable and biocompatible polymers for medical and environmental applications, Prof Wenxin Wang who is interested in developing new biologically based materials to aid skin wound healing, intervertebral disc repair and cardiovascular disease, and Professor Craig Williams who specialises in zeolites and microporous materials with applications in gas purification, autocatalysts and environmental remediation of water courses.
Chemistry, and related science students, have excellent job prospects or go on to further study and/or research.
Our existing chemistry-related programmes, BSc Biochemistry and BSc Pharmaceutical Science have excellent student satisfaction rates (95% respectively) and we anticipate that our new Chemistry development will achieve similar results.
Our complement of existing, experienced staff (including several research professors), will expand as the course develops and we move into our new £25m “state of the art” science facility for September 2014. This will also be accompanied by generous investment in a range of new teaching, research and consultancy equipment.
As mentioned above, our new Chemistry course shall be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). This will fit alongside our existing portfolio of BSc Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Forensic Sciences courses that already have RSC recognition.
Our chemistry-based subjects have maintained links with several local/regional chemical companies and we’ve had many successful collaborative knowledge transfer programmes (KTP), and shall continue to do so, building upon our existing and expanding capacity to develop links with local employers.
Consider the importance of medicines and pharmaceutical technology, industrial chemistry, hospital-based chemistry, forensic-based chemistry, environmental-based chemistry, the food and drinks industry and many other aspects of chemistry in the modern world.
The UK’s “chemical industry” is one of the leading industrial contributors to the national economy. There are many opportunities to apply chemical knowledge, principles and skills to a successful career in chemistry or chemistry-related disciplines. “Chemistry will underpin economic growth, say industry leaders”, it was recently reported in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) publication, Chemistry World, on the “Strategy for delivering chemistry-fuelled growth of the UK economy”.
In our new Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, we are developing a brand new Chemistry course to help deliver our mission “to contribute to the regeneration of the West Midlands and meet national and global demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates”. This development goes hand in hand with our investment of £25m in a new science laboratory facility, opening in September 2014.
What skills will you gain?
You will have studied what can perhaps be considered to be “the central science”. You will have an integrated and holistic knowledge of the main areas of chemistry, good practical skills, be literate, numerate, have high level of IT skills and be capable of logical, scientific, critical thinking and problem solving. These skills will make you well equipped for the workplace, be it in a chemistry environment or the wider world of work in general, or for further study and/or research if you so choose.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information
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# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.