Chemistry is part of everything in our lives – it's the key to understanding our world, and this course will equip you with the skills and experience for a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers in a variety of industries.
Our Chemistry Department has excellent links with employers, and Chemistry graduates are in demand, obtaining roles such as cancer researcher, forensic scientist, flavourist & innovation director, chief chemist, sustainability manager, fragrance chemist, household goods senior scientist, and analytical scientist.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is in the process of accrediting our degrees, which will make your Chemistry BSc even more valuable in the jobs market. Swansea University is ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest ranking for teaching in universities.
You will be taught in our sector-leading teaching laboratories within the new multi-million-pound Chemistry Hub, which provides a world class facility for cutting edge chemical sciences and interdisciplinary research. This ensures you are exposed to the full range of opportunities which a degree in Chemistry can offer.
Teaching is informed by our current excellence in research, in areas such as natural products, materials engineering, and medicine, and the Chemistry Department is currently working on vital projects such as delivering clean water and sanitation and affordable, clean energy in the developing world.
On this four-year course, you will have the opportunity to study the main branches of chemistry - organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumental and analytical techniques.
You will spend the third of your four years on a paid industrial placement, putting your skills into practice and greatly enhancing your employability.
The BSc Chemistry course will develop both your theoretical and practical skills, including lab classes that incorporate a blended, e-learning pre-lab workshop to ensure that you are confident and competent to work in the labs safely and efficiently. You will also be able to use the innovative pre-lab simulation to practise lab skills in your own time.
â€œAfter an open day looking around the Chemistry Department, I knew instantly I wanted to study in Swansea. There were great facilities, friendly academics passionate about their research and a beautiful location right next to the beach. As an undergraduate, and now as a researcher, I always felt there was a great support network on hand and there were plenty of events going on around campus to get involved with. It's the ideal place to study.â€
Rachel Woods, Research Chemist
In the first year students a 'chemical thinking' module will prepare students for University study. Then, structure and bonding and reactions will be considered, showing how the main areas of chemistry blend together. Finally in first year, 'chemical practice' will embed research skills and introduce students to chemistry in context of professional lives and careers. Practical skills are embedded into these modules, giving all important laboratory experience. Second year modules cover the traditional disciplines of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Areas of strength in Swansea research such as materials chemistry, medicinal chemistry and environmental chemistry will also be introduced. These will include more advanced laboratory sessions. The third year is where the placement happens and staff will support you using their experience and extensive networks to find a suitable year in industry to expand your skills and knowledge and gain professional experience. The final year, on return to University, delves deeper into the core subjects, with options to allow specialisation and a large research project, to begin the transition from student to professional chemist.
Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups, supported by practical classes and field courses. Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project. The structure of the degree follows the same pattern as the BSc Chemistry but Year 3 will be dedicated to the industrial placement.
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I loved Swansea so much – I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the place blew me away. Wind Street is the best! There are so many things to do, although my favourite was talking the walk along the coast to Mumbles, a tiny fishing village, getting a cup of tea in the local café and getting away from it all for a while. Everyone was incredible open and welcoming, the beach was stunning and host to some very good memories, the course was amazing and my tutors were so inspiring. Everyone’s been so friendly and supportive.
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