Study chemistry at the University of Reading, a science that has the most direct and dramatic impact on our lives. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) accredits our chemistry courses and you will receive free RSC membership in your first year.
Core chemistry modules form a key element of the first year of the degree to give you a strong understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry; topics include trends in the periodic table, carbonyl group chemistry and chemical kinetics. In the second year, you will continue to take further core modules in addition to chemistry-related optional modules such as environmental chemistry or medicinal chemistry.
In your final year, you will study advanced topics influenced by the cutting-edge chemistry taking place around you; there is also an interdisciplinary research project designed to pull together all of the aspects of chemistry you have been learning. Our staff specialise in a number of areas including nanotechnology, synthesis, polymers and advanced materials, surface science and forensic analysis, providing a wide range of options for your final year research project.
Throughout your studies, you will be taught be our world-leading experts in a supportive and friendly environment, with student mentors and personal tutors to help you settle in and get the most from your studies. Teaching takes place through a mix of lectures, lab classes, workshops and small-group tutorials. You will have access to our £4.5m, state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility, our newly renovated undergraduate laboratories, and unrivalled support from our award-winning and nationally recognised staff, which includes two National Teaching Fellows.
The Department of Chemistry offers a number of scholarships of £1,000 to talented students gaining AAA or above, with an A in Chemistry, at A level or equivalent.
There is the opportunity to undertake a school-based project in the final year of the degree where you can spend one day a week for two terms working alongside both teachers and pupils on an individual project. This project gives you the necessary experience for teacher training applications and helps develop your professional skills for careers which involve working with people.
Our School has a dedicated placements officer to provide advice and support around career options, CV's, filling in applications and finding a placement. Organisations that previous students have done placements with include AstraZeneca, BP, Cytec, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkel, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Syngenta and Unilever.
On successful completion of the degree, you will have a range of skills that are essential for chemists but also well regarded in a variety of other careers. These skills include planning and organisation, handling information, communication, scientific and practical skills, problem-solving, critical analysis, time management and business awareness.
Graduates have gone into a range of professions including becoming analytical scientists, chemical sales reps, organic synthetic chemists, peptide chemists, research chemists and senior analysts. Around 40% of our graduates continue in their studies towards an MSc, initial teacher training or a PhD.
Sample modules may include:
* Shape, structure and reactivity in organic chemistry
* Physical processes and molecular organisation
* Environmental chemistry
* Clusters, extended arrays and solid-state chemistry
* Analytical chemistry
Check our website for more details of the course structure.
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