|UCAS code||Typical offer||Length|
|F103||AAA*-AAB (See full entry requirements)||4 years full-time|
Our general chemistry course is designed to enable you to learn about all aspects of modern chemistry, but also to give you the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice.
The course concentrates particularly on areas of chemistry that are undergoing rapid development, so that you will learn about the latest advances in the subject.
Chemistry is often referred to as the 'central science' as it covers topics as diverse as quantum mechanics and the study of atomic particles, to the molecular nature of biological systems and the Human genome project.
Learning about the fundamental basis of chemistry - the analysis of molecules, their structures and shapes and how they react - is vital for our modern society. Chemists can really make a difference in the world!
- Chemical uses of lasers
- Applications of transition metal chemistry
- Computer graphics in the study of molecular design and function
- Synthetic pathways to biologically and industrially important molecules
- Study of novel systems using modern spectroscopic techniques
The Department of Chemistry offers students
The structure of the course is such that all decision-making is left as late as possible to give ample opportunities to consider your choices for the future.
As part of a £29 million phased redevelopment, a £9.4 million research building was completed in 2013 and a new £10 million undergraduate teaching laboratory and Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence in spring 2014.
Our courses are based on a modular system (120 credits per year) of core and option modules with a wide range of flexibility and choice.
In our core modules, we balance the importance of providing you with a good understanding of the basic principles of chemistry, with some opportunities to see the exciting contributions chemistry can make in the modern world.
Our option modules enable you to have an input into designing your own degree programme.
We aim to break down the artificial barriers between the different branches of chemistry so that you can appreciate that chemistry is a unified discipline.
You will also carry out a practical course on advanced techniques. This includes mini-projects, where you will work as part of a team on a modern area of research.
In your final year, you will do a research project supervised by an academic member of staff in one of our research laboratories (80 credits).
To accompany your project, you will do a literature review skills module (10 credits), and an independent learning package (10 credits), which involves exploring topics at the frontiers of science, as well as choosing two option modules (20 credits).
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
Lectures are used to:
The size of lectures varies from 200 to as few as 5 for some option modules and last for 50 minutes.
Presentations range from the traditional 'chalk and talk' to the use of digital presentations. Where possible, we include demonstrations and encourage audience participation - through chemical quizzes and voting.
All teaching is done by our academic staff - many of whom are at the forefront of their fields and will discuss the latest developments in their area.
You will be given a handout for the lecture course, which forms the basis for note-taking. If you have any questions you can approach the lecturer after the lecture or outside of the lecture room.
Tutorials are our smallest group teaching sessions and are usually one hour in length with up to 5 students and a college tutor who is a specialist in the subject. Tutorials develop a wide range of skills including:
Tutorials help to reinforce topics covered in lectures, offer an opportunity to discuss aspects of the subject which interest you and ask about any problems encountered in your reading.
The lecturing by academic staff has been excellent and engaging
Lewis, Year 1
Tutorials are not formally assessed, however, all students receive regular reports from their supervisors on their progress in small group teaching.
Practical chemistry complements your theoretical studies and constitutes most of the continuously assessed parts of your degree.
A wide variety of experiments are carried out from the synthesis of target compounds to a crime-scene investigation using forensic methodology.
You will gain experience in:
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As the course progresses, you have an increasing range of choice in the experiments you do. In the summer term of the first year you will do the 'Chemistry of a Night Out' practical where you will plan and carry out experiments as part of a team.
We pride ourselves on delivering useful written and verbal feedback to all of our students. Whenever you complete and hand-in a written piece of work, you will receive feedback on its good and bad points, and guidance on how you can improve further.
In some cases, this work will be assessed towards your degree mark (eg examinations, practical work and assessed workshops).
In other cases the work, and feedback, is intended to assist your own personal development (eg for tutorials and workshops, written work is marked and returned giving students prompt feedback on performance and understanding).
For some modules, presentations are assessed.
Your first year marks do not count towards your degree classification.
The marks you achieve in your second, third and fourth year will determine your degree classification - the weighting is:
The split of written examinations to continuous assessment (including practicals) is shown below for each year.
The split of written examinations to continuous assessment over years two, three and four is 52:48.
For examinations, there is the opportunity to resit end-of-module examinations.
All our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Our degree courses are designed to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of modern chemistry and a qualification from the University of York is highly respected by employers.
Although the majority of our graduates progress to become scientists, the analytical and transferable skills which constitute part of our degrees are recognised as suitable training for a wide range of careers.
This programme is designed so that you can develop and consolidate your chemical knowledge further in an academic research laboratory - the final year extended research project is ideal preparation for further PhD research, or a research-based job in industry.
We are committed to developing our students employability skills and supporting their career plans, which we have embedded in our courses, as illustrated below.
I chose to spend my final year in York as I wanted to experience being part of a university research group.
Rachel, Year 4
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The majority of our graduates go on either to scientific careers or to further study (this includes higher degrees and teacher training).
Chemistry at York typically has an excellent 97% ‘Positive Destination’ rate, that is the proportion of students who either continue their studies or go into permanent employment. This is 4% above the national average for Chemistry graduates.
Our graduates achieve a high rate in the quality of their employment, typically with 79% entering professions in the top three occupational classes. This is a considerable 12% greater than the national average for chemists.
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We consider all applications on their own merits so the exact nature of offers can vary to match individual cases. For example, offers will be influenced by:
Offers to applicants for the MChem programmes are the same as for BSc programmes. However, applicants wishing to be considered for European placements on a year abroad programme are generally expected to have a minimum of GCSE grade B in an appropriate European language.
Chemistry@York Magnify applicant site
After we have received your application for one of our undergraduate chemistry programmes for entry in 2016 or 2017 you will be given access to our distinctive site for applicants called Magnify.
Guided by our current Chemistry undergraduate students, this site has been created to address key areas that we hope will be of interest to you during the admissions process.
If you have any further questions please contact Katrina Sayer, email email@example.com or telephone 01904 322545.
Offers are typically based on three subjects at A level, one of which must be Chemistry. We do not include General Studies in the terms of an offer. Typical offers are as follows:
(Where science/mathematics includes biology, electronics, further mathematics, geology, mathematics and physics; we treat mathematics and further mathematics as separate A levels).
For students taking four A levels, one of which is a non-science, our offer is: AAB (A Chemistry) excluding the non-science or AAA (A chemistry) including the non-science.
UCAS Tariff points offers may also be made, for example, when a student is taking two subjects at A level (one of which would have to be Chemistry) and two AS level subjects.
The introduction of the Extended Project gives you the opportunity to develop independent study and research skills. Completing an Extended Project may ease the transition from your school or college to our Chemistry degree programmes. We encourage students to undertake an Extended Project, however, this will not be a requirement of any offer that we make.
(Our IB offer level takes into account guidance published by UCAS on the setting of International Baccalaureate entry requirements, and our own experience of the IB qualification).
A qualification in English Language is required from applicants whose first language is not English and who were not taught predominantly in English. This requirement can be satisfied by obtaining grade 5 in English at Higher level.
Two Advanced Higher levels are preferred, which must include Chemistry and also a second science/mathematics, plus a suitable range of Highers. Typical grades expected from Advanced Higher levels are AA/AB (A Chemistry) and AAAAA/AAAAB at Higher level.
Typically AAAABB - AAAAAB including Chemistry and a second science/mathematics.
A suitable Diploma with DDD in relevant units.
Applicants must obtain the diploma with a minimum mark of 80% overall, including a minimum grade of 85% in Chemistry.
Pass the diploma in principal subjects with:
Access courses are offered by local further education (FE) colleges, and most can be completed in one year, or over two years on a part-time or evening-only basis. You will need to make sure that the particular Access course you are considering is appropriate, and syllabuses must contain a significant portion of chemistry and mathematics. The Access tutors at your College would be able to confirm that this is the case. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.
All international students whose first language is not English must satisfy the University’s English requirement. This can be covered by one of the following qualifications:
See more detailed information on the University's English language requirements.
The Department welcomes applications from students over 21 including those who have completed a suitable Access to HE course or Foundation course. Access courses are designed to prepare adults for entry to degree courses, and provide the opportunity to study the necessary subjects at a level equivalent to A level, as well as ensuring that you have the key skills needed for higher level study, such as English, numeracy and ICT.
The University of York, in partnership with the Open University, offers a flexible route to a degree in Chemistry. This route is open to all prospective students who meet the requirements for study at the Open University. In years 1-2, you will gain a thorough grounding in Chemistry in part-time study through the Open University, while living at home.
On successful completion of the requisite OU modules you will be able to transfer into the second year of any of our Chemistry degree programmes at York, and will expect to graduate with a York BSc, or MChem degree, after a further two, or three years, of full-time study.
Please contact our chemistry admissions team if you have any questions:
Dr Andrew Parsons
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