Department of Chemistry

Chemistry at Swansea

The University is launching Chemistry in new, purpose-built teaching laboratories.  These degrees will equip you with the skills needed to forge a career in research or industry.  Swansea benefits from strong industry links that help shape the curriculum, identify research topics and ensure the programme is up-to-date and fulfils the needs of employers. 

More information on our Chemistry degrees will be available on our website soon. 

About our Degree Schemes

Degree Schemes

I am delighted by the news from the University at Swansea, the RSC is in the process of accrediting the University’s new degrees.” (David Barr, Head of Membership at Royal Society of Chemistry [RSC])

 

Structure of Chemistry Degrees

These degree programmes deliver excellent and innovative teaching combined with research projects calling on the University’s acknowledged research excellence in Science, Engineering and Medicine.

They provide students with the breadth of knowledge required to practise Chemistry professionally and the depth to enable them to specialise in particular areas.

Swansea University is a growing and ambitious institution with a strong reputation in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) and an ethos of interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovation.

As part of a multi-million pound investment, a Chemistry hub with state-of-the-art teaching laboratory facilities is being introduced to strengthen research already being carried out across the College of Science, the College of Engineering, and the Medical School.

This multi-disciplinary approach will expand on core specialist research areas such as Advanced Materials Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry.

Leading research projects offering postgraduate opportunities include the work by the EPSRC-funded SPECIFIC project on Renewable Energy Materials, the Mass Spectroscopy Centre, and Institute of Life Science.

The University’s strong industrial partnerships in Materials and Medicine provide major research and student placement opportunities. 

Modules

Core subjects include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

These general topics are tailored to provide speciality in areas that align to the University’s research strengths, such as Materials Chemistry or Medicine Chemistry.

Entry Requirements

For the BSc:

  • A levels:  AAB-BBB to include Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34-32 to include to include at least 6 in HL Chemistry
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:  Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade
  • For non-native English speaking applicants: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test

For the MChem:

  • A-levels:  AAA-AAB to include Chemistry and one other science of mathematics subjects
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 36-34 to include at least 6 in HL Chemistry
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:  Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade
  • For non-native English speaking applicants: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test

Work Placements

Formulae

The Year in Industry must be taken with a sector relevant employer or organisation and can be taken either locally, nationally or overseas. The advantages of taking the year in Industry are extensive, giving you the opportunity to apply your skills in a work based environment which in turn will greatly enhancing your CV and employment prospects. The department will provide ongoing support and guidance prior to your placement in year 2 through the pre-placement programme, and whilst you are on placement through regular contact points with staff. 

The department has strong links with a number of organisations who are working with us to provide a range of placement opportunities. However securing a placement is the responsibility of the student. If you are unable to secure a placement by the end of the second year of your studies you will transfer onto the equivalent 3 year degree programme. 

Students on the MChem with a Year in Industry scheme will complete modules taught by distance learning during the industry year.

More information on placements

Facilities

Centrifuge

Our new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories are being built as part of a multi-million pound investment to create a hub for the high quality Chemical Sciences research being carried out across the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Medicine.