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BSc (Hons)

Chemistry at Lincoln

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3 years 6 years School of Chemistry Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BCC (or equivalent qualifications) F100


Chemistry plays a key role in tackling global challenges such as energy production, food, and health and wellbeing. The programme aims to develop the analytical and practical skills required to prepare students for a wide range of science-related careers.

The BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree integrates the core disciplines of chemistry with advanced topics aligned to the major scientific challenges of the 21st Century. These include nanoscience for new materials and devices, the chemistry-biology interface for drug discovery, biotechnology for new manufacturing methods and products, analytical chemistry for forensic and environmental applications, and nuclear chemistry for safe energy generation.

This research-focused degree provides students with the opportunity to participate in established research projects with the aim of developing their expertise to apply theoretical knowledge to the role of chemistry in the modern world.

How You Study

The course includes lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes and lectures from visiting scientists. Extensive small-group teaching and innovative team-based learning aims to create a supportive learning environment to help students train through practice and problem-based approaches.

Students have the opportunity to focus initially on organic, inorganic and physical chemistry through an integrated approach that emphasises connectivity. Laboratory workshops and extensive use of specialist equipment provides the chance for students to develop hands-on skills.

Later in the course, students can apply their experience to a range of real-world applications, including industry-informed, interdisciplinary projects. A significant research project also aims to develop students in a specialism of their choice. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on developing the professional skills required for a future career in industry.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Study

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Chemistry Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, including grade B from A Level Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall, with 5 points at Higher Level in Chemistry.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science accepted, depending on modules studied:Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject accepted: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required, 15 of which must be in Chemistry.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science. Level 2 equivalent qualifications such as BTEC First Certificates and Level 2 Functional Skills will be considered.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Chemistry Extension 1: Electronic Structure, Spectroscopy and Reactivity in p-Block Compounds

This module extends the theoretical approaches related to atomic and molecular structure to develop models to explain structure, reactivity and spectroscopy of systems. It aims to provide the underpinning knowledge to understand how structure and reactivity are applied to develop new compounds and materials that change the world around us.

Core Chemistry 1.1: Introduction to Energy, Change and Electronic Structure

This module aims to provide a breadth core understanding of the main chemical principles behind the chemistry of elements, systems in equilibrium and chemical reactivity, with special emphasis in basic organic reactions.

Students will have the opportunity to learn basic concepts about elements and their main periodic properties and how some of these elements can be combined to produce molecules. Organic molecules will be used as an example to explain reactivity and how chemical structure can condition molecular properties. Energy transfers are also studied to understand the key role they play in chemical and physical transformations and how systems in equilibrium are affected by these.

Core Chemistry 1.2: Molecular Structure, Bonding and Mechanism

This module aims to introduce core chemistry concepts with an emphasis on chemical change. Movement and interaction of molecules and chemical kinetics are key physical chemistry topics covered and applied to chemical reactions of both organic and inorganic substances. The use of empirical data to develop and support laws, theories and models will be covered and how chemical kinetics can be used to develop reaction mechanisms. An introduction to crystallography and absorption spectroscopy is covered.

Introduction to Professional Practice

This module aims to provide students with an overview of the application of chemistry in commercial and industrial contexts to underpin more detailed coverage in later models in this series.

The module aims to develop fundamental skills in mathematics and IT which will underpin their core chemistry modules. The module will also give students the opportunity to develop their transferable skills including knowledge of health and safety in the chemistry laboratory, effective communication in both written and oral form and group work.

Practical Chemistry 1.1: Fundamental laboratory techniques

This module aims to introduce students to the chemistry laboratory environment. The purpose of the module is to provide students with a platform which can be built upon in subsequent practical modules and equalise their potentially pre-university laboratory experience.

Within this module students can learn a portfolio of skills and be evaluated via competency based assessments. The module also covers best practice in health and safety in the laboratory environment as part of the series of key core concepts delivered in the module.

Practical Chemistry 1.2: Introduction to synthetic methodologies and molecular characterisation

This module aims to provide students with the practical experience associated with the topics delivered in Core Chemistry 1.1 and Core Chemistry 1.2.

The module will outline key organic, inorganic and physical chemistry concepts with a series of laboratory activities reinforced by the use of relevant analytical techniques and tools throughout a range of experiments.

Professional Practice 1: Analytical Sciences

This module further builds on 'Introduction to Professional Practice' and aims to provide an introduction to the application of analytical sciences in industry.

It aims to develop students' mathematics and statistics skills whilst also continuing the development of their transferable skills relating to information retrieval including literature searching and critique, the use of chemistry-based databases and mobile applications and their scientific writing skills.

Level 2

Chemistry Extension 2: Electronic Structure, Spectroscopy and Reactivity in d- and f-Block Compounds

This module aims to cover the fundamental concepts relating to structure, reactivity and reaction mechanism, building on the knowledge and understanding acquired at level one. It provides the underpinning knowledge to understand how structure and reactivity are applied to develop new materials and new technologies in the world around us.

Core Chemistry 2.1: Stability, Structure and Mechanism in Molecular Systems

This module aims to provide a breadth core understanding of the physicochemical principles behind some of the main analytical techniques and how these can be applied to identify atomic and molecular structures in both inorganic and organic chemistry. It also offers an insight on advanced synthetic methods and how these techniques can be used to explain and interpret structure and reactivity of complex molecules, such as coordination and organometallic compounds.

Core Chemistry 2.2: Chemistry of Activated Systems and Radicals

This module aims to further develop core chemistry concepts relating to chemical change. Electrochemistry is used to study thermodynamic properties of redox reactions as well as the kinetics of electrode processes. The kinetics of complex reactions builds upon the chemical kinetics material covered at level one. Bonding between metals and carbon is explored and further developed as the main group organometallics.

Practical Chemistry 2.1: Organic synthesis, purification and advanced characterisation

This module aims to provide students with the practical experience associated with the topics delivered in Core Chemistry 2.1, with a strong focus on organic chemistry.

The module will outline essential complex organic chemistry concepts with a series of laboratory activities designed around multistep syntheses and reinforced by the use of relevant analytical techniques and tools throughout a range experiments.

Practical Chemistry 2.2: Inorganic synthesis and structural methods

This module aims to provide students with the practical experience associated with the topics delivered in Core Chemistry 2.2, with a strong focus on inorganic and physical chemistry.

The module is constituted of a series of laboratory activities designed to familiarise students with an array of techniques centred around key aspects of inorganic syntheses. Specifically, the module emphasizes stability and speciation methods and their applications to the inorganic chemistry field. All aspects of the module will be supported by associated relevant analytical technologies.

Professional Practice 2.1: Formulation Sciences

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of chemistry in context and in particular industry. The module will look at topics such as health and safety in industry and associated national and international legislation and regulation.

Continuing from level one professional practice modules, students’ mathematics and IT skills can be further developed with the introduction of advanced mathematical concepts and software and their chemistry applications. Additionally, supplementary software will be introduced to strengthen students’ skills in communicating science to a variety of audiences.

Professional Practice 2.2: Pharmaceutical Sciences

This module builds on Professional Practice 2.1 and further looks at chemistry in context and in particular industry, with a focussed introduction to the pharmaceuticals sector. The module also aims to develop understanding of employability, the job application process and the necessity for reflective practice and continued professional development in a competitive job market.

Level 3

Biological Chemistry (Option)

The Biological Chemistry module is taught across the disciplines of biology and chemistry and is designed to challenge and develop an awareness of multidiscipline research within students. The overarching aim is to encourage and develop a mode of thinking in students of how chemistry influences biological processes and how this can be exploited by industry and emerging fields.

Core Chemistry 3.1: Defining Shape, Symmetry and Stereochemistry

This module aims to provide deeper understanding on physicochemical principles behind materials and their properties, exploring advanced concepts in supramolecular chemistry and synthetic routes for more complex organic molecules. Crystals, colloids, discontinuous phases and solid state chemistry concepts are studied in depth to understand physical and chemical properties that give these materials a wide range of application in industry and research.

Core Chemistry 3.2: Heterogeneous Systems, Surfaces and Nanoscience

This module covers in greater depth the thermodynamics and kinetics of processes occurring on solid surfaces. Heterogeneous catalysis is used as an example of how reactions at solid surfaces differ from those in the bulk. Electrochemistry is further developed. Organic chemistry topics are the advanced areas of radical chemistry and orbital symmetry along with heteroelement and organometallic synthesis. Concepts of supramolecular chemistry are covered.

Drugs of Abuse (Option)

This module focuses on the area of drugs of abuse (controlled substances) and practical forensic applications. The module covers the legislation of controlled substances and precursor chemicals and the different types and classes of drugs.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the laboratory analysis of drug samples for the purpose of identification, quantification and profiling and will undertake the role of a forensic drug chemist in an investigative laboratory practical. The synthesis of illicit drugs will be explored to gain an understanding of how this knowledge can be used in drug profiling.

Global Security: Nuclear Forensics and Bioterrorism (Option)

This module considers the various aspects of both biological and nuclear terrorism, in the context of global security. The underpinning science and the forensic investigation of biological and nuclear materials for intelligence building is discussed.

Practical Chemistry 3.1: Advanced techniques in IO-chemistry

This module builds upon previous practical modules and provides a support for the illustration of the theory delivered in the Core chemistry 3.1 module.

The concept of this module is to offer students the opportunity to experience and dissect the process of designing a material which fulfils specific requirements or needs, its synthesis and its characterisation.
Through this process, the module offers the opportunity to host advanced complex organic syntheses (such as asymmetric synthesis) and supramolecular synthesis.

Additionally, the module introduces students to a series of stereoselective analytical techniques designed to characterise aforementioned materials.

Professional Practice 3: Energy & Environmental Sciences

This module aims to provide students with critical understanding of the position of the chemical industry in the modern context and associated environmental regulation-induced constraints. Global issues such as waste production, recycling and scarcity of natural resources and their impact on the future challenges faced by chemists will be discussed.

The module also aims to provide students with a thorough preparation for their Stage 3 structured project. This will include the use of electronic notebooks, a suite of student-selected workshops to support their individual structured project and in-depth training in scientific review and scientific paper writing.

Structured project

This module offers students the opportunity to undertake an independent programme of research under the supervision of a member of staff. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate original and critical thoughts as well as build practical and project-management skills.

Students may select a project from a series of proposals provided by staff, conduct a review of the literature, identify a hypothesis, and design a programme of research to test the hypothesis (under guidance from their supervisor). Students will be expected to manage the project including obtaining relevant ethical approval and conducting COSHH and risk assessments.

Students may analyse and interpret data which will be collected in the laboratory or the field, or using computational sources (e.g. software for mathematical modelling; the internet for the meta-analysis of pre-collected data).

The project will be written up either as a thesis or a scientific paper following closely defined criteria.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

The philosophy of the School of Chemistry is to combine fundamental research with a strong focus on industry relevance, working with companies to address real needs. From your first week, our programmes provide a hands-on approach, which we call ‘Student as Producer’. This initiative, at the centre of our teaching and learning, provides students with the chance to develop the professional skills required for their future career. The theoretical basis of chemistry is twinned with practical laboratory experience, whilst we also develop key industry skills including communications, problem solving and project management.

Our academic community provides a supportive and nurturing teaching environment. There is close interdepartmental collaboration with scientists in the other Schools within the College of Science, including Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Engineering. As a student here, you will have the opportunity to engage in real research and professional problem solving. Our research informs our teaching right from the start of your programme to enhance your learning experience.

The School of Chemistry is home to research teams who are making groundbreaking discoveries across the fields of science. A testing method devised by a research team in the School is leading the way in how substances in ‘legal highs’ are identified.

Professional Practice modules throughout the course are geared to help students develop skills for applying chemistry in areas such as pharmaceutical development, environmental science, petrochemicals and energy, analytical and quality control.


Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Students study in the University’s Science and Innovation Park, which offers specialist laboratories and teaching spaces. Students will have access to high-specification equipment for nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

Students can expect to undertake more laboratory hours than is required for an RSC-accredited course and will also have the opportunity to use ‘big’ research equipment (e.g. NMR, Mass Spec) throughout the programme.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Chemistry graduates may have the opportunity to work in a wide range of science-related careers and business sectors, including energy, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer and personal care products. In addition, students with highly developed analytical and mathematical abilities may have opportunities in sectors including finance, management, marketing, journalism, education and academic research.

Some students continue their studies at doctoral level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

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Our MBio Biochemistry degree takes a research-centred approach to teaching and learning, providing the opportunity to work closely with leading academics on collaborative research projects.
Chemistry plays a vital role in tackling global challenges such as energy production and health and wellbeing. The analytical and practical skills that can be developed on this course will aim to prepare students for a wide range of science-related careers.
Forensic chemistry is the application of scientific knowledge and investigation to law enforcement. From identifying substances to analysing crime scenes, the skills of a forensic chemist often play a vital role in criminal investigations.
A comprehensive study of chemistry is integrated with forensic specialisms, including DNA analysis, fire debris analysis or forensic toxicology, so students can develop an in-depth understanding of
forensic chemistry and fundamental science.
Our aim at Lincoln is to produce passionate pharmaceutical scientists who are adept in addressing the healthcare challenges of the future and are well prepared for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
The MPharm course at Lincoln combines the science of medicines and disease with the development of patient-facing decision-making skills and practice required by modern pharmacists to care for patients.

Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.

We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []