Chemistry is the science of molecules and materials. It is a science with a well-developed theory base which is central to modern life and which continues to make advances in, for example, new materials, antibiotics, semiconductors and trace analysis.
The topics covered include
- the periodic table and main group chemistry
- transition metal chemistry
- organic chemistry
- chemical kinetics
- theoretical chemistry
- chemical energy changes
- aqueous equilibria and pH
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Your second year builds on the first-year course and involves the following topics:
- molecular thermodynamics
- organic stereochemistry
- quantum mechanics, chemical bonding and symmetry
- organometallic chemistry
- main group chemistry
- enols and enolates
- aromatic chemistry
- coordination chemistry
- organic synthesis
- biophysical chemistry
- applied organic chemistry.
You will also study one or two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3, 4 and 5
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will study advanced topics in chemistry including aspects of synthetic methods, nanoscience, catalysis, quantum mechanics, biomolecular interactions and transition metal chemistry. In your final year you will undertake a research project at the frontiers of the subject.
You can take Chemistry as an MSci degree which includes an additional work placement year in the UK or overseas, between the third and final years of the degree.
We have two interactive teaching units that concentrate on ethical, environmental and financial issues in chemistry, designed to help you develop teamworking and presentation skills.
The ScotCHEM initiative enables more than 180 chemistry research teams based at Scottish universities, including Glasgow, to pool resources in a world-class research collaboration.
The MSci degree offers the opportunity to spend a year doing research in a European university or a work placement beyond the UK before returning for your final year of study.
We offer employability and professional development training to our Chemistry students in years 1 and 2 of their degrees.
Our graduates are employed as chemists working in research, process development or analysis, as well as in management, marketing, environmental control, patents and finance.
Our recent Chemistry graduates have been employed by EDF Energy, Quotient Clinical, Reckitt Benckiser, Sterling Medical Innovation, and Synergy Outsourcing, among many other companies.
These programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including two science subjects) in first sitting = unconditional offer. Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer may be conditional (on second sitting results) or unconditional, depending on how many applications are received from students who have attained these grades.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved between ABBB and AABB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Applicants who receive an offer conditional on second sitting results will be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects as an integral part of their conditional offer.
A-levels: AAB, including two science subjects. A-Level at B or above in Chemistry.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.