Course Units & Degree Programme Structure

Choosing your course units for your first year

The information below is designed as a guide to the basics of the structure of your first year of study. For more detailed information about programme structures and course unit descriptions you should consult your programme handbook on the Chemistry intranet in addition you should consult the main chemistry website and any booklets given to you upon arrival at the university.

 

DEGREE PROGRAMMES & PROGRAMME DIRECTORS IN CHEMISTRY

Chemistry (BSc and MChem)

Dr Andrew Regan

Chemistry with Industrial Experience

 Dr Martin Attfield

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (BSc and MChem)

 Dr Roger Whitehead

Chemistry with International Study

 Dr Joseph McDouall

THE UNIVERSITY SEMESTER SYSTEM

The University teaching year is divided into TWO semesters.  Each semester consists of:

  • Twelve teaching weeks
  • Two periods of two to four weeks for revision and examinations

CREDITS AND COURSE UNITS

In each year of study you take 120 credits of courses (known as course units).  The mix of compulsory (core) and optional course units will differ between years of study and degree programmes.  An outline of first year course units for each programme is given below.

You can enrol on your optional units using the University Self Service system, once you have completed registration. Please see 'My Manchester - Course Unit Selection' for further instructions on how to do this.

Don't worry if you are unsure about what to pick at this stage, you will get the chance to discuss this with your programme director during Welcome Week.

The course code is made up of the subject area tag (CHEM for Chemistry, PHYS for Physics and so on).  The first digit indicates the level of study; the following three digits are the courses unique identifiers; the final digit tells you when the course is taught: 1 indicates semester 1, 2 indicates semester 2, and 0 indicates all year. 

Thus, CHEM10101 is a level 1, semester 1 course.

The first year of your degree programme will be taken up as follows:

All first year students will take the following course units:

SEMESTER 1

 

 

CHEM10101

Introductory Chemistry

30 credits

 

 

 

SEMESTER 2

 

 

CHEM10212                                           

Physical Chemistry    

10 credits

CHEM10312 

Inorganic Chemistry

10 credits

CHEM10412 

Organic Chemistry   

10 credits

 

 

 

ALL YEAR (SEMESTER 1 AND 2)

 

 

CHEM10600

Practical Chemistry      

20 credits

CHEM10520

Chemists' Toolkit

20 credits

 

 

 

 

CHEM 10600 - PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY - You will be assigned to a lab group for each weekly experiment. The lab organisers will explain more about how labs are organised during Welcome Week.

 

CHEM10520 - CHEMISTS' TOOLKIT - The aim of this course is to develop and extend a number of key skills used widely by practicing chemists. There are three main components: (i) spectroscopy and analytical chemistry; (ii) mathematics for chemists; (iii) transferable skills.

 

 

CHEMISTRY WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDY - Students who plan to go on a placement in Europe in year 3 will be expected to take an appropriate language option through the University's LEAP programme. Your programme director will be able to assist with this choice. The language unit lasts both semestersand is 20 credits.

Students planning to go to a Non-European country on placement have a free choice of subsidiary, listed below.

 

CHEMISTRY WITH MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY students will take the following two options:

Semester 1

BIOL10551  

Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Semester 2 

PHAR10102

Properties of Medicines

 

Free choice of subsidiary (if you meet the entry requirements for that course unit) for the programmes shown below:

CHEMISTRY
CHEMISTRY WITH INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

All course units are 10 credits (and you should take one unit in each semester), with the exception of language courses which are 20 credits. This means you need to choose either ONE language option or TWO options from other subjects. 

 

 Course Unit

Title

Pre-requisites

SEMESTER ONE COURSE UNITS

   

BIOL10551

Fundamentals of Biochemistry

A-level Biology is not required but some extra reading may be needed if you do not have this.

BMAN10011

Fundamentals of Management

None

MATH19641

Mathematics 1

A-level Maths

PHYS10191

Introduction to Astrophysics

A-level Physics

GEOG10401

Environmental Processes and Change: The Global System

None

UCIL20181 

Science, the Media and the Public

None

UCIL23301

Science and Civilisation in East Asia

None

SEMESTER TWO COURSE UNITS

   

BMAN10552

Fundamentals of Finance

None

EART10272

Introduction to Planetary Science

None

CHEM10812

Introduction to Forensic and Analytical Chemistry

None

GEOG10422

Dynamic Earth

None

MATH19682

Mathematics 2

MATH19641

MCEL10012

Enterprise and Innovation for Scientists

None

PHAR10102

Properties of Medicines

BIOL10551. Places on this course are strictly limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

UCIL20882

An Introduction to Current Topics in Biology

None

UCIL29002

Physics and the Grand Challenges

None (though NOT available to students with A-level Physics).

UCIL20282

The Information Age

None

ALL YEAR COURSE UNITS

   

ULxxx

University Language Centre (LEAP) course units – up to 16 languages on offer from introductory to advanced level. Places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. More info at http://www.languagecentre.manchester.ac.uk/learn-a-language/.

 From none to A-level, depending on level of study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For detailed course unit synopses see the Programme Handbook: http://www.ssnet.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/students/chemistry-programme-handbook/.

 

Additional Information:

Language Course Units

Please see the website – address below:
http://www.languagecentre.manchester.ac.uk/learn-a-language/, ensuring to look at application information. Courses will be filled on a first-come first-served basis, therefore we strongly recommend you do not leave it too late.

 

Summary of Course/Attendance Requirements (Semester 1):

Course Component Attendance Requirement
Introductory Chemistry 4 hours + 1 workshop a week
Practical Chemistry 1 day per week
Transferable Skills for Chemists 1 hour per week (or 2 with maths workshop)
Subsidary or "with" course unit Normally 2 lectures per week
Chemistry Tutorials Compulsory tutorial each week

 

Students with disabilities

The University has an Equal Opportunities Policy which among other aims, seeks to make education accessible for students with disabilities. So far as is reasonably practicable, help will be given to meet special needs. The School needs to know (in confidence) about any disability requirements so that appropriate information and help can be provided. The University has a Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS), whose aim is to assist students, both prospective and current, to identify their needs whilst studying at the University.

DASS has a website: http://www.dso.manchester.ac.uk/. In addition, the School has a Disability Support Officer, Abigail Webb, who co-ordinates support arrangements for all undergraduate students. Abigail is available by appointment to discuss support needs with individual students. Contact details are: telephone: 0161 306 0636; email: abigail.webb@manchester.ac.uk.

If you have any long-term health condition (including depression, eating disorders, chronic illnesses etc) which may affect your studies, it is vital that you tell us.

Special arrangements for examinations or any other form of assessment can be made only by full consultation with the University Disability Co-ordinator.

You must pass all your units in order to progress to year two.

* Note that registration for BMAN course units is via an application form, available at the Education Office when you arrive in Manchester, and for UCOL units via application to unicollege@manchester.ac.uk

Please note that these optional courses are provisional only and may be withdrawn or altered by the host school should timetabling change or insufficient numbers enrol.

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