BSc Chemistry

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This course satisfies the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Chartered Scientist (CSci).

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The School of Chemistry prides itself on research excellence across its spectrum of activities, from synthetic chemistry and drug discovery to spectroscopy and analytical and biophysical chemistry, as confirmed by successive Research Assessment Exercises.

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Our core BSc course gives you the academic training you need to become a professional chemist. You’ll study all aspects of chemistry, developing strong practical and analytical skills whilst building a deep understanding of this central subject. Chemistry at UEA has a prestigious reputation – in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2014 we ranked 4th in the UK for research outputs. It is this cutting-edge research in chemical sciences which underpins the teaching of the course, ensuring your learning is at the forefront of scientific thought.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this world-class course provides you with an advanced knowledge of chemistry. You will benefit from substantial laboratory-based teaching which will develop your practical skills. In the final years of your degree, you will tailor your study to specialise in the areas which reflect your interests and career aspirations and undertake an individual research project.

Overview

The BSc Chemistry is one of our most popular courses and is our most flexible three year degree programme. It is ideally suited to those wishing to study a more broadly-based chemistry degree, as you will be able to define your own learning programme by choosing from the broad range of modules offered by the School of Chemistry.

Making a choice between an MChem or BSc course can be difficult. If you are at all unsure which course is right for you then you need not worry; you will be given advice before you begin studying with and whilst you are a student here. At UEA, transferring between the two courses is straightforward during the first two years because of the universal underlying structure of our courses. Progression is dependent on academic achievement, and it is the grades you achieve during your studies with us that determine whether you are eligible to transfer between courses, not your A-level grades.

Course Structure

This three year degree programme enables you to develop your A Level knowledge of chemistry towards a detailed understanding of chemistry across a broad range of specialisms.

Year 1
During the first year of study you will develop your scientific skills - building upon your A level knowledge. You will study topics such as mathematics and physics, which is particularly beneficial for those who have not taken A-levels in these subjects.

There is also a distinct emphasis on practical work, and you are encouraged to develop important analytical and problem solving skills, which will prove invaluable throughout your degree.

Year 2
During your second year you will study subjects relating to organic and physical chemistry. You will also examine molecular structure and energy levels, developing your knowledge of the core areas of chemistry and honing your practical skills.

Year 3
The third year will offer you a detailed understanding of more advanced organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. You choose from a diverse range of optional modules covering analytical, theoretical and material chemistry, alongside a number which focus on biophysical and medicinal chemistry. You will also undertake a research project, which can be literary, computational or laboratory based.

Modules helping you to develop transferable skills required of professional scientists by employers are also available throughout the course, teaching communication, team working and problem solving skills. There are also modules available for those wishing to develop their mathematical skills.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are employed across our modules, ranging from 100% coursework to 100% examination. Coursework assessment methods include literature reviews, essays, course tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, and seminar presentations. Skills-based modules are assessed by 100% coursework.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

BONDING, STRUCTURE and PERIODICITY

After a shared introduction to chemical bonding atomic and molecular structure and chemical principles, this module will provide an introduction to the structures, properties and reactivities of molecules and ionic solids. The latter part of the course will concentrate more on fundamental aspects of inorganic chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between chemical bonding and the structures and properties of molecules. This module is the prerequisite for the 2nd year Inorganic Chemistry module. The first few lectures of this module are integrated with the module Chemistry of Carbon Based Compounds. . The course is supported and illustrated by the bonding, structrure and periodicity experiments of the first year practical modules, Chemistry Laboratory A or Research Skills in Biochemistry.

CHE-4301Y

20

CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (A)

This is a laboratory based module covering experimental aspects of the 'core' chemistry courses Chemistry of Carbon-based Compounds), Bonding, Structure and Periodicity and Light, Atoms and Materials. A component on Analytical Chemistry is also included. The use of spreadsheets for analysing and presenting data is covered in this module.

CHE-4001Y

20

CHEMISTRY OF CARBON-BASED COMPOUNDS

This module introduces the concepts of #and # bonding and hybridisation. Organic synthesis and spectroscopy are discussed, with a survey of methods to synthesise alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides, ethers, amines and carboxylic acids, and the use of IR, UV and NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to identify the products. After a shared introduction to atomic structure and periodicity this module introduces the concepts of ##and # bonding and hybridisation., conjugation and aromaticity, the mechanistic description of organic reactions, the organic functional groups, the shapes of molecules and the stereochemistry of reactions (enantiomers and diastereoisomers, SN1/SN2 and E1/E2 reactions, and epoxidation and 1,2-difunctionalisation of alkenes). These principles are then elucidated in a series of topics: Enolate, Claisen, Mannich reactions, and the Strecker amino acid synthesis; the electrophilic substitution reactions of aromatic compounds, and the addition reactions of alkenes, and the chemistry of polar multiple bonds.

CHE-4101Y

20

LIGHT, ATOMS AND MOLECULES

This module introduces students to the major areas of classical physical chemistry: chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, electrolyte solutions and electrochemistry as well as spectroscopy. Chemical kinetics will consider the kinetic theory of gasses and then rate processes, and in particular with the rates of chemical reactions taking place either in the gas phase or in solution. The appropriate theoretical basis for understanding rate measurements will be developed during the course, which will include considerations of the order of reaction, the Arrhenius equation and determination of rate constants. Thermodynamics deals with energy relationships in large assemblies, that is those systems which contain sufficient numbers of molecules for 'bulk' properties to be exhibited and which, are in a state of equilibrium. Properties discussed will include the heat content or enthalpy (H), heat capacity (Cp, Cv), internal energy (U), heat and work. The First Law of Thermodynamics will be introduced and its significance explained in the context of chemical reactions. It is very important that chemists have an understanding of the behaviour of ions in solution, which includes conductivity and ionic mobility. The interaction of radiation with matter is termed spectroscopy. Three main topics will be discussed: (i) ultraviolet/visible (UV / Vis) spectroscopy, in which electrons are moved from one orbital to another orbital; (ii) infrared (vibrational) spectroscopy, a technique which provides chemists with important information on the variety of bond types that a molecule can possess; (iii) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), which allow chemists to identify 'molecular skeletons'.

CHE-4202Y

20

SKILLS FOR CHEMISTS

Mathematical skills relevant to the understanding of chemical concepts; statistics as applied to experimental chemistry; error propagation in physical chemistry and physical principles through applied mathematics. The module also contains a broadly based series of lectures on science, coupled with activities based upon them. The twin objectives for this part of the module are to provide a contextual backdrop for the more focused studies in other concurrent and subsequent degree courses, and to engage students as participants in researching and presenting related information.

CHE-4050Y

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM MECHANICS

This module gives an introduction to important topics in physics, with particular, but not exclusive, relevance to chemical and molecular physics. Areas covered include optics, electrostatics and magnetism and special relativity. The module may be taken by any science students who wish to study physics beyond A Level.

PHY-4001Y

20

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY - COLLECTION AND COMPARISON

This module covers the history of forensic science, forensic collection and recovery methods, anti-contamination precautions, microscopy, glass refractive index, introduction to pattern recognition including footwear; introduction to Drugs analysis; forensic statistics and QA chain of custody issues. The second half Introduces the student to the fundamentals of DNA and biotechnology essential for an understanding of forensic technologies. Topics covered include: nucleic acid/chromosome structure, replication, mutation and repair; concepts of genetic inheritance; DNA manipulation and visualisation; DNA sequencing; DNA profiling. Teaching and learning is through lectures, practicals and mentor groups using problem based learning. In the first semester the students will be split into investigative teams and asked to investigate a hypothetical criminal case with simulated evidence material which they will have to analyse, providing them with the taught basic science and developing problem-solving skills. They will further investigate the "case" through discussions in the mentor groups to decide whether or not the evidence supports the prosecution or defence scenarios and then present their report to an audience of fellow students. In the second semester students will be introduced to the basics of genetics and the chemistry behind the extraction, amplification and analysis of DNA.This will be placed in a forensic context through using the critical thinking approach developed in the first semester. Students will gain practical skills in the examination of crime scenes; the collection of evidence; and the extraction, analysis and handling of DNA samples.

CHE-4701Y

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

This module covers differentiation, integration, vectors, partial differentiation, ordinary differential equations, further integrals, power series expansions, complex numbers and statistical methods. In addition to the theoretical background there is an emphasis on applied examples. Previous knowledge of calculus is assumed. This module is the first in a series of three maths modules for students across the Faculty of Science that provide a solid undergraduate mathematical training. The follow-on modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.

ENV-4015Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

The module describes the structure, bonding and reactivity patterns of inorganic compounds, and is a prerequisite for the 3rd level inorganic course Inorganic Compounds: Structure and Functions. It covers the electronic structure, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes (ligand field theory), the chemistry of main group clusters, polymers and oligomers, the structures and reactivities of main group and transition metal organometallics, and the application of spectroscopic methods (primarily NMR, MS and IR) to inorganic compounds. The module contains laboratory classes linked to the lecture topics and for this reason students must have completed either of the level 4 practical modules, Chemistry Laboratory (A) or Practical and Quantative Skills in Chemistry.

CHE-5301B

20

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This course builds on Chemistry of Carbon-based Compounds (the first year organic chemistry course). Four main topics are covered. The first 'aromaticity' includes benzenoid and hetero-aromatic systems. The second major topic is the organic chemistry of carbonyl compounds. Spectroscopic characterisation of organic compounds is reviewed and the final major topic is 'stereochemistry and mechanisms'. This covers conformational aspects of acyclic and cyclic compounds. Stereoelectronic effects, Neighbouring Group Participation (NGP), Baldwin's rules, Cram's rule and cycloaddition reactions are then discussed.

CHE-5101A

20

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

The module covers a number of areas of modern physical chemistry which are essential to a proper understanding of the behaviour of chemical systems. These include the second law of thermodynamics and entropy, the thermodynamics of solutions and chemical kinetics of complex reactions. The module includes laboratory work. Due to the laboratory-based content on this module students must have completed at least one Level 4 module containing laboratory work.

CHE-5201Y

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Please ensure that your chosen modules from each Option Range do not have the same Sub-Slot code, as this will generate timetable clashes. NOTE: To YR1 MChem and BSc Chem students - CHE-5150Y and CHE-5601Y can be selected together this year. CHE-5201Y and PHY-5001Y can be also be taken together.

Name Code Credits

INSTRUMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

The module covers the theory and practical application of some key instrumental techniques for chemical analysis. Molecular spectroscopy, chromatography and electroanalytical techniques are the important instrumental methods included. Laboratory practicals using these techniques will reinforce material covered in the lecture programme.

CHE-5501Y

20

MATERIALS AND POLYMER CHEMISTRY

An introduction to the basic principles of polymer synthesis is presented, together with a discussion of their physical properties. Speciality polymers are discussed. Materials chemistry is developed further with the introduction of inorganic structures and the concept of ferroelectric properties together with powder x-ray diffraction as applied to cubic crystals. Ion conductivity and basic band theory are also discussed. Semiconductivity is introduced and related to the band description of these materials. A series of practical experiments in polymer and materials chemistry supports this module and are designed to improve and enhance laboratory skills through experiments, which cover important topics in modern chemistry.

CHE-5350Y

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Atmospheric chemistry and global change are in the news: Stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, greenhouse gases, and global scale air pollution are among the most significant environmental problems of our age. Chemical composition and transformations underlie these issues, and drive many important atmospheric processes. This module covers the fundamental chemical principles and processes in the atmosphere from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere, and considers current issues of atmospheric chemical change through a series of lectures, problem-solving classes, seminars, experimental and computing labs as well as a field trip to UEA's own atmospheric observatory in Weybourne/North Norfolk.

ENV-5015A

20

BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

This module explores two major themes using predominantly examples from protein biochemistry, specifically, 1) thermodynamic and kinetic properties of biological systems, and, 2) methodologies used to define these properties. Topics that will be discussed in the first theme include binding, activation, transfer and catalysis. Topics in the second theme will include optical spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, electrophoresis and chromatography. Lecture and seminar materials are complemented by laboratory practicals.

CHE-5601Y

20

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY - ANALYSIS

Following on from Forensic Chemistry- Collection and Comparison , where the emphasis was on collection of evidence, this module introduces more in-depth forensic chemistry, looking at the way evidence gathered at a crime scene may be analysed in the laboratory. The module will deepen the knowledge of forensic statistics and will cover: basic detection and recovery techniques for body fluids; dna analysis; fingerprint development and recovery; advanced microscopy and spectroscopy and their application to fibres including the theory and practical application of infra-red and raman spectroscopy, paint and other particulates; the use of elemental analysis in forensic science including atomic absorption spectroscopy; and questioned document examination including counterfeiting.

CHE-5701Y

20

HEAT, ATOMS AND MOLECULES

Fundamental aspects of thermodynamics and condensed matter physics will be covered. Ideas about the electronic structure based on the free-electron Sommerfeld and band theories will be introduced along with the concept of phonons and their contribution to the heat capacity of a solid. Entropy will be considered in terms of a macroscopic Carnot cycle and the statistical approach. Two important distributions of particles will be treated; Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. Changes of state, 1st and 2nd order phase transitions and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation will be descibed.

PHY-5001Y

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS B

This module is the second in a series of three mathematical modules for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers vector calculus (used in the study of vector fields in subjects such as fluid dynamics and electromagnetism), time series and spectral analysis (a highly adaptable and useful mathematical technique in many science fields, including data analysis), and fluid dynamics (which has applications to the circulation of the atmosphere, ocean, interior of the Earth, chemical engineering, and biology). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples.

MTHB5006A

20

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

This module introduces medicinal chemistry using chemical principles established during the first year. The series of lectures covers a wide range of topics central to medicinal chemistry. Topics discussed include an Introduction to Drug Development, Proteins as Drug Targets, Revision Organic Chemistry, Targeting DNA with Antitumour Drugs, Targeting DNA-Associated Processes, Fatty Acid and Polyketide Natural Products.

CHE-5150Y

20

QUANTUM THEORY AND SYMMETRY

This course covers the foundation and basics of quantum theory and symmetry, starting with features of the quantum world and including elements of quantum chemistry, group theory, computer-based methods for calculating molecular wavefunctions, quantum information, and the quantum nature of light. The subject matter paves the way for applications to a variety of chemical and physical systems - in particular, processes and properties involving the electronic structure of atoms and molecules.

CHE-5250Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

INORGANIC COMPOUNDS: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

This module concentrates on two important themes in contemporary inorganic chemistry: (i) the role of transition metals in homogeneous catalysis; (ii) the correlation between the structures of transition metal complexes and their electronic and magnetic properties. The structure and bonding in these compounds will be discussed as well as their applications in synthesis. There will be a series of problem-solving workshops interspersed with the lectures. There will also be two formative course tests of short questions in exam format.

CHE-6301Y

20

ORGANIC COMPOUNDS: SYNTHESIS AND PROPERTIES

This module covers several key topics required to plan the synthesis of organic compounds, and to understand the properties displayed by organic compounds. The first topic is on synthesis planning, strategy and analysis, supported by a study of further important oxidation and reduction reactions. The second topic is on the various types of pericyclic reactions and understanding the stereochemistry displayed by an analysis of frontier orbitals. The third topic is on the use of organometallic compounds in synthesis with a particular emphasis on the use of transition metal based catalysts. The fourth topic is on physical organic chemistry and includes aspects of radical chemistry. The final topic is the synthesis of chiral non-racemic compounds, and describes the use of chiral pool compounds and methods for the amplification of chiral information, including asymmettric reductions and oxidations.

CHE-6101Y

20

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

The module covers a selection of advanced topics in Physical Chemistry including statistical thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms and theories of reaction rates, photochemistry, electrochemistry and diffraction techniques.

CHE-6201Y

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

One of CHE-6001Y or CHE-6002Y MUST be taken (ie is Compulsory). Students who achieve a year aggregate of at least 50% in Year 2 are expected to take CHE-6001Y, those who do not achieve 50% must take CHE-6002Y.Students can only chose a maximum of one Level 5 module in year 3.

Name Code Credits

CHEMICAL PHYSICS - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

The module will consist of topics covering important areas of modern physical chemistry and chemical physics. The material will blend together experimental and theoretical aspects of photonics, condensed phase dynamics in molecular and macromolecular fluids and quantum and classical simulations.

CHE-6250Y

20

ENERGY MATERIALS

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the developing landscape and challenges in the broad area of energy generation and transduction. It has a particular emphasis on the science that underpins emerging technologies related to the hydrogen economy, photovoltaics and biological or solar fuels. Necessarily it encompasses cross-discipline aspects of chemistry, physics materials and biological science with the students gaining knowledge of how these disciplines interplay in the design and construction of new devices for energy harvesting and utilisation.

CHE-6350Y

20

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY - ANALYSIS

Following on from Forensic Chemistry- Collection and Comparison , where the emphasis was on collection of evidence, this module introduces more in-depth forensic chemistry, looking at the way evidence gathered at a crime scene may be analysed in the laboratory. The module will deepen the knowledge of forensic statistics and will cover: basic detection and recovery techniques for body fluids; dna analysis; fingerprint development and recovery; advanced microscopy and spectroscopy and their application to fibres including the theory and practical application of infra-red and raman spectroscopy, paint and other particulates; the use of elemental analysis in forensic science including atomic absorption spectroscopy; and questioned document examination including counterfeiting.

CHE-5701Y

20

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY - INTERPRETATION AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

In the first semester, the module contains introductory lectures on the diverse aspects of mass spectrometry in inorganic and organic chemistry from routine benchtop GC/LC-MS to Orbitrap-MS and MC-CC-ICPMS in a forensic chemistry context. It then applies this knowledge in two areas; an introduction to Forensic Toxicology, including drugs of abuse, and to Environmental issues, including provenancing of foodstuffs. The module also re-enforces issues of collection and preservation of evidence through two simulated case exercises dealing with scene examination and collection of evidence. In the second semester the module expands on themes introduced in the first semester and concentrates on developing both the written and oral presentation skills of students. It is based around a simulated case in which the students will need to examine some evidence, place in the context of the case and write an expert witness report. This will culminate in the presentation of live evidence to a simulated court. The module also includes teaching and discussion of more advanced forensic topics such as advanced DNA, firearms and gunshot residues. This module provides a foundation for the advanced forensic topics taught Through Forensic Chemistry - Advanced Topics Including Dna in the final year.

CHE-6701Y

20

HEAT, ATOMS AND MOLECULES

Fundamental aspects of thermodynamics and condensed matter physics will be covered. Ideas about the electronic structure based on the free-electron Sommerfeld and band theories will be introduced along with the concept of phonons and their contribution to the heat capacity of a solid. Entropy will be considered in terms of a macroscopic Carnot cycle and the statistical approach. Two important distributions of particles will be treated; Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. Changes of state, 1st and 2nd order phase transitions and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation will be descibed.

PHY-5001Y

20

LITERATURE-BASED PROJECT

A supervised literature-based project available only to students registered for the BSc programme.

CHE-6002Y

20

PROTEIN STRUCTURE, CHEMISTRY AND ENGINEERING

The structural basis of the function of many proteins has been elucidated and this, together with the ready availability of chemical and biochemical techniques for altering proteins in a controlled way, has led to the application of proteins in a wide variety of biologial and chemical systems and processes. These include their use as industrial catalysts and medicines, in organic syntheses and in the development of new materials. This module provides an introduction to the principles underlying this rapidly expanding and commercially-relevant area of the molecular biosciences and gives insights into their applications.

CHE-6601Y

20

QUANTUM THEORY AND SYMMETRY

This course covers the foundation and basics of quantum theory and symmetry, starting with features of the quantum world and including elements of quantum chemistry, group theory, computer-based methods for calculating molecular wavefunctions, quantum information, and the quantum nature of light. The subject matter paves the way for applications to a variety of chemical and physical systems - in particular, processes and properties involving the electronic structure of atoms and molecules.

CHE-5250Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT

A supervised research project available only to students registered for the BSc programme.

CHE-6001Y

40

THE CARBON CYCLE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is therefore challenging. In this module you will learn about the atmosphere, ocean and land components of the carbon cycle. We cover urgent global issues such as ocean acidification and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction', as well as how to deal with climate denialists.

ENV-6008A

20

TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This module is to provide an awareness of organic natural product chemistry and the chemistry of bioactive compounds. The module illustrates natural product chemistry by a discussion of the biogenesis of terpenes and steroids and the chemistry of vision. In the synthetic chemistry section of the module, applications of multicomponent reactions, microwave and biphasic methods, procedures using organosulfur, organosilicon and organoselenium chemistry, and 'click' and multicomponent reactions are discussed in the context of the synthesis of natural products and bioactive compounds.

CHE-6151Y

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB including Chemistry. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points to include HL Chemistry at grade 5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB including Advanced Higher Level Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2 including Chemistry
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 credits of Chemistry and 12 credits of a second science/Mathematics.
  • BTEC DDM in a science related subject
  • European Baccalaureate Overall 70% with at least 70% in Chemistry

Entry Requirement

 

All applicants are required to have A level Chemistry. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE Level.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you. 

The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

  • A Level BBB to include Chemistry. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points including HL Chemistry at 5. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC to include Chemistry. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2 to include Higher Level Chemistry.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry. Science pathway required.
  • BTEC DDM in a relevant subject. Excluding Public Services. Applied Science and Applied Science (Medical Science) preferred. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate Overall 70% with at least 70% in Chemistry.

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. 

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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