The course emphasises industrially relevant analytical chemistry and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of modern organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry, while highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. During the course you learn how to use chemistry to solve real world problems including biological, environmental, materials and pharmaceutical contexts. You develop your practical lab skills in our new laboratory facilities and build experience and independence through our specially designed project scenarios. In your final year, you work closely with a member of academic staff on an independent research project developing new and exciting chemistry. Example project areas include • materials chemistry for medical applications • novel detection methods for substances of abuse • new reactions in CO2 catalysis • new methods of C-C bond formation • designing new photo dynamic treatment drugs. Through the professional and scientific practice modules you develop key transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, numeracy and problem solving. These skills make you attractive to a wide range of future employers, wherever your careers takes you. The optional transfer to the MChem qualification is aimed at students who want to pursue a career in research and is suitable for all students who achieve good results during years one and two. This course also benefits from accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which helps you to connect with the wider chemistry community. **Facilities** Your practical studies are carried out in our new specialist laboratories, part of the £10 million STEM development, that use the same type of equipment found in industry. You learn the latest techniques and use modern, state-of-the-art instrumentation in all aspects of chemistry, which helps you develop into an effective, safe, employable and practical scientist. **Placements and work experience** You are supported to secure a placement in your third year, and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. This is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment, gain essential industrial experience and build your career prospects. It can even lead to permanent job offers. Previous students have taken work placements at • RB • Proctor & Gamble • Croda • TATA Steel • Coors Brewery • LGC • Proclinical. There is also the opportunity to take a placement within education. This experience is essential if you are considering becoming a chemistry teacher. You can apply for a placement in the UK or overseas in Europe, America or further afield. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.