Applied Chemistry - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: C368

Institute code: L51

Study mode

3 years full time, part time, 4 years sandwich

About your course

Completing the BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry at Liverpool John Moores University will help ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects and enhanced earning potential in a variety of sectors after you graduate.

  • £12 million invested in new state-of-the-art laboratories
  • High percentage of practical work to investigate the applications of chemistry to 21st-century problems
  • Strong focus on key areas in demand by employers, such as analytical chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry and chemoinformatics
  • Gain experience in using industry standard apparatus in both the synthetic and analytical laboratories – giving you the laboratory skills required by a wide range of UK and overseas employers
  • Option to complete year out in industry (sandwich year)

The programme has a strong focus on key areas in demand by employers, such as analytical chemistry, peptide chemistry and chemoinformatics

Steven Enoch, Programme Leader

Graduates need to be well-trained and industry ready. An Applied Chemistry course such as the one offered by LJMU that focuses on a strong theoretical background and practical applications utilising state-of-the-art equipment fulfils these needs

Julie Marley, Site Manager, Bachem UK

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

Work-related learning is a vital element of your studies, as it will give you that extra competitive edge when you come to negotiate your way around the graduate job market. For this reason, we highly recommend that you opt to undertake an industrial summer placement or an industrially-based research project. Although this is not compulsory, it will boost your job prospects and give you a chance to put into practice skills and knowledge you have acquired in the first two years.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

There will be times during your course when you need guidance and advice related to your academic studies or more personal matters. For this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your course and take part in small tutorial groups where you can discuss course material in a more informal setting.

Individual support is also particularly valuable when you work independently on your fourth year research project and work-based learning modules, so you will be allocated a supervisor who will discuss aspects of your work in one-to-one tutorials.

Course details

What is the screen of your smartphone made of? What is meant by the term ‘legal high’? How can we fight hospital superbugs? These may seem unrelated questions, but all are topics covered in our new course in Applied Chemistry.

This new degree programme combines traditional education in chemistry with 21st century high-technology applications, in order to produce graduates suitable for immediate employment in the chemical and allied industries, or to move onto postgraduate studies.

Chemistry makes up our environment, whether we are in the countryside, surrounded by natural materials, or in a brightly lit, shiny city centre. Increasingly, we seek to adapt our surroundings to make them warmer, more comfortable or more pleasing to look at. Similarly, we try to improve ourselves with supplements or fight diseases with drugs. We communicate with each other to a degree undreamt of, even a decade ago. All of these things require the creative application of chemistry by the chemical and related industries.

However, modern industry must ensure that such activity does not have a detrimental effect on the environment. The four-year MChem or three-year BSc (Hons) course will provide a thorough education in chemistry, covering areas such as:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Photomedicine
  • Computational chemistry/chemoinformatics
  • Modern materials
  • Green chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Peptide chemistry

The course structure is based around the core areas of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, with an additional focus on Analytical Chemistry. The course has a high practical content of 100 hours per year.

The BSc has common teaching with the MChem in the first two years, with more specialised subjects covered in levels 6. In addition, the Level 6 Research Project, taking up the majority of the final semester, offers you valuable experience in carrying out independent work at the cutting edge of the chemical sciences.

Opportunities for study abroad and placements

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences has an excellent track record of providing relevant vocational training for students. Students are supported by Erasmus and Professional Training Tutors who are responsible for advertising placements and promoting vocational training to students.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Atomic Structure and Reactivity
  • From Atoms to Molecules
  • Practical Labs
  • Properties of Molecules
  • Properties of Matter
Level 5
  • Radiation and Matter
  • Understanding Molecules
  • Practical Labs
  • Understanding Materials
  • Structure and Analysis

Sandwich year

  • Year-long industrial placement

Level 6
  • Modern Materials
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Modern Synthesis
  • Practical Labs
  • Molecular Design
  • Research Project

Further guidance on modules 

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is heavily based on the practical approach and there will normally be 3-4 laboratory sessions per week. Each of the main areas of chemistry will be taught continuously across the semesters - this is not always the case with traditional courses. 

Lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars will make up 20-25 hours per week, with the remainder of your time expected to be spent in private study. Tutorial groups will be small and will be used to cover the course material more informally.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your lecturers come from a long tradition of high-quality teaching, innovation and student support within the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Teaching is directly informed by research, so you can be confident that what you learn on the course is relevant to today's professional chemical and allied industries.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

Assessment methods vary across the modules, but most are assessed through a combination of exam and coursework and some by coursework only. Exams are normally held at the end of each semester and can be in the form of multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning or essay questions.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

104

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or a Higher Diploma in English and Maths

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Subject specific requirements: At least Grade B in A level Chemistry plus 2 other A levels
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM - Only BTECs with a strong Chemistry content will be considered.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points - science specific grades may be required

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points in relevant discipline

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

*Based on 2017 entry.

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Successful graduates can enjoy above average salaries in this fast growing sector

As a group, the chemical and allied industries form the UK's largest manufacturing industry, growing more than five times faster than any industry in the last ten years. It is manufacturing's number one exporter, with an annual trade surplus of just under £5 billion. It spends over £2 billion a year on new capital investment.

This degree programme is the ideal platform from which to launch your career as it is designed to meet the high demand for highly skilled and technology literate people to help these industries continue to be innovative and compete on a global scale.

As an Applied Chemistry graduate, you will be able to work in a wealth of different fields, including:

  • chemical and related industries - fine chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer, petrochemical, energy/power, biotech, food / fragrance, cosmetic, healthcare
  • patenting, accounting and the financial sector
  • academic research and teaching

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

 

 

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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