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The award
FdSc

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Chemistry at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

This course is designed to prepare you for further study or for a career in chemistry related disciplines. It's ideal if you've not quite achieved the grades you wanted or if you're a mature student who wants to get back into education.

The course is really flexible, giving you the opportunity to specialise in pharmaceutical chemistry, materials chemistry or environmental chemistry in your second year. Many of our students also go on to complete the BSc (Hons) Chemistry course after successfully completing the foundation degree qualification.

Throughout the course, you'll develop a broad knowledge base which is practical in nature, giving you the skills to apply chemical sciences in a professional working environment.

Our students really enjoy studying Chemistry with us and we were extremely proud to be voted in the top ten in the UK for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey.

What you'll study

Core chemistry modules are supported by practical workshop sessions. You have a choice of optional modules in Year Two that will allow you to specialise in an area of your choice.

Who will teach me?

We have a passionate team of experts, who are committed to providing you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry or in research. We are proud to have won awards and recognition for our high levels of teaching and student satisfaction. As a student here, you will not only have the full support of your tutors, but you'll also work with a highly skilled technical team who are on hand to help you throughout your studies.

Take a look at our Academic Team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry Foundation

    Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules and functional group chemistry, with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.

    Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry Foundation

    Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.

    Introduction to Physical Chemistry Foundation

    Study physical chemistry including kinetic theory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.

    Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

    Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques and appropriate specialist methods.

    Professional Development

    Engage with real-life examples of how chemistry works, and gain an appreciation of the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate.

    Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry

    Includes biological chemistry of drugs, polymeric materials and environmental issues.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Organic Chemistry Foundation

    Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.

    Inorganic Chemistry Foundation

    Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.

    Physical Chemistry Foundation

    Learn about the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

    Analytical Chemistry

    Builds on Year One with a focus on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.

    Professional Practice

    Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You'll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally-relevant processes and attitudes.

    Optional modules - choose one from:

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.

    Modern Day Materials

    Develop an awareness of the impact of advanced materials science on modern-day life through a series of lectures and laboratory demonstrations on the applications of carbon and composite materials.

    Applied Instrumental Analysis

    Develop an understanding of how modern analytical instrumentation and radiochemical techniques are used to solve real-world problems in areas such as research, industry and the regulatory sectors.


    Chemical Technology

    This module brings chemistry into reality starting with the introduction of both fundamental and practical knowledge of applied chemistry in commercial applications and taking it through to the industrial environment.

  • Year Three

    BSc (Hons) Chemistry (optional)

    If you successfully complete the FdSc, you can continue your studies and complete one extra year to gain BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Careers and employability

Your career development

Chemistry graduates have excellent employment prospects and possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills, including IT, communication, presentation skills, time management, and research techniques. These prepare you for careers where problem-solving, wealth creation and improving the quality of life are important.

Previous graduates have gone on to a variety of careers such as:

  • analytical chemist
  • laboratory technician
  • process analyst
  • technical scientist.

This course is ideal for students looking to further their study and progress onto the BSc (Hons) Chemistry.

This course does not include an optional placement year. However, it does include work experience modules and industry-related projects that will give you excellent experience and allow you to apply your skills in a vocational environment.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International Fees

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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