Chemistry is one of the science trifectas, along with biology and physics. It is the study of the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter. Due to its nature as a study of matter, chemistry overlaps with other fields of science.
Chemistry typically overlaps with other scientific disciplines. Common modules studied on a chemistry degree include organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical methods and maths in chemistry. At the undergraduate level, students often choose electives in their first year, which will inform their dissertation topic and possibly lead to further study. Specialisations may include biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, astrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.
Teaching is made up of lectures, tutorials and practical lab sessions, which cover organic and inorganic synthesis (the construction of compounds using the appropriate reaction pathways) and using analysis to work out an element or compound’s concentration.
Many universities offer students a three-year BSc (bachelor of science) degree or a four-year MChem/MSci degree (master of chemistry/science). Some courses give students the option to spend a year in industry, which includes an independent research project alongside full-time work.
Graduates with a degree in chemistry go on to pursue careers in scientific research. That may come in the form of various industries depending on what you focus on, for example, pharmaceuticals, or sustainability.
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