The Department of Chemistry and Analytical Sciences is dedicated to the design, development and delivery of these courses to our students to the highest possible standard through CD-ROM and DVD, the Web and electronic conferencing in addition to the traditional text, video and face-to-face methods. Some courses are built around experimental work both in the laboratory and in the field. Collectively, these courses and associated programmes of study reflect the breadth of contemporary chemistry from core chemistry to medical and biological chemistry, environmental science and materials. Research in chemical education within the Department and in science education outside continually informs the design of our courses. Each member of academic staff in the Chemistry Department is actively involved in teaching and this has brought its own recognition. The Department was rated as Excellent in the national Teaching Quality Assessments (one of only 12 of the 72 assessed chemistry departments in England to reach this standard) and a Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Teaching Award for 2000 went to a member of the Department.
The Department is actively involved in the production and presentation of courses at three levels. The Science Short Course area offers introductory 10-point courses in a range of subject-specific and general interest science areas. Undergraduate courses represent the main thrust of the teaching activity of the Department and lead to Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor Degree qualifications which have been accorded formal recognition by The Royal Society of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry takes a lead role in several modules in the Master of Science programme and offers the research-based Higher Degrees of MPhil and PhD.
The courses listed on the following page form part of the Molecular Science programme of study leading to the award of either a Diploma or BSc (Hons) Molecular Science. However, they may also be included in the route towards other qualifications.