Today, chemists play essential roles in the quest to understand biological systems. For example, they are involved in finding out precisely how the different types of biomolecules found in our bodies and in microbes function. They determine the structures of these very large and complex molecules, in order to work out how such molecules interact in cells. Such knowledge is critical for the understanding of processes such as infection and ageing and the design and synthesis of new drug molecules that can affect the properties and behaviour of cells.
The work of biological chemists, therefore, continues to have a massive impact not only on areas such as human health and wellbeing, but also in the potential exploitation of biology for environmental and economic benefit. The huge and growing importance of this area of chemistry is illustrated by the fact that more than one third of all the Nobel Prizes awarded for Chemistry during the past 30 years, and more than half of those awarded during the past 10 years, have been for contributions at the chemistry/biology interface.
A Level: ABB including Chemistry and an A level in one other science or Maths, AS level Maths required at Grade B or above.
International Baccalaureate: 32 points to include HL Chemistry at grade 5 and one other HL Science or Maths at 5, SL Maths at 5 if not taken at a higher level
Scottish Highers: AABBB including Chemistry at grade A, Maths and one other science subject
Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB including Chemistry and one other science or Maths, HL Maths required at grade B or above
Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB including Chemistry, Maths and one other science subject
Access Course: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 (to include 12 credits of Chemistry, 12 credits of a second science and 6 credits of Mathematics) and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
BTEC: DDM with a minimum of 6 Chemistry units and 6 units in one other Science, and 3 units of Maths or AS Level Maths at grade B
European Baccalaureate: Overall 75% to include 70% in Chemistry and 70% in Maths
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Our MChem and BSc courses in Chemistry are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as satisfying the academic requirements for Chartered Chemists (CChem) for graduates with first or second class honours degrees. More details about this can be found here. Our Forensic and Investigative Chemistry degree is accredited by the Forensic Science Society. Furthermore, all of our Chemical Physics degrees are recognised by the Institute of Physics.
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