Entrant Students

You will have a lot of information to process and a large number of tasks to complete during Orientation Week. The information below is designed to help you with the Chemistry-specific aspects of the Advising process. For more general information, have a look at the University resources that you can access from the Useful Links page on this site.

You may have some questions that you would like answered in advance of your Advising appointment. You can contact us by filling in the form here.

Choosing Modules

If you are starting your studies at Level 1, the compulsory modules for a single Honours Chemistry degree (BSc or MChem) are CH1401, CH1402 and CH1601. For some joint degrees, only two of these three modules are compulsory – check the Programme Requirements to make sure.

For a single Honours Chemistry degrees (BSc or MChem), you will need to study an additional 60 credits at Level 1. The following are important considerations for any modules you are considering studying –

  1. the modules must fit in your timetable – in addition to lectures and tutorials in the morning, the compulsory Chemistry modules each have a 3 hour lab sessions that will run biweekly (CH1401 and CH1601) or weekly (CH1402) in the afternoon. These lab sessions make it difficult to timetable some Arts modules whose main Class hour is between 2 pm and 4 pm.
  2. you must be qualified to take the modules – in Science, Maths and Physics require good grades from high school examinations in order to study their modules. Check the module pre-requisites in the Course Catalogue.
  3. Be aware that some Semester 2 modules require the study of the equivalent Semester 1 module.

The following timetable illustrates some of the modules that you might consider studying. It is, however, a non-exhaustive list – if there is a particular module that you would like to study, you should discuss it with your Adviser at your meeting.

If you are starting your studies at Level 2, i.e. Direct Second Year Entry, the compulsory modules for a single Honours Chemistry degree (BSc or MChem) are CH1202, CH2501, CH2601 and CH2701. These modules constitute a total of 100 credits. You will need to study an additional 20 credits, usually at Level 1, in Semester 1.

The considerations for any modules you are considering studying are the same as those listed above. However, Level 2 Chemistry modules each have two laboratory sessions per week. Hence, in Semester 1, CH2501 laboratory classes will seriously constrain your choice of modules that you can study whose main Class hour is between 2 pm and 4 pm.


In Semester 1, you must attend the Enrolment session for the modules that you have chosen to study. For Chemistry, and many other Schools in the Science Faculty, these sessions are in Orientation Week.

At Enrolment, you will be given key information about the day-to-day running of the module, including how to sign up for your laboratory classes. You will receive a detailed handbook that will give details of assessment deadlines and the module reading list.

Enrolment for Semester 1 Chemistry modules take place at the following times in the locations listed:

CH1202  Thursday, 12th Sept 2019 – Time 14.00 – Purdie Theatre D
CH1301  Friday, 13th Sept 2019 – 12 noon –Purdie Theatre D
CH1401  Friday, 13th Sept 2019 – 11.00 – Purdie Theatre A
CH2201  Friday, 13th Sept 2019 – 10.00 – Purdie Theatre D
CH2501  Thursday, 12th Sept 2019 – 11.00 – Purdie Theatre B

Late Penalties

The University implemented its policy on penalties for late submission of work in the 2015-2016 Academic Year. This policy will remain in force for Academic Year 2019-2020.

In the School of Chemistry, the penalty to be applied for late submission of coursework is:

“5% of the maximum available mark per day, or part thereof”

  • Late submission penalties in the School of Chemistry will be applied to:
    • Laboratory reports (sub-honours and honours level)
    • Class test (CH1301)
    • Essays (CH4461, CH5461)
    • Miniproject reports (CH3441)
    • Project reports (CH4442-CH4449, CH5441)
    • Scientific Writing Course (CH4431)
    • Distance Learning assessments (CH4453/4/5/6)

The table below illustrates how this policy applies to a lab report that would have been awarded a mark of 80%, out of a maximum possible of 100%, if handed in on time.

Time after Deadline Penalty applied: Actual mark awarded
1 minute 5% 75%
1 hour 5% 75%
1 day 5% 75%
25 hours 10% 70%
3 days 15% 65%
10 days 50% 30%
16 days 80% 0%

Particulars of submission deadlines (date and time) for assessed work and a reminder of the penalty for late submission will be given with the relevant module and laboratory information.

Further information on the University’s Policy on Coursework penalties can be found at:


Attendance Monitoring in Laboratory Classes

You must bring your matriculation (ID) card with you to laboratory classes.

You will have to tap your card on one of the card reading stations to log yourself into the lab at the start of the session and tap your card on one of the card reading stations again when you leave at the end of the lab session. Card readers are situated just inside the entrances to the laboratory

If you forget your ID card, you must report to your laboratory demonstrator or member of staff who will record your arrival AND departure times.

If you fail to bring your ID card with you more than once, you may be asked to leave the laboratory.