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Discover the elements of success. Undergraduate degrees 2013


Welcome to Chemistry Welcome to Chemistry at the University of Southampton – our excellent facilities and leading academics make it one of the best places in the UK for chemistry teaching and research.

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Our researchers and students are seeking answers to many of today’s most important scientific questions. As one of the top 75 universities in the world* and a founder member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities in the UK, we provide an outstanding undergraduate education. As an undergraduate student, you can expect to be taught by researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, tackling some of today’s biggest challenges. In Chemistry our academics are investigating key global issues such as protecting the worldwide water supply, carbon dioxide capture and use, producing clean energy and developing potential treatments for cancer. Southampton is one of the leading entrepreneurial universities in the world, with excellent relationships with business and industry. As an undergraduate student, you will benefit from these strong links and have many opportunities to develop your entrepreneurial skills. You can enhance your employability with work placements at one of our spin out companies or maximise your industry skills at our unique Summer School. You will have a warm welcome when you join our friendly undergraduate community. With access to our Students’ Union and state-of-the-art sports centre, based on an attractive green campus, you have all the ingredients for a fantastic student experience. *2011 QS World University Rankings

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1. Research and learning Our leading academics will help you develop your research potential. Page 8 2. Our academics Find out more about our academics who are at the forefront of their fields. Page 10 3. Learning environment Support your learning with some of the best chemistry facilities in the UK. Page 12 4. Planning your career Enhance your employability and get set on the road to future career success. Page 14 5. Southampton and region Study in a thriving modern city, steeped in history and culture. Page 18

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In this brochure

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Research and learning

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Our academics

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Learning environment

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Student life

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Southampton and region

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Course overview

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Course information

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Applying and funding

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International undergraduates

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How to get here

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Minute technology. Creating materials at the nanoscale Faster computers, smarter sensors and more energy-efficient mobile phones could be a reality now Southampton scientists have secured £5m of funding for advanced nanotechnology research. High-tech materials underpin a wide range of photonic and electronic devices but how these materials are layered and patterned helps determine the device’s storage, speed and power. “The drive is always to make technological devices faster, smaller and smarter,” said project leader Phil Bartlett, Professor of Electrochemistry at the University of Southampton. “Our aim is to develop supercritical fluid electrodeposition (also known as electroplating) techniques that could be used to produce significantly smaller and more complex nanomaterials. “Electrodeposition of materials into pores with diameters smaller than a few tens of atoms is very difficult, if not impossible, but using supercritical fluids – halfway between a fluid and a gas – means we could potentially reach pores of less than two nanometers. “These fluids have extreme penetrating powers and can completely fill a space enabling them to be used for structures far smaller than anything achieved to date,” said Phil. The five-year project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and brings together researchers from the universities of Southampton, Nottingham and Warwick. For further information visit www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/research


Green chemistry. A sustainable solution to producing nylon Southampton scientists could unlock the key to producing nylon in a more green and sustainable way. Working with industrial partners, the team is developing a catalyst that can reduce by-products, harmful waste and the cost of making nylon. Nylon is a polymer used traditionally in the clothing and carpet industries and is produced using a two-step process that converts cyclohexanone and air to caprolactam - a precursor of nylon. This method uses corrosive reagents such as nitric and sulphuric acid that generate large amounts of by-products such as ammonium sulphate causing environmental concerns and higher costs. Now Dr Robert Raja, Reader in Chemistry at the University of Southampton, and his team have developed a procedure that can catalyse the two individual steps of the process. By using a solid of aluminium and phosphorous bridging blocks, with either cobalt or manganese incorporated, the metal centres catalyse the first step of the process producing water as the only by-product. The second step is initiated simultaneously resulting in caprolactam formation. “This is a one-pot synthesis with a synergistic catalytic approach, that is not only more sustainable but cost-effective too,� said Robert. For further information visit www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/research


Research and learning

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As one of the leading research universities in the UK, we will focus on your talent and give you the chance to personalise your learning, providing you with the opportunity to study subjects not directly linked to your degree. You will be taught by academics working at the forefront of their fields and learn about worldleading research as it takes place, giving you the kind of education that will put you among the most sought after graduates. We will encourage you to give feedback about your experience that we will use to shape and implement improvements. Listening to feedback from our students means we are constantly exploring exciting changes to our programmes including offering more flexibility and choice to enable you to tailor your degree to meet your needs. Here, some of our students describe the research experiences and opportunities for innovative learning had while studying at Southampton:

Stephanie Newland MChem in Chemistry with a six-month placement, final year Chemistry student Stephanie is celebrating after being awarded one of the prestigious Salters’ Awards for 2012. The awards are presented annually to five chemistry final year undergraduates who the judges feel will ultimately be able to occupy leading positions in the UK chemical and allied industries. The selection panel from Salters’ Institute of Chemistry was impressed with Stephanie’s knowledge of the issues and challenges facing the chemical industry. “I’m ecstatic to have won,” said Stephanie. “It was a great experience being able to discuss global issues with leading figures in chemistry and to see how we can provide the answers to many of the world’s most pressing problems such as population growth and finding new sources of energy. The award will help me stand out and will give me the chance to meet some very influential and interesting people.” It is the second year running that a University of Southampton chemistry student has been awarded a Salters’ prize. MChem student Emma Stuart was a recipient last year.

Hugo Jungius MChem in Chemistry with a one year placement, final year Hugo got the chance to put his theoretical training into practice during a year-long placement with Chemistry spin out company Ilika, a science-based materials discovery company. “During my time at Ilika I worked on two projects looking at the production of Li ion batteries,” said Hugo. “This was a really positive experience and I learnt a great deal in terms of developing my chemistry and general skills. It was great to be able to translate what I have learnt in my lectures into a proper research environment and I felt it helped train me for the ‘real world’. I want to do my PhD first but afterwards I would really like to work at Ilika. I have already got another work placement there this summer,” he said.

Rebecca Driesener MChem in Chemistry with a six-month placement, 2010; PhD Chemistry Rebecca’s placement in an academic lab led to her being published in a renowned international journal as well as forming the basis for her PhD studies in Chemistry. “It was very exciting to work on a research project in one of Southampton’s academic laboratories. We were working at the interface of chemistry and biology and showed that cyanide can be derived from the amino acid tyrosine in an enzyme dependent manner. Our results paper was published in the journal Angewandte Chemie and I am now working on the same enzyme in the same lab for my PhD,” she said.

Further information To find out more about our exciting student research projects visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ chemistry/research

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Our academics As an undergraduate student at Southampton, you will be learning from and working with academics at the forefront of their disciplines. Here are just a few of our academics.

1. Professor Andrea Russell Professor of Physical Electrochemistry Andrea’s research focuses on developing electrocatalysts for fuel cells, batteries, water electrolysers and other applications. She works in collaboration with UK and global industrial partners and uses national and international facilities such as the UK’s Diamond Light Source and the world-leading ISIS centre. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Divisional member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Andrea lectures in physical chemistry in Year 1 and participates in the mathematics workshops.

2. Professor Tom Brown Head of Chemical Biology Tom’s interests centre on nucleic acid chemistry, DNA sequence recognition and the applications of DNA and ribonucleic acid analogues in biology, medicine and nanotechnology. His research group has developed a number of new methods of forensic and genetic analysis. Tom is co-founder of three successful Biotech companies - Oswel Research Products Ltd, ATDBio Ltd and Primer Design Ltd. He has received several awards for his research including the Royal Society of Chemistry awards for Nucleic Acid Chemistry and for Interdisciplinary Research.

3. Professor Philip Bartlett Head of the Electrochemistry Group Philip specialises in nanostructured materials, a new class of materials with applications ranging from healthcare to electronics. Philip’s team is developing them to detect single base changes in DNA for applications in point-of-care diagnostics to help prevent adverse drug reactions.

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Philip has won many prestigious awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also the co-founder of Nanotecture, a spin out company of the University that uses nanostructured materials for energy storage.

4. Professor Malcolm Levitt Head of Magnetic Resonance Malcolm specialises in the development of new magnetic resonance techniques and is leading several major projects enhancing NMR spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and has won many prestigious awards including the Laukien prize - the biggest international prize for magnetic resonance. He has researched in the Swiss Nobel prize-winning Ernst laboratory and written a widely-used textbook on magnetic resonance principles called Spin Dynamics. Malcolm teaches undergraduate courses in quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, and a Year 4 course in magnetic resonance.

5. Dr Ali Tavassoli Reader in Chemical Biology Ali is a Reader in Chemical Biology, jointly appointed to Chemistry and Medicine’s Cancer Sciences. His research focuses on the discovery of compounds that inhibit key processes in the development and growth of tumours. His laboratory also works in the emerging field of synthetic biology, reprogramming cellular behaviour through introduction of non-native genes and reconfiguration of protein networks. He has received several awards for his work including a Career Establishment Award from Cancer Research UK, and the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences’ silver medal for European Young Chemist.


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6. Dr Bruno Linclau Head of the Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics Group Bruno specialises in synthetic organic chemistry, with a particular aim to developing new synthetic methodology for use in natural product synthesis. A particular focus of his group involves organofluorine chemistry, in which novel applications are developed to improve the properties of bioactive compounds. He is a member of The Royal Society of Chemistry Fluorine and Carbohydrate committees, and is involved in a number of national and international collaborations.

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Learning environment

We have a spirit of research that is firmly embedded in our culture, which helps to set us apart from other universities. It is this environment that makes studying here a unique and exciting experience. Research centres and facilities With a reputation for linking fundamental research with real-world applications, Southampton is home to cutting-edge research centres that consistently break new ground. Our research centres have strong links with business, industry and government. For example, our National Oceanography Centre Southampton provides

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large-scale infrastructure and support for the entire UK marine research community while collaborating with the oil, gas and communications industries. We also strive to bring together national and international experts to address critical issues facing society and this is the case in our Institute for Life Sciences where biosciences help tackle issues such as climate change and human health.


Advanced crystallography equipment based at Southampton

All our research centres at Southampton focus on global challenges that really impact on society. Our Optoelectronics Research Centre focuses on photonics research and the centre has played a major role in developing the optical telecommunications technology that underpins the internet. Other facilities include the Southampton Wind Tunnels for aerodynamics testing, yacht and sail design and the University’s supercomputer, one of the most powerful university-owned supercomputers in the UK. We also have our own flight simulator; the Southampton Flight Simulator is unique in the UK, developed by students, for students. It is a state-ofthe-art facility and first year undergraduates can learn to fly from take-off through to landing, putting theory from lectures into practice.

Libraries Our facilities are among the best in the country. The Hartley Library on the Highfield Campus is one of the leading research libraries in the UK. Facilities include a state-of-the-art learning centre, with consultation rooms, ‘walk in’ internet access, a language study area with computers linked to software for a range of languages, a café and a study lounge. The Hartley Library houses specialist collections including the Broadland Archives, the papers of the Duke of Wellington, world renowned collections relating to Jewish history and culture, and the Ford Collection of British Official Parliamentary Publications.

Excellent chemistry facilities At Southampton we have some of the best chemistry facilities in the UK. We are proud to be home to the national EPSRC X-Ray Crystallogaphy Service that uses cuttingedge techniques to provide data collection and crystal structure analysis for the UK chemistry community. Our Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility offers a fast and comprehensive analytical service that investigates the three-dimensional structure of a molecule, and our X-Ray Diffraction Centre enables the structural study of a wide range of samples from single crystals to powders. As an undergraduate you will benefit from our world-class research facilities and educational resources. A £23m investment in recent years means you will study in a state-of-the-art teaching and research complex, containing laboratories that are fitted with the latest industry-standard equipment and technology.

Further information To find out more about our research centres and facilities, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/ researchfacilities

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Planning your career

“I have recently secured an exciting opportunity to do a six month placement at a company at the forefront of liquid crystal technology research. After graduating I plan to continue my studies at PhD level and then pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry.� Matthew Baggs MChem Chemistry with a six month placement

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As well as pushing the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field, at Southampton you will have the opportunities to develop the attributes that are vital for success in today’s global employment market.

Setting you on the road to success

Your passport to success

As well as developing your core knowledge of chemistry we also ensure you learn a wide variety of transferable skills that will give you the edge in a competitive jobs market.

Our innovative Graduate Passport scheme is an active personal development programme that helps you reach your full potential during your student life. You can choose from over 60 possible activities ranging from volunteering projects, taking on a leadership role for a club or society, doing an internship in a company and much more.

Enhancing your employability At Career Destinations, the University’s dedicated careers service, we offer a range of services including web resources for career development, careers advice, skills workshops and mock interviews.

Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment, with more than 95 per cent normally in full-time employment or further study six months after graduating.

Many of our undergraduates gain work experience in the four spin out companies created by Chemistry: −− ATDBio – developing new DNA diagnostics −− Ilika - a science-based materials discovery −− Karus Therapeutics - investigating anti-cancer and inflammation therapies −− Nanotecture - developing new generation batteries

We run a unique four-week Summer School that brings work experience from leading industry, such as During your undergraduate degree we will also help GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly and Pfizer, into the you gain the transferable skills – such as independent University. We also organise special seminars inviting thinking, problem solving and teamwork – that employers really value. In addition, we offer internship industrialists to come and talk about key aspects of today’s workplace. and placement opportunities for our students that enable you to develop practical skills such as project Our Master of Chemistry undergraduate placement management and effective communication in the scheme is a huge success with students hosted by workplace. more than 80 organisations in 15 different countries over the last five years. Student Enterprise Fish On Toast is the student-led University of Southampton entrepreneurs’ society. It looks to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and good graduate skills among its members. Open to all students, it aims to help you turn business ideas into reality with various courses and seminars to help you start your own business or to improve your employability skills. www.southampton.ac.uk/studententerprise You can also get involved in our Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) society. SIFE challenges students to create enterprises that are ethical, sustainable and improve peoples quality of life. Our Southampton team was one of the winners in the national SIFE competition in 2011. The team also represented the UK at the SIFE World Cup in Malaysia in October 2011.

Further information To find out more about Career Destinations, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/careers

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Student life The University of Southampton’s six campuses all offer a friendly, vibrant and diverse atmosphere for work and leisure. Campuses Our main Highfield Campus, in the north of Southampton, is home to the Students’ Union, the Jubilee Sports Centre, the Hartley Library, a 330-seat Uniplex cinema and three leading arts venues: The Nuffield Theatre, the Turner Sims concert hall and the John Hansard Gallery. A few minutes’ walk from Highfield is Avenue Campus, which houses most disciplines within Humanities, and the Centre for Language Study. It has a library, lecture theatres, focused study spaces and catering amenities. Three miles west of Highfield is Southampton General Hospital, one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals and the base for Medicine. The campus offers modern laboratories, computer suites, refurbished lecture theatres, catering facilities and a specialist health services library. Located on the city’s waterfront, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton is one of the world’s leading research centres for the study of ocean and Earth sciences. The campus has its own fitness suite, sports hall and catering facilities. Winchester School of Art is located 12 miles north of Southampton, in Winchester city centre. The campus provides purpose designed studios and workshops, an extensive specialist library, Students’ Union facilities, a café and a well-stocked art supplies shop. Our branch campus for engineering is in EduCity, Iskandar in Malaysia and benefits from innovative world-class facilities for engineering and full access to the learning resources at our UK campuses. It offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study in a safe international environment.

We also offer a wide range of water sports to cater for everyone, from beginners to elite athletes. You can also take part in a whole host of clubs and societies, from snowboarding and mountain biking to photography and philosophy. Whatever your interests, SUSU organises a diverse range of events and activities to keep you entertained. Our societies range from the cultural and course-related, to the international, sporting and political.

Accommodation With 20 halls of residence and first-class facilities it’s no wonder our accommodation is so popular. We have more than 5,000 places in 20 halls that provide a wide range of living arrangements that all offer excellent value for money. Our halls vary in size, character and facilities, but they all provide the same high-quality accommodation in a safe, diverse, inclusive environment. We have accommodation specifically for undergraduates, from standard packages to self-catered studio flats. We also have a limited number of properties suitable for couples and families. If you are a UK or EU student, we welcome your application for a place in halls, which we allocate subject to availability. If we are unable to offer you a place in halls, we can give you help and advice on securing private rented accommodation.

International Students If you are a full-time registered international undergraduate student, you are guaranteed an offer in halls for your first year of study, provided that you are unaccompanied, live outside Southampton and we receive your accommodation application by the advertised deadline.

Social life As an undergraduate student you will automatically become a member of Southampton University’s Students’ Union (SUSU), one of the largest in the UK. The Students’ Union provides a range of places to eat great food, hear top bands, see the latest films and get information and advice. The Jubilee Sports Centre houses a 25m swimming pool, badminton and squash courts and a fitness studio. Our outdoor facilities include eight tennis courts, two floodlit synthetic turf pitches and a number of grass pitches.

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Contact us University Residences Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5959 Email: accommodation@southampton.ac.uk www.southampton.ac.uk/accommodation


“The halls are all within a 20 minute bus journey from campus - its like a community within a community.� Duncan Parker MChem Chemistry


Southampton and region Southampton is a thriving modern city, steeped in history and culture. Just over an hour south of London, Southampton has excellent transport links with the rest of the UK.

A lively city Close to the city centre, the University forms an integral part of this dynamic, multicultural city. Our location offers a vibrant mix of recreation, culture and entertainment – from restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs to cinemas, sports facilities, internationally acclaimed arts venues and one of the south of England’s top shopping centres. The University is next to Southampton Common, a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest with extensive areas of public open space and managed woodland. Whether you fancy a lunch with friends or dancing into the small hours, Southampton has the right venue. From intimate lounge bars and roof terraces to Leisure World, which houses a casino, bowling alley, several restaurants and bars, a 13-screen cinema and two nightclubs, there is something for everyone. Historic Oxford Street is home to Southampton’s finest restaurants, but wherever you are in the city you will be spoiled for choice, with restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines from across the

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globe and catering for every budget. In the city centre you will also find West Quay, one of the south coast’s top shopping centres. Whatever your musical tastes there are great venues in Southampton for live music. The Joiners, for example, is known for up-and-coming bands – Coldplay, Oasis and Radiohead all played there before they were famous. The Guildhall is a multi-purpose venue that stages jazz and rock as well as a range of contemporary and classical music.

A connected city Just over an hour from central London, Southampton has excellent transport links with the rest of the UK and internationally, by road, rail, sea and air. The city is serviced by two mainline train stations, with direct trains to London Waterloo and within easy reach of the Eurostar at St Pancras International. Southampton Airport offers regular flights to UK and major European destinations. Our own award-winning uni-link bus service connects all Southampton campuses and halls of residence, the city centre, the airport and both railway stations. Less than half an hour from Southampton is the New Forest National Park, with vast open heathland and beautiful forest. The resorts of Bournemouth and Poole are just down the coast, while a short ferry ride


Southampton offers a vibrant mix of recreation, culture and entertainment

takes you to the Isle of Wight, which hosts Skandia Cowes Week, the largest and most prestigious international sailing regatta in the world.

A historic city Southampton has a fascinating history. It was from here in 1415 that Henry V set sail for Agincourt. The Pilgrim Fathers first set sail from here in 1620 on their historic journey to the New World, and the ill-fated Titanic sailed from Southampton in 1912. Southampton has a rich aviation heritage, with the Spitfire, the fighter aircraft that won the Battle of Britain, developed in the region in the 1930s. As well as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the New Forest has a fascinating history. Created in 1079 by William the Conqueror as an area for hunting deer, it became an important source of timber for the Royal Navy. Today the forest retains many historical rural practices, such as pasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the open forest by local inhabitants, known historically as the ‘commoners’.

A modern city Today, Southampton has one of the biggest commercial ports in Europe, and the city is known across the world as the home of the giant cruise liners, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Southampton’s thriving port handles in excess of 42 million tonnes of cargo annually. It is the cruise industry capital of northern Europe and is engaged in sustained and continued city centre development that continually strives to improve its already enviable facilities. Its coastal location means that Southampton offers a vast range of opportunities for sport and leisure, with waterfront marinas and a major focus on water sports, sailing and ocean racing. The city hosts the largest on-water boat show in Europe – the annual Southampton Boat Show.

Winchester The historic city of Winchester – England’s ancient capital – is just 12 miles north of Southampton, and is home to the University’s internationally renowned Winchester School of Art. Popular for its bustling shopping streets and spectacular architecture, Winchester is perhaps best known for its 11th century cathedral and the Great Hall, which houses the mysterious Round Table of King Arthur. The city’s rich cultural heritage is complemented by a lively atmosphere and a wide variety of pubs and restaurants, museums, theatres and galleries.

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Course overview

Our excellent chemistry degree programmes will give you the competitive edge whatever your career choice. Course structure

How will you learn?

At Southampton we offer a range of bachelors and masters degree programmes that will give you a good grounding in the essentials of chemistry. You will study in a supportive and exciting learning community, led by academics who are pioneering innovative ways to teach.

We aim to develop your understanding in an inspiring and rewarding way by encouraging a close working relationship between you and your tutor. Our excellent academics are committed to sharing their knowledge and experience and introducing you to new, rapidly developing areas such as nanostructured materials and synthetic biology.

Whether you choose a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Chemistry degree your course structure will be broadly the same. Each year is divided into two 12-week teaching semesters and, as well as developing your core knowledge of the subject, you will also learn a wide variety of transferable skills. You will study a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

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We deliver our courses through a variety of different teaching methods and assessment styles such as interactive lectures, practical work in laboratories, workshops, tutorials and e-learning. You will have an examination at the end of each semester and will also be assessed on your coursework. In most cases you will also be required to do a dissertation and an oral examination.


“The lecturers are incredibly knowledgeable and are always there if you need any extra assistance. They are always posting additional information on the Blackboard website to help you in your learning.” Gareth Ward MChem Chemistry

Lectures

Laboratory work

We aim to make our lectures as interactive as possible. You will take part in discussions, question and answer sessions, informal quizzes and more conventionalstyle seminars. In most lectures you will get handouts summarising key points to help you structure your note-taking.

You will spend up to six hours a week carrying out practical work in our laboratories. You will develop your laboratory techniques as well as illustrating the theoretical concepts you have covered in your lectures. These sessions are hard work but very sociable and allow you to obtain your own results and generate supporting laboratory reports.

Workshops and tutorials Our workshops will help convert your knowledge to understanding. Working with a small group of peers you will explore problems and link to material you have covered in your lectures. You will learn from each other and gain confidence in your own abilities by attending regular tutorials with your tutor and six to eight of your fellow students. Before your tutorial you will be set a problem to work on and you will submit your work for assessment.

E-learning You will be supported in your degree programme by our virtual learning environment – Blackboard - where lecture notes, handouts, presentations and alternative teaching methods such as videos and self-assessment tests are posted. This virtual way of studying gives you more control over your own learning and encourages your private study.

Self-assessment tests are also available. These can be completed at any time and your marks and feedback Tutorials will be tailored to suit your developing are available as soon as you finish the test. This gives knowledge and you will have the opportunity to lead as you valuable guidance on areas for future well as contribute to discussions. improvement. For more information visit our website www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/teaching

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BSc Chemistry (3 years) F100 Our BSc Chemistry programme will harness your enthusiasm for chemistry and help you prepare for a world of career opportunities whether you stay in chemistry or not. You will work in an intellectually stimulating environment that will equally increase your understanding of chemistry and its impact on modern society, and improve your personal development.

Key information Start date: October 2013 Entry requirements: A-Levels: AAA-ABB including chemistry and preferably one from biology, mathematics and physics. IB: 36-32 points including 18-16 at the higher level. Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency Total intake: 120

Career destinations: our graduates go on to gain careers in a variety of fields such as research, discovery and medicinal Assessment is through continual monitoring of your chemistry; environmental science; teaching and lecturing; practical work and written exams at the end of each patent law; nanotechnology; environmental, sustainable and semester. Your project work is assessed by dissertation green chemistry; accounting and audit management; and marketing and brand management. They also go on to study and oral examination. an MSc or PhD

Assessment

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Key Skills for Chemists Fundamentals of Practical Chemistry Modern Chemistry Fundamentals Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Fundamentals of Bonding and Spectroscopy Fundamentals of Practical Chemistry Aspects of Organic Synthesis Inorganic Materials Chemistry Change and Equilibrium Organic Reaction Mechanisms Transition Metal Chemistry Atomic and Molecular Interactions Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Inorganic Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Organic Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Physical

Optional modules We also offer numerous optional modules that reflect the specialist areas of chemistry. Visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ chemistry/bsc for further details.

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“I have really enjoyed the practicals at Southampton as they have been a fantastic opportunity to put the knowledge I have gained in my lectures into practice.� Sean Conroy MChem Chemistry

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BSc Chemistry with Foundation Year in Science (4 years) F108 The Science Foundation Year is the first year of a four or five-year degree in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Ocean and Earth Sciences or Environmental Science. The programme has been specifically designed to provide both UK and international students, who have not taken UK A levels (or an equivalent qualification) in science subjects, with the best possible grounding for our undergraduate degree programmes.

Assessment Assessment is through both coursework and examinations.

Programme structure Core modules −− Biology −− Chemistry −− Mathematics Visit www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/foundation for further details.

Key information Start date: October 2013 Entry requirements: A-Levels: BBB. IB: 30 points. Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency Total intake: 120 Career destinations: our graduates go on to gain careers in a variety of fields such as research, discovery and medicinal chemistry; environmental science; teaching and lecturing; patent law; nanotechnology; environmental, sustainable and green chemistry; accounting and audit management; and marketing and brand management. They also go on to study an MSc or PhD

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“From the introductory lectures providing reassurance to the well-organised practical sessions, life in Chemistry has been nothing shy of excellent. ” Michael Moazami MChem Chemistry

MChem Chemistry (4 years) F103 Our MChem programme offers the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of your core chemistry knowledge. You will enhance your skills development and prepare for a research degree, a career specialising in chemistry, or a career in a subject that uses similar foundation skills. It includes a major research project that raises the importance of the impact of chemistry research on modern society as well as offering the chance to discover a unique experience.

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Inorganic Materials Chemistry Change and Equilibrium Advanced Practical Chemistry for MChem Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Inorganic Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Organic Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem – Physical Chemistry Advanced Research Project

Optional modules We also offer numerous optional modules that reflect the specialist areas of chemistry. Visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ chemistry/mchem for further details.

Assessment

Key information Assessment is through continual monitoring of your Start date: October 2013 practical work and written exams at the end of each semester. Your project work is assessed by dissertation Entry requirements: A-Levels: AAA-ABB including chemistry and preferably one from biology, mathematics and physics. IB: and oral examination. 36-32 points including 18-16 at the higher level.

Programme structure Core modules −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −−

Key Skills for Chemists Fundamentals of Practical Chemistry Modern Chemistry Fundamentals Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Fundamentals of Bonding and Spectroscopy Organic Reaction Mechanisms Transition Metal Chemistry Atomic and Molecular Interactions Aspects of Organic Synthesis

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency Total intake: 120 Career destinations: our graduates go on to gain careers in a variety of fields such as research, discovery and medicinal chemistry; environmental science; teaching and lecturing; patent law; nanotechnology; environmental, sustainable and green chemistry; accounting and audit management; and marketing and brand management. They also go on to study an MSc or PhD

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MChem Chemistry with a six-month placement (4 years) F101 Our MChem programme offers the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of your core chemistry knowledge. You will enhance your skills development and prepare for a research degree, a career specialising in chemistry, or a career in a subject that uses similar foundation skills. You will take one academic research project in Year 3, with the possibility of taking a Year 4 external six-month placement anywhere in the world.

Key information Start date: October 2013 Entry requirements: A-Levels: AAA-ABB including chemistry and preferably one from biology, mathematics and physics. IB: 36-32 points including 18-16 at the higher level. Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency Total intake: 120

Career destinations: our graduates go on to gain careers in a variety of fields such as research, discovery and medicinal Assessment chemistry; environmental science; teaching and lecturing; Assessment is through continual monitoring of your patent law; nanotechnology; environmental, sustainable and practical work and written exams at the end of each green chemistry; accounting and audit management; and semester. Your project work is assessed by dissertation marketing and brand management. They also go on to study an MSc or PhD and oral examination.

Programme structure Core modules −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −−

Key Skills for Chemists Fundamentals of Practical Chemistry Modern Chemistry Fundamentals Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Fundamentals of Bonding and Spectroscopy Organic Reaction Mechanisms Transition Metal Chemistry Atomic and Molecular Interactions Aspects of Organic Synthesis Inorganic Materials Chemistry Change and Equilibrium Advanced Practical Chemistry for MChem Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Inorganic Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Organic Advanced Chemistry for BSc and MChem - Physical Chemistry Placement (six month)

Optional modules We also offer numerous optional modules that reflect the specialist areas of chemistry. Visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ chemistry/mchemsix for further details.

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Duncan Parker MChem Chemistry with a six month placement, Year 3

“Before A-levels I did not plan to do chemistry at degree level, and I feel it could have been one of my biggest regrets. The department is without doubt one of the best and the course provides scope to learn about every aspect of the subject while providing flexibility to specialise in an area if you wish. This year I will be heading away from campus for six months on a placement and I can’t wait. To be able to gain industrial experience while still doing the degree was a major influence when deciding to choose this course. Outside the lecture theatre I’m an active member of both ChemSoc and Southampton University Students’ Union’s (SUSU) Comedy Society as well as helping out with SUSU and University outreach events. Chemistry is hard work but the these other interests provide great opportunities to help you let off steam with a lot of friendly faces. I’m local anyway, but there is a side of life in Southampton that you don’t see as a member of the public. Student life is so active that it seems almost like a bubble – all the halls are within a 20 minute bus journey, chemistry is based firmly on campus and all shops, pubs and clubs are barely a stone’s throw away.”

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MChem Chemistry with a year-long placement (4 years) F102 Our MChem programme offers the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of your core chemistry knowledge. You will enhance your skills development and prepare for a research degree, a career specialising in chemistry, or a career in a subject that uses similar foundation skills. We will support you in finding a one-year placement in Year 3. Successful applicants may take their placement in a UK-based chemistry company. You will also take one academic research project in Year 4.

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Aspects of Organic Synthesis Inorganic Materials Chemistry Change and Equilibrium Advanced Chemistry II for students on placement Advanced Chemistry - Inorganic Advanced Chemistry - Organic Advanced Chemistry - Physical

Optional modules We also offer numerous optional modules that reflect the specialist areas of chemistry. Visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ chemistry/mchemplacement for further details.

Assessment

Key information Assessment is through continual monitoring of your Start date: October 2013 practical work and written exams at the end of each semester. Your project work is assessed by dissertation Entry requirements: A-Levels: AAA-ABB including chemistry and preferably one from biology, mathematics and physics. IB: and oral examination. 36-32 points including 18-16 at the higher level.

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Fundamentals of Practical Chemistry Modern Chemistry Fundamentals Key Skills for Chemists Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Fundamentals of Bonding and Spectroscopy Organic Reaction Mechanisms Transition Metal Chemistry Atomic and Molecular Interactions

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Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency Total intake: 120 Career destinations: our graduates go on to gain careers in a variety of fields such as research, discovery and medicinal chemistry; environmental science; teaching and lecturing; patent law; nanotechnology; environmental, sustainable and green chemistry; accounting and audit management; and marketing and brand management. They also go on to study an MSc or PhD


MChem Chemistry with Maths (4 years) F1GC Our MChem programme combines chemistry and mathematics in each year of the degree. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of chemistry (the major component of your degree) and mathematics and how they relate to each other. It includes a major research project at the interface between chemistry and mathematics, raises the importance of the impact of chemistry research on modern society, as well as offering the chance to discover a unique experience.

Assessment

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Differential Equations Aspects of Organic Synthesis Inorganic Materials Chemistry Change and Equilibrium Linear Algebra II Advanced Chemistry - Inorganic Advanced Chemistry - Organic Advanced Chemistry - Physical Advanced Practical Chemistry for MChem Chemistry Advanced Research Project

Optional modules We also offer numerous optional modules that reflect the

specialist areas of chemistry. Visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ Assessment is through continual monitoring of your chemistry/maths for further details. practical work and written exams at the end of each semester. Your project work is assessed by dissertation Key information and oral examination. Start date: October 2013

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Fundamentals of Practical Chemistry Modern Chemistry Fundamentals Calculus I Linear Algebra I Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Fundamentals of Bonding and Spectroscopy Calculus II Organic Reaction Mechanisms Transition Metal Chemistry Atomic and Molecular Interactions

Entry requirements: A-Levels: AAA-ABB including chemistry and preferably one from biology, maths and physics. IB: 36-32 points including 18-16 at the higher level. Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency Total intake: 120 Career destinations: our graduates go on to gain careers in a variety of fields such as research, discovery and medicinal chemistry; environmental science; teaching and lecturing; patent law; nanotechnology; environmental, sustainable and green chemistry; accounting and audit management; and marketing and brand management. They also go on to study an MSc or PhD

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MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences (4 years) F1BC Our MChem programme combines chemistry and medicinal sciences and provides a sound basis for a successful career as a professional chemist, particularly one requiring experience of life sciences. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of chemistry and complementary medicinal sciences. You will take one academic research project in Year 3, with the possibility of taking a Year 4 external six-month placement anywhere in the world.

Assessment

Optional modules We also offer numerous optional modules that reflect the specialist areas of chemistry. Visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ chemistry/medicinal for further details.

Key information Start date: October 2013 Entry requirements: A-Levels: AAA-ABB including chemistry and preferably one from biology, maths and physics. IB: 36-32 points including 18-16 at the higher level. Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency

Assessment is through continual monitoring of your Total intake: 120 practical work and written exams at the end of each semester. Your project work is assessed by dissertation Career destinations: our graduates go on to gain careers in a variety of fields such as research, discovery and medicinal and oral examination. Programme structure Core modules −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −− −−

Fundamentals of Practical Chemistry Modern Chemistry Fundamentals The Molecular Basis of Life Foundations of Physiology I Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Fundamentals of Bonding and Spectroscopy Foundations of Physiology II Organic Reaction Mechanisms Transition Metal Chemistry Atomic and Molecular Interactions Pharmacology A Aspects of Organic Synthesis Inorganic Materials Chemistry Change and Equilibrium Pharmacology B Advanced Practical Chemistry for MChem Advanced Chemistry - Inorganic Advanced Chemistry - Organic Advanced Chemistry - Physical Medicinal Chemistry for Year 3/Year 4 Chemistry Placement (six month)

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chemistry; environmental science; teaching and lecturing; patent law; nanotechnology; environmental, sustainable and green chemistry; accounting and audit management; and marketing and brand management. They also go on to study an MSc or PhD


Evrim Ozbey MChem with Medicinal Sciences, Year 2

“I think that the University of Southampton is one of the best institutions to offer high standards of education in chemistry. I enjoy the fact that every lecturer is craving to help you! In workshops, you have help to solve any questions you may have. ‘Parents’, who are older students from other year groups, are also willing to assist you in every aspect. From lab technicians to PhD students, the common passion for chemistry makes it feel like you are at home. Chemistry runs conferences and seminars regularly to update you with cuttingedge knowledge. I recently had the chance to meet and ask questions to a professor from the Institute of Cancer Research about a current cancer drug nothing can be more leading-edge than this! There are opportunities to travel to develop your knowledge and gain more skills, and I am planning to volunteer in an analytical lab-based company in South Africa. I have also attended a conference in Germany to learn about the advances and controversies in B-vitamins and choline. Being in a lab is definitely the most exciting part of chemistry, and I am getting more and more confident with my practical skills. To carry out experiments and be able to write reports makes you feel like you are becoming a real chemist. Once I graduate, I am thinking about carrying on and doing a PhD. I am very sure that hard work and passion for chemistry can take you further than you ever thought possible.”

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Applying and funding We are committed to making our admissions fair and transparent. Higher education at Southampton is open to all students with the necessary skills and ability, regardless of age, background or financial circumstances. General entry requirements

Tuition fees and funding

To apply for undergraduate study you must satisfy our general entry requirements and any specific requirements of your chosen programme. Typical entry requirements for applicants with GCE Alevels can be found online.

Tuition fees for students entering the University in the 2012/13 academic year are £9,000 a year. Your tuition fee will usually cover compulsory course costs, such as field trips and laboratory clothing, however a contribution may be necessary towards certain elements. Please check with your programme coordinator for more details. We offer a generous student support package, which includes a tapered fee waiver based on household income supplied to us by the SLC, for students from lower income families.

How to apply Apply online at www.ucas.com, the website for UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Our UCAS code name is SOTON and our number is S27. All students should apply between 1 September 2012 and 15 January 2013. If you are an international student from outside the UK or EU, we may consider your application up until 30 June 2013, however we cannot guarantee there will be vacancies on our courses after the January deadline.

Admissions policy 1. The University of Southampton will: −− recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds, who we believe have the potential to complete their programmes successfully and make a valuable contribution to university life −− attract applicants who enjoy the challenge of forward thinking, the excitement of research findings in their programmes and the high standards of learning and teaching we set ourselves −− foster a diverse learning community in which our students will meet people from different cultures, thereby enhancing their skills of critical reasoning, teamwork and communication, and thus preparing them for successful participation in their chosen careers and roles 2. The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

We also offer the Southampton Entitlement – a £300 annual credit to all undergraduate students to spend on sports, the arts, public transport and a host of other services. We recommend that you visit our website for up-to-date information on tuition fees before you submit your UCAS form for entry in the 2012/13 academic year. If you are a UK student starting a higher education course in 2013/14, you can apply for loans to help pay for both fees and maintenance. For more details, visit our website, where you also have access to our Finance calculator, a useful tool to help you budget for university study and estimate living costs. www.southampton.ac.uk/money For up-to-date information on tuition fees for international students, visit our website.

Scholarships and bursaries We offer a variety of scholarships and progression awards to the most talented students across our subject areas. For full eligibility criteria, visit our website. www.southampton.ac.uk/scholarships In addition to our scholarship programme, we offer a generous range of bursaries designed to help UK undergraduate students in the most financial need. For more information, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/bursaries

Contact us Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4118 Email: ugafnes@southampton.ac.uk visit www.southampton.ac.uk/fees

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International undergraduates The University has a thriving international community. In 2010/11 our student body included 5,000 EU and international students from more than 130 countries.

International Office

Support

Staff from our International Office attend educational exhibitions around the world as well as making numerous visits overseas and to colleges in the UK. Face-to-face contact is the best way of getting to know the University, so if you are unable to visit us in Southampton, make sure that you book an appointment to meet us at one of the exhibitions. For full details of locations and timings of our overseas visits, please contact the International Office.

We have three specialist academic advisors, whose role is to support our international students with their studies. The Students’ Union Advice Centre also provides cultural and personal support.

We provide advice and information to anyone who is considering applying to Southampton. Our aim is to make the process of joining the University as simple as possible. Visit our website, which has information available in many languages, for an introduction to the University.

Welcoming our international students Before leaving home and arriving in the UK, there are a number of things you should do to prepare for university life. These include having the right documentation, filling in forms and registering for various services and programmes. Make sure you read our information for international students on our website, or contact the International Office for advice.

International Welcome Programme

Visas Before you come to study in the UK, it is essential that you find out about the UK’s immigration procedures and how they will affect you. Our website provides information on student visas, police registration, working in the UK and links to other useful websites. www.southampton.ac.uk/visas

English language requirements If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test. For the majority of our courses we require an IELTS level of 6.5 or equivalent, achieved in the past two years. If you need to improve your English language skills, you can apply to our pre-sessional English language courses. For more information on general English language requirements please visit our website.

We encourage all new international undergraduates to register for our Welcome Programme, specifically designed for international students. This takes place in September each year and includes general events to introduce you to our facilities, subject-specific events to begin your academic induction, and a range of social and cultural activities. The programme offers practical information and presents an opportunity to meet staff and other students. On certain dates before the beginning of the academic year, we arrange to meet new international students from London Heathrow Airport (meet and greet). Our representatives will be there to meet you and transport you directly to the University for the Welcome Programme. www.southampton.ac.uk/welcome

Contact us International Office Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 9699 Email: global@southampton.ac.uk www.southampton.ac.uk/international

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How to get here By rail Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Winchester, Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway. Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/ M27 (west or east) – leave M27 at South Wales stop at Southampton junction 5 (Southampton Airport) and Central. The Uni-link U1 bus service follow map/signs to University campuses. runs between Southampton Central Winchester M3 – exit M3 at junction and Southampton Airport Parkway via 9 or 10. the University. By road Southampton M3 – exit M3 at junction 14, following signs for Southampton (A33). Follow the A33 into Bassett Avenue and follow map/signs to University campuses.

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By coach Southampton coach station is at Western Esplanade, in the city centre. Uni-link U1 buses connect the University’s Southampton campuses and the city centre. By air Southampton Airport is about 20 minutes from the Southampton campuses by bus or taxi. There is a full UK domestic service, as well as flights to mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.


Relevant web links are shown throughout this brochure. Please also consult www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry online for further details and/or any changes which have appeared since first publication of the Chemistry undergraduate degrees 2013 prospectus or phone +44 (0)23 8059 4118 for more information.

Disclaimer The University of Southampton will use all reasonable efforts to deliver advertised programmes and other services and facilities in accordance with the descriptions set out in its prospectuses, student handbooks, welcome guides and website. It will provide students with the tuition, learning support, services and facilities so described with reasonable care and skill. The University, therefore, reserves the right if it considers it to be necessary to alter the timetable, location, content or method of delivery of events provided such alterations are reasonable.

Financial or other losses The University will not be held liable for any direct or indirect financial or other losses or damage arising from changes made to the event timetable, location, content or method of delivery of various services and facilities set out herein.

Force majeure The University will not be held liable for any loss, damage or expense resulting from any delay, variation or failure in the provision of services and facilities set out herein, arising from circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control, including (but not limited to) war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, interruption in power supplies or other services for any reason, fire, boycott and telecommunications failure. In the event that such circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the University arise, it will use all reasonable endeavours to minimise disruption as far as it is practical to do so.

Š University of Southampton 2012 This information can be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as electronic, large print, Braille or audio tape, and in some cases, other languages. Please call +44 (0)23 8059 7726 to request an alternative format.


www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry UK and EU enquiries: ugafnes@southampton.ac.uk +44 (0)23 8059 4118 International enquiries: global@southampton.ac.uk +44 (0)23 8059 9699

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