Degree in Chemistry

240 credits - Faculty of Science

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Chemistry is the science that studies the properties and composition of substances, as well as the transformation processes matter undergoes that synthesis, production or control of tall consumer, industrial, food and pharmaceutical products are based on. In addition, it underlies all human processes that have or may have an impact on the environment and the sustainability of resources.

The core aim of this programme is to attain suitable scientific training in the core aspects of chemistry that include all necessary skills to achieve a solid, balanced theoretical and practical knowledge base (the programme contents include 22.5% for practical credits). The degree provides core specific skills linked to: i) the application of chemical knowledge to produce and defend arguments and solve problems in the area of chemistry; ii) the ability to safely plan, design and undertake chemical experiments alongside the interpretation of experiment data; iii) the ability to collect and interpret relevant data that enable opinions to be issued on important social, scientific or ethical issues, and iv) transmitting information, ideas, problems and solutions in the area of chemistry to a specialised and more general audience, as well as cross-cutting skills including understanding, speaking and writing in English.

Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  60   144   30   -   6 240

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Mathematics I*
Physics I*
Chemistry I*
General Chemistry Laboratory I*

Second Semester

Mathematics II*
Physics II*
Chemistry II*
General Chemistry Laboratory II*

Second Year

First Semester

Inorganic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry I
Basics of Analytical Chemistry
Chemical Engineering

Second Semester

Inorganic Chemistry Experimentation
Organic Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry II
Analytical Chemistry
Structural Determination

Third Year

First Semester

Inorganic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Experimentation
Physical Chemistry III
Instrumental Analysis
Industrial Chemistry

Second Semester

Inorganic Chemistry III
Organic Synthesis
Physical Chemistry Experimentation
Analytical Chemistry Experimentation
Biological Chemistry

Fourth Year

First Semester

Materials Science
Project Production and Performance
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory
Integrated Chemistry Laboratory
Elective 1

Second Semester

Final Degree Project - Chemistry
Elective 2
Elective 3
Elective 4
Elective 5


* Core Training


Core Skills

  • CB1 Acquiring knowledge and understanding in a field of study based on the foundations of general secondary education together with the support of advanced textbooks and aspects of the latest advances in the field.
  • CB2 Being able to apply knowledge acquired as a student to a job or vocation in a professional manner, and possessing the skills that are generally demonstrated by producing and defending arguments and solving problems in a field of study.
  • CB3 Having the ability to collect and interpret relevant data (generally within a field of study) in order to make judgments which include reflection on relevant issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature.
  • CB4 Being able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialised or non-specialised audiences.
  • CB5 Developing the necessary skills to undertake further studies to a certain degree of independence.

General Skills

  • CG1 Being able to communicate (orally and in writing) in the official language and English.  
  • CG2 An ability for teamwork (whether multidisciplinary or not).
  • CG3 Being able to manage data and generate information/knowledge (effective and efficient use of ICT and other resources).
  • CG4 Being able to efficiently and effectively manage/supervise: entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, creativity, organisation, planning, control, making decisions and negotiation.
  • CG5 Being able to efficiently and effectively solve problems, showing originality and self-management.
  • CG6 An ability for analysis and synthesis.
  • CG7 Acquiring a permanent concern for quality and the environment, occupational hazard prevention and corporate social responsibility.
  • CG8 Demonstrating concern for professional ethics and commitment.
  • CG9 Being able to learn independently for continuing professional development (CPD).
  • CG10 Knowledge of the principles and skills in scientific/technical research.

Cross-cutting Skills

  • CT1 Understanding that any professional activity needs to be done in respect of fundamental rights, promoting gender equality, the principle of universal access and design for all individuals, and in protection of the environment, as well as in accordance with the values inherent to a culture of peace and democracy.

Specific Skills

  • CE1 Knowledge of chemical terminology: nomenclature, terms, conventions and units.
  • CE2 Knowledge of the fundamental physicochemical principles that govern chemistry and the links between its areas.
  • CE3 Knowledge of the main elements, and organic and inorganic compounds, as well as biomolecules, their synthetic routes and characterisation.
  • CE4 Knowledge of the chemistry measurement processes to extract (bio)chemical information on the quality of natural and artificial objects.
  • CE5 Knowledge of the practical impact of chemistry on life: industry, the environment, pharmaceutics, health, food and agriculture, etc.
  • CE6 Knowledge of the unit operations in industrial chemistry and other related areas.
  • CE7 Knowledge of the necessary core mathematical and physical principles for chemistry.
  • CE8 General knowledge of the necessary principles for chemistry in similar areas (biology and geology).
  • CE9 Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories in chemistry to apply them in practice.
  • CE10 Demonstrating abilities to identify and solve qualitative and quantitative problems with a strategic focus.
  • CE11 Demonstrating skills for lab work: carrying out documented chemical procedures (synthesis and analysis), monitoring chemical properties, events and/or changes, and documenting all work undertaken and risk management.
  • CE12 Demonstrating skills in the suitable use of standard chemistry apparatus and its monitoring.
  • CE13 Initial skills in planning, designing and performing chemical experiments.
  • CE14 Demonstrating skills for numerical calculations and interpreting experimental data with a particular emphasis on precision and accuracy.
  • CE15 Demonstrating skills in the safe handling of biological samples for analytical or preparatory purposes in bio-health laboratories.