Chemistry is thought by a lot of scientists as the central science. This is because it overlaps with a lot of subjects like Biology, Physics and Maths. The slide shows specific areas of the chemical sciences which have chemistry at its core eg Forensics, Pharmaceuticals, Environmental Sciences.TRANSITION: Lead on to next slide by saying that chemistry covers lots of disciplines and you will now go through some of the uses and applications of chemistry in our everyday lives.
Chemistry can be very small and plays an important role in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is revolutionising many areas such as medicine, sports and security and clothingMedicine: Robert Winston described a potential medical use of nanotechnology in the development of the microchip (this was described in his programme - the top 10 scientific advances of the last 50 years). If a microchip can be made of an edible substance used to coat a medicine, when it’s swallowed by a patient it gets dissolved in the stomach. This then sends a signal by radio waves to a patch the patient wears on their arm. If you haven’t taken the tablet, no signal will be sent and you will then get a message on your mobile phone telling you that you have not taken your medication. This has huge potential in patients where compliance to administration schedule is critical such as the contraceptive pill or in neurological disorders (dementia, alzheimers etc) where the patient may have trouble remembering to take their medication.Sports equipment: Materials chemists can use nanotechnology to create shock-absorbing shoes give softer landings, balls keep their pressure for longer game play, and stronger tennis rackets and golf clubs can deliver more powerful, straighter shotsSecurity: Counterfeiting currency could become harder if the Bank of England starts to make use of nanotechnology. A quantum dot is a nanoparticle that will shine with a very specific colour. The colour of a dot depends on its size, combinations of differently coloured dots would create complex codes that forgers would find very hard to fake. In the future they could be hidden in banknotes, credit cards, gift vouchers and even casino chips.Clothing: Nano-sized treatments are giving fabrics novel and useful properties. Synthetic materials draw moisture away from the wearer's skin, just like cotton. Spills don't soak in, they just roll away and stubborn stains wash out easilyTRANSITION: Move to next slide
All of these areas have qualified chemical scientists working in them....TRANSITION: Say that you will now go on to talk about different chemistry courses available at university
The first type is a Bachelors (BSc) which is a three year course (four in Scotland). This opens up a variety of different career options. The second course is a Masters (MChem/MSc) which is four years (five in Scotland) NB: courses in Scotland take a year longer because the students study a broader range of subjects in their first and maybe also second year, before specialising in their honours subject in the last two years.There are two options with this:It is possible to apply for a masters from the beginning of your studies or you can graduate with a BSc and then separately apply for a one year masters afterwards (this can be in a different university). A masters course provide as more in-depth study of chemistry than BSc degrees and usually involve a significant research project which may be done as part of an industrial placement in the third year, or the final year. The masters provides a good basis for a PhD or career in research. If you’re not sure whether you want to do a BSc or an MChem/Msci many universities recommend that you apply for the longer course in the first instance. Transferring from an MChem/MSci to a BSc is usually relatively straightforward but it may be harder to transfer the other wayYou may wish to tell the students what degree you studied at university at this point.TRANSITION: There are other options available for your course......
There are many transferable skills that can be gained from studying a chemical sciences degree in addition to the technical/ specialised chemistry knowledge....Communication: Presenting at tutorials, writing essays, producing postersCreativity: Solving issues in the lab, thinking of solutions to assignmentsTeam working: Group work in teaching labs, research projects, group assignmentsTime management: Balancing full timetable of lectures, labs, tutorials, workshops and social life!Problem solving: Completing assignments, research projectsData analysis: Compiling data from lab practical's, reviewing data from research projects, plotting graphs, applying mathematical concepts – numeracyTRANSITION: We will now look at the careers open to those with a chemical sciences degree
This slide shows what some people may think are ‘traditional’ chemistry careers – these are ones which are based in a lab.Talk through what may be involved for some of them, if your job or a job of someone you know falls under one of these explain what it involves and maybe described a typical day?TRANSITION: What other careers can you have if you didn’t want a lab based job?
Because of all the different transferable skills you gain from studying a chemical sciences degree there are many other career options....Talk through what may be involved for some of them, if your job or a job of someone you know falls under one of these explain what it involves and maybe describe a typical day? It’s good to show how the skills picked up from a chemical sciences degree are applied to these jobsIt might be worth mentioning that Margaret Thatcher graduated from Oxford university with a Chemistry degree – you really can do anything with a chemistry degree, even be prime minister!TRANSITION: We have looked at the various jobs you can have, but how much can you earn?
Question: ‘what support is there to help me study the chemical sciences and have a career in chemistry’?TRANSITION: Move to next slide
ChemNet Careers 2011-12
Why chemistry? Chemistry courses Chemistry careers RSC support
Types of Chemistry Courses 3 years (4 in Scotland) +1 year MChem BSc MSci Opens up career More in depth study options in a number of areas Often have large research project Good basis for PhD or career in research
RSCrecognised & an industrial accredited placement courses year specialised chemistry courseschemistry“with” or a coursechemistry with a year “and” abroad also consider...
TeamCommunication Creativity Working Transferable skills Time Problem Data AnalysisManagement Solving