Bachelor in Chemistry

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Profile of Programme

The main purpose of the undergraduate programme of studies of University of Cyprus in Chemistry is to provide students with the required theoretical background and laboratory skills to succeed in their postgraduate studies and professional life in both public and private sectors (e.g. chemical industry, private and state analytical laboratories, education sector, etc.)

Learning Objectives:

During their undergraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry of University of Cyprus, students are expected to:

1. Acquire both fundamental and modern chemistry knowledge of sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to understand and critically interpret the primary chemical literature.
2. Be exposed to a breadth of experimental methods and techniques using modern instrumentation.
3. Develop the analytical and critical thinking skills needed to acquire, analyze and interpret data.
4. Develop the ability to effectively communicate scientific information and research results in written and oral formats.
5. Learn professionalism, including the ability to work in teams and apply basic ethical principles.
6. Acquire the laboratory skills needed to design, safely conduct and interpret chemical research.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the Chemistry graduates will be able to:

1. Possess a balanced and up-to-date knowledge of the science of Chemistry through comprehensive academic training, and be able to adapt themselves to the rapid scientific and technological developments in the field.
2. Offer their knowledge to the Chemistry market, including analytical laboratories, manufacturing plants, education, and other services related to the Chemist’s profession.
3. Handle chemical substances in a safe way.
4. Possess transferable skills related to the Chemistry profession.
5. Appreciate emerging needs of the chemical industry and market.
6. Practice in a modern Chemistry environment.
7. Combine theory with practical experience to reinforce the social role of the chemist.

Key Information

Department: Department of Chemistry

Faculty: Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

Programme Name: Chemistry

Direction: Chemistry

Level of Qualification: 1st Cycle (Bachelor's Degree) [8 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: Greek

Coordinator: Assistant Professor Savvas Georgiades 

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Compulsory
Compulsory 190
Restricted Elective Group 1 10
Restricted Elective Group 2 10
Restricted Elective Group 3 5
Foreign Language 10
Free Elective 15
TOTAL ECTS 240

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Courses per Semester


Notes

Restricted ElectiveCourses

Free ElectiveCourses

Foreign LanguageCourses

Conditions of Study

The vast majority of newly admitted undergraduate students enter the University of Cyprus following Pancyprian Examinations organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture for admission into establishments of higher education.
Admission based on Special Criteria: Candidates who have taken the Pancyprian Examinations and who meet certain special criteria, as these are set out in the Rules and Regulations of Academic and Student Affairs, may seek a limited number of places (14% of Cypriot admissions).
· Top athletes and persons distinguished in International Olympiads: Athletes with top distinctions in sports, as defined by the Council of the University of Cyprus or who have won 1st 2nd or 3rd place medals in International Olympiads (e.g. Mathematics, ICT, Biology, etc.), may be admitted into Departments of Cyprus University without examinations simply on the basis of their Lyceum Leaving Certificate.
· Entry on the basis of Panhellenic Examinations: 10% of the total number of places offered through the Pancyprian Examinations may be taken up by candidates passing the Panhellenic Examinations.
Entry on the basis of International Examinations
An additional number of places (3%) of admissions from Cyprus may be sought on the basis of the results of international examinations such as GCE, Baccalaureate or other equivalent examinations, by Cypriots belonging to the Republic’s official religious groups, repatriated Cypriots, Cypriots who reside permanently abroad, Greeks of the diaspora, children of officials of the Cypriot Foreign Service and foreign citizens from EU states or countries outside the European Union.
Turkish-Cypriots Turkish Cypriot graduates of six-grade secondary schools are admitted on the basis of their school-leaving certificate or after passing special written or oral examinations organised by the competent Department. Transfers/Second Degree Every year Cyprus University offers a limited number of places for internal/external transfers and for obtaining a second degree.

Students must always advise the University's' Undergraduate Study Rules  

The Program is based on the European System of Credit Transfer and Accumulation (ECTS). The degree is awarded after the successful completion of studies in the program / direction determined by the Department. It is also required to succeed at least 240 ECTS 

The final grade of an undergraduate student, and consequently the grade of his Degree (Excellent with Distinction (9.5-10), Excellent (8.5-9.49), Very Good (6.5-8.49), Good (5.5-6.49) and Satisfactory (5-5.49) is calculated as the weighted average of all the courses that the student has successfully completed.The weighting is based on the hours of each course. 

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

The experience with graduate employability so far is quite good. Notwithstanding the fact that the salaries for chemists in Cyprus are lower than those of economists, lawyers or doctors (which acts as an impediment to attract good students), there is enough work for chemists, including our local graduates (ours is the only Chemistry Department in Cyprus), graduates from Greek and British Universities, and the very small number of Cypriots studying Chemistry in other countries. The prediction is that this situation will not change dramatically in the near future. As in many other smaller countries, an advantage of a chemical degree is employability in a broad range of jobs and environments. Chemistry graduates work in industrial labs (usually in quality control), in private analytical and biochemical labs, in state chemical labs (in the State General laboratory and in Hospitals), in water treatment and in environmental technology projects, as consultants for investment banks, in the secondary education sector and in various Government branches. The discovery of natural gas in the sea south of Cyprus opens up some new opportunities for chemists, as does the need to develop a more research-oriented economy, to which chemists are well-poised to contribute given their training.

Access to Further Studies

Graduates can be admitted to Master Programs  

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