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Chemistry The BSc Honours in Chemistry offers a comprehensive overview of the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. It will introduce students to cutting edge work being done in areas such as energy, catalysis, drug discovery, environmental chemistry, and more.
Chemistry The BSc Honours in Chemistry offers a comprehensive overview of the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. It will introduce students to cutting edge work being done in areas such as energy, catalysis, drug discovery, environmental chemistry, and more.

Qualification: BScHons

Faculty: Science

Duration: 1 year

School: Chemistry

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Why study Chemistry?

The Honours degree in Chemistry is the equivalent of a professional qualification, and is a pre-requisite for registering with SACNASP as a professional chemist. It functions as the gateway for students who want to embark on higher degree research at the MSc and PhD levels, and for students wanting to make a career in chemistry.

Why study Chemistry at Wits?

The Honours Programme in Chemistry at Wits offers a comprehensive overview of the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and affords candidates the opportunity to select topics of a more specialised or applied nature that will introduce students to some of the cutting edge work being done in diverse areas including energy, catalysis, drug discovery, environmental chemistry, solid state chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry.

The research component of the Wits Honours degree in Chemistry allows candidates the opportunity to work in the School’s well-equipped laboratories with access to in-house instrumentation including a range of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrophotometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, chromatography, spectrometry and electrochemistry based-analytical equipment and various techniques to analyse properties of materials. Academic staff are actively involved in research, and the School’s publications are in the top 1% worldwide as judged by the citations they receive. By working within established research structures in the School, candidates will receive exposure to the methods, philosophy and ethos of research in areas of nanotechnology, materials and energy, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, biocatalysis and green chemistry, synthesis, environmental and analytical chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical crystallography.

The relatively small class size ensures close support and attention from committed academic staff.  The experience gained in our well-equipped research laboratories and a programme benchmarked against international standards will prepare you for a career in industry or graduate study at any university in the world.

A chemist’s job may involve looking for new medicines from natural sources, creating novel plastics, flavours or fragrances in the laboratory, or predicting the environmental impact of industrial processes. Chemistry is essential for the food, pharmaceutical, agricultural, mining and manufacturing industries. Chemists provide sustainable solutions for energy, materials and clean water, and also find careers in biotechnology, forensic science and the petrochemical industry. The skills developed during your training in chemistry will serve you well even if you intend moving into areas such as patent law, commerce, management and teaching.

The chemical industry is an important sector of the South African economy and accounts for about 25% of South Africa’s manufacturing sales. Manufacturing contributes over 15% of the nation’s GDP. There are many companies that employ chemists, from large multinationals to smaller companies with a focused target market. A BScHons degree in chemistry is highly advisable to be considered a candidate for these positions. A higher degree (MSc or PhD) is usually required for entry into research and development positions in industry, in national institutions such as Mintek and the CSIR, or academia.

The programme comprises 5 examinable courses, a number of workshops, seminars, and a course consisting of two short research projects, as described below:

  • CHEM4007A Analytical Chemistry (incorporates Environmental Chemistry and a course in Problem Solving Using Analytical Techniques) (12 Points)
  • CHEM4008A Contemporary Topics in Chemistry (incorporates five applied or specialised lecture topics in the discipline of choice) (30 Points)
  • CHEM4009A Inorganic Chemistry (incorporates Inorganic Spectroscopy and Reaction Kinetics in Inorganic Chemistry) (12 Points)
  • CHEM4010A Organic Chemistry (incorporates the use of Main Group Elements in Synthesis and Stereochemical Control) (12 Points)
  • CHEM4011A Physical Chemistry (incorporates Mathematical Methods for Chemists, Quantum Effects in Chemistry and Statistical Thermodynamics) (18 Points)
  • A Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent
  • A pass in the relevant major course at this University or any other university whose programme has been approved by Senate.
  • At least 60% average in the final undergraduate course.

Please note that this is a highly competitive programme and a 60% average does not guarantee admission. 

Programme CodeProgramme TitlePlan DescriptionSA Cutoff DateInternational Cutoff Date
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Resource Conservation Biology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Chemistry 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Chemistry 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Mathematical Sciences 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Artificial Intelligence 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Computer Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Data Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) eScience 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Robotics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Big Data Analytics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Computational and Applied Mathematics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Computer Science 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematical Sciences 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Computer Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Archaeological Heritage Management 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Archaeology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geography 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Archaeology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Economic Geology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Hydrogeology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Geology, Palaentology and Geophysics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geochemistry 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geophysics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Palaeontology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Palaeontology and Geology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geophysics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Palaeontology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Mathematics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Molecular and Cell Biology 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Applied Bioinformatics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Biochemistry and Cell Biology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Genetics and Developmental Biology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Microbiology and Biotechnology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Molecular and Cell Biology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Medical Physics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Radiation Protection 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Physics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Physics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Physics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Mathematical Statistics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Statistics and Actuarial Science 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Actuarial Science 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematical Statistics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Actuarial Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Statistics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
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