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Diploma in Fundamentals of Chemistry


This qualification is a specialized pre-undergraduate degree the idea of which is to make it easier for our graduates to find work once they have qualified. When students have completed a total of 120 credits from the Degree in Chemistry, they will be awarded the URV "Diploma in Fundamentals of Chemistry".

Of these 120 credits, 69% (82.5 credits) must be from compulsory subjects, 21% (25.5 credits) from optional subjects and 10% (12 credits) from elective subjects.

The scheme is an innovative one, given that the course is not independent from the Degree in Chemistry: the subjects are the same and the students take them as part of the official course of study. The students have to follow the schedule of the first cycle of Chemistry and the subjects are distributed into two academic years. Therefore, the first year enrolment will be the same. The 120 credits of the curriculum are guaranteed by the restrictions of registration and prerequisites already envisaged by the Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry.

Those students who take a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry may end up with two qualifications: the Diploma in Fundamentals of Chemistry and the Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry: Biochemistry students will also end up with two qualifications: Diploma in Fundamentals of Chemistry and Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry.


Students who complete the Diploma in Fundamentals of Chemistry have proved to have a basic knowledge of General Chemistry (Chemical Bonding, Principles of Thermodynamics, Thermodynamics, Ionic Equilibrium in Solution) and the basic properties and behaviour of organic and inorganic compounds (Organic Chemistry I, Chemistry I). They understand the basics of biochemistry and, therefore, how living organisms function at the molecular level, and can use the principles of biochemistry (Biochemistry) for professional purposes. They also have a command of the basic tools of Chemical Engineering required to design, calculate and model chemical processes (Chemical Engineering).

Although they are not compulsory, students can also study Mathematics (Algebra and Calculus) and Physics (Mechanics, Electricity and Optics and Experimental Physics) and other electives to complete their training.

The practical aspect of the degree is very significant: students must pass all the laboratory subjects in the first cycle. So, they know the basics (Basic Operations, Experiments in Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry I), have conducted experiments on synthesis and characterization of organic and inorganic compounds (Chemical Synthesis and Experiments, Experimentation in Chemical Synthesis II). They understand the basic volumetric and instrumental analytical techniques (Experiments in Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry II). They have also done practicals in Biochemistry (Biochemistry).


The minimum period of study is 2 years in which students must complete 120 credits. The distribution of credits is as follows:

Compulsory credis 82.5
Optional credits 25.5
Efective credits 12