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Undergraduate Degrees


Your Course

You will have the best start to an exciting and varied career, thanks to our forward-looking approach to teaching chemistry.

You will be taught chemistry as an integrated subject, emphasising both the practical skills and theory that are important for a chemistry graduate to  enter employment, or to progress to a higher degree. Our Royal Society of Chemistry accredited degrees focus on the practical synthetic (organic and inorganic) and analytical skills, emphasising the underlying theory and physical principles to provide you with a contemporary view of the subject.  Your first two years will cover a broad understanding of the central concepts of chemistry and in Years 3 and 4, you will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice and complete a research project at the cutting-edge of current understanding.

Flexible Degree Schemes

The flexibility of the course means it is possible to transfer between three and four-year options and to sample overseas exchange opportunities.

We offer you the opportunity to study single-honours Chemistry or add in elements from across the Faculty of Science and Technology including:

  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Engineering

As a result, many doors are open to chemistry graduates, and career opportunities are very diverse.

Study Abroad

You can spend your second year studying at one of our partner universities. These partner universities span the globe: in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Where you choose to study at is up to you, although places are subject to availability.

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Our Ethos

Although we are a young department we have employed some of the best academics who are experienced in both research and teaching. We are committed to small group teaching, which we believe is the cornerstone of excellence in undergraduate education. Our staff to student ratio is one of the best in the country. We also provide final year research projects where you will work alongside postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff. These interactions will ensure that you are a valued part of the department and are made to feel as such.

Practical work is an integral part of our courses; in order to receive RSC accreditation, roughly 100 hours of practical work per year is required. Therefore the courses involve a significant proportion of lab-based practicals as well as lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions. These sessions will give you the skills that you need to advance in your studies of chemistry, and the transferable skills that will make you attractive to employers. Our modules tend to run between 5-10 weeks, with continual assessment of coursework, worksheets, mini-reports, and writing up lab sessions.


A £26 million investment in our newly refurbished Faraday Building is benefiting students and researchers with state-of-the-art laboratories as well as amongst the best instrumentation in the UK.

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