The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



The core chemistry courses (along with additional chemistry courses) ensure a strong basis in theory and laboratory practice. Communication and enterprise skills are an integral part of the programme. Students choose a research topic in Level 4 or 5. The programme aims to produce Chemistry graduates at the highest level of professional skill and knowledge, whilst at the same time allowing for a broad, flexible programme in the earlier years.


Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Course content

Year 1

Students gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry and are introduced to laboratory skills illustrating various experimental techniques; students also study Mathematics and an optional subject.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:32%
  • Independent study:68%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:56%
  • Practical:6%
  • Coursework: 38%
Year 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue with emphasis on the interrelationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. Students choose an optional subject, either the same or a different one from Level 1.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:35%
  • Independent study:65%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:66%
  • Practical:20%
  • Coursework: 14%
Year 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry are joined by topics in Analytical and Materials Chemistry. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and laboratory work becomes more advanced.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:37%
  • Independent study:63%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:66%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework: 19%
Year 4

Involves advanced lectures in Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry, together with special topics. Students also undertake a 16-week research project in Chemistry (BSc), or special practical courses designed to give a deeper understanding of modern analytical practical techniques (MChem).

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:47%
  • Independent study:53%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:64%
  • Practical:13%
  • Coursework:23%
Year 5

Involves an extensive 24-week research project within a research group plus specialist Chemistry courses.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:51%
  • Independent study:49%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:24%
  • Practical:31%
  • Coursework:45%

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