The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



If students have, or can acquire, sufficient ability in French, German or Spanish for day-to-day living, this is a great opportunity to spend Level 4 in a research group of one of our partner universities abroad. English will be used in the chosen research group. Students can also soak up the culture of the country for a year, learn research methods and improve their foreign language skills.


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

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Students gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry and are introduced to laboratory skills illustrating various experimental techniques. Mathematics and optional language courses may also be studied.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:34%
  • Independent study:66%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:57%
  • Practical:6%
  • Coursework:37%%
Year 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures emphasise the relationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements supplemented by optional language courses.

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 courses are studied. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and lab work becomes more advanced. Language courses are also available.

Learning and teaching

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


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

Involves a year in Europe at an approved university, working in a research group. Two distance learning Chemistry courses are also studied.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:6%
  • Independent study:19%
  • Placement:75%


  • Written:15%
  • Practical:38%
  • Coursework:47%%
Year 5

Advanced Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry at the research level, plus specialist Chemistry courses and a short research project.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:21%
  • Practical:31%
  • Coursework:48%

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