The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



Chemistry is at the heart of biology and this degree is attractive to students who want to combine their favourite subjects of Chemistry and Biology and, hence, understand the chemistry underlying the animal and plant kingdoms. Animals and plants are composed of biological cells, which are complex entities whose functions and communications are controlled by messenger molecules. Graduates are full chemistry students who have a specialism in biochemistry, cell biology and biological chemistry at an advanced level. The opportunity to transfer to Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Chemistry is available up to the beginning of Year 3.


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

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Fundamentals of Chemistry, with Mathematics and Biology courses. Lab work plays a key role in the curriculum.

Learning and teaching

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


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

Core Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, with Cell Biology and Metabolism courses

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:65%
  • Practical:19%
  • Coursework:16%
Year 3

Core Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry along with Molecular and Cell Biology

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:38%
  • Independent study:62%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:64%
  • Practical:23%
  • Coursework:13%
Year 4

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, together with special topics. BSc students also undertake a 16-week research project in a biochemical aspect of chemistry. MChem students undertake a special practical course

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:45%
  • Independent study:55%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:58%
  • Practical:19%
  • Coursework:23%

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