The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



Nanotechnology is a new science where chemistry merges into the modern aspects of communications, electronics, photonics, aerospace, transport, pharmaceutical materials, bioengineering and IT. This programme is attractive to students with an interdisciplinary interest in chemistry, physics and mathematics, and their engineering applications. Chemists have always been ‘nanotechnologists’ because molecules are about one thousand-millionth of a metre in size. The programme combines core Chemistry with Nanochemistry, Nanophysics and Microengineering. Nanotechnology finds application (and will expand into new applications) in areas as diverse as Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Microelectronics, Communications and Aerospace. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for Mathematics entry requirements.


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

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Courses in core Chemistry along with Chemistry lab work and courses in Mathematics and Physics.

Learning and teaching

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


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

Core Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, with Chemistry labs in these core areas, along with Advanced Mathematics.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:67%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:18%
Year 3

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry with their own labs, along with Materials Chemistry and Solid State Physics.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:69%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:16%
Year 4

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, along with Nanoscience and Instrumental Techniques with mini-projects in research labs.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:48%
  • Independent study:52%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:68%
  • Practical:13%
  • Coursework:19%
Year 5

An extensive 24-week research project in Nanotechnology is at the centre of Year 5 along with specialist Nanochemistry and Computational Chemistry courses.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:27%
  • Practical:31%
  • Coursework:42%

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