Chemistry BSc
  • Undergraduate
  • BSc

Chemistry

Develop your understanding of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and build practical laboratory skills.

Develop your understanding of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and build practical skills towards a career in industry

Gain confidence in a range of experimental techniques through extensive laboratory-based work

Build familiarity with working in an active research environment on a substantial individual project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • BSc

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • UCAS course code

    F100

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £9,250 Home

    • £39,100 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

    • White City

  • Applications: places

    6 : 1 (2021)

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • AAA (A-level)

  • 38 points (International Baccalaureate)

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Course overview

Engage with world-leading chemistry research on this three-year course, designed to help you develop an interconnected understanding of core chemistry concepts.

During your first two years, you'll examine fundamental topics across inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, synthetic and computational chemistry.

You'll also advance your practical skills through an extensive laboratory programme. Through this work, you'll learn to synthesise chemicals and study chemical systems using experimental measurements and computational models.

You'll receive training in measurement science, analytical chemistry and molecular modelling as you learn how to apply a large number of different experimental techniques.

The third year offers you the flexibility to select from a range of advanced chemistry topics, enabling you to follow your own interests at the frontiers of the discipline.

Your final year will include an introduction to emergent ‘industry 4.0’ approaches and technologies such as rapid prototyping, biohacking and machine learning.

You'll then apply your research skills from the course to a supervised independent project.

Teaching is primarily delivered at the South Kensington campus, and at state-of-the-art research facilities at our new Molecular Sciences Research Hub in White City.

Structure

This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

You’ll study the following core modules.

 

You’ll also take one optional module.

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll study the following core modules.

 

You’ll also take one optional module.

 

(Please note, Mathematics and Physics 1 and Medicinal Chemistry 1 are prerequisites to study Mathematics and Physics 2 and Medicinal Chemistry 2).

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll study all these core modules.

Core modules

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

This accreditation is internationally respected in an increasingly global industry and graduate market. It will allow you to demonstrate that you’ve completed a high-quality degree programme that was designed to meet the needs of both students and their future employers.

This BSc degrees partially satisfy the academic requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Chemist (CChem). Becoming a Chartered Chemist earns you an internationally recognised qualification which can enhance your career prospects and earning potential.

Our accreditation agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement was recently extended through 2027.

Associateship

In addition to your degree, you’ll receive the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS) upon completion of this course This associateship is awarded by one of our historic constituent Colleges.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Classroom teaching and laboratory work
  • Independent study

Years 1 and 2

  • 30% Classroom teaching and laboratory work
  • 70% Independent study

Year 3

  • 20% Classroom teaching and laboratory work
  • 80% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical workshops
  • Guided laboratory work
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Literature reports
  • Individual research project
    Research projects

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Examination
  • Coursework and practical work

Year 1

  • 75% Examination
  • 25% Coursework and practical work

Year 2

  • 65% Examination
  • 35% Coursework and practical work

Year 3

  • 40% Examination
  • 60% Coursework and practical work

Assessment methods

  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Oral presentation
  • Papers from a written report
    Written reports
  • Person completing coursework
    Coursework
  • Poster project
    Academic posters

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

You can start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Applications for 2023 entry are closed

Application deadlines — 25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2023 entry

£9,250 per year

Overseas fee

2023 entry

£39,100 per year

Your future career

Chemistry research on computer screen

Become familiar with a broad range of research skills.

Magnifying glass over a research paper

Gain proficiency in finding, designing, analysing and communicating reliable information.

Chemistry symbol

Chemistry graduates pursue careers in high-demand fields, as well as further education at the PhD level.

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Consulting, research, accounting, industrial development, production control, marketing, and teaching are common careers.

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Other potential careers include pharmaceuticals, data science, accounting, and defence.

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