Chemistry students in the lab

Key facts

Total expected intake

190 (2023 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio

6 : 1 (based on 2021 entry data)

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Joint 3rd in the UK (Chemistry) – based on the proportion of world-leading research

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022

3rd in the UK

Why choose Chemistry at Imperial?

Often called the ‘central science’, chemistry combines mathematics and physics together with the life sciences and applied sciences like medicine and engineering. Our researchers are working to develop new cancer treatments, create self-healing materials and make chemistry more sustainable.

Chemistry at Imperial is all about training you to become an expert in your field through problem-solving and hands-on practical experience. With state-of-the-art facilities at our main base in South Kensington and at the Molecular Sciences Research Hub at our White City Campus, we’re one of the leading chemistry departments in the UK.

The flexibility of our courses lets you follow your own path, whether that's through a year abroad, in industry or research, combining your studies with languages or management, or the enormous variety of modules inspired by our research.

Where could your degree take you?

Chemistry informs everything, from developing new pharmaceuticals that will help fight disease, to mitigating climate change. This means our graduates are recruited into practically every branch of industry.

Many choose to pursue a PhD, while others work in roles as diverse as industrial development, production and quality control, marketing, finance and teaching.

Recent graduates have become...

  • Process Scientist, Drug discovery and development company
  • Data Scientist, Tesco
  • Graduate Audit Trainee, KPMG
  • Research Scientist, Global snack company
  • Graduate Scientist, Ministry of Defence

Explore our courses

Three-year course (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240 ECTS):

Four-year language courses (240 ECTS):

Five-year courses (300 ECTS):

Due to the structure of the programme, it is possible to transfer between the different degree codings once at College, subject to the relevant approval. Additional entry requirements may also apply, such as proficiency in a relevant modern language for study abroad. Thus students should only apply to one degree course within the Department; there is no advantage in applying to more than one.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your student visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.