Our reputation

Top 10 in the UK for Chemistry - Guardian league tables 2019

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Study our interdisciplinary programme, which gives you the ability to shape your degree to suit your careers plans and interests

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Undergraduate degrees

Undergraduate degrees

Chemistry is the central science, with links to biology, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Chemists design and synthesise medicines, investigate climate change and energy, create our everyday products, and develop new materials. With a chemistry degree you’ll be able to work in a diverse range of industries.

Our degrees

> Chemistry BSc
Chemistry MChem, BSc
> Chemistry with Study Abroad MChem, BSc
> Chemistry with a Year in Industry MChem, BSc
> Chemistry and Mathematics BSc
Chemistry and Mathematics MChem, BSc
> Medicinal Chemistry BSc
> Medicinal Chemistry MChem, BSc
> Medicinal Chemistry with Study Abroad MChem, BSc
> Medicinal Chemistry with a Year in Industry MChem, BSc

We also contribute to the interdisciplinary Natural Sciences BSc and MNatSc, BSc programmes.

Our reputation

We’re ranked top 10 for Chemistry in the Guardian University league tables 2019 and top 150 in the world for Chemistry according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 rated 95% of our work as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Research-based degrees

We have an active research environment which enables us to offer exciting courses taught by experts who are leaders in their fields. You’ll be directly engaged in research through individual and team-based project work – giving you access to our specialist facilities. You’ll perform synthetic and analytical chemistry in our industry-standard Joseph Priestley laboratory and use our Porter laboratory for your physical chemistry work.

Flexible degrees

All our courses can be studied as BSc or MChem degrees and give you the option of studying abroad for a year or undertaking an industrial placement. Our Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry degrees share a common first year, allowing you the freedom to switch courses up until you start your second year.

Industry-relevant courses

Our Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This means the topics you’ll study reflect the latest developments in chemistry and will give you the skills you’ll need to succeed in industry upon graduation. Our Industrial Advisory Committee helps ensure our courses are up-to-date with modern practices and techniques.

Exceptional student support

You’ll be guided through your course by your personal tutor, who’ll provide academic and pastoral support. Our Student Support team is based within our School and helps with anything from academic advice to timetabling and project submission enquiries. We achieved 89% overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS 2018).

New undergraduate students receive a welcome package when they start, which includes textbooks, laboratory notebooks, a laboratory coat, safety spectacles and laboratory manuals.

Rewarding careers

96% of our recent graduates have successfully secured employment or gone on to further study within six months of graduating (latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17). Recent graduate destinations include Covance, GlaxoSmithKline and AkzoNobel.