Flexible degrees

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All of our courses have a flexible structure. You have the option of studying for a BSc or MChem degree and the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad or undertaking an industrial placement.  

The first year of all of our programmes gives you a thorough grounding in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. In the years that follow, you’ll be able to select optional modules to tailor your programme to your own interests or career plans.

MChem or BSc?

We offer both BSc and MChem, BSc undergraduate degree programmes. An MChem, BSc is a four-year Integrated Masters degree that extends your studies to Masters level.

It is possible to switch between the BSc and MChem versions of a course up until the end of your second year.

Benefits of an Integrated Masters

There are many benefits if you opt to study for an Integrated Masters degree:

  • Greater breadth and depth of study: you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in a wider range of project work, including a major research project in your final year. You’ll study more advanced topics in chemistry and learn why chemistry is important in industrial, economic, environmental, and social contexts
  • Chartered Chemist status: Masters accreditation provides access to qualified membership of the RSC and fully satisfies the academic requirements for the RSC’s award of Chartered Chemist (CChem).
  • Enhanced employability: you’ll develop the professional skills that are required for you to work as a professional chemist.

Switching between courses

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. This means you can experience studying chemistry at University level before you make your final decision on which course to study.

Industrial placement years

All of our courses allow you to undertake a placement year as part of your degree. On our MChem Chemistry and MChem Medicinal Chemistry degree courses, your industrial placement replaces the third year of your course. This means the total length of the course remains at 4 years.

On our Chemistry and Mathematics and BSc degrees, your industrial placement extends the length of your degree by a year. This takes the length of the BSc Chemistry and Mathematics degree to 4 years and of the MChem Chemistry and Mathematics degree to 5 years. You can decide up until the beginning of your second year whether or not you would like to do a year in industry.

Study abroad

All of our degrees give you the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. On our MChem Chemistry and MChem Medicinal Chemistry degree courses, your study abroad year replaces the third year of your course. This means the total length of the course remains at 4 years.

On our Chemistry and Mathematics and BSc degrees, your study abroad year extends the length of your degree by a year. This takes the length of the BSc Chemistry and Mathematics degree up to 4 years and of the MChem Chemistry and Mathematics degree to 5 years. You have up until the beginning of your second year to decide whether or not you would like to do a study abroad year.

Discovery modules

In the first year of our Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry degrees, you’ll study 30 credits of discovery modules. Discovery modules give you the opportunity to broaden your studies beyond your core discipline and pursue your personal interests. Discovery modules are organised into 10 themes, representing the breadth of the University’s teaching from arts to sciences.

Students with Grade C or less in Mathematics A-level (or equivalent) will be required to study CHEM1181 Mathematics for Chemists (10 credits) as one of their discovery modules.