Chemistry Degrees

Chemistry affects our everyday life and the study of chemistry allows us to understand matter and its properties, and how and why substances are combined to create other substances.

Studying Chemistry

Different Types of Chemistry Degrees

Chemistry as a degree is awarded as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and can either be studied over 3 years, or 4 years with an integrated Master's certificate. This second type of degree is awarded as a MChem.

Chemistry can also be studied as a specialisation through various courses such as:

What modules will I study?

Throughout a chemistry degree you will be required to study a range of topics including core and optional modules. Optional modules are offered at most universities to allow you to specialise in your preferred area of chemistry.

Some examples of modules on offer at selected universities include:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Chemistry
  • Chemical Change and Reactivity
  • Chemistry and Society
  • Atomic Structure
  • Molecular Symmetry

Entry Requirements

There are 59 universities in the UK that teach chemistry degrees and depending on the university you are applying to, entry requirements may vary. Typically you will be required to hold the following A Level Grades and UCAS Points:

  • A Level Grades: A*A*A - ABB
  • UCAS Points: 160 - 128

Required and Desired Subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology

Career Prospects

Upon completion of a chemistry degree students can enter a master’s degree or opt to start a career in the industry. Some common job roles gained by chemistry graduates are:

  • Biotechnology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Food Technology
  • Marine Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Scientific Journalism

95% of chemistry graduates are either placed in further study or employment within 6 months of graduating, with an average earning of £22k.