UCAS Code: F105
Typical offer:
Four years


UCAS Code: F100
Typical offer: AAB
Three years

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About the course

I have been very lucky to experience a great department with interesting and informative lectures, which run parallel with complimentary laboratory and research projects. This coupled with a peer group and academics that support you through your studies with tutorials, workshops and regular help sessions provides an enjoyable and interesting place of learning.

Tom Roseveare, MCHEM Chemistry

Our degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, which means that we cover all of the topics and training that you need to graduate into a professional chemistry career. We structure the course content around three areas: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry. Some of the subjects you'll cover are set out in the 'Course structure' tab.

At the start of your first year, you will be given a laboratory resource pack, including a lab coat, safety glasses and safety gloves, so you can start practical work right away. There are also mathematics classes (at a level that depends upon your highest mathematics qualification), and a physics course for students who don't have an A level in physics.

You'll do more practical work as the course progresses, leading to a month-long group research project in third year. By then, you'll be able to handle sensitive chemicals and conduct experiments over multiple days. At the same time, our focused careers module will equip you for whatever you want to do after your degree.

Fourth year 
The four-year MChem is our most popular course. The fourth year has more practical work and more freedom to specialise. There are a range of advanced lecture modules to choose from, and you'll run your own in-depth research project over six months, working with professional scientists in one of our world-class research groups. This can lead to your work being published in respected scientific journals before you've even graduated.

Course structure

Chemistry structure 

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

Organic chemistry

  • First year: functional groups and their reactivity, reaction mechanisms
  • Second year: stereochemistry, designing syntheses of complex target molecules
  • Third year: retro-synthetic analysis, Pd-catalysed cross coupling reactions, elucidation of reaction mechanisms

Inorganic chemistry

  • First year: structure and bonding of main group and transition metal compounds
  • Second year: solid state materials, environmental chemistry
  • Third year: organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, crystallography

Physical chemistry

  • First year: electronic structure of molecules, kinetics, thermodynamics
  • Second year: electrochemistry, elementary quantum mechanics
  • Third year: polymers, catalysis, statistical thermodynamics

Fourth year
If you do the MChem course, you'll do a major research project in your fourth year, working with professional researchers in one of our research labs. You'll also have a range of advanced lecture modules to choose from. Current options include:

  • Supra-molecular Chemistry
  • Metals in Medicine
  • Metals in Organic Synthesis
  • Stereoelectronics, Mechanism and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
  • Nanochemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • New Materials
  • Functional Polymers
  • Organic Chemistry of the Main Group Elements
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Graph Theory for Chemists
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Stereoselective Synthesis
  • Chemistry in Space
  • Advanced Spectroscopy and Theory
  • Molecular Electronics and Photonics
  • Spectroscopic Structure Determination
  • Enzyme Catalysis
  • Polymer Architectures
  • Chemistry of the Excited State
  • Smart Polymers and Polymeric Materials

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers.