Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
As a University of Bradford chemistry student, you will have choice and flexibility in your degree.
During the first two years, you will develop a sound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry with core content delivered across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.
To give you an intellectually fulfilling university experience our chemistry courses allow you to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the university’s teaching portfolio such as mathematics, engineering, economics and so on.
The third year will introduce you to specialist content in medicinal, materials and analytical chemistry. You will also have the opportunity to study a specific subject by choosing to a greater depth during an extended dissertation.
It is possible to exit after stage 3 with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.
In the Master's year you will develop a deeper understanding of the application of chemistry to solving real-world problems. Master's-level training focuses on deploying training in real-world settings. Academic research experience involves students working on their own project as part of a research team alongside postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers at the University.
Your chemistry education with us needn’t be confined to Bradford. We have links with companies and universities all over the world, and several of our students take the opportunity to complete stage 4 of their degree with one of our partners. Recent placements have included formulating new perfumes, working in an Alzheimer’s research group at Harvard Medical School, and searching for new antimicrobial compounds from fungi in the Canadian wilderness.
Find out more about the School of Chemistry and Biosciences.
Students can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
The Chemistry programmes at the University of Bradford are designed around the premise of making knowledge work.
Our degrees will give you a solid background in the chemical sciences, but allow you to focus on the application of chemistry in specific areas of modern chemistry. These areas have been chosen to reflect the main employment destinations for 21st century chemistry graduates:
- Materials Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry
You can join the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as a student member during your studies and we are an active part of the local RSC section.
- Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points
To include A-level Chemistry minimum grade B.
Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DMM. Science subject required - must include a minimum of three Chemistry-related units.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at minimum Distinction.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements:
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
The programme is structured to give students choice and flexibility. During the first two years, students will develop a sound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, with core content delivered across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. However, we believe that an intellectually fulfilling university experience should allow students to sample subjects from outside the Chemistry subject area. Hence all our chemistry programmes allow students to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the university’s teaching portfolio.
The third year will introduce students to specialist content in medicinal, materials and analytical chemistry. Students will also have the opportunity to study a specific subject by choosing to a greater depth during an extended dissertation. It is possible to exit after stage 3 with a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry. In the Masters year, students will then have the choice of taking advanced material from our three MChem themes: analytical, medicinal and materials chemistry. This advanced study will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of the application of chemistry to solving real-world problems. Masters-level training focuses on deploying training in real-world settings.
- Organic Chemistry 1 (20 credits)
- Physical Chemistry 1 (20 credits)
- Inorganic Chemistry 1 (20 credits)
- Practical Chemistry 1 (40 credits)
- Elective (20 credits)
- Organic Chemistry 2 (20 credits)
- Physical Chemistry 2 (20 credits)
- Inorganic Chemistry 2 (20 credits)
- Practical Chemistry 2 (40 credits)
- Elective (20 credits)
- Organic Chemistry 3 (20 credits)
- Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Science (20 credits)
- Practical Chemistry 3 (20 credits)
- Bio-organic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry (20 credits)
- Molecular Analysis (20 credits)
- Stage 3 Research Project (20 credits)
- Stage Four Research Project (60 credits)
Then 60 credits from the following options (depending on availability):
- Drug Discovery and Development (20 credits)
- Synthetic Chemistry for Medicinal Chemists (20 credits)
- Computational Drug Design (20 credits)
- Fundamentals of Analytical science (20 credits)
- Analytical Short Course A (20 credits)
- Inorganic Materials Chemistry (20 credits)
- Fundamentals of Nano and Supramolecular Materials (20 credits)
- Computational Crystal Engineering (20 credits)
- Materials Characterisation (20 credits)
Learning activities and assessment
You will have a mix of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, workshops, case studies and directed study.
Directed study will include directed reading of selected textbooks, specified source literature and open learning materials, directed Web-based materials, report writing and other assignments. There will also be an individual project/dissertation.
You will be assessed via written closed-book examinations using constructed (essays, short answers) and selected response (MCQ) questions and a variety of coursework assignments, including laboratory reports, oral presentations and dissertations.
Involvement in laboratory, small-group workshops, case-based work and projects (individual and small group) will also be part of your assessment.
You will be assessed by critical appraisal, case analysis and critique, case presentations, laboratory reports and dissertations.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
93% of our 2016 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
Chemists are attractive to employers both for the skills that they offer directly related to their specialism, and for the professional skills that they have developed through study of the discipline. The range of careers available to chemists is vast – take a look at the Royal Society of Chemistry careers guide to get some ideas.
Watch MChem graduate Freya Leask's graduation diary from December 2015:
The average starting salary for our 2016 Chemistry and Forensic Science graduates was £18,632.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
Research in Chemistry is broadly themed into Molecular Science and Materials Chemistry, comprising the development of synthetic, analytical and computational methods.
Our multi-million pound Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis houses excellent analytical instrumentation which you will use to gain genuine practical experience of research apparatus. You will use NMR, IR, Raman, Mass Spectrometry, HPLC and GC, and X-ray diffraction instruments throughout your course.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £17,800
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.