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Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry

Chemistry plays a key role in tackling some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change to disease. It helps us understand our earth, oceans, outer space, and bodies. This chemistry degree gives practical training in all aspects of chemistry and its impact on modern society. You'll graduate well prepared for a rewarding career in this fascinating discipline.

This programme is taught by academics at the forefront of chemistry research, giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge in wide range of areas. These include computational chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance and drug discovery.

You’ll use our outstanding state of the art equipment in our range of laboratories. These include the single crystal diffraction lab, the mass spectrometry lab and a dedicated X-ray crystallography teaching facility.

You'll also gain transferable skills such as problem-solving and data analysis, helping you keep your career options as open as possible.

Our chemistry degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. When you graduate you'll be eligible for full membership status (MRSC).

Admission requirements


AAB including chemistry with a pass in chemistry Practical or ABB including chemistry and one additional science subject with a pass in all science Practical components

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in chemistry


  • Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including a minimum of 5 at Higher Level in chemistry and a minimum of 5 at Higher Level in an additional science subject


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A-level chemistry with a pass in the chemistry and A in an additional A-level subject


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grades AB in A-level chemistry with a pass in the chemistry Practical and an additional A-level science subject.
  • DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A-level chemistry with a pass in the chemistry Practical.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma without additional A-levels.
  • Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma should apply for the Science Foundation Year.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B). Grade 7/A in GCSE mathematics is preferred for applicants not studying A-level mathematics

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Fundamentals of kinetics and quantum mechanics
  • Fundamentals of organic chemistry
  • Fundamentals of thermodynamics and equilibrium
  • Introduction to Practical Chemistry I
  • Introduction to Practical Chemistry II
  • Main group and transition metal chemistry
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry I
  • Mathematical Skills for Chemists
  • Reactions in organic chemistry
  • Structure and bonding

Year 2

  • Coordination chemistry
  • General Practical Chemistry I
  • General Practical Chemistry II
  • Quantum mechanics and molecular spectroscopy
  • Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry
  • Retrosynthesis and aromatics
  • Solid state and organometallic chemistry
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Business Skills for Employability
  • Chemical solutions to environmental issues
  • Creating an atmosphere: from pea-soupers to climate change
  • Earth and Ocean System
  • Editing life: genetic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Environmental Chemistry (Air and Water)
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Geohazards and Earth Resources
  • Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science
  • Introduction to Energy in The Environment
  • Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry I
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry II
  • The Living Earth

Year 3

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Bioorganic)
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Practical Chemistry
  • Chemistry Literature Project
  • Chemistry Research Project

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Macrocyclic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and international students: £22,760 per year.


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of award: Chemistry
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career opportunities

This versatile chemistry degree gives you a strong foundation for a rewarding career as a professional chemist. You'll also develop transferable skills that can be used for other types of careers.

Most of our graduates go on to chemistry-related roles, but many enter other areas. These include:

  • sciences
  • engineering
  • management
  • law
  • computing
  • technology
  • telecommunications

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University of Southampton

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SO17 1BJ Southampton
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