Our distinctive programme includes a set of ‘chemistry in context’ modules where you can apply your knowledge to specific case studies - in our state of the art facilities - as well as the opportunity to work with our leading research teams on your own project. You also benefit from our expert careers advice to give you the best possible start with a strong focus on your future career and how to get you there.
This programme is fully accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
Reasons to study Chemistry at Kent
For graduate prospects, Chemistry at Kent was ranked 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2022.Study a wide range of modules from core chemistry concepts to how it can help build a better world with an introduction to chemistry and the environment.Study abroad for a year or complete a professional placement to increase your employability skills and professional networks.Fantastic industry-standard facilities, including a Raman spectrometer, two scanning electron microscopes (SEM), gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system.Take a final-year research project which can help prepare you for further study including PhDs.Join ChemSoc, the Chemistry Society for all budding chemists, and take part in a range of social and career focussed talks and activities.Our lecturers are both innovative teachers and active researchers.Flexible Foundation Year options available.
What you'll learn
In the first year you’ll develop a broad base on which chemistry is founded before further developing your knowledge of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and your practical laboratory skills in year two.
In your third year you will study at one of our partner institutions abroad where, as well as Chemistry modules, you'll get the chance to study other topics that you may be interested in discovering.
In your final year, alongside advanced modules in organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, you complete an individual research project with one of our research groups.
See the modules you'll study
Expand your horizons and tailor your degree to suit you with a year abroad, where you'll study at one of our partner institutions for a year. Studying abroad can help you grow in confidence, enhance your employability, plus you'll make friends in the country you're studying in and meet other adventurous students from around the world.
Alternatively, it's possible to work for a year in industry on our Chemistry with a Professional Placement course, or undertake cutting-edge work as part of a research group with our four-year integrated masters, the MChem. Or you can also take our three-year Chemistry degree, without a year abroad or a professional placement.
We also offer a foundation year, giving those without the relevant scientific background, or who don't meet the entry requirements, the knowledge and skills needed to take on any of our Chemistry degrees.
The degree is made of a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, project work and problem solving seminars.
Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment and other assignments. You must pass the Stage 1 examinations in order to go on to Stage 2. The year in industry mark also counts towards your final degree result.
Coursework assessments include practical laboratory skills, presentation skills as well as essay and report writing.
Please note that there are degree thresholds at stage 1 that you will be required to pass in order to continue onto the next stages.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Core and foundation scientific physical, biological, and chemical concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and laboratory practise and methods in relation to the chemical sciences.
- Areas of chemistry including: properties of chemical elements, states of matter, organic functional groups, physiochemical principles, organic and inorganic materials, synthetic pathways, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, fires and explosions.
- Appreciate developments at the forefront of some areas of chemical science.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject and to this to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
- Recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
- Use computational methods for the practical application of theory and to use IT and data-processing skills to search for, assess and interpret chemical information and data.
- Skills in essay writing and presenting scientific material and arguments clearly and correctly, in writing and orally, to a range of audiences and communicate complex scientific argument to a lay audience.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- Safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use and risk assessment.
- The ability to carry out documented standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work in relation to organic and inorganic systems, skills in observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes and the systematic and reliable documentation of the above and the operation of standard analytical instruments employed in the chemical sciences.
- Collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy.
- Use experimental data to inform future work.
- The ability to implement research projects including competence in the design and execution of experiments.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- Communication, written and oral.
- The ability to undertake further training of a professional nature.
- Problem-solving, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
- Numeracy and computational abilities, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.
- Information-retrieval, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including online computer searches.
- IT abilities, such as word-processing and spreadsheet use, data-logging and storage, and internet communication.
- Interpersonal skills, the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working within a professional environment.
- Time-management and organisation, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working.
- To be able to continue your professional development and employment.
- The ability to function effectively in an industrial or commercial environment through a Year in Industry.
The programme aims to:
- Instil a sense of enthusiasm for chemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and involve students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
- Provide a broad, balanced foundation of chemical knowledge and practical skills.
- Widen access to as broad a range of students as practicable.
- Develop students’ ability to apply their knowledge and skills to the solution of chemical science problems.
- Develop students’ ability to apply their chemical knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in chemistry.
- Teach students a wide range of practical skills including a knowledge, understanding and ability to assess safety in the laboratory environment.
- Teach students the appropriate generic skills that will be of value in chemical and non-chemical employment.
- Provide a stimulating, research-active environment in which students are supported and motivated to achieve their academic and personal potential.
- Enable students to graduate with an understanding of scientific methodology, the ability to use this in the solution of problems in and outside of a laboratory environment, and the ability to undertake and report on an experimental investigation using such methodology.
- Establish an appreciation of the importance and sustainability of the chemical sciences in an industrial, academic, economic, environmental and social context.
- Provide the knowledge and skillsfor students to proceed to graduate employment or to further their studies.
- Further develop students’ work-related skills and provide experience of a workplace culture through the opportunity to spend a year in industry.