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.
Our four-year Integrated Master's gives you the opportunity to work on a research project, in an area of your choosing, helping you gain extra skills and an edge in the job market.
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 networksFantastic industry-standard facilities, including a Raman spectrometer, two scanning electron microscopes (SEM), gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systemTake a third-year research project which can help prepare you for further study including PhDsJoin 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, alongside advanced modules in organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, you complete an individual research project with one of our research groups.
In your final year you develop your skills and knowledge further by undertaking a Master's level research project under the guidance of a supervisor, exploring how to develop an idea into a fully worked-up research proposal.
See the modules you'll study
Our degrees are not only designed to give the best possible start to your career, but they are also flexible so that you can do the best degree for you. You can opt to complete a professional placement to put into practice the skills you have learnt and make valuable industry contacts or study abroad for a year.
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.
Coursework assessments include practical laboratory skills, presentation skills as well as essay and report writing.
Please note that there are degree thresholds at stages 2 and 3 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.
- Advanced theory, concepts, and practice in 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.
- Developments at the forefront of some areas of chemical sciences.
- A critical awareness of a substantial area of chemistry including contemporary materials chemistry.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject and to apply such knowledge and understanding 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.
- Adapt and apply methodology above to solve advanced and unfamiliar problems.
- Use computational methods for the practical application of theory and to use information technology and data-processing skills to search for, assess and interpret chemical information and data.
- Essay writing and presenting scientific material and arguments clearly and correctly, in writing and orally, to a range of audiences and the ability to communicate complex scientific argument to a lay audience.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- The safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use and risk assessment of such hazards.
- The ability to carry out 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. Operation of standard analytical instruments employed in the chemical sciences.
- The ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures for the above.
- Collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy.
- Use an understanding of the limits of accuracy of experimental data to inform future work.
- Implement research projects, including competence in the design and execution of experiments.
- Research, project planning and implementation, including competence in the planning, design and execution of experiments, and the ability to work independently and be self-critical in the evaluation of risks, procedures and results.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- Communication, covering written and oral communication.
- The ability to undertake further training of a professional nature.
- Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
- Demonstration of self-direction and originality.
- Numeracy and computational skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.
- Information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including through online computer searches.
- Word-processing and spreadsheet use, data-logging and storage, and internet communication.
- Interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working within a professional environment.
- The ability to communicate and interact with professionals from other disciplines.
- Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. Self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.
- Effective research costing and planning.
- Study skills required for continuing professional development and professional employment.
- The skills relevant to a career in the chemical sciences.
- The ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility and make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.
- Independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
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.
- Extend this knowledge and practical ability to an advanced level in a selected specialist area and develop a critical awareness of advances in chemical science.
- Provide access to as wide a range of students as practicable.
- Develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills to the solution of chemical science problems.
- The ability to apply chemical knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems.
- Develop a wide range of practical skills, including a knowledge, understanding and ability to assess safety in the laboratory environment.
- Impart a range of appropriate skills, 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.
- To further use and adapt this methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems and in the pursuit of advanced experimental investigations.
- 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 skills to proceed to graduate employment or continue with further studies.
- To further prepare you for a professional role in chemical sciences (employment or doctoral studies).