Chemistry is an intriguing and diverse science. Our chemistry degrees take a wide ranging view of the subject and allow you to explore many aspects - from atmospheric chemistry to solid state and materials chemistry. We aim to allow you to achieve your potential, so we balance our courses to prepare you for a career in any area of the subject, while allowing you to develop as a researcher in a specialism of your choice.
On this course, you'll discover how chemistry shapes the world around us. You can study topics ranging from quantum mechanics to planetary atmospheres, from making organic chemicals to producing medicinal drugs and from bonding in metals to the structures of synthetic and biological materials.
Laboratory classes designed to develop you as a researcher throughout the course
Modules inspired by our research strengths, for example in chemical biology, atmospheric chemistry, materials science and colour science.
Career development workshops in your final year.
Enhancing your degree
This course offers the opportunity to spend your 3rd year working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development.
Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.
The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of chemistry at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.
If you're not yet sure whether to take a placement year, don't worry - you don't have to make a final decision until the end of your 2nd year when you have more experience of studying chemistry at university.
A 3 year BSc version of this course is also available.
This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
Since 1841, the RSC has been the leading learned society and professional body for chemical scientists. It is committed to ensuring that an enthusiastic, innovative and thriving scientific community is in place to face future scientific challenges.
Courses that are accredited by the RSC have been subject to rigorous evaluation of their curriculum and resources. They offer employers a measure of confidence in the competence of recruits, provide universities with a means of communicating their value, and assure students on the quality of their education.
Masters accreditation provides access to qualified membership of the RSC and fully satisfies the academic requirements for the RSC's award of Chartered Chemist (CChem).
Benefits of Accreditation
Accreditation helps you to choose a quality degree programme. It also confers market advantage to graduates from accredited programmes when they are seeking employment and when they go on to seek professional qualifications. It also offers assurances to prospective employers.
During your first year you will explore the fundamental principles that underpin chemistry. In your second, third and fourth years you'll build on these initial foundations and cover a wide range of different aspects of chemistry.
All of the theoretical modules are backed up by extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, so you actually get to perform experiments that reinforce the material taught to you in the lectures. In addition, small tutorial groups are used to support the teaching, so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.
As you progress through the course you can select which modules you study in order to explore advanced topics in more detail. You can investigate how chemists use their skills to understand complex biological systems or synthesise molecules in just one of two mirror image forms. You might want to explore the exciting field of supramolecular chemistry in which molecules are designed to assemble into large molecular architectures or discover all about the latest catalysts which improve the efficiency of chemical transformations. You can also study the chemistry of the atmosphere and find out how critically important chemical reactions in the atmosphere are in understanding human interaction with the climate.
In your final year you'll undertake a major research project, working with experienced scientists and supported by millions of pounds of specialist equipment. You'll have the opportunity to discover new chemistry and define new concepts for science.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking
GCSE: English Language grade C and Mathematics grade B
A chemistry degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment. Our Integrated Masters courses are particularly aimed at students considering a career as a professional chemist or who may want to continue on to do a PhD. One of the key features of this course is the individual practical research project, which forms a major part of your final year of study. It is your opportunity to carry out a brand new project, supervised by a leading academic, in an area of chemistry of your choice, and build your research skills.
For further information on career paths and employability please see our careers pages.
Throughout your degree we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you'll need to make the most of your career choices.
Our industrial placement scheme helps you gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students' union's Joblink.
Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students' union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.
We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. Our programmes provide you with opportunities to develop the core subject knowledge and skills that you need to progress to a career in a particular area. Additionally, we offer skills development modules and modules that will give you an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries. These modules lead you through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to creating a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding bodies.
All our MChem, BSc courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry which means your degree will be highly valued by employers around the world.
It also means that our degrees meet exacting quality standards and that their content is approved by one of the foremost scientific bodies in the world to ensure you are taught material of the highest standard.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that many employers actively seek.
On this course, your year abroad replaces the third year of your degree (it does not add an additional year to your studies).
During your year abroad, you will follow the chemistry course at your host institution. Many students find it valuable to undertake an extended practical project during this year that can be presented as part of your assessment for the year. When you return to Leeds you will enter the final year of your MChem degree scheme.
If you wish to study at an institution where the course is taught in a foreign language, such as French, you don't need to be fluent in the language before you go. We will help prepare you with a specialist language module at Level 2 which introduces you to scientific vocabulary and enhances your conversational and comprehension skills.
Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
The industrial placement ('Year in Industry') scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge of chemistry.
On this course, your industrial placement replaces the third year of your degree (it does not add an additional year to your studies).
An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of pharmaceutical, oil, fine chemical, colour, polymer and other chemistry-related industries in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies, including:
During your industrial placement you will have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.
If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.
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