Chemistry (3 year) [BSc]

Choosing to study Chemistry can open the door to an exciting range of career options. From medical writer and scientist through to research technologist; all can be reached, in part, through this solid, multi-disciplinary course.

Our courses will equip you with an armoury of skills to take into the world of work, including the ability to analyse problems, teamwork, laboratory skills, numeracy and communication. You will also gain an appreciation for a subject which links so many scientific disciplines. In lectures the topics and examples you discuss will be taken from the latest research, much of which is carried out right here, by the School's academics. 

BSc/MChem Chemistry offers you the choice of either a three-year BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree, or a four-year MChem (Hons) course. The first two years of both courses follow a common core structure, which allows you greater flexibility in the third and fourth years. In fact, the core structure is common to all our courses to ensure that everyone has the same thorough grounding in basic chemistry.

Year 1 and 2 - the common core
Year 3 – Bsc final year
  • In the first two years, you cover topics in all the major branches of chemistry and learn how they are interconnected. Laboratory classes in both years form an essential component of your training.

    First-year topics include: bonding in molecules; organic reaction mechanisms; natural product chemistry; s, p, and d block chemistry; thermodynamics; kinetics; and quantum mechanics.

    You will also attend course units that cover a range of presentational skills, information-retrieval techniques, mathematics and IT skills. Finally, you have the opportunity to study a subsidiary subject from another school.

    The second year continues developing the core and extends topics from your first year, introducing new areas such as molecular spectroscopy, bonding and reactivity, surfaces and interfaces, chemistry of the heavier elements, molecular symmetry, metal-ligand bonding, polymer science, structure determination, stereochemistry and heterocyclic chemistry, plus additional course units involving polymer, materials and computational chemistry.

    At the end of your second year, you can choose whether to study for a three-year BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree, or the four-year MChem (Hons) Chemistry course. Your eligibility for continuation on the MChem course is assessed at the end of each year and is at the discretion of the School of Chemistry. The assessment is based on your general performance and end-of-year mark.

  • You can choose from a wide range of course units made up of core and advanced chemistry units and also some units from outside chemistry. These include advanced course units in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry, as well as topics that cut across the traditional subject areas (e.g. nuclear chemistry, environmental chemistry and forensic analysis).

Why Chemistry at Manchester?

  • PASS sessions, a scheme which we have found to be an immensely beneficial way of supporting student learning, means that third and fourth year students are on hand to aid first years.
  • Internationally renowned research covering the full spectrum of chemical activity, ensuring taught courses are based on the latest knowledge.
  • Wide portfolio of degrees, including options such as year-long industrial placements and study in Europe, North America or Singapore.
  • Our School has an impressive international standing:  the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, places Manchester as the top UK University outside ‘Oxbridge’ and London.  It’s a similar picture to the 2015 Times Higher Education World Rankings, where Manchester is again the top English university outside ‘Oxbridge’ and the capital.
  • A range of scholarships and bursaries available for home and international students, including Entrance Scholarships, International Scholarships, Faculty International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships and BP Scholarships.


Where are they now?

Allan Jordan
 Chemistry (3 Years) [MChem] and PhD Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

"Manchester is a thriving, multicultural, and tolerant place. Get out there, enjoy it, and make the most of the opportunities a big city offers."

Staff spotlight

Andrew Regan
Director of Undergraduate Studies

"Our large number of staff all of whom are research active, gives an exceptionally wide range of project topics and advanced lecture courses."

What our students say

Nida Rathore
Chemistry (3 year) [Bsc]

"One of the things I like about Manchester is that it is multicultural; everyone is really friendly which helps you settle in quickly."

Did you know?

90% of students from this course go on to work and/or further study.
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