Chemistry (3 year) [BSc]

Choosing to study Chemistry can open the door to an exciting range of career options. From practical scientist through research technologist to academic specialist, all can be reached, in part, through this contemporary, multi-disciplinary programmes.

Our courses will equip you with an armoury of skills to take into the world of work, including the ability to analyse problems, to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to develop laboratory, numeracy and communication skills. You will also gain an appreciation for a subject which links so many scientific disciplines through applications and examples as well as practical work and learning through research. 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 that 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 the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry.

Year 1 and 2 - the common core
Year 3 – Bsc final year
  • In the first two years, you will 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 and develop both your scientific and work-related skills.

    First-year topics include: molecular orbital approaches to chemical bonding, chemical reaction mechanisms, molecular spectroscopy; coordination chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics and quantum mechanics.

    You will also attend course units that cover a range of presentational, mathematical and analytical and IT skills. Finally, you have the opportunity to study subsidiary subjects from another school.

    The second year continues developing the core and extends topics from your first year, introducing new areas such as bonding and reactivity, chromatography, organometallic chemistry, molecular symmetry, metal-ligand bonding, polymer chemistry, advanced spectroscopy, biological and heterocyclic chemistry..

    In addition to the core units you will have the opportunity to study course units introducing some of the contemporary themes of modern chemistry, as well as green and environmental chemistry.  Alternatively you may choose to study a course from the University’s College for Interdisciplinary Learning, including our innovative Leadership in Action course, which combines study with volunteering and personal development.

    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 computational chemistry, organic and inorganic synthetic methods, surface chemistry and catalysis, molecular structure determination and photochemistry, as well as topics that cut across the traditional subject areas (e.g. nuclear, environmental and biological chemistry). You’ll also take your practical chemistry and independent learning to a higher level with extended, advanced experimental and theoretical research projects.

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 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, places Manchester in the top four universities in the UK.  It’s a similar picture to the 2016 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."

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