Leeds chemistry courses provide you with high quality degrees that take a wide ranging view of all aspects of chemistry and 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.
As a chemistry student at Leeds you will 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 from beginning to end of your programme.
All students undertake a final year research project in practical or theoretical chemistry, in education research or in business development.
Modules inspired by research strengths, for example in chemical biology, atmospheric chemistry, materials science and colour science.
The opportunity to discover how chemistry interacts with other disciplines, with industry, with wider society and internationally throughout your programme.
Career development workshops in your final year.
This programme can also be studied over 4 years to achieve an MChem, BSc Integrated Masters degree. There are also opportunities to gain industrial experience on a placement year, or to study abroad for a year.
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 which 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 marketing their value, and assure students on the quality of their education.
Bachelor accreditation provides access to qualified membership of the RSC and forms a basis for satisfying the academic requirements for the RSC’s award of Chartered Chemist (CChem), through further study or continuing professional development.
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.
The benefits of RSC Accreditation are defined by six core values:
During your first year you'll explore the fundamental principles that underpin chemistry. In your second and third 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. Also, 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 precisely which modules you study to let you 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 fields 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.
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
As a chemistry student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods.
These different methods of teaching, together with the continuous support of our teaching staff, enable you to effectively apply what you have learnt through a series of exams, coursework, and continuous assessment. This means that you graduate with the correct mix of knowledge and transferable skills for a successful future career, whatever you choose to do.
Read more about learning and teaching methods.
The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Although formal end-of-semester examinations are predominant, often accounting for 80% or more of the formal assessment, many modules include a significant coursework element.
including chemistry (excluding general studies and critical thinking).
Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.GCSE:
You must also have GCSE English at grade C and GCSE mathematics at grade B or above (or equivalent)
Pass with Distinction in all level 3 modules (The Diploma must be made up of level 3 modules in chemistry and mathematics)
Distinction/Distinction/Distinction (In a course with a significant relevant chemical and scientific content)
D3/M2/M2 in 3 principal subjects including chemistry
34 points including 6 in Higher Level chemistry
AAABBB including higher level chemistry
ABB including chemistry
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information, contact our School of Chemistry admissions team.
If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:
If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
After you apply we will assess your application based on the information on your UCAS form. On the basis of this information we will decide whether to invite you to one of our informal interview days which, for UK based applicants, are an essential part of the admissions process.
Read more about how to apply on the School of Chemistry website.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £19,750 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Read about additional scholarships in the School of Chemistry.
Our BSc graduates have expert understanding of all of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and are experienced researchers. With the ability to communicate effectively to a range of audiences they are equipped for a wide variety of careers both in and beyond science.
For further information on career paths and employability please see our careers pages.
Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience required to make the most of your career choices.
You can get some great work experience which can be featured on your CV through the School of Chemistry Industrial Placement Scheme or by securing a part-time job through the Student Union's Joblink. You could also look at the volunteering opportunities available through the Student Union which will help you in your personal development.
All of these opportunities can really help you stand out from the crowd.
We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. We offer modules which give students an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries, and which lead students 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 preparing a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding bodies.
The modular nature of our degree programmes provides you with opportunities to develop the core subject knowledge and skills that you need to progress to a career in a chosen area. Our Industrial Placement scheme helps you gain vital experience and build confidence.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats 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.
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 employers actively seek.
On this course you have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. As a BSc student you may include your study abroad experience as an additional year of your studies, or, subject to satisfactory academic performance, transfer to our MChem degree scheme in which your study abroad year replaces your third year at Leeds.
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 which can be presented as part of your assessment for the year.
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 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 you have the opportunity to spend a year gaining industrial experience. As a BSc student you may include your industrial experience as an additional year of your studies, or, subject to satisfactory academic performance, transfer to our MChem degree scheme in which your Year in Industry replaces your third year at Leeds.
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 previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies, including:
During your year in industry you 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 internships until the beginning of your second year.