Study abroad – chemistry course

Is a degree in Chemistry for me?

Chemistry is a core science  with many applications, and to some degree you can shape the course you study by choosing among the huge number of optional modules available either in the second or the third year . These include: quantum chemistry,  medicinal , materials , biophysical or analytical chemistry – to name but a few. The first year is normally devoted to the principles of chemistry, theories of chemical behaviour, and the dimensions of chemistry and their applications. You will be introduced to experimental chemistry and research techniques, and the latest advances in this science of molecules and materials –  for example, in antibiotics or  semiconductors  . You will also  learn how to put theory into practice through extensive laboratory work, where you will improve your practical and problem-solving skills, evaluate theories and design your own experiments.

Some  courses last four years, since students take up a one-year placement to gain practical experience in a commercial or industrial environment, and many are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemists – check whether the course you wish to follow is accredited in the prospectus.

Courses cover organic, physical, biological and polymer chemistry, chemical kinetics, spectroscopy and polymer science. Group work is organised around projects, to complement individual lab and research work. Chemists are highly sought after and can work in many fields on graduating, including drug development, environmental protection, food chemistry, the petroleum  industry, materials development and forensic science. Over 33 per cent of chemistry graduates decide to take a postgraduate degree before moving into their chosen professional field.


Key statistic:

One in three graduates carry on studying for a Master’s after gaining their chemistry degree, while of the remainder ,58 per cent  are in employment within six months of finishing their course.

Top five graduate destinations:

Pharmaceutical industry
Biotechnology industry
Plastics and polymer research

Key areas of employment:

Food technology/food and drink industry
Nuclear engineering
Renewable energy
Oil and gas industries
Environmental protection
Clinical research
Scientific journalism

Universities where you can study Chemistry:


Liverpool, England


Computer Science, Architecture, Engineering, Chemistry


Manchester, England


Business, MBA, Marketing, Chemistry


Nottingham, England


History, Psychology, Economics, Chemistry


Guildford, England


Sociology, Engineering, Psychology, Chemistry