BSc Chemistry

Chemistry is the fundamental cornerstone for many economically important industries today, creating a demand for high quality chemistry graduates. The constant desire for innovation, new products and new solutions continually drives forward research and development. By studying the interaction of molecules, their structure and properties, we learn vital information about the world we live in and this offers opportunities to find answers to many of the problems we, as a society, face today.

Course details

Discoveries in chemistry can lead to all kinds of breakthroughs in fields like health and medicine, energy and the environment, technology and materials – to name just a few. This degree is about learning and training across a range of areas, to give you more choice in where your career can go.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

If you choose to study for a BSc or MChem degree in Chemistry, you will find it is an incredibly exciting science, with substantial hands-on practical work. You will graduate with the skills and expertise that may lead you to make new discoveries. These discoveries can result in advances in many important fields such as health and medicine, energy and the environment, materials and technology or food and agriculture. As a chemistry graduate you will have a diverse range of career options open to you.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: ABB-BBB including Chemistry. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level

EPQ with A-levels: BBB-BBC + EPQ at grade B

GCSE: Grade B/5 Maths (if Maths or Physics not held at A/AS-level)

Access to HE Diploma (Science): Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 15 credits at Distinction in Chemistry Level 3 modules. If you don’t have A-level Chemistry you will need to take an entrance exam – please contact Admissions

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points (with grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry)

BTEC Nationals: BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with DDD/D*DD, including several Chemistry related modules. If you don’t have A-level Chemistry you will need to take an entrance exam – please contact Admissions.


Our chemistry graduates have demonstrated an ability to be excellent problem solvers, work effectively within teams or individually and to be outstanding communicators. This lends them to employment in a variety of sectors. Most often this is the chemical research and manufacturing industry, both of which are major employers in the UK.

Our degrees include activities that were co-developed with experts from industry to help you gain experience and develop skills that will give you a competitive edge when applying for graduate roles.

Each of our degrees includes a specialist module with guidance on searching and applying for jobs, and on writing CVs and application letters. Plus we have a dedicated Careers Tutor organising careers events throughout the academic year.


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • General Chemistry
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introductory Physical Chemistry
  • Introductory Practical Chemistry
  • Chemistry Key Skills and Maths
  • Scientific Method and Principles of Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry of the Real World
  • Spectroscopy Theory and Practice
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Practical Chemistry and Key Skills (double module)
  • Analytical Chemistry in Practice
  • Polymer and Materials Chemistry

Core modules

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • BSc General Paper and Key Skills
  • BSc Project Practical
  • BSc Project Report

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Metals in Synthesis
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Materials Chemistry
  • Sustainability Enterprise Partnership Project