Undergraduate courses

Discoveries in chemistry have dramatically altered our view of the world and the way we live day-to-day. Penicillin, painkillers, LCD TVs – we owe them all to chemistry!

Our degrees can be taken as either a three-year BSc degree or a four-year MChem degree.The BSc and MChem programmes share a common first two years, meaning it is possible to switch degree courses in either direction during the first two years of the course (transfer from the BSc to the MChem is subject to satisfactory progress at the end of the first and second year of study, based on grades achieved).

All our courses satisfy Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) rules for accreditation (MChem) or recognition (BSc) (PDF, 878kb), a guarantee that you have the breadth and depth of knowledge to be a professional chemist.

BSc degrees

A BSc degree provides the rigorous training in chemistry and allied skills to allow you to further your studies in chemistry via an MSc or to use your chemistry and other gained transferable skills in a number of different employment sectors (see our careers section for more details).

Chemistry BSc (with optional year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: F100
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.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc (with optional year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: F154
Every infection-fighting and disease-treating drug owes a great debt to chemistry. In this degree, you’ll be given a solid grounding in chemistry and its role alongside drug development.

Chemistry with Forensic Science BSc (with optional year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: F1F4
Forensic science has cracked some of the world’s most famous criminal cases. In this degree, you’ll look at how chemistry fits into this exciting field, and how to apply this knowledge to real-world investigations.

MChem Chemistry degrees

Those who have a strong desire to be a professional chemist should apply for one of the four-year MChem degrees on offer. The MChem courses have a strong emphasis on research and professional training in the final two years and provide a much firmer basis than the BSc for a career as a chemist in industry or academia.

On an MChem degree you have three options for your third year: a year abroad, an industrial placement, or further study in Leicester.

Chemistry MChem (with optional year studying abroad or in industry)
Full-time, 4 years | UCAS code: F105, F107, F106
This four-year degree expands on the Chemistry BSc to prepare you for high-level entry into the industry. It’s also a solid base for pursuing PhD research.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry MChem (with optional year studying abroad or in industry)
Full-time, 4 years | UCAS code: F150, F153, F152
This four-year degree expands on the Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc to prepare you for high-level entry into the industry. It’s also a solid base for pursuing PhD research.

Chemistry with Forensic Science MChem (with optional year studying abroad or in industry)
Full-time, 4 years | UCAS code: F1FL, F1FK, F1F5
Forensic science isn’t just an evolving field – it’s a competitive one too. This degree will give you the specialist training and knowledge needed to stand out, find work in the field, or pursue cutting-edge PhD research.

Chemistry

Develop your formula for success with Chemistry at Leicester. Get the lowdown from our current students and explore the possibilities for your future.

National Student Survey 2017

According to the National Student Survey 2017 for Chemistry BSc:

  • 97% of our students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things
  • 94% of our students were satisfied overall with the quality of their course

Industrial placements

We have placed students in a number of companies over the years, but some of the most recent include: GlaxoSmithCline, Astra Zeneca, 3M, Lubrizol, Pfizer, Nisan, BASF, Mondelez and Sygnature Discovery.

More about our industrial placements

Spend a year abroad

Whilst students routinely study abroad in the USA and Europe, it is also possible to arrange a study year abroad in Canada or China. Allocation of year abroad placements always depends on what destinations/institutions are available in that particular year.

More about taking a year abroad