Chemistry - Industrial Experience

Entry 2016: BBC / 280 UCAS points
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MChem
UCAS code: F102
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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As a University of Bradford chemistry student, you will have choice and flexibility in your degree. During the first two years, you will develop a sound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry with core content delivered across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. 

To give you an intellectually fulfilling university experience our chemistry courses allow you to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the University’s teaching portfolio such as mathematics, engineering, economics and so on.

The third year will introduce you to specialist content in medicinal, materials and analytical chemistry. You will also have the opportunity to study a specific subject by choosing to a greater depth during an extended dissertation.

It is possible to exit after stage 3 with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.

In the Master's year you will develop a deeper understanding of the application of chemistry to solving real-world problems. Master's-level training focuses on deploying training in real-world settings. Academic research experience involves students working on their own project as part of a research team alongside postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers at the University.

Your chemistry education with us needn’t be confined to Bradford. We have links with companies and universities all over the world, and several of our students take the opportunity to complete stage 4 of their degree with one of our partners. Recent placements have included formulating new perfumes, working in an Alzheimer’s research group at Harvard Medical School, and searching for new antimicrobial compounds from fungi in the Canadian wilderness.

Find out more about the School of Chemistry and Forensic Sciences.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Students can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).


"In my Master's year, I was taken on by Unilever R&D (Leeds) to complete a year in industry placement with them. This year, to me, was basically a stepping stone into the working world of research and allowed me to grow my connections, networks, research circles and ultimately improve my skills in the industry to allow me to apply for jobs once I finished University."

MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Why Bradford?

The Chemistry programmes at the University of Bradford are designed around the premise of making knowledge work.

Our degrees will give you a solid background in the chemical sciences, but allow you to focus on the application of chemistry in specific areas of modern chemistry. These areas have been chosen to reflect the main employment destinations for 21st century chemistry graduates:

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry

You can join the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as a student member during your studies and we are an active part of the local RSC section.


Entry requirements


Typical offer: BBC / 280 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Chemistry minimum grade B.


BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM in a relevant Science subject, to include at least 3 Chemistry-related units.


Applicants on Access Programmes:

280 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 45 Level 3 credits, to include 15 credits at Distinction in Chemistry-related modules and the remaining credits at Merit.


Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, Maths and a science at grade C or above.


English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Chemistry minimum grade B.


BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. Science subject required - must included a minimum of three Chemistry-related units.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at minimum Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Inorganic Chemistry 1core
Organic Chemistry 1core
Physical Chemistry 1core
Practical Chemistry 1core
Year 2
Inorganic Chemistry 2core
Organic Chemistry 2core
Physical Chemistry 2core
Practical Chemistry 2core
Year 3
Bio-organic and Bio-inorganic Chemistrycore
Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Sciencecore
Molecular Analysiscore
Organic Chemistry 3core
Practical Chemistry 3core
Stage 3 Research Projectcore
Year 4
Stage 4 Research Projectcore
Analytical Short Course Aoption
Drug Discovery and Development (distance)option
Fundamentals of Nano and Supramolecular Materials (distance)option
Inorganic Materials Chemistry (distance)option
Materials Characterisation (distance)option
Synthetic Chemistry for Medicinal Chemists (distance)option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

You will have a mix of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, workshops, case studies and directed study.

Directed study will include directed reading of selected textbooks, specified source literature and open learning materials, directed Web-based materials, report writing and other assignments. There will also be an individual project/dissertation.

You will be assessed via written closed-book examinations using constructed (essays, short answers) and selected response (MCQ) questions and a variety of coursework assignments, including laboratory reports, oral presentations and dissertations.

Involvement in laboratory, small-group workshops, case-based work and projects (individual and small group) will also be part of your assessment.

You will be assessed by critical appraisal, case analysis and critique, case presentations, laboratory reports and dissertations.


Work-based experience will involve working as an employee in industry, usually as part of a wider team.

This will allow you to enhance your CV and gain real experience of chemistry applications.

We will help you to apply for placement opportunities and will closely monitor your time with the employer.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Chemists are attractive to employers both for the skills that they offer directly related to their specialism, and for the professional skills that they have developed through study of the discipline. The range of careers available to chemists is vast – take a look at the Royal Society of Chemistry careers guide to get some ideas.

Find out what graduates from our 2015 cohort are now doing.

Watch MChem graduate Freya Leask's graduation diary from December 2015:

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Chemistry and Forensic Science graduates was £21,233.



Research in Chemistry is broadly themed into Molecular Science and Materials Chemistry, comprising the development of synthetic, analytical and computational methods.

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Our multi-million pound Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis houses excellent analytical instrumentation which you will use to gain genuine practical experience of research apparatus. You will use NMR, IR, Raman, Mass Spectrometry, HPLC and GC, and X-ray diffraction instruments throughout your course.

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Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • International: £15,420 per year

Tuition fees are subject to government review (Home/EU) and University review (International) for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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