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This is Chemistry

Designed to tackle the big challenges

Chemistry at Bradford gives you choice and flexibility in your degree and combines four major areas of modern chemistry across all our degree programmes. 

We offer both a three-year BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a four-year MChem programme and depending on which you choose, will determine the level of specialism you graduate with at the end of your degree. Whether you pick a BSc or MChem, we have made sure they share a common core to give you maximum flexibility in making a decision about what area of chemistry you wish to specialise in.

When you start your degree with us, you'll first build a strong understanding of the theoretical and practical foundations of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and then begin to apply this foundational knowledge to more advanced topics in year 3 and specialist areas in year 4. No matter what you pick, you'll have a solid background in modern areas of chemistry and will be able to complete a research pack in an area of your choosing.

Our chemistry lecturers have links with companies and universities all over the world, and many of our students on the MChem Chemistry (Industrial Experience) programme will complete a placement either here in the UK, or abroad, with one of our industrial partners. The chemistry teaching team are all research-active, and our work impacts many of the big issues of the 21st century - such as antimicrobial resistance, curing cancer, clean energy and plastics in the environment.

Our BSc and MChem Chemistry programmes received 94% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.

The following courses are accredited by The Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC):

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • MChem Chemistry
  • MChem Chemistry (Medicinal Chemistry)
  • MChem Chemistry (Industrial Experience)

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We have 7 courses in this area.

Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F157
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F100
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F104
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F102
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F120
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
Duration: Up to 4 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: Y006
Duration: 1 years
Attendance mode: Full-time

This is where

...I took my opportunity

Esther Gray, MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Experience

"My course is very hands-on, and it takes a practical approach rather than theoretical, which suits me a lot better – especially because my aim is to end up working for an organic synthesis company.

"There are 30 students and 20 lecturers, so we get extra support. The facilities are great – I’m really lucky because the labs have just been refurbished, we’re the first year to use them so all the equipment is brand new and clean.

"Bradford is an industrial city with lots of opportunities and links to the sort of companies I’m interested in. I’m planning on doing an industrial placement in the third year so I’m hoping to be able to get a placement with an organic synthesis company."

Esther Gray, MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Esther Gray, MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Experience

...I found where I fit in

Tayah Livesey - MChem (Medicinal Chemistry)

"To start off with, the course is your usual subjects in Chemistry, so you've got organic, inorganic and physical, and then an optional. For optional, I chose biomolecules and cells and this year, I've chosen human physiology because I'm a bit more biology based than maths.

"I've always liked chemistry, I mean, chemistry hasn't always liked me because I struggled with it, but it's one of those things, I quite enjoy it, I find it quite interesting and there's a lot of applications to it, a lot of things you can do with it."

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Where Chemistry can take you

Graduates have options to continue in education or research, or pursue a career in specialist chemistry sectors. Possible routes and roles for graduates include:    

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Toxicologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
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Our facilities

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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This is where you’ll grow, learn, experience.

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