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Undergraduate



Join our undergraduate programme

We have a reputation for innovative, research-led teaching, and we offer an outstanding education. Our staff have been consistently recognised and won awards such as the prestigious Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.

All of our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a guarantee that you have the breadth and depth of knowledge to be a professional chemist.

During your studies here, you will have opportunities to carry out cutting-edge research and take part in industrial placements. You can spend time abroad, volunteer, and teach at secondary schools. This will give you the chance to set yourself apart in an international, competitive workplace.

Visit our study pages for more information on each course and the modules it offers:

We offer a high degree of flexibility, allowing you to transfer between Chemistry degree courses at any time in the first two years as you develop your interests and future plans.

About our modules

We offer the same core modules for Year One and Two in all undergraduate chemistry courses. In Years Three and Four, you will have flexibility to choose optional modules to complement your studies.

You can discover more in-depth information modules by exploring your relevant course page

If you are interested in further study, you can take optional high-level research projects during your fourth year to get an idea of what it's like to be a postgraduate student.


Year One

  • Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry Laboratory and Assessed Work

Year Two

  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Transition Metal Chemistry
  • Selective Organic Synthesis
  • Mechanistic and Biological Chemistry
  • Materials and Polymers
  • Statistical Mechanics and Electrochemistry
  • Electrons in Molecules and Solids

Year Three*

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Pharmacology (Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry only)

Year Four

  • Research Project and Methodologies
  • Advanced Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry only)

Optional modules for years Three and Four

You will choose optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests. There is a broad selection of optional modules to choose from in both years three and four. These delve further into aspects of Chemistry along with extended lab work, giving you a broad and deep understanding of the subject.

Here are some examples of optional Chemistry modules that our current students are studying:

  • Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Polymer and Colloid Science
  • Energy
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
  • Advanced Computational Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Nanotechnology

*MChem with Industrial Placement students spend a full year in industry during Year 3 with some distance learning.

**MChem with International Placement students take the summer term abroad which replaces the laboratory sessions.

Teaching

We see your education as the key to the success of Warwick Chemistry.

Our academics are dedicated to delivering your Chemistry courses to the highest of standards and acting as your teacher, mentor and personal adviser.

We are known for our innovative, research-led teaching, with staff using a combination of well-established practices, such as small group tutorials across all subjects and state-of-the-art creative teaching methods.

Chemistry at Warwick has strong links with both industry and other universities worldwide, opening the doors for you to a variety of placements to build your CV and increase your employability.

All of our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a guarantee that you have the breadth and depth of knowledge to be a professional chemist.


Contact hours and class sizes

Years 1 and 2

The majority of taught modules are delivered via lecture-based teaching (approximately 9 hours per week). This is supplemented with approximately 1 hour per week of tutorials (groups of 5-7 students) and/or workshops (groups of 15-40 students).

In addition, students spend 20-25 days per year conducting practical experiments, working in lab groups of approximately 8 students.

Year 3

The standard structure is 10 hours lectures per week in Term 1 and first half of Term 2 (exams before Easter), then minimum 30 hours lab practical in Term 3.

Full-year industrial placement students follow the three core lecture modules (20 hours each) via distance learning, as well as completing a written project.

International placement students undertake a research project overseas in Term 3 instead of labs.


Assessment

There is one period during each academic year where all assessments take place. In years 1 and 2, examinations take place at the very end of the academic year, whilst in years 3 and 4, the exams are sat earlier in the academic year, allowing a focus on labs or research in the latter stages.

There will be coursework activities integrated throughout the curriculum, In addition to this, you will also experience a variety of assessment methods that prepare you for employment including written reports, group projects and oral and poster presentations. For more detailed assessment methods, please explore your course page.

How much does it cost to study Chemistry?

Please visit Warwick's fees and funding webpage to see the latest fees.

Excellence in Chemistry Scholarships

We are offering scholarships of up to £1,000 for our top performing students to reward hard work and promote outstanding achievement in Chemistry.

Eligibility:

  • We will award £1,000 to you on enrolment if you achieve A* at A Level Chemistry and least A* and A grades in your other A Level subjects. IB students will need to attain 39 points overall including 7 in Higher Level Chemistry.
  • We will award £500 on enrolment if you achieve A* at A Level Chemistry and two A grades in your other A Level subjects. IB students will need to attain 38 points overall including 7 in Higher Level Chemistry.
  • If you have been made a differential offer we will award £1,000 on enrolment if you achieve A* at A Level Chemistry and at least two B grades in your other A Level subjects. IB students with differential offers will need to attain 36 points overall including 7 in Higher Level Chemistry

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

What does a Chemistry degree at Warwick lead to?

As well as enriching your subject knowledge, a Chemistry degree will develop your analytical and problem-solving, time management, computer coding, communication, presentation and numerical skills. All of these are highly valued by employers.

Read what our students have to say about their life after graduation.

Which industries do Warwick graduates work in?

  • Chemical/materials
  • Teaching
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Digital Media
  • Banking and Finance

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