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Chemistry (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

Through Chemistry we can tackle the energy crisis,explore scientific writing, examine breakthrough medicines or discover how polymer synthesis can be used to design drug delivery systems.

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This degree provides a comprehensive study of chemistry. In Year 3 we offer the flexibility to tailor your course to the subject areas you’re passionate about through an extensive range of options. You can further enrich your course, and gain valuable professional experience, by extending its duration to include a year in industry. Alternatively, you may opt for a three-month placement in Year 3 (replacing your core lab time).

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.

You will study a range of core modules in Years 1 and 2 which provide a solid foundation in the subject, with the opportunity to take an extra optional module 'Starting a Business' in Year 2. In Year 3 you will use your experience of the themes and topics from Years 1 and 2 to choose optional modules to tailor your degree to suit your interests. At this stage you could find out how Chemistry is tackling the energy crisis, explore scientific writing, examine case studies in drug discovery or discover how polymer synthesis can be used to design drug delivery systems.

* All course transfers for overseas students are subject to UK visa regulations

Lectures are the main way that the content and theory is delivered and all students taking a module attend the lectures at the same time. In Years 1 and 2 lectures are supported by tutorials with small groups of approximately 6-7 students. Workshops typically run in groups of 20-40 students and allow you to work with your peers to problem-solve with on-hand assistance from academic and teaching staff. Practical classes in our modern teaching labs are an integral part of any Chemistry student’s life giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Contact time

You should expect to attend around 10 lectures a week, 1 tutorial or workshop per week, and spend 5-10 hours on supervised practical (mainly laboratory and computing) work. For each 1 hour lecture, you should expect to put in a further 1-2 hours of private study.

You will be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework such as laboratory reports, presentations, posters and essays to monitor your progress and provide you with regular feedback. The final degree classification is determined by Year 1 (10%), Year 2 (30%) and Year 3 (60%).

BSc placement project may be taken in Year 3, replacing Year 3 labs.

We give BSc students the opportunity to source a short industrial placement between April and June to replace the laboratory classes that the students at Warwick take during the summer term. Dedicated assistance from a placement and careers support team is available to help you find an employer. If you take this module you must write a 5000-word project report during your placement; your performance will also be assessed by your industrial supervisor. These two components make up the final grade for the placement, worth 25% of the year, which counts towards the final degree result.

It is also possible to carry out a 12 month industrial placement via an ‘Intercalated Year’. The placement should involve working for a company, institution, or organisation related to chemistry, allowing students to gain valuable professional experience, without formally counting towards the final degree result. The words ‘with Intercalated Year’ are added to the degree title.Placement opportunities are available as advertised by UK/worldwide industry. Industrial placements in Europe qualify for ERASMUS support.These options are assessed and therefore will contribute as a formal part of your degree.

A level: AAB to include Chemistry and a second Science or ABB to include Chemistry and two further Science subjects.

  • IB: 36 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in a second Science subject at Higher Level or 34 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5, 5 in two further Science subjects at Higher Level.

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. Please contact the Department of Chemistry before application.
    • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry Laboratory and Assessed Work
  • Mathematics and Physics for Chemists
Year 2
  • Laboratory
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Electrochemistry and Properties of Solutions
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Symmetry and Group Theory
  • Transition Metal Chemistry
  • Solid-State Materials
  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Key Skills
Year 3
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry and Laboratory
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Extended Lab
  • Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Polymer and Colloid Science
  • Energy
  • Communicating Science
  • Co-ordination & Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
  • Secondary School Teaching
  • Starting a Business

Graduate destinations inlcude: Deloitte, PwC, IPRS, J.P Morgan Bank, Unilever, Royal Society of Medicine, Oxford University Press, Solihull School, Surcotech, Manchester Organics.

Job titles include: Applications Specialist, Banker, Data Analyst, Finance Analyst, Insights Analyst, Organic Synthetic Chemist, Secondary School Teacher (Science), Technical Sales Manager, Information Officer, Recruitment Consultant.

We have a specialist careers consultant for Warwick Chemistry, who will help you build your career portfolio and CV.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB to include Chemistry and a second Science or ABB to include Chemistry and two further Science subjects.

IB 36 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in a second Science subject at Higher Level or 34 including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5, 5 in two further Science subjects at Higher Level.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Our BScs are accredited if you choose to take the Extended Lab or BSc Placement Project in Year Three.

3 years full time

Start Date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Other course costs

Initial supplies of laboratory coat and safety glasses are provided in year 1. Individual laboratory books may be needed in year 3 at a cost of £1 each. Students are responsible for purchasing replacements for lost equipment, at a maximum estimated cost of £50. Although not essential, students are advised to purchase a molecular modelling kit at an approximate cost of £15.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.