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Chemistry BSc (UCAS F100)

General entry requirements

A levels

AAB to include Chemistry and one of the following: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geology, Statistics or Computer Science.

You must also achieve a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).


IB

36 or to include 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in a second science subject at Higher Level (either Biology, Physics, Mathematics 'Analysis and Approaches', Mathematics 'Applications and Interpretation', or Computer Science).


BTEC

We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level Chemistry.


International qualifications


Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.


Frequently asked questions

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 usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

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.

Course overview

Through Chemistry we can tackle the energy crisis, discover new medicines or develop new materials for 21st century needs, from polymers for drug delivery to more efficient batteries.

Our flexible undergraduate Chemistry degree is delivered by one of the UK's top Chemistry departments, which is ranked highly for both teaching and research. It provides a comprehensive study to prepare you for a lab-based career or to demonstrate relevant skills to all top graduate recruiters.

We offer the distinctive opportunity to transfer across degree programmes, dependent on good academic progress, to include study abroad or industrial place in the UK and beyond.


Study abroad

Short BSc placement projects may be taken in Year Three, replacing on-campus labs.

You may also consider transferring to a course with an international industrial placement, which can be transferred to in Years One or Two providing you meet the academic requirements. See our other degree options.

Countries where our students have worked or studied include:

  • Austria
  • Australia
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Please note that countries available are subject to change.

Core modules

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. (Please note, all course transfers are subject to meeting academic requirements and, for overseas students, are subject to UK visa regulations.)

You will study a range of core modules in Years One and Two which provide a solid foundation across key areas of chemistry. You will also be supported in your development of essential skills, including coding and digital skills, intercultural communication to enhance your global employability, and research skills to spark your intellectual curiosity for the subject.

In Year Three you will use your experience of the themes and topics from Years One and Two to choose optional modules to tailor your degree to suit your interests. In 2020/21, our students have taken options to expand their expertise in how Chemistry is tackling the energy crisis, scientific writing, teaching Chemistry, examining case studies in drug discovery, and the use of polymer synthesis in drug delivery system design.

You can further enrich your course, and gain valuable professional experience, by extending its duration by transferring to include a year in industry or of study abroad. Alternatively, you may opt for a three-month international placement in Year Three (replacing your core lab time).

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry if you pass the relevant modules in Years Two and Three.


Year One

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

You will begin your studies by gaining a solid understanding of chemical bonding and interatomic interactions, and how they determine the structure and reactivity of inorganic compounds. You will later apply your understanding to the chemistry of transition metal complexes, Bronsted and Lewis acidity, and the redox properties of main group compounds. You will examine fundamental aspects of crystal field theory and develop your practical skills in using the models studied in light of their industrial applications and use in materials science.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

You will start this foundation module by acquiring a sure grasp of the structures, properties and reactions of organic molecules. You will expand your knowledge of different types of compounds, discover methods for creating molecules, and be able to describe bonding in organic compounds to predict the reactivity of molecules. You will apply your understanding to the synthesis and chemistry of key functional groups and to the structure, properties and reactivities of biologically important molecules and organic macromolecules.

Introduction to Physical Chemistry

You will develop your understanding of core concepts in physical chemistry: quantum mechanics, kinetics, thermodynamics and spectroscopy. You will learn how the laws of quantum mechanics can be used to predict the properties of atoms and molecules, how the kinetic rate laws of multistep chemical processes emerge from elementary reaction steps, how thermodynamics can be used to predict the properties of gases, and how light interacts with matter.

Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills I

You can study the theory of chemistry, but the laboratory is where science comes alive. You will put your chemistry knowledge to work with experiments that familiarise you with scientific instrumentation and data collection, and conduct analyses using databases and software. Later, you will use these techniques to create compounds, investigate concepts and prove theories. You will also have opportunities to combine established techniques, equipping you with the understanding and practical competence needed to develop your own research methods and problem-solving techniques.

Year Two

Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills II

In this module, you will experience more hands-on investigation, synthesis and analysis as the skills you have developed allow you to conduct more complicated multistep syntheses, learn advanced techniques and take more control and ownership of your work. By the end, you will be able to plan experiments, set up and monitor instrumentation and record your results, and characterise and assess reactions using spectroscopy alongside other sophisticated techniques. You will also learn to process and present your results in statistical, graphical and written form.

Selective Organic Synthesis

Having already developed a foundation understanding of organic chemistry you will now broaden your knowledge of the range of synthetic routes available to design molecules. You will examine a variety of methods for forming different bond types and functional groups and consider the factors influencing the choice of reagents and reaction conditions. You will use your knowledge to form your own strategies to design organic synthesis routes to target molecules.

Mechanistic and Biological Chemistry

In this module you will look at the features of organic molecules that affect the reactions that they can undergo. You will develop the ability to use structures and information about rates to predict reactions and identify the mechanisms of organic reactions. You will use your knowledge of the structures and reactivity of small molecules and apply these to the Chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins and enzymes. During the module you will also gain an understanding of the drug discovery process.

Transition Metal Chemistry

You will develop a formal understanding of bonding in transition metal complexes, as a platform for understanding the reactivity and spectroscopy of such complexes, and acquire a systematic knowledge of organometallic chemistry through exploring some of the conceptual links between organic and inorganic. You will be able to analyse the successes and limitations of different methods and demonstrate your understanding of the eighteen electron rule and its exceptions.

Materials and Polymers

Materials and Polymers are used in all applications from functional to structural applications. They turn molecules into useful devices and items, or are extended arrays of connected atoms that have unique properties as solids. This module will give you an understanding of how materials can be made and how they can be characterised. This will let you appreciate how materials can be designed for use in energy, healthcare, electronics, personal care and other applications.

Electrons in Molecules and Solids

You will develop in-depth knowledge of symmetry and group theory and its role in molecular structure and bonding, and interpretation of electronic and vibrational spectra. You will develop an understanding of how photo-excited molecules undergo relaxation through radiative and non-radiative decay processes. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of solid state chemistry that relates to crystal structure, chemical bonding in solids and the electronic properties of solids. This will enable you to determine how quantum and statistical mechanics applied to solid materials can be used to derive various condensed matter properties, including electrical conduction and opto-electronic characteristics.

Statistical Mechanics and Electrochemistry

In this module you will study and then bring together concepts from electrochemistry and statistical mechanics. You will be able to make connections between these two fields, thus unravelling why things in chemistry are the way they are - with important reverberations across biochemistry (e.g. nerve signalling, vision) and materials science (e.g. design of novel materials, such as nanowires and nanoparticles). You will be able to apply the theoretical foundations of the physical chemistry to systems of practical relevance such as ionic species in aqueous solutions (think table salt dissolved in water!).

Year Three

Advanced Organic Chemistry and Laboratory

You will gain the necessary advanced knowledge to allow you to understand and apply empirical rules and models related to the reactions of organic molecules, complex pericyclic reactions, intramolecular cyclisation processes, rearrangement reactions of reactive intermediates, and reactions creating new stereogenic centres by either substrate, reagent or catalyst control.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory

This advanced module will provide the background required to understand the issues affecting industrial catalytic reactions. You will study the application of organometallic chemistry and physical chemistry (particularly kinetics), drawing together aspects of this work developed in year two and extending your understanding to the types of reactions and catalysis used widely in chemical industries, such as those concerned with petrochemicals, polymers, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Advanced Physical Chemistry and Laboratory

You will be given an introduction to two advanced topics in physical chemistry: interfacial chemistry and molecular modelling. You will study a range of surface and interfacial processes, including both solid and liquid interfaces, and learn about advanced experimental methods for characterising them. You will learn the basic concepts in molecular dynamics simulations, including periodic boundaries, integration algorithms and thermodynamic ensembles. A significant aspect of this module is to demonstrate the importance of surface processes in chemistry and the borders of chemical engineering, biomedical science, materials science and physics. As well as standard lectures, these aims will be supported by experimental laboratory sessions which have an emphasis on designing and implementing experiments.

Advanced Analytical Chemistry

You will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of instrumental analytical techniques, including data generation, acquisition, interpretation, instrumentation and state-of-the-art applications. You will consider the specific techniques of chromatography, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in both lecture and workshop environments. As part of your studies, you will learn to test hypotheses, use databases and software independently, analyse your findings and improve your ability to communicate these in written form.


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Examples of Year Three optional modules may include:

  • Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Polymer and Colloid Science
  • Energy
  • Advanced Coordination and Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
  • Innovation 101

Assessment

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 One (10%)
  • Year Two (30%)
  • Year Three (60%)

Teaching

You will be taught using a combination of:

  • Weekly lectures
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials

Lectures give an introduction and expand your knowledge on a topic to help prepare you for discussion, workshops, and a deeper analysis of each area of study.

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.

You will have a personal tutor who you can speak to about any questions you may have, and in Years One and Two, regular tutorial small group work where you will build your community of peer support. There are also regular revision sessions and opportunities to speak to module directors and seminar tutors.


Class sizes

  • Year One and Two tutorial and lab groups: generally between 5 to 7 students
  • Workshops: generally between 20 to 40 students
  • Lectures: sizes vary

Typical contact hours

There are between 12 to 20 hours of classroom contact available per week, of which 5 to 10 hours will be supervised practical work (mainly laboratory and computing). Your study is also supplemented with:

  • Group work
  • One-to-one advice
  • Question and answer sessions
  • The use of web-based materials.

For each hour of lecture materials, you should expect to put in a further one to two hours of private study, as well as preparation for the diverse set of assessments you will receive.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Undergraduate fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

Learn more about fees from UCAS.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

For details please see Overseas students section below.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.


Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status.


Additional course costs

There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.


Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.


Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.


You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

Further information

Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

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Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

Tuition Fee Loan

For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

Find out more about repaying your student loan.

Placements and work experience

Students in Chemistry are supported through our Department of Student Opportunity to gain experience during vacation periods in other industry sectors including teaching, finance, data science, law, consultancy, marketing and IT or technology.

Undergraduate research

We also have an Undergraduate Research Support Scheme which allows undergraduate students to work on an academic research project in Chemistry or another department during the summer vacation.

Industrial Placement

If requested, BSc students have 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 our placement and careers support teams is available to hone your CV and interview skills and help you find an employer.

You also have the opportunity to transfer on to the Chemistry with Industrial Placement course.

Where our Chemistry degree can take you

Our graduates are active in fields as diverse as:

  • Chemical Science
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Laboratory Technical Services and Leadership
  • Public Health
  • Business and Financial Analysis
  • Investment Management
  • Management Consultancy
  • Real Estate Surveying
  • Academic Research and Teaching
  • Medicine and paramedic
  • Secondary School Teaching

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers such as:

  • Amazon
  • Deloitte
  • GSK
  • HMRC
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • NHS Trust
  • Ovo Energy
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Unilever
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Helping you find the right career

We have a dedicated careers consultant who can support you with your career choices and skills to prepare you for recruitment processes. We offer one-to-one appointments and workshops to help you find a career path, find internship or work placements and hone your applications and interview technique. You can also attend tailored careers and networking events to connect with recruiters in your field.

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Chemistry at Warwick

Do you share our enthusiasm for chemistry and its applications, from medicine to renewable energy?

We are one of the UK’s top chemistry providers, highly ranked for both teaching and research. Our courses will offer you an excellent all-round experience that allows you to explore and follow your curiosity.

The skills you will develop will equip you to seek a future career in a number of industries and employers.

Find out more about us on our website


Our courses

We offer non-accredited and Royal Society of Chemistry accredited course routes, depending on your career aspirations.


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