• UCAS code(s): 350R
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • ***The entry requirements may be different while in clearing***

If you are ambitious, and know where you want to go in your career, this course is definitely for you. To help you achieve your personal goals, this course gives you the option to follow an employment-based route or a more academic pathway.

This course is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry for professional Chartered Chemist (CChem) status. This means that if you obtain the MChem award with the appropriate degree classification, you can apply to become a Chartered Chemist after a period of postgraduate experience.

The course gives you real flexibility too. You can opt to spend one year working in industry, getting valuable work experience, and – if you find that your aspirations change – you can complete just three years of the course and graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree.

For your final year project you can work with other areas of science and really tailor your degree to suit your own interests.  A major part of the MChem is focused on a research project where you'll produce results of sufficient quality to be published in a refereed scientific journal.

Our students clearly enjoy their time with us, and we are exceptionally proud that they voted us number one in the UK for student satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey.

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What you'll study

  • First year

    In your first year, you will be introduced to the various strands of chemistry, and we'll start to explore some more specialist areas, including the biological chemistry of drugs, environmental issues, and polymeric materials.

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry
    Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules, and functional group chemistry with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.

    Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

    Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.

    Introduction to Physical Chemistry

    Study physical chemistry including kinetictheory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.

    Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

    Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques, and appropriate specialist methods
    Professional Development

    Engage with real life examples of how chemistry works, and understand the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate.

    Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry

    These include Biological Chemistry of Drugs, Polymeric Materials and Environmental Issues.
  • Second year

    This year we will be exploring more advanced concepts and you'll have the opportunity to take a short placement to get you thinking about the world of work. You'll also choose one module in a specialist area that’s of interest to you.

    Organic Chemistry

    Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.

    Inorganic Chemistry

    Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.

    Physical Chemistry

    Learn the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

    Analytical Chemistry

    Builds on Year One with a focus on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.

    Professional Practice

    Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You’ll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes and attitudes.

    Choose one of the following modules:

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.

    Modern Day Materials

    Develop an enthusiastic awareness of the impact of advanced materials science on modern-day life through a series of lectures and laboratory demonstrations on the applications of carbon and composite materials.

    Sustainable Chemistry

    Develop your understanding of the role of analysis and radiochemistry in industry and society.
  • Third year

    Optional Integrated Work Placement

    You have the opportunity to take a work placement during your third year.
    Advanced Chemistry

    Study advanced topics across the spectrum of chemistry including heterocyclic chemistry, reaction mechanisms at metal centres, and molecular self-assembly and polymer chemistry in solution.

    Advanced Organic Chemistry

    Builds on the previous concepts presented in organic chemistry, and introduces you to concepts of total synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and advanced theories in pericyclic reactions.

    Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    Study a range of topics including bioinorganic chemistry, the chemistry of lanthanides and actinides, and single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to name a few.

    Advanced Physical Chemistry

    Study the principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

    Research Methodology

    Develops your research and presentation skills, ready for independent study in your final year.
  • Final year

    Your project will form a large part of your coursework this year and you'll be working independently to research and develop your project topic. You will also select three modules which we will cover in-depth to give you master’s level knowledge and training.


    Develop plans and carry out a substantial independent research project of publishable quality. Understand the principles of analytical work and the limitations of experimental design.

    Choose three modules from:

    Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically

    Active Compounds Builds your knowledge and skills for effective design and implementation of the synthesis of relatively complex organic molecules.

    Physical Properties of Solid-state and Nanocomposite Materials

    To provide a masters level training within the fields of solid-state and nanocomposite materials chemistry.

    Inorganic Chemistry

    Beyond the Molecule Learn about the use of the biomimetic and supramolecular approaches in materials chemistry.

    Drug Detection Analysis and Screening

    Develop concepts of analytical chemistry applied to the detection and analysis of drugs and drug containing materials by standard methods.

    Choose one module from:

    Advanced Chemical Analysis

    Develop through advanced topics in the theory and practice of chemical analysis, including method development from first principles through to final presentation, method validation, and group work.


    Study the biological processes involved in disease proliferation and the use of chemotherapeutic agents as a treatment.

    Nano and Green Technology

    Develop an appreciation of cutting edge progress in nanomaterials and green chemistry, their use in domestic and engineering applications and the theory and practice of green chemistry.

    Communicating Science and Technology

    Opportunity to gain academic credit for working as a ‘student-tutor’ with teachers in local schools and help you develop some valuable transferable skills

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

We have a passionate team of experts who are committed to providing you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry or in research. We are proud to have won awards and recognition for our high levels of teaching and student satisfaction. As a student here, you will not only have the full support of your tutors, but you’ll also work with a highly skilled technical team who are on hand to help you throughout your studies.

Because there is a lot of practical work in this course, the majority of assessment will involve reviews of your coursework and practical experience. We will be assessing group projects and laboratory work, as well as the portfolio that you'll develop throughout the course. You'll also give oral presentations and produce a final year dissertation. Some assessments will be in the form of written exams and in-class written tests.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Our Chemistry graduates have excellent employment prospects because they possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills that are suited to a broad range of roles and industries. Here are just some of the job roles you may want to consider:

  • an analytical chemist
  • a chemist
  • a pharmaceutical chemist
  • a PhD student
  • a research and development chemist
  • a teacher

Over the years we have developed strong links with some of the biggest names in industry and many of our students have secured work placements and careers with these companies. Examples include:

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

What our students say

"Studying Chemistry at NTU has been an asset to everything I have done since, from working as a chemist, to teaching English in South America, working in police intelligence, and (currently) performance management. The scope given to improve my analytical thinking, approach to learning, ability to put theory into practice, and build relationships was second to none, and are tools which I use in my daily life at work and home. So thank you, NTU!"

Mike Swanwick, Project Manager – Performance
Nottinghamshire Criminal Justice Board

Excellent placement opportunities

After the second year, you will have the option to undertake a year's work placement in industry. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.

Going on placement is an optional, but very rewarding, part of the course. Recent Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry students have secured placements in companies including:

Science and technology placement salaries range from £10,000 to £30,000 and many students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation.

You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary which also gets assessed at the end of your placement. On completion of a successful placement, you will be eligible to receive a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

What our students say

"Having the experience of full-time employment for a year before finishing my degree has been a great advantage. It shows that I have thought about my career before graduating and this forward thinking is what employers want. Furthermore if you carry out a placement in the industry you want a career in then this is a fantastic advantage."
Nichola Smith
MChem Chemistry with Professional Practice

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 320 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels (or two A-levels and two AS-levels) including A-level Chemistry grade C; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma grades DDM (including relevant Chemistry modules); and
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C.

What are we looking for?

  • 320 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels (or two A-levels and two AS-levels) including A-level Chemistry grade C; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma grades DDM (including relevant Chemistry modules); and
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for all full-time undergraduate degree courses in 2016/17 will be £9,000.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at university. The level of the tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your course may rise in line with inflation or fee cap changes permitted by the Government.

If you have a year-long placement as part of your sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad, the fee for that year will be £1350.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on Additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Still need help?

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