Chemistry

Chemistry informs everything, from developing new pharmaceuticals that will help fight disease, to arresting climate change. Join the UK's only Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for chemistry.

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Bristol is ranked 3rd for Chemistry research quality (Times Good University Guide 2021).

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Access industry-standard equipment, state-of-the-art teaching labs, high-performance computing and our dynamic lab manual.

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Chemistry at Bristol

Bristol offers a unique environment in which to study chemistry. We are home to the award-winning Bristol ChemLabS, the country's only Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning devoted to chemistry.

Among our academic staff we have many leading scientists, some of whom are authors of major textbooks that help to teach chemistry to thousands of students here in Bristol and throughout the world.

Our strong reputation for teaching and research means that you will be taught by internationally renowned scientists in world-class laboratory facilities.

You'll benefit from a hybrid learning model that blends the best of labs, workshops, small group tutorials, and online learning. In class your lecturers will use immediate feedback from you to adapt and respond to your understanding of the material.

Grow your confidence with our dynamic lab manual, which lets you learn at your own pace and try out experiments online before your practical classes.

We also offer Chemistry with Scientific Computing, Chemical Physics, and Physics

Being able to learn from world-leading researchers and their breadth of knowledge is second to none; it's brilliant. Bristol is a really vibrant city and there are loads of pubs, cafés, bars and nightclubs. If you're not into going out, there’s still something here for you – you can take what you want from the city.

Harry, BSc Chemistry

Career prospects

Chemists are employed throughout the science industry and in teaching for their technical knowledge and expert understanding.

Beyond this, employers in financial services, management, government and many more areas value the transferable skills that chemists possess, such as numeracy, communication skills and problem solving.

You'll graduate with an impressive range of skills including digital, problem-solving, analysis, organisation, presentation and communication skills. Our chemistry careers team will provide you with guidance and support right from the start of your degree. Our careers events will help you to network with alumni and meet representatives from multinational companies, start-up companies, government agencies, and charities.

Graduates may also go on to further study at PhD level before pursuing their career.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

The first two years are common to all our courses. You will study fundamental concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and applications in areas such as analytical, environmental, materials and theoretical chemistry. You will develop your ability to design experiments and interpret results and will gain important skills through our chemistry-specific communications and mathematics units.

In subsequent years you will specialise to develop an increasing understanding of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and will have the opportunity to learn more about analytical, theoretical and environmental chemistry.

The final year of our BSc courses also includes a project, with options to work in a research laboratory or local schools, helping to develop science resources or carrying out chemistry education research.

The final years of our MSci degree courses include a 20-week research project in which you will work with a member of academic staff and their research team on a current problem in chemistry. Many students have had their work published in internationally renowned chemistry journals.

Those without a science background but with a passion for chemistry would be suited to the BSc Chemistry with a Preliminary Year of Study.

Real-world experience

You could have the chance to work on a final-year research project in a laboratory, or help to develop science resources in a local school.

Choose our course 'with industrial experience' to spend your third year working in a paid position for a major chemical company. Recent partners have included AstraZeneca, Bayer Crop Science, Croda, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson Matthey.

Your degree from Bristol is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, so you will be recognised as a professional by prospective employers.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and synthesis of matter. It informs everything, from developing new pharmaceuticals that will help fight disease, to arresting climate change.

Why study Chemistry at Bristol?

Bristol offers a unique environment in which to study chemistry. We are home to Bristol ChemLabS, the country's only Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning devoted to chemistry.

Our strong reputation for teaching (fifth for Chemistry in the Guardian University Guide 2021) and research (third for Chemistry research in The Times Good University Guide 2021) means that you will be taught by internationally renowned scientists in world-class laboratory facilities.

Your studies could encompass fundamental concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and applications in analytical, environmental, materials and theoretical chemistry.

You will benefit from innovative teaching methods developed from our award-winning Bristol ChemLabS project. This includes the Dynamic Laboratory Manual, which will enhance your laboratory experience by enabling you to prepare for, participate in and learn from practical classes in a unique way.

Among our academic staff we have many leading scientists, some of whom are authors of major textbooks that help to teach chemistry to thousands of students here in Bristol and throughout the world.

See the School of Chemistry on film.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Anyone with a love and fascination for chemistry and who has excellent A-level (or equivalent) performance in chemistry will enjoy these degree programmes.

Those without a science background but with a passion for chemistry would be suited to the BSc Chemistry with a Preliminary Year of Study.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and small-group teaching as well as practical classes.

The practical aspects of the course are supported by our unique dynamic laboratory manual, which is used to inform and test your ability to prepare for and carry out experiments in the teaching laboratory.

The majority of assessment is carried out by written examinations for each year of the degree and continually assessed lab and project work.

Practical and written examination assessments in the second, third and fourth years contribute to the overall degree mark.

What are my career prospects?

Chemists are employed throughout the science industry and in teaching for their technical knowledge and expert understanding. Beyond this, employers in financial services, management, government and many more areas value the transferable skills that chemists possess, such as numeracy, communication skills and problem solving. Graduates may also go on to further study at PhD level before pursuing their career.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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