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Chemistry, MChem, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The BSc Chemistry, MChem undergraduate programme from the University of Leeds is a 4-year degree which will provide you with a wide ranging view of all aspects of chemistry and prepare you for a career in any area of the subject.


In physical chemistry you will learn to describe how molecules are held together, using the concepts of quantum mechanics. Energy is fundamental to all chemical processes and you will discover how the energy profiles of reactions control the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical transformations.

Inorganic chemistry lets you explore the reactivity of metals and discover how the subtle difference in the electronics of the different metals enables them to form a wide variety of different complexes, which have different shapes and properties.

The organic chemistry component of the course will give you an in depth understanding of organic transformations and reaction mechanisms and also explain how modern analytical techniques such as NMR can be used to elucidate the structure of molecules.

The BSc Chemistry, MChem programme offered by the University of Leeds provides you with the opportunity to spend the 3rd year, of the 4-year course, working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development.The industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

During the first year you will learn the fundamental principles that underpin chemistry. In your second, third and fourth years you will build upon these initial foundations and cover a wide range of different aspects of chemistry.

All of the theoretical courses are backed up by extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, so you actually get to perform experiments that reinforce the material taught to you in the lectures. In addition, small tutorial groups are used to support the teaching, so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.

As you advance through the course you can select precisely which modules you study to let you explore advanced topics in more detail. You can investigate how chemists use their skills to understand complex biological systems or synthesise molecules in just one of two mirror image forms.

You may wish to explore the exciting fields of supramolecular chemistry in which molecules are designed to assemble into large molecular architectures or discover all about the latest catalysts which improve the efficiency of chemical transformations. You can also study the chemistry of the atmosphere and find out how critically important chemical reactions in the atmosphere are in understanding human interaction with the climate. In your final year you will undertake a major research project, working with experienced scientists and supported by millions of pounds of specialist equipment. You will have the opportunity to discover new chemistry and define new concepts for science.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

For applicants taking A-levels, our typical offer is AAB including Chemistry, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking. You must also have GCSE English at grade C and GCSE Maths at grade B or above (or equivalent).

We accept a variety of alternative qualifications; including the International Baccalaureate and our admissions staff are familiar with a wide range of UK and international qualifications. If you have any questions about your qualifications or eligibility to apply we will be happy to help.

If your first language is not English, you will also need to provide us with evidence of an English language qualification, such as:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any one component
  • IBT TOEFL: 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing
  • GCSE English (Grade C or above)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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