Chemistry at Durham University - UCAS

Course summary

The chemistry department at Durham is one of the leading departments in the UK and within the Top 100 across the world. When you choose the BSc in Chemistry you will join a dynamic and focused learning community that is home to multiple research institutes, a range of first-class facilities and experts with close links to industry. Current developments in both research and industry are used to bring theoretical learning to life. Chemistry degrees at Durham offer a high level of flexibility. The BSc in Chemistry contains the same core curriculum in Years 1 and 2 as our other chemistry degrees, and you can switch to one of the other degrees up to the end of the second year. You will build strong foundations in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and learn practical skills in our modern teaching laboratories. In your final year, you will continue to learn the core aspects of modern chemistry and examine how it is applied to real-world issues. Your studies will culminate in a research-led dissertation. You will learn how chemistry is the central science with learning interfaces with biosciences, earth sciences, engineering, physics and astronomy. You will be exposed to cutting-edge analytical techniques and learn how they can be used to assist research and tackle global issues. Graduates are ready to either move straight into employment in a wide range of industries or advance into further studies and scientific research.


Year 1 Core modules: Core Chemistry 1 provides the foundation for your future studies and covers organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Practical Chemistry A and Practical Chemistry B are two modules of laboratory work. These will allow you to learn and practise the skills required to accurately and safely use chemical reactions to create target substances and concludes with project work. The Mathematical and Experimental Tools Required in Chemistry (METRiC) module builds on your pre-university mathematical skills and ensures that you understand the vocabulary of physics and biology that interfaces with chemistry. Introduction to Materials Chemistry introduces the fundamentals of solid state and materials chemistry. Finally, you will choose some optional modules allowing you to tailor your learning in subjects such as mathematics, biology, languages or the chemistry module Molecules in Action. Year 2 Core modules: Core Chemistry builds your knowledge of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry into more specialised concepts. Chemistry of the Elements focuses the principles of bonding as well as the unique chemistry of the transition metals. Structure and Reactivity of Organic Chemistry explores how the structure of molecules affects reactions. Properties of Molecules advances your understanding of physical chemistry in the areas of magnetic resonance, surface chemistry and electrochemistry. Practical Chemistry becomes more intensive with three modules, one each for Inorganic, Organic and Physical. Once again, you can personalise your studies with one option module, including Biological Chemistry or Computational Chemistry. Year 3 Core modules: Core Chemistry takes your final year knowledge up to degree standard. You will also produce a research-led Chemistry Dissertation which will demonstrate your attained skills of literature review, data collection and critical analysis as well as literacy and presentation skills. Examples of optional modules: Chemistry into Schools Chemistry and Society Inorganic Concepts and Applications Advanced Organic Chemistry Molecules and their Interactions Materials Chemistry Advanced Computational Chemistry Computational Chemistry Advanced Biological Chemistry. Placement You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level AAB (or equivalent) which includes Mathematics and Chemistry both at grade A and a grade B (or equivalent) in another subject. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £30500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £30500 Year 1

Additional fee information

There may also be additional course costs for things like books (if you want to purchase them), field trips etc.
Chemistry at Durham University - UCAS