University of Bradford

Degree level: Undergraduate

Chemistry - Mathematical and Computational Chemistry

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Course summary

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Computational chemistry is the application of computer based methods to chemical problems. This ranges from designing new molecules for drug applications to explaining the mechanisms of reactions and properties by consideration of atomic and molecular structure. The increasing role for computational chemistry in the modern chemistry and engineering sectors requires qualified candidates that have strong understanding of both chemistry and computational principles. This new programme has been designed to provide these skills, with a curriculum that integrates chemical and computational aspects, and introduces core concepts of atomic and molecular structure, reactivity and spectroscopy from theoretical, practical and computational viewpoints. You’ll develop skills in: ◾software development and implementation ◾mathematical foundations of common computational methodologies ◾the use of industrial standard software packages to investigate chemical problems including solid-state materials, biological molecules, chemical reactions and to predict spectra ◾selecting suitable types of calculation to solve chemical problems ◾presenting reasoned arguments based on computational results to explain experimental findings ◾communicating chemical and computational ideas to different groups You will be taught by leading research scientists in these fields, and on graduation you’ll have the skills you need to make an impact in a variety of scientific fields. MChem Chemistry – Mathematical and Computational Chemistry is the only specialised undergraduate programme in computational chemistry in England and Wales. Professional accreditation Students can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Rankings Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

Course details


First year Core Chemistry in the traditional inorganic, physical and organic fields shared with the other MChem Chemistry students. Building the necessary mathematical understanding for future modules and the development of basic practical chemical laboratory skills and computer programming. Undertaking skills development in group working and presentation. Second year Building chemical knowledge in inorganic, physical, organic and practical laboratory skills. Introduction to core computational chemistry topics (energy calculations, conformational searching, quantum mechanical methods). Building programming skills and use of standard computational chemistry software. Development of skills profiling and CV writing. Third year Specialised chemistry teaching in materials, analytical and biological chemistry, while computational chemistry develops a greater integration between experimental and computational studies with a strong focus on industrial relevant topics. You will have a regular seminar series with industrial chemists to experience the applications and undertake research work both individually and in groups. You will experience technical and HR type interviews to develop your interview skills and improve your employability. Fourth year A final module on advanced concepts in computational chemistry (solution modelling, MP2 methods, metadynamics). You will undertake an independent research project supported by selection of specialised modules in leading research topics of the academic staff at Bradford.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeF1GL
Institution code B56
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points To include A-level Chemistry and Maths with Chemistry minimum grade B. Plus GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
A level BBC 112 UCAS tariff points to include A-level Chemistry and Maths with Chemistry minimum grade B. Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM As UCAS tariff. Science subject required - must include a minimum of three Chemistry-related units.
Access to HE Diploma As UCAS Tariff. Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at minimum Distinction.
Scottish Higher As UCAS Tariff. Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at minimum Distinction.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 112 UCAS tariff points to include Higher Level Chemistry at grade 6 and two other Higher Level subjects at grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B. (Language A: Literature, Literature and Performance and Language ab initio are not accepted).

The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University. English language requirements for International and EU applicants: The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £18420* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Chemistry - Mathematical and Computational Chemistry at University of Bradford - UCAS