Chemistry at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our BSc Chemistry course is offered as either a three or four year course with integrated placement year. It emphasises the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry. We aim to expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and to develop your personal, communication and management skills. This course caters for the needs of ‘pure’ chemists whilst providing the opportunity to explore the industrial, pharmaceutical, technological and commercial dimensions of chemistry. Business and other specialist topics are built into our courses enabling you to develop valuable management skills. You share your first year with chemical engineers, to gain a deeper insight into industrial processes. The broad grounding in the principles of chemistry will prepare you to enter research, development or production in the chemical industry or to undertake postgraduate research or teaching certificates. Alternatively you may pursue a career in areas as diverse as commerce, administration, accounting, banking or the civil service. Ultimately you will be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching. Key course benefits:

  • Our Chemistry courses achieved 100% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022)
  • Ranked Top 10 in the UK for Course Satisfaction (Guardian University Guide League Tables, 2023)
  • Internationally recognised for research
  • Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.


Year One: Core Modules Sustainability, Design and Build Organic Chemistry I Physical Chemistry I Inorganic Chemistry I Mathematics for Chemists Year Two Core modules Organic Chemistry II Biological Chemistry I Physical Chemistry II Polymer I Inorganic Chemistry II Choose one optional module: Introduction to Business Management Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Molecular Cell Biology Environmental Chemistry I Year Three Optional Placement Year Final Year Core Modules • Physical Chemistry III • Organic Chemistry III • Polymer II • Inorganic Chemistry III Choose 4 optional modules, with two choices from Group A, and two from Group B: Group A Advances in Lipid Chemistry Advanced NMR Techniques Biological Chemistry II Surfaces, Nanomaterials and Catalysis Environmental Chemistry II Advances in Biomaterials Science Frontiers of the Periodic Table Renewable Technologies Group B Literature Research Project Demonstrating Chemistry Chemistry with Computers Please Note: All modules are based on the current academic year. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £21100 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies. For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.
Chemistry at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS