University of East Anglia UEA

Chemical Physics University of East Anglia UEA Degree level: Undergraduate


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We have been teaching Chemical Physics at UEA for almost 50 years; today some of the most adventurous scientific activity can be found in this field.

Exciting and intellectually challenging, our BSc degree will introduce you to topics across the full scope of the subject, such as the fabrication and properties of nanoparticles, laser systems and their applications, microsensors, computational modelling and photonics.

You will benefit from our interdisciplinary and coherent approach, which brings together chemistry, physics and mathematics.

We are a leading centre for chemistry research in the UK, with 98% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The School of Chemistry’s research themes are light and energy, the chemistry of materials and catalysis, and the chemistry of life processes. These themes influence and run throughout our taught programmes, ensuring you learn at the forefront of research in the field.

Course Structure
Over the course you will cover topics across the full scope of chemical physics, as well as developing the transferable skills required of professional scientists.

Year 1
You will study a range of modules, covering topics including: physics, basic organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, quantum mechanics and be introduced to laboratory based work.

Year 2
Your second year will consist of laboratory work, including a specialised laboratory module on chemical physics. You’ll also explore core chemistry topics and have additional lectures in mathematics and theoretical chemistry.

Year 3
In your final year you’ll undertake an extended research project alongside further modules in advanced topics in chemistry. Your project could be a computational or laboratory project, typically a research project focusing on one of the key areas of modern chemical physics, such as laser interactions, surface chemistry, light harvesting and smart materials. For this you will spend time in a research group, usually working alongside postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Your research project will not only build up your research skills, therefore improving your employment prospects, it is also an enjoyable and stimulating experience, and can lead to publication in a scientific journal.

You’ll also take further modules in physical chemistry and analytical chemistry, and well as choosing additional optional modules.

Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

Course details


Year 1 gives you a strong basis in mathematics, chemistry and laboratory-based work, alongside specialist topics in chemical physics and quantum mechanics. Year 2 focuses largely on laboratory work, including a module on chemical physics. Alongside this, you will study core chemistry topics, mathematics and theoretical chemistry. In Year 3, you will study advanced modules in chemistry alongside options you have selected, such as Forensic Chemistry: Interpretation and Professional Skills, Advanced Laboratory, and Protein Structure, Chemistry and Engineering. You will also undertake a final year research project based on your own interests in modern chemistry.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code FF31
Institution code E14
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB or ABC Including Chemistry and Mathematics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM In relevant subject, please see UEA website for further details. Excluding Public Services. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered where A-level Chemistry / Mathematics are being taken - please contact us.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer.
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits Including 12 level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 level 3 credits in Mathematics

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer.
Scottish Higher AABBB Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points Including Higher Level 5 in Chemistry and Mathematics.

If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
Scottish Advanced Higher CCC Including Chemistry and Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4/C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C

We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email”

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

Students for whom English is a foreign language: We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English including speaking, listening, reading and writing We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,800 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Provider information

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University of East Anglia UEA
Norwich Research Park

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