Program Overview

Chemistry is often called the central science, connecting mathematics, physics, biology and medicine.


Queen Mary offers highly regarded training in both theoretical and practical chemistry. You’ll develop an advanced scientific understanding of the physical and chemical properties of matter, including the nature of atoms and molecules, their structure and composition, their reactions and the ways they are used in products and materials.


In your first year, you’ll study the fundamentals of organic and inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy and states of matter. Later you’ll study physical and quantum chemistry, computational chemistry and organic synthesis.


Chemistry is a practical subject and you’ll develop advanced skills through frequent lab work. During your final year, you’ll conduct your own research project, either laboratory- or literature-based.


Choose your own pathway through this degree — add a year in industry or studying abroad, or carry out an additional year of advanced study to graduate with an MSci.


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  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 25,150




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You can complete your Chemistry degree in three, four or five years. If you are a BSc student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4. If you are an MSci student and choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 4, and the Year 4 modules will be studied in Year 5.




One Year-long double module allocated based on previous maths qualifications:

Mathematics A  or
Mathematics B

Semester 1



  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physics - Mechanics and Materials


Semester 2



  • A Closer Look at Chemistry
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Physics - Electricity and Atomic Physics


Please note that all modules are subject to change.




  • Foundations of Practical Chemistry
  • Essential Skills for Chemists
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Semester A
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Semester B
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Spectroscopy
  • States of Matter and Analytical Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.



  • Practical Chemistry
  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • Structure & Reactivity in Organic Chemistry Semester A
  • Structure & Reactivity in Organic Chemistry Semester B
  • Solid State & Inorganic Chemistry Semester A
  • Solid State & Inorganic Chemistry Semester B
  • Physical & Quantum Chemistry Semester A
  • Physical & Quantum Chemistry Semester B
  • Introductory Programming for Chemists
  • Essential Skills for Chemists II

Please note that all modules are subject to change.




  • Professional Skills in Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Topics in Physical Chemistry


Choose one from. *Core for those on the Msci programmes

  • Chemistry Investigative Project
  • Chemistry Research Project*


Choose two from

  • Bioorganic Chemistry 
  • Computational Chemistry 
  • Topics in Biological Chemistry 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.



MSci students only


  • Chemistry MSci Research Project
  • Professional Skills for Chemists
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry


Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Non-UK students
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. 


Student Visa Regulations

If you will require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must meet the minimum English Language requirements to meet the UKVI regulations.  The minimum IELTS requirement is 5.5 in all four skills (Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening).  However, many of our courses require higher grades.


Pre-sessional English Language Courses

If you fall slightly below our standard English language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-sessional English courses.  Please note that you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to our Thirteen week pre-sessional courses.  Currently, only IELTS for UKVI, PTE Academic (UKVI), LanguageCert International ESOL SELT and Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE) are accepted. The Pre-sessional English course requirements are published according to the academic department within which your chosen course of study is administered.

Home fees £9,250


Overseas fees £25,150

Loans and grants
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.


Scholarships and bursaries
Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.


Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

As well as being equipped for a career in the chemical industry – one of the UK’s largest – chemistry graduates are highly rated by business and finance employers for their data-handling and analytical skills. 


93 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (HESA GOS 2017/18).


Recent Chemistry graduates have been hired by:


  • Hammersmith Medicines Research
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • GlaxoSmithKline


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