The aims of the BSc Chemistry programme are to enhance your sense of enthusiasm for chemistry and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating experience of learning in a supportive environment. We will provide you with a sound background in all aspects of chemistry as part of a rounded scientific education, as well as comprehensive training in practical chemistry and an appreciation of the importance of the discipline in different contexts. We will provide a strong foundation for a successful career as a professional chemist and provide opportunities for you to develop a range of transferable skills for both chemical and non-chemical careers.
View the programme specification document for this course
All applications for BSc Chemistry are via UCAS, the course code is F100. For more information, visit the how to apply section of the website.
Our BSc Chemistry programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
When you graduate, you will be eligible for full membership status (MRSC) and you will have met the academic requirements to become a Chartered Chemist (CChem).
Core, compulsory and optional units.
This single Honours three year course allows you to study chemistry with your choice of options.
In the first and second years, the course develops your knowledge across a wide range of topics before allowing you to specialise in the final year. This specialisation takes the form of theoretical units and a practical project undertaken in our research laboratories.
The National Student Survey 2016 (NSS)
90% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course
92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that staff are good at explaining things
92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting
92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating
Assessment and feedback
100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that assessment arrangements and marking have been fair
94% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the academic support
100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that I have received sufficient advice and support with my studies
92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that I have been able to contact staff when I needed to
91% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that good advice was available when I needed to make my study choices
Organisation and management
94% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the organisation and management of their course
100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
100% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly
91% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when I needed to
92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that my communication skills have improved
92% of BSc Chemistry students agreed that as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems
100% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course
“Going to University was an amazing experience and I’ll look back on making lots of new friends as well as all the hard work.”Rachel Taylor - BSc Chemistry, 2016
“At the end of my third year, I secured the opportunity to work with NASA at their Ames Research Centre located in Silicon Valley, California. Southampton was extremely supportive with helping me make this placement a reality.”Jamie Thompson - BSc Chemistry, 2016
“During my time at Southampton, I signed up for several placements. They included a summer project at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel with undergraduates from around the world.”Ron Leizrowice - BSc Chemistry, 2016
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||If you are not studying Maths at A level (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University), we prefer an A or 7 grade in GCSE Mathematics but a B or 6 grade will be considered. Otherwise, our minimum requirement is grade C or 4 in and English. This is supplementary to your A level (or equivalent) qualifications.|
Our typical offers for students who are studying 3 A-levels are:
ABB for students taking Chemistry and one further science subject from Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Human Biology, Geology, Geography and Psychology.
Each application is considered on its own merit. Standard offers are made based on the application as a whole, including combination of subjects taken, and predicted grades. Offers may be subject to adjustment, based on discussion with the applicant, formal interview (if deemed necessary), or on a contextual basis. Under certain circumstances we may make an offer to an individual applicant which differs from those outlined above.
|International Baccalaureate||34 points on the IB scale, with Chemistry Higher Level.
Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
AABB(AB) to include Chemistry Advanced Higher.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A2, to include Chemistry at Higher Level.
D3D3 – M2, to include Chemistry.
A in core (2015), plus AA, to include Chemistry.
Average of 80% across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry and Mathematics.
- Total undergraduate intake 160-190
- Average applications per place:
Once you have applied and submitted your application to study on this BSc Chemistry degree programme, your application will be sent to us by UCAS as soon as possible. On arrival, we consider every application on its individual merits and determine whether or not we are prepared to make an academic offer on the basis of the information provided.
If we decide that we will be able to make you an offer, we will send you confirmation of your offer, and invite you to visit us on one of our UCAS Visit Days as a Post-Offer Applicant.
We sometimes require a formal interview, prior to making an offer, to discuss aspects of your application, and to assess your Chemistry background in detail. In this case, you would be invited to attend one of our UCAS Visit Days, as a Pre-Offer Applicant.
The Chemistry UCAS Visit Day is your chance to get all the detailed information you need, expirence the atmosphere and environment on a working day and gain invaluable student feedback, to help you in making your decision at this stage in the application process.
You will have the opportunity to discuss anything related to your application and offer, in an informal Post-Offer Applicant meeting with a member of academic staff, or Pre-Offer Applicant interview.
Our Admissions team and Admissions Tutor are always available to answer your enquiries and to discuss your application and offer in detail. Please contact us prior to your application, if you have any queries about your qualifications, the course requirements or the application process.
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310 / +44 (0)23 8059 7755
Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
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entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Foundation, BTEC and Access Courses in Chemistry
We welcome applications from Foundation Year, BTEC and Access to Higher Education Course students who have studied courses with a substantial component in chemistry and who have achieved a high standard in doing so. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and decisions are made on the basis of the particular course that you are studying and by interview (in most cases). Access Course and BTEC students are normally required to study on our Science Foundation Year programme before progressing on to their degree of choice, but exceptional candidates, identified with the aid of a reference request later in the UCAS cycle, may be accepted directly on to the BSc degree programme, subject to a successful formal interview.
Diploma and Advanced Diploma (Overseas applicants)
We are happy to receive applications to study BSc Chemistry from students who have taken college/polytechnic diplomas in chemistry and will make offers either for entry into the first year or second year. For second year entry, you must have achieved a very high standard in your diploma and your curriculum must have included the majority of the chemistry that we teach in our first year.
Science Foundation Year
Don't have the right qualifications to meet our entry requirements? You could still get a place by doing a foundation year.Find out more
Typical course content
In each of the three years of this BSc Chemistry degree you will take certain specified core modules and a selection of approved optional modules to give a minimum of 120CP of study. The modules are graded introductory/fundamental (HE1), intermediate (HE2) and advanced (HE3): the first number in the module code also indicates the level of study in which the module is normally taken.
To help you see Chemistry in a broader context you will study over the three years at least 60CP of subjects that are academically and/or professionally related to Chemistry. A feature of the programme is the wide range of modules available for this purpose.
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course
Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
View the language modules on offer for this course
As a first year BSc Chemistry student you will study a set of core topics that are essential to your developing knowledge irrespective of the area that you eventually decide to specialise in.
Two optional modules from chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken. Normally one is taken in each semester.
Transfer opportunities for related courses are available at the end of the year, subject to you fulfilling specific performance criteria. Please refer to Progression rules and transfer opportunities in the programme overview tab.
Physics options available to you in Year 1 may include PHYS1004 Introduction to photonics, PHYS1008 Physics of the solar system and PHYS1026 Introduction to the nanoworld. You also have a choice of language modules (both 15 and 30 CP) in Year 1.
Two optional courses from chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken, one in each of semester one and two. One course maybe taken from the level 1 module list provided that the course has not already been taken previously.
Physics options available to Year 2 students may include PHYS1004 Introduction to photonics, PHYS1008 Physics of the solar system, PHYS1026 Introduction to the nanoworld and PHYS2003 Quantum physics. You also have a choice of language modules (both 15 and 30 CP) in Year 2.
The optional modules are only taken in semester two.
Three optional modules from chemistry, with the option of taking one of the courses at level 2 or 3 in chemistry or another subject professionally/academically related to chemistry are taken.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
View the full list of course fees
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Explore funding opportunities
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour)
A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour)
Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk
Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £5 per 7.5 ECTS CHEM towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts.
The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?||5p - £1|
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
|Stationery||Approved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo. |
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Laboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.|
|Equipment||IT - Computer Discs or USB Drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.|
|Equipment||IT - Software Licences: All software is provided.|
|Equipment||IT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.|
|Clothing||Lab Coats and Safety Spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense.|
|Placements||Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.