The University of Southampton

F100 BSc Chemistry (3 years)

Develop your understanding of chemistry and its impact on modern society with Southampton’s BSc Chemistry degree.

Whether you want to stay in chemistry research or go into teaching, or take up a role in industry, our broad variety of science and non-science modules will help you tailor your degree to your particular interests.

Introducing your course

You will learn with our leading academics at the forefront of ground-breaking chemistry research. Many of our students choose to conduct projects within our research groups or take a placement in industry. 

You will also get the opportunity to develop your knowledge of a variety of different chemistry applications as varied as computational chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance and drug discovery.

Your learning is supported by our excellent facilities, including our X-ray teaching laboratory and purpose-designed learning resources – the only dedicated teaching facility for crystallography in a UK university, which is run by the National Crystallography Service, Southampton.

All of our Chemistry courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) increasing the employability and enhancing the CVs of our graduates.



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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.

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To Apply

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).

Programme Structure

Core, compulsory and optional units.

Key Facts

  • Our BSc programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry 
  • Our undergraduate degree programmes allow a great deal of flexibility, allowing excellent students to switch onto their preferred course
  • Our students enjoy one of the best students to staff ratios in the UK (Guardian, 2017)
  • Our undergraduate students have access to the UK’s only National Crystallographic Service, a multimillion pound facility providing key structural insights into new molecules and materials

The National Student Survey 2017 (NSS)

100% of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources available to them.

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“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
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“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.”

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“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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEIf 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.
A Levels:
GCE A-level

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 (2017 entry).

2018 Entry Requirements:

AAB to include Chemistry or ABB to include Chemistry and one further science subject. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Psychology, Geography and Geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

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 Baccalaureate34 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.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3D3 – M2, to include Chemistry.

Welsh Baccalaureate

A in core (2015), plus AA, to include Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate

Average of 80% across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Selection process:
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, experience 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.

Contextual Offers

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent 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

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.

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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".

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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.

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Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Learn a language

Year 1

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 Introduction to Photonics, Physics of the solar system and Introduction to the Nanoworld. You also have a choice of language modules (both 15 and 30 CP) in Year 1.

Semester One

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.


BIOL1010Credit: 15
BIOL1012Credit: 15

LANG XX15 Language Module

SOES1008Credit: 15
Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

BIOL1003Credit: 15

LANG XX15 Language Module

SOES1009Credit: 15

Year 2

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 Introduction to Photonics, Physics of the solar system, Introduction to the Nanoworld and Quantum Physics. You also have a choice of language modules (both 15 and 30 CP) in Year 2.

Semester One

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

CHEM2001Credit: 15
BIOL1012Credit: 15
BIOL2016Credit: 15
Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

CHEM2005Credit: 15
CHEM2012Credit: 15
BIOL2017Credit: 15

LANG XX15 Language Module

SOES1009Credit: 15

Year 3

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. 

Semester Two

Modules outside chemistry (up to 15CP, 7.5 ECTS) may be taken in each semester.  Options in mathematics, physics, biology are commonly available.  More details of what is available can be obtained from the faculty undergraduate office.

A further option in this semester is CHEM3044 Sustainable energy.

CHEM3012Credit: 30
CHEM3004Credit: 15
CHEM3044Credit: 15

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 or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc Chemistry2018Part-time£4,625£10,160
BSc Chemistry2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. 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.

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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 for:

Printing and copyingWhere 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 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 They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at: - £1

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT - Computer Discs or USB Drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Software Licences: All software is provided.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab 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.
PlacementsStudents 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

Career Opportunities

Employability is about more than just getting a job. We believe in helping our students gain the necessary experience for a future career, along with the skills to identify opportunities and make the most of them.

It is reassuring to know that Chemistry degrees are third only behind Medicine and Dentistry as the degree which offers the highest financial return over the term of the graduate's career, but the rewards of a BSc Chemistry degree lie at a deeper personal level and not just in terms of financial return.

During your years here you will have the opportunity to broaden your options by meeting employers, getting involved in volunteering activities, work placements and much more.

A significant proportion of our graduates decide to go into research by taking a PhD qualification, most of them staying in Southampton. But careers in industry and commerce are available even in the toughest economic times.

There are also research and teaching opportunities and the options to branch out into other fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, even finance, the law and science journalism. This is because chemistry gives you the confidence to take on so many varied challenges in life.

With a Chemistry degree from the University of Southampton your career path will be limited only by the level of your commitment and determination.

Learning & Assessment

The standard of our teaching is renowned. We encourage a close working relationship between you and your academic tutors who will develop your understanding in an inspiring and rewarding fashion. We use the following methods to deliver the curriculum and help you learn and understand the wide variety of chemistry that is covered in our degree courses.

Lectures and workshops

Our BSc Chemistry lectures are often interactive, with discussions, question and answer sessions, informal quizzes as well as the more conventional lecture style. In most lectures you are provided with handouts to summarise key points and structure your note taking.

Workshops then convert your knowledge to understanding. Working in small groups of peers, you will explore problems and link this to material you have recently covered in lectures. Workshops allow you to learn from each other and gain confidence in your own abilities.

The tutorial system

Tutorials on this chemistry degree involve a group of six to eight students and one tutor. You will work on problems in advance of the tutorial and submit your work for assessment. Your tutor will then tailor each session to suit your developing knowledge. You will have the opportunity to lead as well as contribute to discussions, and these sessions provide a forum at which you can present your ideas.

Electronic resources

Blackboard is our virtual learning environment, where we will post copies of lecture notes and other alternative teaching media like videos and self-assessment tests for you to access to enhance your self-study.

Laboratory work and practical sessions

You will spend up to six hours a week in practical sessions to develop your lab technique and exemplifying the theoretical concepts covered in lectures. These sessions are hard work but sociable, and will allow you to obtain your own results and generate supporting laboratory reports.


There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in the lectures and workshops. The practical work is continuously assessed primarily through written reports. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your relevant skills from your supervisor.

Coursework exercises based on the lecture material are set each week and marked promptly. In some cases your grade is used to calculate your overall mark for the particular unit of study. However in most cases the grade is simply to give you an indication of your progress.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study37%38%33%
Independent study63%62%67%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment66%78%50%
Practical exam assessment21%19%17%
Coursework assessment13%3%33%

Study Locations

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