Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and synthesis of matter. It informs everything, from developing new pharmaceuticals that will help fight disease, to arresting climate change.

Why study Chemistry at Bristol?

Bristol offers a unique environment in which to study chemistry. We are home to Bristol ChemLabS, the country's only Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning devoted to chemistry. Our strong reputation for teaching and research means that you will be taught by internationally renowned scientists in world-class laboratory facilities.

Your studies could encompass fundamental concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and applications in analytical, environmental, materials and theoretical chemistry. You will benefit from innovative teaching methods developed from our award-winning Bristol ChemLabS project. This includes the Dynamic Laboratory Manual, that will enhance your laboratory experience by enabling you to prepare for, participate in and learn from practical classes in a unique way.

Among more than 50 academic staff we have 23 world-leading scientists (only two other UK chemistry departments exceed this total). Some of these people are authors of major textbooks that help to teach chemistry to thousands of students here in Bristol and throughout the world.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

Anyone with a love of and fascination with chemistry and who has excellent A-level (or equivalent) performance in Chemistry and Maths will enjoy these degree programmes.

Those without a science background but a passion for chemistry would be suited to the BSc Chemistry with a Preliminary Year of Study degree.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and small-group teaching as well as practical classes.

The practical aspects of the course are supported by our unique Dynamic Laboratory Manual which is used to inform and test your ability to prepare for and carry out experiments in the teaching laboratory.

The majority of assessment is carried out by written examinations for each year of the degree and continually assessed lab and project work.

Practical and written examination assessments in the second, third and fourth years contribute to the overall degree mark.

What are my career prospects?

Chemists are, of course, employed throughout the science industry and in teaching for their technical knowledge and expert understanding. Beyond this, employers in financial services, management, government and many more areas value the transferable skills that chemists possess, such as numeracy, communication skills and problem-solving. Graduates may also go on to further study at PhD level before pursuing their career.

Read more about what students from Chemistry go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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Download the Chemistry leaflet 2017 (PDF, 320kB)

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