Why study Chemistry at Warwick?
- Our Department of Chemistry is ranked in the UK’s top ten by all national league tables and its research activities are highly rated. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 98% of our research was classed internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.
You can build a degree to suit your interests and ambitions. If you complete the third-year extended lab module, you will graduate with a degree accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This will be an advantage if you intend to pursue a career as a researcher or professional Chemist. If your career aspirations are broader you can opt out of the accredited route in favour of more flexibility in module choices.
- Undergraduate teaching laboratories are equipped with state-of-the art instrumentation, and major investment has provided outstanding infrastructure for undergraduate study and research. This includes a High-Field NMR and Ion Cyclotron Centre, and a £24m interdisciplinary centre for Materials and Analytical Science.
- Our strong links with industry and universities worldwide provide opportunities for you to undertake funded summer research projects and seek three-, six- or 12-month placements in industry to build your CV and increase your employability. Third-year research placements are also available throughout Europe, in Singapore or with our partners in Australia (currently in Tasmania or in Melbourne).
Dr David Fox
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This degree provides a good foundation in Chemistry coupled with specialist knowledge of medicinal chemistry. You will explore the process of medicinal drug discovery, starting from the initial concept of a new product, to the discovery stage, through clinical trials, scale-up and finally production. In addition to research-led teaching from top academics in their field, you will benefit from external lectures given by pharmaceutical industry leaders. You will also hone your analytical and problem-solving abilities, time management, communication, presentation and numerical skills, all of which are highly valued by employers.
Classes in our state-of-the-art undergraduate labs will form an integral part of your learning experience with an average of 10 hours of lab work per week, counting for around 25% of your final degree mark. Your first and second years will develop your understanding of core areas of Chemistry including Organic, Inorganic, Biological/Medicinal and Physical as well as a Mathematics component. BSc students will have considerable flexibility in their final year to select from advanced topics in Chemistry or Life Sciences.
Third-year work for MChem students includes an extended lab, or an industrial or overseas placement. You can also select optional modules from across the science faculty, but in particular from Life Sciences. In your final year you will complete an individual project on a topic of your choice (worth 50% of the year’s mark) in collaboration with one of our academics, and you can select optional modules to support your choice of research project.
How will I learn?
Teaching will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. Innovative teaching methods include online virtual learning and 'clickers', student response systems, to provide immediate feedback and interaction in lectures. Typically you will conduct 24 full-day experiments each year covering all chemistry disciplines and using the latest instrumentation. There are typically 9-12 hours of lectures and workshops per week, supported by one or two tutorials (six students max) and 10 hours of laboratory classes. Fourth-year MChem students undertake a piece of original research based on 21 hours of practical work per week.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by laboratory reports, presentations, posters and essays to monitor your progress and provide regular feedback, and summative examinations each year. The final degree classification is calculated from the constituent years' marks with a weighting of 10:30:60% for BSc and 5:20:30:45% for MChem courses.
What opportunities are there to complete a research placement?
Throughout your studies we offer opportunities for you to gain insight and experience in research and development at Warwick, at our partner universities abroad (most European countries, Singapore or Australia), or in industry either in the UK or abroad. Summer placements are available in each year of your studies. We offer a one-year placement in industry, either as part of your third year or as an intercalated year after your first two years. In addition, we offer a 3 to 6-month placement in the spring term of your third year. We have a strong track record in helping students to find placements and will look at available opportunities with you and guide you through the recruitment cycle.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You can choose to spend a year studying in one of our partner universities. This will not lengthen the duration of your course as you will follow an approved programme of work that replaces study at Warwick.
A level AAB including Chemistry and Mathematics.
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
International Baccalaureate 36 including at least 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and EITHER 5 in Higher Level Mathematics OR 6 in Standard Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics or Biology.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised), including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements: please contact the Department of Chemistry before application.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
A level Chemistry (or equivalent), plus A level (or equivalent) in Mathematics.
Taking a Gap Year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days We take into account individual circumstances when making our offer and consider it very important that you have first-hand experience of where you intend to study. We strongly advise candidates to attend one of our Departmental Admissions Days, which are reserved for current applicants. Offers are normally made before candidates have attended a Departmental Admissions Day.
Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. Candidates living outside the UK are welcome to visit at any time.
What modules can I study?
Modules you could study as part of your degree may include Chemistry Laboratory and Assessed Work; Polymer and colloid Science; Foundations of Electrochemistry and Properties of Solutions; Symmetry & Group Theory in Chemistry; Transition Metal Chemistry: Bioorganic Chemistry; Solid State Materials; Energy; Molecular Pharmacology; and Organic Synthesis, to name a few.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include
Huntington Life Sciences, Assistant Study Scientist; Ernst and Young, Corporate Finance Analyst; Procter and Gamble, Researcher; Severn Trent Services, Inorganic Analyst; Akzonobel, Research and Development Chemist.
A level: AAB including Chemistry and Mathematics, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 36 points including at least 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and EITHER 5 in Higher Level Mathematics OR 6 in Standard Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics or Biology.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Chemistry
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.