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Study chemistry in the UK

What is chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of substances and elements, their properties and how they react to each other. As part of a degree in chemistry you will learn the core principals and theories, and how to apply them in practical lab work and in computer models. It is an exciting and fast-moving field that requires innovative thinkers who can adapt and apply their knowledge.

Some of the fields you will be able to specialise in include:

  • Chemical Engineering – The development and design of chemical manufacturing processes
  • Chemistry and Healthcare – Studying the processes that occur in humans to benefit people’s health, such as creating treatments for conditions
  • Chemistry and Forensics – Using chemistry to analyse physical evidence and help solve crimes in law enforcement
  • Chemistry and Nanotechnology – The use of chemistry at a nano scale to study atoms and molecules

Why study chemistry?

There are many benefits to studying a degree in chemistry:

A degree in chemistry will help you understand the fundamental chemical processes that make up all life and matter. Whether you want to learn about larger scale topics like space and the environment, or chemical reactions in household products or the technical aspects of cooking, chemistry is the central science that connects all others.

Chemistry graduates can make a real difference by applying their skills to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. From tackling pollution and pioneering sustainability to creating new lifesaving drugs, chemistry graduates make a vital contribution to improving our world.

You will develop skills as part of your chemistry degree that will make you an asset to any field, including handling and understanding data, numeracy, problem solving and complex technical IT skills.

Why study chemistry at the University of Surrey?

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Surrey is a world and sector leading department, creating top rated research and giving students the opportunity to access state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has strong relationships with internationally renowned academics in the field of chemistry working on ground-breaking research in areas such as nanotechnology, organic chemistry and fuel cells. Students will have access to cutting edge facilities as part of their studies, including a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, X-ray and infra-red technology, chromatographic and thermochemical labs and mass spectrometry.

Undergraduate chemistry students will have the chance to apply their knowledge from classes and lectures to real-world scenarios during the Professional Training Year programme, where you can gain crucial work experience in your field.

Some of the previous placement partners chemistry students have worked with include:

  • British Geological Survey
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Institute for Nuclear Research
  • PerkinElmer

Degree options at the University of Surrey

There are a variety of chemistry undergraduate degrees you can progress to at Surrey after studying the relevant pathway at the International Study Centre:

  • Chemistry BSc (Hons)
  • Chemistry MChem
  • Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons)
  • Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem (Hons)
  • Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons)
  • Medicinal Chemistry MChem (Hons)
  • Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

Chemistry rankings

Top 10 in the UK for chemistry in the Guardian University Guide 2020

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for fully meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem)

Ruby from Taiwan

“The labs here are really well organised and really big. I really enjoy the facilities when I'm experimenting in the lab. I most enjoy classes with my chemistry teacher because she is really interesting. She gave us really useful feedback and helped us with our revision.”

Ruby from Taiwan
Studied International Foundation Year – Life Sciences

Degree preparation at the International Study Centre

Programmes offered at the University of Surrey International Study Centre will support you in preparation for a degree in the field of chemistry at the University. You will cover a range of modules, including subject-specific modules related to your chosen progression degree, alongside study skills and support with your English language skills.

Undergraduate pathway to chemistry

Surrey ISC students in the chemical engineering lab at the university

Our Life Sciences International Foundation Year is a two-semester programme that will prepare you for a range of chemistry undergraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.

How to apply

Surrey ISC students sitting on the green grass on campus

Discover how to apply to study at the University of Surrey International Study Centre, the entry requirements and fees, and what to expect when you arrive at the centre.

What are the chemistry graduate job opportunities?

There are a wide variety of career options available to chemistry graduates. You can stay on and further your academic studies, or enter a wide variety of different careers such as:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Cosmetic chemist
  • Food and flavour chemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Hazardous waste chemist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist