BSc (Hons) in Chemistry


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Program Description

A strong academic understanding of chemistry is key to a strong understanding of the world, and even the great cosmos beyond.

Chemistry is at the root of vital scientific discoveries and Swansea University is a driving force. Our department is currently working to deliver clean water and sanitation, as well as affordable clean energy in the developing world.

This activity impacts our teaching. You will benefit from a carefully designed and modern chemistry degree which has been developed in collaboration with industrial partners.

Studying chemistry at Swansea University gives you access to world-leading teaching and cutting edge facilities across a range of specialist fields. Our degrees provide the full breadth of skills and knowledge needed when it comes to securing employment. We have been ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2020).

Why Chemistry at Swansea?

Chemistry at Swansea University attracts students from across the world.

The Department of Chemistry is based at the heart of a multi-million-pound University investment. It includes sector-leading teaching laboratories and analytical facilities built in partnership with industry.

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to address a wide range of challenges facing society and industry, from energy and healthcare to environmental sciences.

Your learning will be shaped by inspirational and internationally-renowned academics including Professor Simon Bott, recipient of eight awards for instructional teaching at the University of Houston.

Your Chemistry Experience

A flexibly structured degree path means you have the opportunity to study abroad for a year or work in the industry for a year, either locally, nationally or overseas.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and discussion groups, supported by practical classes.

Our state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities include a new Chemistry Hub consisting of numerous teaching laboratories and research spaces.

Your core modules will be aligned with our current pioneering research in the fields of natural products, materials engineering and medicine.

The Chemistry curriculum at Swansea is informed by the needs of modern industry and constantly updated, ensuring you will always be taught relevant material which is applicable in the wider world.

A ‘flipped’ method of teaching allows you to watch videos of lectures before classroom meetings for more developed interaction, while pre-lab simulation allows you to practice laboratory skills in your own time. 

Chemistry Employment Opportunities

Doing a chemistry degree doesn’t mean that you’ll be chained to a lab for the rest of your life. Chemists have a huge range of career options and the Chemistry degrees at Swansea University are designed so that you have the skills that today’s employers are looking for.

There are many sectors that you can go into after you graduate. A popular choice is medicine. Chemistry graduates research, develop and test new drugs and treatments.

If you are passionate about the environment and see your future career in this area, our staff are involved in projects to develop clean water and sanitation and to develop sustainable forms of energy.

You’ll graduate with a range of transferable skills such as analysis, lab techniques, report writing and demonstrating and explaining.

Swansea University helps you to prepare for your future career by helping you to find work placements and relevant part-time jobs, offering year in industry options, as well as introducing you to employers such as Tata Steel, Fujitsu, Perkin Elmer and National Nuclear Laboratories. The Swansea Employability Academy also helps you with CV and interview preparation.

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels: AAB-BBB to include Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34-32 to include to include at least 6 in HL Chemistry.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.
  • For non-native English speaking applicants: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.


Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
  • Advice and guidance on postgraduate study and funding.
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Our chemistry graduates are set on course for a range of stimulating opportunities. You might find your career lies in any of the following fields.

  • New Medicine Discovery
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Renewable Energy
  • Analytical and Forensic Science
  • Research and development in Academia or Industry
Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent t ... Read More

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. Read less