Chemistry is relevant to all aspects of everyday life - from providing clean drinking water to synthesising hi-tech materials. At Reading, we will help you develop the foundation needed for an exciting and rewarding career in this dynamic discipline.
We offer two MChem and three BSc undergraduate courses, two of which give you the opportunity for a placement within industry or an overseas university during your third year. Whichever degree path you choose, we will ensure you are actively involved in our world-class research.
“Being in the last year of my MChem degree means that I have had my fair share of experience in research. In the summer after my third year, Dr Chris Smith presented me with an opportunity for an eight week organic synthesis project. Working with Chris was great because he was always full of brilliant ideas that lead to the outcome we wanted. My work is now being continued and has also inspired new ideas that are now projects in their own right. It was a challenge to stay ahead of the game, but if you are after a challenge, Chemistry at Reading is the place for you.”
Why study chemistry at Reading?
From supportive staff to socials, find out what life is really like in our Department.
How you learn
We deliver cutting-edge content that is informed by our research as well as our industrial collaborators.
Skills that get you hired
A degree in chemistry can lead to many different rewarding careers - find out why Reading graduates are getting hired.
Work experience while you study
You can get industry experience as part of your degree, giving you a head start toward the perfect job.
Experience a new culture
We offer an option to study abroad as part of your degree, giving you international experience.
Options for international students
The University of Reading offers an alternative entrance route for international students whose qualifications prevent them from applying directly to our undergraduate programmes.
Financial support available
We offer two types of scholarships for incoming undergraduates - an Entrance Award and a Department of Chemistry Scholarship.
We offer two MChem and three BSc undergraduate courses, which share the same core material in order to provide you with the flexibility of changing courses right up until the end of your second year (subject to exam performance).
- MChem Chemistry
- MChem Chemistry with a Year in Industry/Research
- BSc Chemistry
- BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry
- BSc Chemistry via the Open University (OpenPlus route)
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