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Our courses

We offer a range of undergraduate courses, which share core material. This gives you the flexibility to change courses right up until the end of your second year (subject to results).

Each of our three-year degrees is also available as a four-year degree, giving you the opportunity to spend a year in industry.

View our undergraduate brochure (PDF, 1.84MB)

Compare our courses

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MChem Chemistry

In addition to a thorough grounding in the core areas of chemistry, you can choose from a range of specialist topics. Much of your final year is dedicated to your research project and you'll graduate with a master's degree.

MChem Chemistry

MChem Chemistry with a Year in Industry/Research

BSc Chemistry

During the first two years, you'll learn the core topics that all chemists need to know. In your final year, you'll study more advanced topics influenced by the cutting-edge chemistry taking place around you.

BSc Chemistry

BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry/Research

BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Learn how medicines are developed, how they work in the body, and how they can be formulated, analysed and tested. This course was created with industry partners.

BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry with a Year in Industry/Research

BSc Chemistry with Cosmetic Science

Learn about the application of chemistry in cosmetics design and development. In your final-year project, you'll develop new products to meet a brief set and judged by our industry partners.

BSc Chemistry with Cosmetic Science

BSc Chemistry with Cosmetic Science with a Year in Industry

Chemistry foundation courses

Some of our courses are available with a foundation year. This may be for you if you haven’t taken the necessary A level subjects to apply to study chemistry at university.

These courses give you key skills for science research and foundational knowledge in biology, chemistry and maths. 

BSc Chemistry with Foundation

BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Foundation

Foundation courses for international students

If you’re an international student whose qualifications don't allow you to apply directly to our degree courses, you can apply through the International Foundation Programme (IFP).

You’ll build a solid foundation through modules in chemistry and other subjects as needed, so you can transfer onto one of our courses upon qualification.

International Foundation Programme

BSc Chemistry via the Open University (OpenPlus route)

This flexible route into higher education is suitable if you're looking for a change of career or to gain an additional qualification.

In the first two or three years (depending on previous experience), you'll study with the Open University by distance-learning. You'll then join Reading for the second year of the BSc Chemistry course.

All students are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Open University. Please email chem-admissions@reading.ac.uk for information on how to apply.

Learn more at the Open University's website

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BSc Applied Chemistry with NUIST

The BSc in Applied Chemistry is a degree delivered by the University of Reading and Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST).

You have the option to study chemistry for three years at NUIST and transfer to Reading for your final year, where you’ll study advanced level chemistry topics and carry out an independent research project.

"I'd recommend Reading to Chinese students because you learn to study independently in a wonderful and supportive environment. You can also learn more about other cultures and improve your language skills."

Yuanyuan Wang, NUIST and PhD graduate

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Accredited degrees

All our established chemistry degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). We expect our newer cosmetic science and pharmaceutical chemistry courses to be accredited as they run.

Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduates. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. They may also be eligible for grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances. 

Undergraduate fees and funding
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Chemistry scholarships and bursaries

All our chemistry undergraduates receive a free Entrance Package to help you in your first year of study. Upon registration you will receive:

 

  • free online access to the recommended first year chemistry textbook
  • no bench fees or breakage deposits for laboratory work.

Our Department also offers a number of scholarships of £1,000 to talented students gaining AAA or above, with an A in Chemistry, at A level or equivalent. Other information for Chemistry Scholars:

  • Applicants must hold Reading's offer as unconditional or conditional firm by 1 August of the year of entry.
  • Chemistry Scholars will be expected to make a contribution to the life of the Department of Chemistry, for example by helping with outreach activities or appearing in marketing material.
  • The title of "Chemistry Scholar" will apply for the duration of study, as long as performance is maintained at a minimum of a 2:1 level.
  • Scholarships are paid in a series of instalments over the first year.
  • Applicants who defer entry may not be eligible for scholarships.

Excellent career prospects

Our career-focused degrees develop graduates ready for today's chemistry careers.

94% of leavers were in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course. Of those who reported their main activity to be full-time employment, 90% were in graduate level roles (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from Chemistry). We're ranked 4th in England for graduate earning power in the Physical, Material and Forensic Sciences subject area.*

Past students have found work with organisations such as Pfizer, Evotec, Pharmaterials (now Quotient Sciences), Intertek, CEM Analytical Services, Thames Water and the police. Other graduates go into a range of professions, including becoming analytical scientists, organic synthetic chemists, peptide chemists, research chemists and senior analysts.

*Based on the BBC’s analysis of a report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (‘The relative labour market returns to different degrees’, June 2018). The ranking is based on male graduate data only, as there was not sufficient data for female graduates for all compared degrees.

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How you'll study

Our award-winning staff use a variety of teaching methods to help you gain relevant skills during your degree. Learn through lectures, practical sessions, placements, a final-year research project, and more.

Christine Cardin, Professor Crystallography

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"When my research group published a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the first four authors listed were Reading students.

"I tell this to undergraduates to show them what they can achieve. Most of my really important work has been done with students."
Professor Christine Cardin
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Life on campus

Whiteknights campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you'll find plenty of places to relax. The campus is a thriving community and features the Students' Union, Library and places to eat.
Athena SWAN Silver Award