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Chemistry

Our undergraduate degree programmes rank consistently high for student satisfaction (NSS), and our postgraduates flourish in our outstanding research community.

100 per cent of our research has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent for the research environment we provide to staff and students (REF 2014).

Our thriving student community provides the perfect environment in which to study, to work and make an impact. Our programmes are delivered by world-class research and teaching staff in a multi-million pound chemistry complex. We provide a high-quality and innovative educational experience, and excellent student support. Our undergraduates have access to a wealth of placement and work experience opportunities, and strong career and employment prospects.

Our BSc Chemistry programme provides a sound background in all aspects of chemistry and comprehensive practical training. You will conduct an independent research project or a series of advanced practicals, and you may choose to spend a significant proportion of your first two years studying topics outside chemistry, and advanced optional modules in year three.

Our MChem Chemistry degree will expand the breadth and depth of your core chemistry knowledge, with advanced optional modules in the final two years, and a major academic research project in year four. It provides exceptional training and prepares you for postgraduate study or a career in the chemical sciences and wider fields.

The popular MChem Chemistry (with six-month placement) programme combines the solid foundation and specialisation of the MChem Chemistry degree, with the opportunity to take an external six-month placement in industry or academia, anywhere in the world in year four. Very few institutions offer six-month external Chemistry placements.

Our ​MChem Chemistry (with one-year placement) degree provides the rigour and depth of the MChem programme with a valuable and rewarding year-long industrial placement in the UK/EU.

Our MChem Chemistry with Mathematics programme combines Chemistry and Mathematics in each year of the degree, with chemistry as the major component. This programme allows you to develop both your Chemistry and Maths skills to an advanced level, with optional modules in both subjects, and a major research project in year four.

The MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Science degree will prepare you for careers . The course combines chemistry with pharmacology and physiology, with chemistry as the major component. You will conduct a research project in year three, and have the opportunity to take an external six-month placement in industry or academia, anywhere in the world in year four.

Our MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry programme provides an ideal opportunity for those with keen interests in both the chemical and biological sciences. You will study both subjects throughout all years of the degree, with practical laboratory experience in both throughout. You will develop your skills through optional advanced modules in both areas in the final two years, a small research project in year three, and a major research project in year four, at the interface between biology and chemistry.

Chemistry - taught courses

Chemistry at Southampton offers unrivalled opportunities to study taught MSc Chemistry masters degrees.

Our cutting-edge facilities and world-class academics provide a dynamic environment for graduates who want to continue with their studies. Gaining a masters in chemistry is an ideal way to deepen your knowledge of the subject area, particularly if your first degree was in a different discipline. There is more weight on taught modules, with an emphasis on future employment throughout all our chemistry masters programmes.

Our Graduate School, also offers support for postgrads to develop the broader personal and professional skills essential both for your PhD research and in your career.

Chemistry - research

Chemistry at Southampton has received a Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) ‘Excellence Ranking’, recognising our world-leading research and teaching.

100 per cent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for the research environment we provide to staff and students (REF 2014). The objective of our chemistry research degrees is to produce high-quality professional scientists, with an advanced understanding of chemistry and an enthusiasm to use this knowledge to carry out research in an academic or industrial environment.

Chemistry at Southampton has over 200 people actively involved in research. Each year we accept more than 50 postgraduate students from a variety of backgrounds to study for chemistry research degrees.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate taught courses

Postgraduate PhD courses