University of East London

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Our new BSc Chemistry course will give you an in-depth understanding of the fundamental studies of structures, properties and reactions relating to chemistry. There is currently a high demand for chemists with strong analytical and practical skills.

Throughout the course you will gain these skills while covering aspects of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. The course will also provide you with extensive laboratory training throughout all years of the course and thereby enhance your employability further.

The BSc Chemistry course will provide you with rigorous training that will ensure you graduate with the skills necessary to pursue a career in chemistry or a related field. Studying chemistry offers many employment pathways. As a UEL student you could choose to extend your degree by a year and get some hands-on experience in industry.

This industrial research year would give you the practical skills that employers seek, giving you a competitive edge upon graduation. Upon completion of the BSc Chemistry you could choose to study for a PGCE in Secondary Chemistry with us.

You'll be taught by leading experts in chemistry and academia, have the chance to gain industry experience and cover several key aspects of chemistry that will open doors to numerous employment opportunities. We have applied for accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry and aim to have the accreditation validated by the end of your degree.

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include Grade B in A Level Biology or Chemistry
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma in relevant subjects, or at least Merit in relevant subjects
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level, must include Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths and Double Science Grade 4 / C (See below for accepted equivalences)

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 and must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3.

English language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application - in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

As a graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, your knowledge and understanding of highly technical information will give you access to a wide range of career options. These include:

  • Analytical chemistry within forensic and environmental organisations
  • Chemical research within consumer product, gas, oil and petrochemical companies
  • Drug discovery within pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries
  • Patent attorneys
  • PGCE qualification leading to teaching at Primary and Secondary schools
  • Postgraduate MSc and PhD qualifications at universities across the world
  • Research and lecturing within academia
  • Scientific publication

The skills you will develop during the BSc (Hons) in Chemistry will also be very useful to put you on the fast track to employment if you pursue careers beyond chemistry. Local to UEL, in the vicinity of the City and the Docklands area, these include mathematical skills within financial organisations and logical problem solving within management consultancies.

Course Details

There are four main sub-disciplines of chemistry, and the course we have created focuses on delivering a rigorous knowledge and understanding of all aspects of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry:

  • Analytical chemistry involves qualitative and quantitative observations and spectroscopy 
  • Inorganic chemistry studies materials such as metals and their salts 
  • Organic chemistry involves the study of biological compounds containing primarily carbon.
  • Physical chemistry measures the interaction of matter and energy.

The programme also contains modules focused on medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, which are vital to developing new medicines to treat current and unknown diseases. An Environmental and Green Chemistry module is included, which tackles the evolving environmental challenges we are all facing - creative chemists are central to developing solutions.

Year 1


Professional Practice in Science (Mental Wealth)
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Mathematics for Scientists
Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry


Level 4 Short Work Placement

Year 2


Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Topics in Environmental and Green Chemistry
Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Research & Career Development - Mental Wealth
Organic Mechanisms of Synthesis
Topics in Physical Chemistry


Level 5 Short Work Placement

Optional Placement

This module is designed to give you an opportunity to develop professional skills and experience within the workplace. It also enables you to apply knowledge and skills in the competent performance of tasks required by a scientist. Furthermore, it helps you to establish a range of professional contacts that have the potential to be useful both for project work and assisting in finding employment after graduation.

Year 3


Natural Products and Discovery
Medicinal Chemistry
Application of Analytical Techniques in Pharmaceutical Quality Control
Research Project and Career Enhancement Portfolio (Mental Wealth)
Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry


Medicinal Chemistry
Protein Biochemistry and Proteomics
Level 6 Short Work Placement

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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