University of East Anglia Chemistry
University of East Anglia Chemistry
AttendanceFull TimeAwardDegree of Bachelor of Science
About this course
Our core BSc course gives you the academic training you need to become a professional chemist. You’ll study all aspects of chemistry, developing strong practical and analytical skills whilst building a deep understanding of this central subject. Chemistry at UEA has a prestigious reputation – in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2014 we ranked 4th in the UK for research outputs. It is this cutting-edge research in chemical sciences which underpins the teaching of the course, ensuring your learning is at the forefront of scientific thought.
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this world-class course provides you with an advanced knowledge of chemistry. You will benefit from substantial laboratory-based teaching which will develop your practical skills. In the final years of your degree, you will tailor your study to specialise in the areas which reflect your interests and career aspirations and undertake an individual research project.
The BSc Chemistry is one of our most popular courses and is our most flexible three year degree programme. It is ideally suited to those wishing to study a more broadly-based chemistry degree, as you will be able to define your own learning programme by choosing from the broad range of modules offered by the School of Chemistry.
Making a choice between an MChem or BSc course can be difficult. If you are at all unsure which course is right for you then you need not worry; you will be given advice before you begin studying with and whilst you are a student here. At UEA, transferring between the two courses is straightforward during the first two years because of the universal underlying structure of our courses. Progression is dependent on academic achievement, and it is the grades you achieve during your studies with us that determine whether you are eligible to transfer between courses, not your A-level grades.
This three year degree programme enables you to develop your A Level knowledge of chemistry towards a detailed understanding of chemistry across a broad range of specialisms.
During the first year of study you will develop your scientific skills – building upon your A level knowledge. You will study topics such as mathematics and physics, which is particularly beneficial for those who have not taken A-levels in these subjects.
There is also a distinct emphasis on practical work, and you are encouraged to develop important analytical and problem solving skills, which will prove invaluable throughout your degree.
During your second year you will study subjects relating to organic and physical chemistry. You will also examine molecular structure and energy levels, developing your knowledge of the core areas of chemistry and honing your practical skills.
The third year will offer you a detailed understanding of more advanced organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. You choose from a diverse range of optional modules covering analytical, theoretical and material chemistry, alongside a number which focus on biophysical and medicinal chemistry. You will also undertake a research project, which can be literary, computational or laboratory based.
Modules helping you to develop transferable skills required of professional scientists by employers are also available throughout the course, teaching communication, team working and problem solving skills. There are also modules available for those wishing to develop their mathematical skills.
A variety of assessment methods are employed across our modules, ranging from 100% coursework to 100% examination. Coursework assessment methods include literature reviews, essays, course tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, and seminar presentations. Skills-based modules are assessed by 100% coursework.
Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:
|BONDING, STRUCTURE and PERIODICITY||CHE-4301Y||20|
|CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (A)||CHE-4001Y||20|
|CHEMISTRY OF CARBON-BASED COMPOUNDS||CHE-4101Y||20|
|LIGHT, ATOMS AND MOLECULES||CHE-4202Y||20|
|SKILLS FOR CHEMISTS||CHE-4050Y||20|
Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:
|ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM MECHANICS||PHY-4001Y||20|
|FORENSIC CHEMISTRY – COLLECTION AND COMPARISON||CHE-4701Y||20|
|MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A||ENV-4015Y||20|
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
- A Level BBB including Chemistry. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
- International Baccalaureate 31 points to include HL Chemistry at grade 5
- Scottish Advanced Highers BBB including Advanced Higher Level Chemistry
- Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2 including Chemistry
- Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 credits of Chemistry and 12 credits of a second science/Mathematics.
- BTEC DDM in a science related subject
- European Baccalaureate Overall 70% with at least 70% in Chemistry
All applicants are required to have A level Chemistry. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE Level.
Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.
UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.
The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to discuss this further.
The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.
Fees and Funding
Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students
Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.
Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.
Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships. To check if you are eligible please visit
Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students
Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.
We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.
How to Apply
Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.
UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.
The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:
Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.
International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.