Bangor University Chemistry

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Bangor University Chemistry

Undergraduate Chemistry Courses

More detailed information about our current programmes can be found under the following links:

  • MChem (pdf)
  • MChem with Industrial Experience (pdf)
  • Chemistry BSc (pdf)
  • Chemistry with European Experience BSc (pdf)
  • Chemistry with Industrial Experience BSc (pdf)
  • A Flexible Route to Getting Your Degree – The OpenPlus entry route

Postgraduate courses and research opportunities

The School of Chemistry offers an active and friendly postgraduate research environment.

We provide the following levels of postgraduate degrees:

MSc – 1 year post graduate degree courses

  • Analytical Chemistry (MSc)

MRes – 1 year post graduate degree courses by research

  • MRes Chemistry

MPhil – 2 year post graduate degree courses by research

  • MPhil Chemistry and MPhil Chemistry with Advanced English Certificate

PhD – 3 year post graduate degree courses by research

  • PhD Chemistry
  • Fully funded PhD Opportunity

We have a vibrant, research-active community, promoting and supporting research work of the highest quality in the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, complemented by other multidisciplinary chemistry programmes.

A strong commitment

There is a strong commitment to maintaining a mutually supportive culture between the research and postgraduate community and our wide-ranging undergraduate teaching programme of excellent reputation.

Full-time and part-time Masters and Diploma qualifications

In addition to excellent opportunities in research leading to Masters and PhD degrees, the school offers a number of other postgraduate courses including full-time and part-time Masters and Diploma qualification, some of which are funded.

What will a postgraduate degree involve, and what level of knowledge and skills do we anticipate from prospective students?

Postgraduate studies are advanced programmes that enable you to specialise in a sub-discipline of the subject you have already studied at undergraduate or Masters level.


For all our postgraduate programmes it is important that applicants have a sound background in chemistry. Applicants will need to have studied inorganic, organic and physical chemistry as part of their undergraduate or Masters degree, or have equivalent industrial experience. A good understanding of these areas is essential and the ability to communicate this knowledge, in writing and orally, will be necessary.

Aims of studying a research degree

We also expect our students to have a good grasp of mathematical concepts used in chemistry. The aims of studying a research degree are to establish yourself as an independent researcher, and to develop the teaching skills necessary to effectively communicate complex concepts and theories to others. Students who undertake a research degree are expected to be able to read and understand academic research papers.

If you are unsure about the level required to undertake a postgraduate degree at Bangor, you might like to have a look at the essential undergraduate text books we are using – this will give you an idea of the level we expect. These books are all readily available on line:

  • Physical Chemistry, P. W. Atkins, J. De Paula.
  • Inorganic Chemistry, C. E. Housecroft, A. G. Sharpe
  • Organic Chemistry, J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S.Warren, P.Wothers

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Research in the School of Chemistry

The thriving nature of research in Chemistry at Bangor is evident from analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014). Our environment is deemed conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality.  All of our research publications were internationally recognized for their originality, significance and rigour, with 68% being either internationally excellent or world leading.   The impact of our research was rated as ‘considerable’ in terms of its reach and significance, with 70% of it being rated as ‘very considerable’.   Overall, 67% of our submission was world leading or internationally excellent (up from 45% in RAE2008) with the overall average ranking for the School of Chemistry continuing to improve and up from 2.45 (2008) to 2.70 (2014).

A reputation for excellence

Research in the School of Chemistry has a reputation for excellence and covers a range of multidisciplinary subject areas with, for example, activities on nanomaterials, sensors for drugs and explosives, photovoltaics, molecular electronics and synthetic chemistry.

Industrial and academic links

We have many links with both industrial and academic partners around the world, contributing to the School’s international reputation for excellence.

Research groups

Research in the School covers a wide range of subject areas which can be grouped into the following general areas:

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemistry at the Life Sciences Interface
  • Computational and Theoretical chemistry

School staff are also concerned with supporting Environmental Chemistry research together with colleagues in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.


The School has a number of research facilities available for staff, students and external use. If you are either a company or other university department and wish to use these facilities, contact the head technician who will be able to assist you with further details on availability and pricing. Click on Our Research Facilities for detailed information.


Research work is funded through the research councils (EPSRC and BBSRC) and EU funding (WEFO) as well as an extensive network of industrial links. The School has an outstanding record in establishing Teaching Company Scheme programmes with industry.

Find out more about:

  • Our research staff and their publications
  • Our research facilities
  • Our industrial links