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Undergraduate degrees in chemistry

Why study chemistry at York?

We're a friendly and supportive department with an outstanding reputation for teaching and research in chemistry. Our staff continually push the boundaries of knowledge. Their advanced research informs what you learn. 

Our undergraduate courses span the breadth of chemical sciences, with the ability for you to choose to tailor your studies with our option modules if you have already developed an interest in a specific area. Our excellent study and teaching facilities will provide you with the experience and skills to help you excel in your chosen career.

Our courses

All of our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Our teaching covers biological, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, green and sustainable chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and materials chemistry.

Course options

We offer three-year BSc courses and four-year MChem integrated Masters courses. Students who take the more in-depth MChem courses may be aiming for a scientific research career. Our MChem courses all include a final-year project, which may be completed in a research laboratory in York, or in a research laboratory in a partner institution in another country, or as part of an industrial placement.

Our student exchanges give you the opportunity to spend an academic year in a range of countries. The exact programme undertaken will vary according to which overseas university you attend, but all involve a research project. 

If you're studying at a university outside the UK, you may be able to spend up to a year in York as a visiting student.

The Department of Chemistry also contributes to the following undergraduate courses:

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of Chemistry.

Gold-standard education

Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in their latest national assessment (2023 Teaching Excellence Framework).

Visit days

Our visit days are a great opportunity to get to know the department. Whether you're coming for a pre-offer or post-offer visit, we'll be there to answer your questions and show you around our facilities. 

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Our facilities

We offer an impressive range of modern teaching labs and research equipment which provide a hands-on experience and help prepare you for your career. They're looked after by our talented and dedicated team of technicians.

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Our degree courses are designed to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of modern chemistry. Although the majority of our graduates progress to become scientists, the analytical and transferable skills which constitute part of our degrees are recognised as suitable training for a wide range of careers.

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Free online courses

Get a taste of studying chemistry with our online course. You'll study topics including searching for new antibiotics, how to make the most delicious coffee and designing performance-enhancing sportswear.

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