Our courses

We aim to provide a high-quality learning environment for studying the concepts and practice of chemistry while developing a range of transferable skills. We work hard to keep the curriculum contemporary and use both our own research activities together with our extensive links with the chemical and pharmaceutical industries to keep the course content fresh and up-to-date.

The Chemistry degrees will provide you with training across all areas of Chemistry. On top of a solid grounding in key areas, there is flexibility later in the course for you to tailor your module options to your own interests. If you're inclined towards further study, our MChem degree opens up opportunities for a high-level reearch career.

The Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry degrees will provide you with an excellent foundation in medicinal chemistry. You wil explore the process of medicinal drug discovery, starting from the initial concept of a new product, to the discovery stage, through clinical trials, scale-up and finally production. Once again, if you're inclined towards further study, our MChem degree opens up opportunities for a high-level research career.

All of our BSc and MChem degrees have a common first two years.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications. Typical offers:

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MChem Programmes

All the MChem programmes allow you to select a two-term research project supervised by a member of academic staff. You will work in their research group alongside postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers and be exposed to the leading edge of your chosen research area. Many projects result in publications in journals. By the end, you are well-placed to decide whether to pursue your own postgraduate course.

Whether you choose mainstream Chemistry or one of our more specialised programmes, as a Warwick Chemistry Graduate, you have the option of becoming a professional chemist or entering many other professions which value numeracy, problem solving and good communication skills.

Industrial and Academic Placements

Additionally, all of our courses are available with the option of taking up one of many exciting placement and internship opportunities available, both in industry and at other universities across the world. Have a look at our placements page to read more about this.

How will I learn?


Years 1 & 2
A combination of about ten lectures, one tutorial, one workshop and 1-2 days per week in the laboratory.
Your first and second years will develop your understanding of core areas including some medicinal chemistry where you'll benefit from strong research-led teaching. Classes in our state of the art undegraduate labs will form an itengral part of your learning.
Year 3
Terms 1 and 2 - A combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Term 3 - Lab work. Either extended labs at Warwick or a placement either overseas or within industry.
Final-year BSc students can choose optional advanced Chemistry modules or modules from other science or language departments. You'll also have the opportunity to embark on an extended lab or industrial or overseas placement.
Year 4
Research project oriented, supported by optional lecture modules. In your final year you will complete an individual project on a topic of your choice. This is worth 50% of the year's mark and takes place in collaboration with one of our academics.

For students on the Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry degree streams, guest lecturers, mainly from the pharmaceutical industry, will provide expterise and knowledge and in your final year you will have the flexibility to select from advanced topics in Chemistry or Life Sciences.

We encourage our students to take part in the Undegraduate Research Support Scheme, which involves undertaking cutting edge research, during vacations.

How will I be assessed?

In the first two years of your degree, there wil be on average 10 hours of continually assessed lab work per week, counting for around 25% of your year mark, other material is assessed by a combination of marked assignments and unseen exams. The year 3 lab work or placement also counts for around 25% of that year's mark, again other material is assessed by a combination of marked assignements and unseen exams.

For MChem students, the research project counts for 50% of the 4th year (assessed by a combination of a written report, oral interview and presentation) with the optional modules (assessed by a combination of presentations, written work and unseen exams) making up the final 50% of that year.

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Year 1
Mathematics & Physics; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Laboratory & Assessed Work
Year 2
Laboratory; Polymer Chemistry; Organic Synthesis; Electrochemistry & Properties of Solutions; Organic Chemistry II; Statistical Mechanics; Symmetry & Group Theory; Transition Metal Chemistry; Solid-State Materials; Biological & Medicinal Chemistry; Key Skills; Starting a Business (optional)
Year 3

Organic Chemistry & Laboratory

Inorganic Chemistry & Laboratory

Physical Chemistry & Laboratory

Analytical Chemistry


Organic Chemistry & Laboratory

Inorganic Chemistry & Laboratory

Physical Chemistry & Laboratory

Analytical Chemistry

Molecular Pharmacology

Optional Modules^: Molecular Structure & Dynamics; Bioorganic Chemistry; Business Studies*; Polymer & Colloidal Science; Energy; Communicating Science; Extended Lab**; Coordination & Bio-Inorganic Chemistry; Secondary School Teaching
Year 4

Research Project & Methodology

Optional modules^:

Synthetic Chemistry I (Organic)

Synthetic Chemistry II (Metallo-organic)

Synthetic Chemistry III (Macromolecular)

Electrochemistry & Nanotechnology

Medicinal & Biological Chemistry

Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

Chemical Biology

Research Project & Methodology

Advanced Medicinal & Biological Chemistry

Optional Modules^:

Synthetic Chemistry I (Organic)

Synthetic Chemistry II (Metallo-organic)

Synthetic Chemistry III (Macromolecular)

Electrochemistry & Nanotechnology;

Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

Chemical Biology

^ Options from other departments available; * BSc only; ** Compulsory for MChem

Note that our course and module content and schedule is continually reveiwed and updated to relect the latest research expertise at Warwick, so it is therefore very important that you check warwick.ac.uk/chemistry for the latest infomation efor you apply and when you accept an offer.