School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Chemistry

Undergraduate Chemistry

Chemistry at Newcastle University is an exciting place to start your science career.

Our Chemistry undergraduates working on experiments within our excellent lab facilities.

We reflect modern chemistry in all our taught undergraduate courses. We offer specialised medicinal chemistry degrees and courses with a year in industry.

Teaching excellence

We keep our degrees updated with the research discoveries of our expert staff. This ensures you graduate with the most up-to-date subject knowledge.

Our academics' specialisms give you access to diverse fields of study, including:

  • discovery of new antibiotics
  • development of solar technology
  • creation of nanoscale electronics
  • protection of structures from the elements

They've made ground-breaking discoveries in the treatment of conditions like cancer. Several, including Dr Celine Cano and Professor Mike Waring, have earned prestigious awards.

Quality and ranking

Our degrees are professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Accredited MChem degrees fulfil the academic requirements for:

  • admission to AMRSC (Associate of the Royal Society of Chemistry) 
  • Chartered Chemist (CChem)

Our chemistry study experience has a 91% satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2017.

Employability

95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment, more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

Our graduates work in scientific research-related roles or technical occupations. The main employers are those in the chemical and related industries such as:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • agrochemicals
  • petrochemicals

Our Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry degrees are particularly suited to careers in:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • hospital laboratories
  • firms specialising in clinical diagnosis

What our students say


Kahina

After I graduate I want to work in a lab making new medicines. The industrial year that is offered at Newcastle will be a great help. They also offer lots of help with getting placements over summer.

Ryan

To be able to attend a Russell Group University situated in one of the liveliest cities in the UK is something that I’d recommend to anyone.


You will have access to our £2.1m research labs and £1.9m synthetic chemistry teaching labs. Other facilities include:

  • physical chemistry laboratory
  • mechanical and electronic workshops, staffed by highly trained technicians
  • facilities for the synthesis and characterisation of novel materials 
  • extensive computational resources for molecular modelling and dynamics
  • a centralised NMR facility which includes 200, 300 and 500 MHz spectrometers

All new Chemistry undergraduates receive a starter pack worth £200, including:

  • textbooks
  • calculator
  • lab coat
  • goggles
  • molecular modelling kit
  • access to a world-leading scientific drawing programme

Choose a degree


Chemistry BSc

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB, IB: 34 points - You develop professional laboratory skills required to work in the sector through practical experience in our high-spec teaching labs, some of the best in the UK.


Chemistry MChem

Duration: 4 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB, IB: 35 points - In your fourth year, you take advanced modules, such as catalyst application and design, organic synthesis for drug targets, and further organic and inorganic chemistry.


Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry BSc

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB, IB: 34 points - Your specialist medicinal chemistry topics include cancer chemotherapy, enzymology and toxicology.


Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem

Duration: 4 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB, IB: 35 points - In your fourth year, you take advanced modules, such as advanced methods in drug discovery, organic synthesis for drug targets, and further organic and inorganic chemistry.


Industry Training Year or Study Abroad

All our degrees are offered with an industry training or study abroad year.