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

You'll enjoy research-led teaching from a Russell Group institution. We keep our degrees updated with the research discoveries of our expert staff.

We offer you small group teaching for tutorials in year two, weekly feedback for core course areas and dynamic lab courses to reinforce taught material.

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

  • discovery of new anti-cancer drugs
  • development of battery technology
  • nanoscience and nanoscale electronics
  • structural analysis
  • organic light emitting diodes
  • inorganic chemistry

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)

Employability

96% 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 (85.5%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of sectors, such as:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • accountancy
  • agrochemicals
  • patent law
  • petrochemicals
  • marketing

The problem solving and analytical skills you acquire with us make you highly employable. They provide a good subset for non-science related, well-paid graduate jobs.

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.


Jordan's French experience

My time in Strasbourg was an unforgettable experience.

Being in a lab all day every day for eight months at first seemed like a daunting prospect. But I soon became passionate about my project and enjoyed being in the lab.

In fact, the project became the favourite part of my time abroad. This was the first opportunity I’d had to carry out my own research. I could develop it and have a voice in directing where it went.

I have been fortunate enough to study both in Newcastle and Strasbourg. They are two cities that are friendly and welcoming.

Strasbourg is one of the prettiest cities I have visited. So as well as improving my Chemistry, I also enjoyed this beautiful city.

The key benefits of the year abroad process have been a massive improvement in my:

  • lab abilities
  • problem solving skills
  • knowledge of French wine and cheese

Now, I have been able to return to Newcastle for my Masters in a much stronger position in Chemistry. I can apply all the skills learned to my Master’s research project and lectures.

The Study Abroad process has improved my job prospects. It stands me in good stead for the future as it shows that I can be:

  • out of my comfort zone in a foreign country
  • carry out a project gaining invaluable experience that stands me out from the crowd

Three top tips:

  1. Go for it, immerse yourself in a different culture. This is a prime opportunity to do so.
  2. Get a wider understanding of all the different cultures that the world has to offer.
  3. Don’t worry, try everything.

You will have access to our world-leading research 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
  • a centralised x-ray diffraction service
  • extensive computational resources for molecular modelling and dynamics
  • a centralised NMR facility which includes 300, 500 and 700 MHz spectrometers

All of our undergraduates enjoy access to these facilities.

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


For more information on our courses, contact Dr Andrew Pike (Admissions Tutor) or Dr Mike Probert (Degree Programme Director).


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