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F100 - Chemistry


BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: F100
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

Our professionally accredited Chemistry BSc Honours degree provides you with a thorough understanding of all the main areas of chemistry.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Professional accreditation

Course overview

Chemistry touches every part of our lives. From food and medicine to biotechnology and renewable energy, its influence is endless. As a Chemist, you can have a great career and make a difference in the world.

This exciting degree allows you to broaden your interests as you discover the subject.

You'll explore the role of chemistry in:

  • drug design
  • electronic properties of molecules and materials
  • renewable energy technology (solar, batteries)
  • nanoscience

You'll study organic, inorganic, physical and structural chemistry. You'll investigate modern analytical techniques and computational chemistry. You can create your own distinct learning experience at Newcastle. You'll explore your interests as you discover the subject.

The facilities are outstanding at Newcastle. You'll have the opportunity to study in modern research laboratories and synthetic chemistry teaching laboratories.

BSc or MChem?

If you are planning for a career in chemical research in industry or academia, or you wish to study for a higher qualification such as a PhD, we suggest you apply for an MChem degree.

Our MChem degrees last four years and provide a more in-depth study of chemistry compared to our BSc degrees. They also include a research project in the fourth year, which gives you experience of working in a research environment.


Student working in a lab

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.


Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.


In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Additional information

Flexible degree structure

All of our chemistry degrees share the same first year. We allow you to explore your subject and find out where your interests lie. You can then transfer between degrees if you want to.

Find out more about our Chemistry degrees

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Our chemistry degrees share a common first year. This ensures that you develop a solid foundation in chemistry and its many forms. You’ll explore the fundamentals of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Chemical Skills and Professionalism 10
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 20
General Chemistry 10
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 20
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 20
Chemical Laboratory Skills 1 20
Optional Modules Credits
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20
Earth System Science 10
Mathematical Skills for Chemists 10
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists 10

You'll explore more advanced concepts in chemistry including polymers, supramolecular and computational chemistry. You’ll also investigate bioactive natural products and their role in naturally-derived drugs.

You'll take an employability module that includes a Professional Awareness Event. You'll have the opportunity to interact with a range of companies.


Compulsory Modules

ACE2077 Sustainable Solutions
CHY2010 Structural Chemistry
CHY2110 Organic Chemistry
CHY2210 Physical Chemistry
CHY2310 Inorganic Chemistry
CHY2510 Chemistry Laboratory Skills 2

Optional Modules

BIO2017 Microbiology
CEG2604 Global Element Cycling
CHY2410 Medicinal Chemistry
CHY2610 Scientific Computing for Chemists

In your final year, you’ll also study advanced organic and inorganic chemistry, exploring topics including chemical nanoscience, synthesis and bioinorganic chemistry.

You’ll also complete an independent research literature project. This will help to develop your skills in reviewing, critiquing and presenting research material.


Compulsory Modules

CHY3010 Structural Chemistry
CHY3012 Chemical Skills and Employability
CHY3111 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHY3210 Physical and Computational Chemistry
CHY3310 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHY3510 Chemistry Laboratory Skills
CHY3511 Analytical Chemistry in Practice

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of:

  • lectures/seminars
  • laboratory practicals
  • computational practicals
  • research project
  • small group tutorials

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

Skills and experience

Practical skills

During your course, you'll develop professional laboratory skills through practical experience in our high-spec teaching labs.

You'll also develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. These will enable you to pursue careers outside of Chemistry, including:

  • accountancy
  • patent law
  • marketing

Business skills

You're able to develop business skills through:

  • employability skills modules across all stages
  • work placements
  • study abroad opportunities
  • industrial visits

You'll develop key skills, including:

  • writing proposals
  • writing scientific reports and papers
  • delivering presentations

You'll also network with industry at our Professional Awareness Day, empowering you to make decisions about your career.

Research skills

Research is at the heart of what we do. Our latest research discoveries feed into your curriculum. You'll learn on the cutting-edge of Chemistry. Our discoveries include:

  • discovery of new anti-cancer drugs
  • development of battery technology
  • creation of nanoscale electronics


Industrial training year

Gaining work experience is invaluable for your career. You can take an industrial training year as part of our Chemistry with Industrial Training Year.

This paid industrial training year is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience. If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer upon graduation.

Our students have completed paid placements in leading companies including:

  • Amazon
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • EY
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Shell

For BSc students, the placement year is not assessed but you'll write a report on your placement.

Facilities and environment


During your studies, you'll be based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus.

You'll have the opportunity to study in well-resourced research laboratories and synthetic chemistry teaching laboratories. Our facilities also include:

  • physical chemistry laboratory
  • mechanical, glassblowing 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


As a new student, you'll receive your own tablet as part of your studies. You'll also receive a lab coat for laboratory practicals.

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with any issues.

Your future

Six months after graduating 97% of our chemistry student were in work or further study*.

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Some graduates took up roles, such as:

  • chemist
  • data analyst
  • laboratory technician
  • mineral technician
  • quality inspector

Gaining work experience is invaluable for your career. You can take an industrial training year as part of our MChem Chemistry with Industrial Training Year.

This paid industrial training year is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience. If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer upon graduation.

Our students have worked placements in companies including:

  • Amazon
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • EY
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Shell

Enterprising students

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Careers support

During your second year, you'll attend our Professional Awareness Day. We invite a broad mix of businesses to the event, carry out mock interviews and hold Q&A sessions with alumni. You're empowered to make decisions about your future career.

In your final year, you will have one-to-one meetings with an academic to discuss your professional future.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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