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Chemistry with Industrial Training Year BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: F102
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2023

This professionally accredited BSc degree provides you with a thorough understanding of all the main areas of chemistry and includes an industrial placement year to boost your skills and employability.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £26400

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

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.

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

In Stage 3, you'll take your year in industry. This paid industrial training year is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

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?

The MChem programme is perfect for those pursuing a career within scientific research.

Our MChem degree follows the normal BSc curriculum, plus a further year of advanced study. You'll undertake a research project in the fourth year. You'll gain valuable experience of working in a research environment.


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

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

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Additional information

Flexible degree structure

Our chemistry degrees share a common first year. This ensures that you develop a solid foundation in chemistry and its many forms.

Find out more about our chemistry degrees

Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

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 Laboratory Skills 1 20
Chemical Skills and Professionalism 10
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 20
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 20
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 20
General Chemistry 10
Additional compulsory module information
If you have A Level Maths grade C or below you take the following compulsory module:
Optional Modules Credits
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Earth System Science 10
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20
Mathematical Skills for Chemists 10
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists 10
Additional optional module information
The following optional module is not available if you have A Level Maths grade C or below:

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 Credits
Sustainable Solutions 10
Chemical Laboratory Skills 2 20
Structural Chemistry 10
Organic Chemistry 20
Inorganic Chemistry 20
Physical Chemistry 20
Optional Modules Credits
Global Element Cycling 10
Medicinal Chemistry 10
Scientific Computing for Chemists 10
Chemistry of the Atmosphere 10

You’ll complete a paid placement year. We will help you find a company that will give you invaluable work experience. With our links to industry, you’ll find a company that matches your interests.

You’re supported by visits from academic staff during your placement. You'll also complete a log book demonstrating the skills and learning achieved during your placement. This experience will help you to stand out in a competitive field.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Intercalating module for F102/F122 120

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 Credits
Chemical Laboratory Skills 3P 20
Professional Development and Employability Skills for Chemists 10
Advanced Organic Chemistry 20
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 20
Physical and Computational Chemistry 20
Advanced Structural Chemistry 10
Analytical Chemistry in Practice 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, tutorials and lab-based and computational experiments. You will have practical classes for two afternoons each week in Stage 1 and these increase in later years.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

Skills and experience

Practical skills

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'll develop professional and employability skills. You'll have the opportunity to interact with alumni and leading companies.

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

Our industrial training degrees last four years, with the placement in Stage 3.

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

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


To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive:

  • a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable)
  • 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

Employers hold our graduates in high regard. Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of sectors, including:

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

Benefit from our strong links with industry

Join our network of confident and successful graduates who benefit from our industry links with:

  • AkzoNobel
  • Astra Zeneca
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Proctor & Gamble

If you want to pursue chemistry research as a career, a good chemistry degree is essential, often followed by a research degree.

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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

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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

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This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. 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.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


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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  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
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