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Chemistry (Foundation Entry)

5 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

On our MChem Chemistry (Foundation Entry) course we’ll give you an introduction to all the traditional elements of physical, organic, inorganic, analytical and ‘green’ chemistry, as well as a range of practical laboratory skills. It provides the perfect stepping stone to an MChem, the established mainstream route to becoming a chemist in the UK.

You’ll get a solid grounding in scientific knowledge and learn a wide range of practical laboratory skills and techniques. An MChem is a highly respected qualification which the major employers of chemists – and the Royal Society of Chemistry – are looking for.

Foundation entry degree courses like this one are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree but you don’t have the qualifications needed to directly enter the full honours degree programme.

During the foundation year we’ll equip you with the essential knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical science skills you’ll need to succeed at degree level. You’ll build your confidence and become an independent learner.

Why study with us

  • We’re ranked 6th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide, 2022), and our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
  • You’ll get an insight into ‘green chemistry’ and how the chemical industry is adopting revolutionary processes which are more environmentally friendly.
  • Our laboratories feature state-of-the-art equipment, including mass spectrometers, NMRs and electron microscopes.

What you'll do

  • During your foundation year you’ll enhance your practical skills with a variety of hands-on Biology and Chemistry laboratory sessions and Physics workshops.
  • You’ll have the chance to go on an optional sandwich placement year and gain valuable industry experience.
  • You can use this foundation year as an opportunity to get to know other foundation students on different science-based degree programmes.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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  • This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. RSC are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists with a worldwide community.

Future careers

Our Chemistry (Foundation Entry) course is a stepping stone to careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries.

It can also lead to a career in chemical research and development, nanotechnology, environmental science, forensic science, biotechnology and teaching.

And because so many of the skills you’ll learn are transferable, you could work in accountancy and finance, law and even publishing.

Fees and Funding

First year£5500 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£6000 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£10000 for the first year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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