BSc Applied Chemistry

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

Aston provided a course that not only included core modules of chemistry but also aspects of chemical engineering, biochemistry and business." 

Tarnvir Bhamra
BSc Applied Chemistry

Entry requirements

ABB – BBB (or equivalent) including A-Level Chemistry

This programme will equip you for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations. 

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Ranked in the top 25 for chemistry courses in the UK (Guardian League Table 2017)
Top 10 in the UK for both spend per student and staff to student ratio (Guardian University Guide 2015)
Overall satisfaction level for chemistry students at Aston (Guardian University Guide 2015)

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: FC10

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma (including Chemistry at A level)
IB: 32 points (including Chemistry at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Chemistry
General Studies accepted
GCSE: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted
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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:
£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2017/18)                              
£17,200 for Outside EU students (2017/18)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

CENEWLINKCountless consumer and industrial products, medicines and pharmaceuticals are produced on processes developed from the fundamental principles of chemistry.

Our courses emphasise the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry. They aim to expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and to develop your personal, communication and management skills.

Ultimately you will be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching.

Subject Guide & Modules:

This programme is academically the same as the BSc in chemistry,  but as an applied chemist you will also spend a year on placement in industry.  We cater for the needs of ‘pure’ chemists whilst providing the opportunity to explore the industrial, pharmaceutical, technological and commercial dimensions of chemistry.  Business and other specialist topics are built into our courses enabling you to develop valuable  management skills.  You share your first year with chemical engineers, to gain a deeper insight into industrial processes.  

You will study subjects such as process design, health and safety, biological chemistry, biomaterials, inorganic materials and polymer synthesis. The innovative and relevant nature of our courses will also help you to discover new and exciting areas of chemistry, including bio-compatibility, medicinal drug delivery systems, the Buckminster-Fullerenes and cluster compounds, liquid crystals, non-metallic conductors and superconductors.

Year 1

Core Modules
  • Introduction to Transfer Processes (CE1009)
  • Design and Build (CE1002) 
  • Process and Product Design (CE1004)
  • Biological Macromolecules (CH1107)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CH1102)
  • Physical Chemistry I (CH1103)
  • Molecular Transformations (CH1104)
  • States of Matter (CH1105)
  • Inorganic Chemistry I (CH1111)
  • Mathematics for Chemists (CH1006)

Year 2

Core modules

  • Electrochemistry and Aqueous Systems (CE2127)
  • Chemical Analysis (CH2101)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CH2102)
  • Biological Chemistry (CH2104)
  • Physical Chemistry II (CH2107)
  • Polymer I (CH2128)
  • Inorganic Chemistry II (CH2126)

Optional modules

  • Reaction Kinetics (CE2106)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)
  • Introduction to Immunology (BY1IM1)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

Core Modules
  • Physical Chemistry III (CH3008)
  • Research Project (CH3011)
  • Organic Chemistry III (CH3103)
  • Polymer III (CH3108)
  • Inorganic Chemistry III (CH3115)
  • Catalysis (CH3010)
  • Advanced NMR Techniques (CH3114)

Optional Modules

  • Advances in Lipid Chemistry (CH3109)
  • Particle Processing for Chemists (CH2111)
  • Advances in Biomaterials Science (CH3102)
  • Nanomaterials (CE3112)

The optional integrated placement year is available with all our chemistry courses. It will give you invaluable practical experience and enhance your career prospects through a paid professional placement in the UK or abroad. We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. All our undergraduates benefit from these links, whether through their placement, projects or vacation work, an excellent opportunity to receive training in industry or in a research establishment, providing invaluable practical experience and enhancing your career prospects.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques. Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Your broad grounding in the principles of chemistry will prepare you to enter research, development or production in the chemical process industries or to undertake postgraduate research or teaching certificates. Alternatively you may pursue a career in areas as diverse as commerce, administration, accounting, banking or the civil service.

The study of chemistry is a springboard to your future, whether or not you enter a directly related career and is a highly stimulating and rewarding choice. For students taking the Biological Chemistry course there are also opportunities in a wide variety of modern exciting industries including pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals, biotechnology, environmental control, water, renewable energy and materials.

Dr Sukhvinder Phull
Dr Andrew Sutherland
Prof Brian Tighe
Dr Paul Topham
Dr Petra van Koningsbruggen
Dr Georgios Kyriakou
Dr Gareth Griffiths
Dr Rob Evans
Dr Paul Tack
Dr Dave Walton
Prof Sahar Al-Malaika

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400

Interested? I'd love to hear from you

Dr Sukhvinder Phull, Programme Director

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