BSc Applied Chemistry

Our courses emphasise the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry.

Why choose this course?

  • This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • 96% overall student satisfaction level according to the 2015 Guardian University Guide.
  • Ranked in Top 10 in the UK for both spend per student and staff to student ratio according to the 2015 Guardian University Guide.
  • This programme is ranked in the Top 25 chemistry courses in the UK (2017 Guardian League Table)
  • Transfer to BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering possible in the first year
  • Emphasis on industrial and applied chemistry
  • Close industrial links provide excellent placement opportunities.

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:
£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2016/17)                              
£16,850 for Outside EU students (2016/17)
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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

Year 2

Core modules

Optional modules

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

Final Year

Core Modules

Optional Modules

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.
Prof S Al-Malaika
Prof Al-Malaika's researches are in the areas of oxidation, stabilisation and modification of polymers. Current interests include studies on the oxidation and stabilisation of metallocene polyolefins, the antioxidant mechanisms and performance of biological antioxidant in polymers, synthesis of reactive compatibilisers for polymer blends, upgrading properties of polymers by reactive processing techniques, free radical grafting reactions on polymer melts and photo-bio-degradability of polymers.

Prof A V Bridgwater
Professor Bridgwater established the Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) in 1986. Since then it has grown to 25 members with an aggregated research income of over £13m. BERG specialises in the fast pyrolysis of biomass and solid wastes for production of liquid bio-fuels and chemicals. The group also researches advanced gasification and bioenergy system analysis, design and evaluation including economic assessment. Professor Bridgwater leads the SuperGen Biomass and Bioenergy Consortium supported by EPSRC. He also leads Thermalnet, an EU-forum on the thermal conversion of biomass, sponsored by the EC and IEA Bioenergy.

Prof B J Tighe
Professor Tighe's research focuses on the design, synthesis and applications of biomedical polymers, a significant proportion of which are hydrogels, a term frequently used to describe polymers swollen with water. Current interests include novel materials for ophthalmic applications, drug delivery systems, bioadhesive polymers, synthetic materials for articular cartilage, lung surfactant and cornea. The research is interdisciplinary and involves strong interactive connections with relevant industrial companies.
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Graham Morris

BSc Applied Chemistry

"At Aston, there is a focus on integrating Chemists and Chemical Engineers. It is important that the Chemists know the jobs of the Engineers and vise versa. This has become apparent on placement and has proven to be very useful. "

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