BSc Applied Chemistry

BSc Applied Chemistry Aston University

All of my classes and laboratory sessions were mostly held in one building. With the campus being in the heart of Birmingham, everything is so accessible."

Mohammed Johirul Islam
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. 

Chemistry at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)
100% of Chemistry students at Aston were satisfied with the Teaching on their course (National Student Survey 2018)
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Ranked 12th in the UK for Chemistry (Sunday Times League Table 2018)

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

UCAS Code: FC10

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
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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 (2018/19)                              
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Typical offer level 

ABB-BBB to include Chemistry.

General Studies accepted.

32 points overall with 555 including Chemistry at Higher Level.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate: D plus two A Levels including Chemistry and Biology at minimum Grade B. 

BTEC Level 3 Diploma/National Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science or Medical Science): DD plus A Level Chemistry at minimum Grade B.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomia/Natinal Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD (Forensic Science or Medical Science), plus A Level Chemistry at minimum Grade B 

A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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
  • Design and Build (CE1002) 
  • Organic Chemistry I (CH1102)
  • Physical Chemistry I (CH1103)
  • Molecular Transformations (CH1104)
  • States of Matter (CH1105)
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry (CH1106)
  • Inorganic Chemistry I (CH1111)
  • Mathematics for Chemists (CH1006)
  • General Chemistry (CH1112)
  • Health, Safety and the Environment (CE1007)
  • Chemistry and the Environment (CH1115)

Year 2

Core modules

  • Chemical Analysis (CH2101)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CH2102)
  • Biological Chemistry (CH2104)
  • Physical Chemistry II (CH2107)
  • Polymer I (CH2128)
  • Inorganic Chemistry II (CH2126)
  • Electrochemistry and Aqueous Systems (CH2127)

Optional modules

  • Reaction Kinetics and Equilibrium Thermodynamics (CH2106)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)
  • Introduction to Immunology (BY1IM1)
  • Chemical Toxicology (CH1113)
  • Introduction to Computing Concepts (EE1ICC)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement (SEP003)

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 II (CH3108)
  • Inorganic Chemistry III (CH3115)
  • Catalysis (CH3010)

Optional Modules

  • Advances in Biomaterials Science (CH3102)
  • Advances in Lipid Chemistry (CH3109)
  • Nanomaterials (CE3112) 
  • Advanced NMR Techniques (CH3114)
  • Renewable Technologies (CE3020)
  • Forensic Toxicology (CH2131)

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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