BSc Chemistry with Biotechnology

Paul Topham Aston University
This course will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding to begin a successful career in the exciting world of chemistry."

Dr Paul Topham
Teaching Staff

Entry requirements

BBB - BBC (or equivalent) including A-Level Chemistry and Biology Grade B

Graduates will be able to secure roles in a range of industries including renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals,biotechnology, environmental control, materials and water.

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, 2019)
Obtain relevant industrial experience with an integrated placement year
Chemistry at Aston is ranked 3rd in the UK for Teaching Quality (Sunday Times League Table, 2018)

4 years full-time with integrated placement year 

UCAS Code: C720 

Please note:

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  

Information on Admissions Policy

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4. 

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.

Information on visas for international students

Typical offer level 

BBB - BBC to include Chemistry and Biology at Grade B (including passing the relevant practical elements).

General studies accepted.

32 points overall with 554 including Chemistry and Biology 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/N ational 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.

This course is aimed at students interested in the flourishing interface between chemical and biological science, processing and biotechnology. The course is based on a core of chemistry and chemical engineering with a strong additional content of biosciences subjects. Graduates will be well equipped to meet the needs of the wide variety of rapidly developing industries looking for skills in these closely interrelated fields.

Year 1

  • Mathematics For Chemists
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Molecular Transformations
  • States of Matter
  • Introduction To Biological Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry
  • Chemical Toxicology
  • Introduction to Biological Systems

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Chemical Analysis 
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry II 
  • Polymer I
  • Key Literature Skills In Biological Chemistry
  • Forensic Toxicology 

 Optional Modules:

  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Electrochemistry And Aqueous Solutions
  • Intro To Business Management

Placement year
The placement year allows you to set your studies in context by taking a placement in the UK or abroad, gaining valuable and practical experience. We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you.

  • EAS Study Placement Year
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year

Final year
Core Modules:

  •  Advances in Biomaterials Science
  •  Organic Chemistry III
  •  Advances in Lipid Chemistry
  •  Immunology and Immunoassays
  •  High-Throughput Synthesis and Peptide Chemistry
  •  Biological Chemistry Research Project

 Optional Modules:

  • Catalysis
  • Advanced NMR Techniques
  • Inorganic Chemistry III
  • Nanomaterials
  • Renewable Technology
  • Biopharmaceutical Processing
  • Sustainability


The 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.

The study of chemistry is a springboard to your future, with opportunities in a wide variety of modern exciting industries including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agro-chemicals
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental control
  • Water
  • Renewable energy and materials

as well as medically related employment.

Core Teaching Staff

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

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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