Faculty of Science and Engineering


UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F100

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chemical Structure and Physical Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Approach

    Understand core principles of organic chemistry from alkanes to the surprising stability of aromaticity. Acids and bases and analytical chemical methods are examined from a conceptual and mathematical standpoint and all teaching is support by lots of hands-on laboratory experience.

  • Insight into Materials Chemistry and Scientific Skills

    Study the key mathematical and scientific concepts needed to flourish in your further studies, and start to develop an understanding of the materials chemistry research that has been done recently at Hull.

  • Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

    Explore important topics in inorganic and analytical chemistry that lay the foundations of your future success. It immerses you in the exciting world of transition metal chemistry, inorganic solids and the identification of unknown organic compounds by spectroscopy.

  • Organic and Physical Chemistry

    This module will Introduce and develop basic and fundamental concepts in organic and physical chemistry. You will develop chemical problem solving skills and learn crucial experimental skills which underpin more complex experimental techniques encountered later in the programme.

  • Chemistry's Global Challenge

    In small groups, you will investigate a scientific topic suggested by your tutor. Developing your teamworking skills, you will work towards producing a poster and an audio recording in the style of a radio interview around your topic.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Synthesis and Analysis

    Develop insight in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry through a combination of lectures, workshops and laboratory classes. You'll cover topics such as elemental analysis, 3d versus 4d/5d metals, metal oxides with non-stoichiometric compositions, structure determination of organic compounds, stereochemistry and conformation, and electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution.

  • Spectroscopic Methods

    Study the quantum mechanical basis of spectroscopy and use this knowledge to understand atomic, rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopic techniques. You will gain hands-on experience of applying this knowledge in workshops and laboratory classes.

  • Chemistry of the World and Scientific Skills

    This module is an exciting blend of essential skills and how chemistry influences society. It not only gives you invaluable experience of oral communication and the production of a high-quality CV and covering letter, but also teaches you about green chemistry, biomass valorisation, liquid crystals, astrochemistry and secondary metabolism.

  • Synthesis and Measurement

    This module delivers core organic and analytical chemistry, through both lectures and laboratory work. You’ll explore the following themes: bifunctional chemistry; heteroaromatic chemistry; molecular spectroscopy; and electroanalytical chemistry.

  • Inorganic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Thermodynamics

    Study a range of advanced inorganic and organometallic chemistry, including bonding and the structure, spectroscopy and reactivity of important metal-based complexes. You will slowly unravel the secrets of why chemical reactions and molecules behave the way they do, by exploring the intricate world of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.

  • Computational Chemistry with Professional Skills

    This module uniquely combines computational chemistry, molecular modelling and employability skills. You will be introduced to quantum mechanics and its application to molecular chemistry and spectroscopy, as well as the use of computer packages for the modelling of molecules. You'll also be taught essential interview skills and techniques to help you secure a graduate position in the workplace.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chemistry of Surfaces, Colloids and Molecular Machines

  • Chemical Separation and Characterisation

    Explore structure determination and analytical techniques of x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and separation science in theory, problem solving and advanced laboratory skills. The emphasis is on application of knowledge and problem solving.

  • Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

    This module delivers core organic and organometallic chemistry through lectures and laboratory work. You’ll explore the following themes: pericyclic reactions; organic synthesis using reagents containing the p-block elements P, B, Si and Si; and control of reactivity in metal-organic systems.

  • Chemistry group project

    Work as part of a small group, supported by a supervisor, on a short research project. This may include lab work, field work, and literature research, and be drawn from chemistry, analytical science, biochemistry, or chemical education. You will be assessed by a group poster presentation, and also by an individual report.

Optional modules

  • Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids

    Explore a range of advanced modern chemistry, covering the physical quantities and laws for describing and predicting the mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of solids, including cluster compounds. You will carry out a piece of investigative coursework in an area of current chemistry.

  • Chemistry of Materials

  • Inorganic and Bioorganic Chemistry

    This module looks at the chemistry behind important classes of biological molecules, including peptides, nucleic acids, lipids, and porphyrins. The role of metals and metal complexes in biology and medicine will also be covered.

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More about this course

Chemistry students at Hull work closely with our world-class researchers and enjoy access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, making for a truly outstanding learning experience. Chemistry here is taught by some of the leaders in the field, including members of the pioneering liquid crystal display (LCD) research team, now spearheading the next generation of display technology – Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs). The programme covers an exciting and diverse array of subjects, including analytical, forensic, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. You gain a broad, balanced knowledge of the wide array of subjects that make up modern chemistry, and the opportunity to extend that knowledge into specialised and cutting edge areas of the discipline.

Our students graduate with a balance of academic and professional skills, as well as personal qualities, that make them highly sought-after by employers. You develop investigative and problem-solving skills that prepare you to confidently work in the chemical industry or go on to further academic study. The foundation English year has been designed for international students to prepare for university-level study in a British environment. The foundation year is ideal for students whose qualifications don’t allow direct access to a degree course, while the MChem programme gives a deeper understanding of modern chemistry. The option of spending a year in industry imparts skills, experience and knowledge to give you a valuable head start in your career. Both Honours and Masters programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, allowing you to become a member of the society and achieve, after appropriate career experience, Chartered Chemist status (CChem).

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Excellent job prospects - 94% of our students are in work or study six months after graduating. (HESA 2017)

Be inspired by leaders in the field including members of the team that gave the world LCD displays

Cutting edge facilities include synthesis laboratories, a state-of-the-art microscopy suite, NMR, microfluidic fabrication facilities and mass spectrometry facilities.

Industry links include projects with AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt-Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels;
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • Irish Leaving Certificate;
  • Scottish Highers;
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level or BTEC in Chemistry/Applied Science at Grade C/Merit or above. Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points, including 5 in HL Chemistry.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with minimum of 23 credits at merit including Chemistry/Physical Science modules.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

We are ranked among the top 10 universities nationally for the job prospects of our chemistry graduates. This, alongside the national shortage of suitably qualified chemists in industry, puts our graduates in a strong position. Some use their chemistry and their communication skills to become teachers in universities, schools and colleges. Others use their knowledge and skills to follow research careers in universities, industry, government laboratories and research institutes.

Those with entrepreneurial ambitions work in companies that aim to lead the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology markets. Many find employment in laboratories carrying out testing, development, production and analysis.

The scientific and personal skills you gain also open up a wide range of careers where chemistry is not directly involved, including computing, administration, accountancy, insurance, banking and journalism. Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates.