BSc (Hons) Chemistry

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Key information


BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2024


Chemical and Environmental Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model


Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year. The preliminary year enables you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese prospectus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum requirements for our preliminary year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any element
  • PTE Academic 59 (minimum 53)
  • TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking) 

The minimum requirements for our qualifying year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65)
  • TOEFL iBT 90 (minimum 19 in Writing)

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “admission” is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. If your parents or guardians provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry 2+2 programme is designed to exploit your curiosity for chemistry; to provide an advanced understanding of the core principles and topics of chemistry; to encourage you to express your ideas clearly and logically; to develop your approach towards independent learning, and to adapt to a wide range of careers in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.

Our educational aim is that graduates from the BSc (Hons) in Chemistry course have excellent knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical chemistry that, following appropriate training and experience, will enable them to pursue a wide range of chemistry careers in academia or industry.

This programme is taught entirely in English, and the degree awards are identical to those at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Special feature

You will gain laboratory experience in hands-on practical classes that typically run for up to eight hours per week during the first year of your course. These classes extend to 12 hours per week in the second and third years. These classes introduce you to the current synthetic and analytical approaches in chemistry, and the operation in modern instrumentation. Practical sessions are held in modern laboratories housed within our university campus. In your third year, you will work on short-term, team-based projects to develop your independence and time management skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide your studies and help you to select modules that match your interests and ambitions. Your personal tutor is your primary contact in the school if you have any concerns. Your personal tutor will take an interest in your personal and academic development, offering you help, encouragement and guidance.

Course structure

This chemistry course is based on that of the same name at the Nottingham UK campus and organised on a 2+2 basis (2 years in Ningbo, and 2 years in Nottingham, UK).

The first two years will be a preliminary year (predominantly English language skills) and a qualifying year, followed by part I and part II years in the UK campus.

We have designed a series of modules that help to deepen and broaden your previous knowledge, introducing you to topics that you may not have encountered at secondary school or college. You will take modules attracting a total of 120 credits in each academic year.

Careers and further study

As a Nottingham chemistry graduate, you will be well prepared for a wide range of employment and postgraduate study opportunities. The chemical industry requires trained chemists, and the emerging materials and biotechnology sectors require chemists who can generate new materials, products, and knowledge that are needed in these areas.

In addition to equipping you with the theoretical and practical skills in chemistry, a degree in chemistry from Nottingham also demonstrates that you can think logically and critically, solve complicated problems, and manage your time effectively. Consequently, our graduates may also be employed in other professions, including those in finance, education and marketing.

Throughout your time with us, our Career Development Office can work with you to improve your employability skills even further. They will assist with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Recent destinations of graduates in chemistry from the University of Nottingham UK include Boots, Cancer Research, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), HSBC, Intellectual Property Office, NHS and Unilever. In addition, many graduates continue their studies in chemistry or a related discipline, working towards postgraduate degrees at Masters level.


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Historically, nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

More information

Click here to see more about Module Catalogue and Programme Specifications

Contact us

Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0574) 8818 0182

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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