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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry (2+2)


Studying Chemistry at the University of Nottingham

What are the major chemical pollutants in the air and how do we analyse these pollutants? How drugs are designed and synthesized? If you have ever wondered about questions like these, then perhaps you are interested to undertake our Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry (2+2).

Chemistry is the central science that supplies answers to these and countless other questions. It is key to understanding the natural world and how to enhance the quality of our lives. Advances in chemistry provide the understanding that underpins much of modern science: an understanding that contributes directly to our everyday lives, from the food we eat and the medicines we take to the environment in which we live.

The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry 2+2 program offered by our university 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 variety 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 an excellent knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical chemistry that, following appropriate training and experience, will enable them to pursue for a wide range of chemistry careers in academia or industry.


How will I study?


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. We have designed a series of modules that help to deepen and broaden your previous knowledge, and introduce 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. This programme is taught entirely in English and the degree awards are identical to those in the Nottingham UK.

Typical modules for BSc (Hons) in Chemistry (2+2)

Preliminary Year (UNNC)

Prior to beginning the degree programme, you will undergo a compulsory Preliminary Year in Ningbo. The overall aim of the Preliminary Year Programme is designed to help you to achieve the same level as UK A-Level students and succeed in your future study at Nottingham. The preliminary year programme equips you with the language skill and some basic chemistry knowledge that you will need to excel in your future academic course.

  • Foundation Science A
  • Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques
  • Undergraduate Listening & Speaking in Academic Contexts
  • Foundation Science B
  • The Scientific Method
  • Undergraduate Academic Oral Presentations
  • Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts
  • Undergraduate English in Specific Academic Contexts b (Science & Engineering Pathways: Engineering; Computer Science; Environmental Science & Architecture)

Qualifying Year (UNNC)

Building on your pre-university and preliminary year’s studies, you will spend your Qualifying Year gaining core chemical knowledge and understanding.

  • Foundation Laboratory Work
  • An Introduction to Spectroscopy, Energy and Bonding in Chemistry
  • An Introduction to Organic Molecules and their Reactivity
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Design
  • An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry
  • Mathematical Methods for Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Part I (UNUK)

In this year, theoretical and practical modules further develop the knowledge and understanding gained in the first year. The core material accounts for approximately 100 credits of your study with a further 20 credits taken as optional modules.

  • Core Laboratory Work A
  • Sustainable Chemistry*
  • Synthesis & Spectroscopy
  • Synoptic Review of Chemical Knowledge (Year 2)
  • Advanced Calculus and Differential Equation Techniques*
  • General Inorganic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Biology*
  • Principles in Analytical Chemistry
  • Atmospheric Chemistry*
  • Energy, Spectroscopy, and Solid State Chemistry

*Optional module


You will study the three major branches of chemistry in increasing depth in 60 credits of core modules. Practical work, which consists of a series of mini projects, is covered by a 30-credit module. You will also have a choice of specialist optional modules to provide a further 30 credits.

  • BSc Chemistry Project
  • Chemical Biology and Enzymes*
  • Organometallic and Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Topics in Inorganic Chemistry*
  • Pericyclics and Reactive Intermediates
  • Protein Folding & Biospectroscopy*
  • Bioinorganic and Metal Coordination Chemistry
  • Contemporary Drug Discovery*
  • Solids, Interfaces and Surfaces
  • Synoptic Review of Chemical Knowledge (Year 3)
  • Catalysis
  • Drug Discovery: The Development of New Medicines*
  • Chemical Bonding and Reactivity
  • Lasers in Chemistry*
*Optional module 

Laboratory Practical

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, and which 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. In your third year, you will work on short-term, team-based projects to develop your independence and time management skills.

Personal Tutorials

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 first port of call in the school if you have any problems or questions and they will take an interest in your personal and academic development, offering you help, encouragement and guidance.

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How do I apply?

For entry to Preliminary Year

Above the first division university entry score for subjects including Mathematics and Science (preferably Chemistry). English score should be 115 or above.


Graduation exam for senior high school - At least five A grades in the graduation exam for senior high school, and all the other results should be at least at level B. Mathematics, Chemistry and English must be at grade A (i.e. > 80%). IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element)
TOEFL (IBT) 71 (minimum 17 in any element).

For direct entry to the Qualifying Year
Typical A level offer: AAA-AAB
3 A levels; Chemistry at A level grade A and GCSE mathematics grade C at least, plus two A-Levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies).
Equivalent UK and international applications are also considered including:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • European Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • BTEC
  • Access courses

International students whose first language is not English are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme. Details of recognised English Language qualifications are available on our Minimum English Entry Requirements website:

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

TOEFL (IBT) would be 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

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Careers for Chemistry Students

According to the graduate market survey conducted by High Fliers Research, the University of Nottingham UK is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers. 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 the new materials, products and knowledge that are needed inthese areas.

In addition to equipping you with the oretical 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 professions including those in finance, education and marketing.

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 the Masters level.

Examples of Career Destination of Chemistry Graduates in Years 2012-2014

Job title


Quality Control Analyst



Baker Hudson

Airline Staff

British Airways

Analytical Chemist

Broughton Laboratories

Laboratory Assistant

CNBIO Inovations

Strategy and Research Funding Graduate

Cancer Research

Analytical Scientist

Critical   Pharmaceuticals

Research Scientist


Auditor, Assistant Tax Advisor

Ernst & Young



Quotation Executive

Fisher Scientific

Medical Chemist

Forbes Pharmaceuticals

General Assistant

GM Textiles

Finance Associate


Business Managment Analyst


Research and Development Technician


Research Associate in Organic Chemistry


Patent Examiner

Intellectual Property Office

Graduate Scientist

Johnson Matthey

Healthcare Assistant

LLoyds Pharmacy

Quality Administrator

Molecular Profiles

Postgraduate Research Assistant

Nottingham University

Conference Producer

Oxford Global Ltd

Publishing Editor

Royal Society of Chemistry

Teaching Assistant

Trent College

Formulation Scientist, Research Scientist



Examples of Further Study Destination of Chemistry Graduates in Year 2014



Biomedical Sciences

University   College London

BMBS   Graduate Entry Medicine

University   of Nottingham

DEng Doctor of Engineering

Surrey University

Doctorate in Engineering

Birmingham University

DPhil Inorganic Chemistry

Oxford University

DTP BBSCRC PhD in Chemistry

Manchester University

Environment and Sustainability

Birbeck   College at University of London

MA   Chemical Engineering

Birmingham   University

MBChB Graduate Entry Medicine

Warwick   University


Birmingham   University

MSc Quantitative Finance and Risk Management

Newcastle   University

PhD Chemistry

Bath University

PhD Chemistry

Bristol University

PhD Chemistry

University of Nottingham

PhD EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in   Substainable Chemistry

University of Nottingham

PhD in Chemical Biology

Imperial College London

PhD in Chemical Engineering

University of Nottingham

PhD in Materials Chemistry

University College London

PhD in PET Radiochemistry

Institute of Cancer Research University of London

PhD in Life Science

University of Nottingham

Sustainable Chemical Engineering

Newcastle   University

Synthetic Organic Chemistry

York University


Contact Details

For admissions enquiries, please contact

Global Recruitment Office

Tel: +86(0)574 8818 0000



199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo 315100, Zhejiang, China

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