Chemistry is the area of science concerned with the study of the material world, from the tiniest molecules up to the largest chemical manufacturing processes that create the building materials, medicines and fuels of our modern world.


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Where can Chemistry take you?

A Chemistry education shows the ability for analytical thought and leads to more careers than perhaps you’d at first think. Take a look at some of the ideas from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Choosing a Chemistry-based degree course

The “best” universities for the study of Chemistry are as follows, grouped a little by geography, but in no particular order otherwise.


  • The North: Durham, York, Lancaster, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester
  • The Midlands: Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham, Warwick
  • Oxbridge: Oxford, Cambridge
  • London: UCL, Imperial, King’s College, Royal Holloway
  • The South: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, Sussex


  • Cardiff
  • Swansea


  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • St Andrews

All have good reputations, so best to choose between them by location, by city vs campus and, finally, by your impressions when you visit.