Which university?

Choosing the right university for you

Choosing a course is only part of the challenge; the university also has to be right for you. There are plenty of online resources for researching universities that can help you make an informed choice, but you should not rely on internet searches alone. You will live and study at your university for several years, so you are strongly encouraged to visit to see the laboratories and facilities, and to discuss the course in more detail with those who will be teaching it. Go to their open days (UK or Republic of Ireland) and ask plenty of questions, both about the course and about life in the town/city, and also try to attend higher education fairs.

There is not one university that suits everyone wishing to study chemistry. Some of the things you should think about when choosing a university are:

  • Courses available and entry requirements
  • Location – do you want to be near home or not? Would you like to be in a big city or a smaller town?
  • Campus or city university – are all the university buildings on a campus outside town or scattered across a city, and which would you prefer?
  • Accommodation options and costs
  • Number of students at the university and on the course
  • Download our full list of questions to consider

International students

International students are also very welcome to study in the UK, and there is plenty of information available for students wanting to study chemistry . Although it may be more difficult to visit for an open day, there is still a lot of useful material online that can help you make the right choice.

All this advice applies to universities not just in the UK but further afield as well. Whilst some schemes and courses will offer a period of time overseas, it is also possible to attend foreign educational institutions. This can be a rewarding experience, but should not be undertaken without thorough research. Here are some other websites which offer useful info:

  • Erasmus+ - enables higher education students to study or work abroad as part of their degree
  • Study.eu - allows you to search for courses across the EU
  • Studyee - offers searches on international courses
  • Fulbright Commission - helps higher education students to study in the USA 


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Accredited chemistry degrees

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Routes into university

Explanation of the general entry requirements to study chemistry at university and what you can do if you do not have the necessary qualifications.


Which degree?

Outline of the different types of university chemistry courses available with help on how to choose a degree that will suit you.


Student finance

Find out how much university is likely to cost, where to apply for student finance and ideas on additional sources of income.


Gap year

Ideas on what you can do, what you can gain and what to consider when thinking about taking a gap year.