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Chemistry is known as the central science, because it lies at the interface of the physical and life sciences, connecting both, and so is important to a variety of different fields.  Studying chemistry you will understand the laws that govern the behaviour of atoms and molecules, their interactions and reactions, and in turn, the world around us.

Our courses will provide you with a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of chemistry, and prepare you for a professional life in the ever-changing environment of the 21st century. To achieve these goals our courses integrate the teaching of chemistry foundations with the application of chemistry principles and techniques, using examples taken from the very broad range of chemical and biomedical research and practice at King’s College London. Our ambition is to produce graduates who have a wider vision of the applications of chemistry for the coming decades, and who are equipped for more flexible careers.

We have two core courses: Chemistry, and Chemistry with Biomedicine. You may do either at BSc (Hons) or MSci level.  The latter is recommended for students wanting an extended experience of chemical research.

For each of these courses, an additional Year’s Professional Placement can be added to give you experience in the work place, whether as a chemist in, for example, a major pharmaceutical firm, or in Law, Finance, or any other professional career that values chemistry graduates.

Provided you are achieving the appropriate grades, you can switch between these courses after your first, and often second, year.  Overseas students who are considering the additional 'with a Year’s Professional Placement' degree should choose this at application to ensure they have the extra year covered in their visa. 

Chemistry courses


Undergraduate chemistry courses

Chemistry BSc (Hons)

Chemistry MSci

Chemistry with Biomedicine BSc

Chemistry with Biomedicine MSci

Chemistry with Biomedicine with a Year's Professional Placement BSc (Hons)

Chemistry with Biomedicine with a Year's Professional Placement MSci

Chemistry with a Year's Professional Placement BSc (Hons)

Chemistry with a Year's Professional Placement MSci




International foundation degrees

Foundation Courses

Biology & Chemistry International Foundation Degree





Related subjects

Related Subjects

 Biochemistry BSc

Biochemistry MSci

Physics BSc





  • Courses are designed to meet the rigorous standards of the Royal Society for Chemistry and are delivered by chemists working within a broad range of biomedical and health applications.

  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers.

  • Opportunities to carry out major projects in our labs or with our hospital partners.

  • Designed to give graduates flexibility to develop a career in the growing areas of biotech and nanotechnology, chemical biology and biomedical research.

  • Optional additional year’s professional placement provides the opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience.

Where could your course take you?

Our Chemistry graduates are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. We train chemists to think logically and apply mathematical and practical techniques to solve real problems. Our ambition is to produce graduates who have a wider vision of the applications of chemistry for the coming decades and who are equipped for more flexible careers, so it is not surprising that our recent graduates can be found in a range of sectors including research, management, medicine and law, where they can exploit their skills and expertise.

Recent graduates have started PhD's in Chemistry at Oxford, Warwick and Berkeley (California) and in Biotechnology at Lausanne (Switzerland).

Others have been selected for graduate tranining programmes as:

  • Market Analyst, RBS

  • Technology Consultant, KPMG and IBM

  • Tax Associate, Grant Thornton

  • Media Analyst, Media Sense Communications

And begun training in:

  • Law

  • Medicine

  • Financial Management

  • Molecular and Life Science


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