Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

with a Professional Placement

Choose chemistry to change the world and your future.

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Course overview

Interested in developing chemical compounds? Curious about the structure of chemicals and the reactions they have with one another? Enter the fascinating world of Chemistry at Kent to gain the knowledge and practical skills to help tackle the challenges of the 21st century. From combating climate change and creating energy storage devices, to developing new pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

On your year in professional placement, you’ll work in industry for a year, gaining relevant work experience and putting into practice the skills you’ve learnt. The paid placement takes place between your second and final years and can be in the UK or abroad. You'll also produce an independent research project.

Our distinctive course includes a set of ‘chemistry in context’ modules where you can apply your knowledge to specific case studies - in our state-of-the-art facilities - as well as the opportunity to work with our leading research teams on your own project. You'll also benefit from our expert careers advice – we'll help you to achieve your ambitions.

It is possible to select modules which lead to the Forensic Science pathway course Chemistry (Forensic Science) with a Professional Placement BSc.


This course is fully accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Why study Chemistry at Kent?

A professional placement

Your Chemistry degree opens the door to lots of exciting careers; taking a professional placement year helps you discover some of those options.

Flexible curriculum.

Study a wide range of modules from core chemistry concepts to how it can help build a better world with an introduction to chemistry and the environment.    

Be inspired.

Our lecturers are innovative teachers and active researchers: Professor Jennifer Hiscock is in a team that created a material that can stop supersonic impacts.

Take a global view.

Spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities. We currently have links with institutions in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia.

Get hands-on experience.

You'll use industry-standard equipment from the start of your degree.

Everything you need to know about our Chemistry course

Entry requirements

During Clearing our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies. If you think you've found the course for you, apply now to start your Kent journey this September.

Course structure

You get to grips with the broad base of knowledge on which chemistry is founded, before further developing your knowledge of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and your practical laboratory skills. In your final year you complete a research project.

How you'll study

This course combines innovative teaching with extensive practical sessions, where you can apply your knowledge.

Your future

You'll graduate with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience, as well as a toolbox of transferable skills highly sought after by employers. These include excellent communication and problem-solving skills; the ability to work independently or as part of a team; analytical thinking; and effective time management. Typical graduate destinations include:

  • Concept Life Sciences
  • GSK
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Pfizer
  • Reckitt
  • SG Technologies Ltd
  • teaching.  
Preparing you for your future.
Whether you're keen to start a career in industry or want to move on to postgraduate study, we'll support you to reach your goals.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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