This BSc programme provides a thorough grounding in all major aspects of chemistry and fluency in one of a range of languages, including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Graduates will be well placed to work in mainland Europe or as part of a multinational company.
- Degree Programme
- Chemistry with a European Language BSc
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Chemistry and either one science subject or Mathematics required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language at grade C, plus Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students a foreign language at grade B is required.
- A score of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and either a science subject or Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with between 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Chemistry and either one science or Mathematics.
AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Chemistry and either one science or Mathematics required at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AA, including Chemistry and either one science or Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Consistently regarded as one of the best chemistry departments in the UK, we offer you an excellent education with high standards of teaching.
- You will benefit from our outstanding research profile as you are taught by lecturers who are experts in a wide range of chemistry-related fields.
- The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) and the specialist language departments offer excellent modern language-learning aids such as computers, video and satellite links.
- We offer access to state-of-the-art facilities, enhanced by our strong affiliation to other centres of excellence such as the London Centre for Nanotechnology.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
This programme is offered either as a three-year BSc or as a four-year MSci. The first two years of study are identical, so you can defer which to opt for until the end of your second year. We advise you to select the four-year MSci programme initially as this keeps more options open. You do not have the opportunity to study abroad on the BSc programme.
The chemistry content directly follows that of the single-subject Chemistry programme. You will cover the full range of chemistry core components, together with optional courses in chemistry and other options from outside the department.
Around 25% of your time will be centred at UCL CLIE and the specialist language departments. This provides a continuous progression of language and related courses. The language component is taught in small groups with common levels of fluency ranging from complete beginners to experts.
Basic Inorganic Chemistry
Basic Organic Chemistry
Basic Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Chemical Principles
You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through UCL CLIE, plus a Mathematics course appropriate to your level of qualification to the value of 0.5 credits.
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
Principles of Organic Chemistry
Principles of Physical Chemistry
You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through UCL CLIE.
Advanced Practical Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
Principles and Methods of Organic Synthesis
You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through UCL CLIE, plus a further 1.0 credit from a wide range of Chemistry and other approved undergraduate options.
Your learning will combine lectures, practical classes and group workshops. In addition you will attend tutorials in groups of four to six students which provide specialised support for the core courses.
Each course will usually involve at least two methods of assessment. These may include coursework (problem sheets, essays or poster presentations), an examination, or laboratory classes. We believe in providing feedback to students, such as face-to-face marking in laboratories. Your third-year project will be assessed through a written report.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Chemistry with a European Language BSc.
As a UCL Chemistry graduate you will have developed both discipline-based and highly sought after analytical skills, for example in logical thought and numeracy.
On completion of your degree you will have the obvious option of pursuing a career within the chemical industry. This is recognised as one of the most exciting and successful contributors to the UK economy, for example in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nanotechnology sectors.
Many recent graduates have continued as researchers at universities including PhDs at UCL, Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Edinburgh, Harvard, Manchester and NUS Singapore.
Our graduates are in great demand in many other fields such as management, the financial sector, information technology, scientific journalism, patent law, the scientific Civil Service, and in education.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of UCL Chemistry programmes include:
- Full-time student, PhD in Drug Discovery at UCL (2013)
- Technical Consultant, IBM (2013)
- Researcher, GlaxoSmithKline (2013)
- Investment Banking Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (2013)
- Deployment Chemist, Shell Infineum (2011)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas fee
- £21,320 (2016/17)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
UCL Chemistry offers a number of scholarships, including the Bader Bursaries, GSK Bursary, UCL Chemistry Entrance Scholarships and the Kathleen Lonsdale Bursary.
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- Up to £2,000
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on financial need
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- Based on academic merit
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.