Published: 23 November 2023

Five reasons to study chemistry at Surrey

What makes our chemistry degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your chemistry degree.

1. Uniquely supportive learning environment

Studying chemistry at Surrey puts you at the heart of a small, friendly community with one of the best staff-student ratios at any UK university. The high level of personal, academic and professional support we offer is one reason our chemistry degrees are ranked in the top 20 by the Complete University Guide 2024 and the Guardian University Guide 2024. We are also ranked top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction* in the National Student Survey 2023.

*Measured by % positivity across all questions for all providers listed in the Guardian University Guide League Tables.

2. Teaching inspired by research

You’ll learn about cutting-edge topics in chemistry – like energy storage materials and fuel cells, forensic investigation and advances in medicinal chemistry – from academics who are leading the way in these fields. You can also choose from a broad range of optional modules, tailoring your course to your individual interests.

Find out about the exciting drug testing research being carried out by our academics.

3. Chance to gain a masters qualification

You can choose to take our three-year BSc or our four-year MChem. On the MChem course you'll spend a year doing research with an industry partner and return to Surrey for a final year of masters-level modules - meaning that you leave with a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may be able to switch between a BSc and MChem during your course.

4. Fantastic work placement opportunities

Surrey won Best University Careers/Employability Service in the UK in 2022. You can take advantage of our renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables you to get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like:

  • AkzoNobel
  • AstraZeneca
  • AWE
  • British Geological Survey
  • Cefas
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Intrinsiq Materials
  • LGC
  • PerkinElmer
  • RB.

Read about Lorraine Ezra’s placement experience at De La Rue.

5. Great job opportunities

Studying chemistry at Surrey opens up a huge range of career opportunities, not only in the industrial sector but also in finance, government and education. According to Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA, 94 per cent of our undergraduates are in work or further education.* 

**UK domiciled graduates of full-time, undergraduate qualifications, in full-time employment, from higher education institutions

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