BSc (Hons) Chemical Science

Become a laboratory scientist with hands-on work experience and a degree apprenticeship to put yourself ahead of the competition

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Studied as part of the Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship, the BSc (Hons) Chemical Science is a great way to start or progress a career in the chemical industry sector.

It is your opportunity to get a foot in the door of a world-leading company or a specialist regional business, learn from industry professionals and develop key scientific and laboratory skills.

Our industry-leading programme has been developed in collaboration with a range of chemical industry employers and has been running since 2011. Now aligned to the Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship this course offers students a great opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’.

We have an excellent track record in enabling our apprentices to progress in their scientific careers by equipping them with the required academic and vocational skills.

Our apprentices have won the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This is awarded based on employer recommendations and shows the high value which employers place on the skill set developed by our students.

Employment in the Chemical or allied industries is a requirement for all students taking the programme.

Features and Benefits

“Undertaking a Degree Apprenticeship was the best decision I have made. I have learnt a lot from both working and studying but overall I am a more confident person because of it.”

Holly Carter, apprentice at AstraZeneca

Career Prospects

Degree apprentice graduates may be employed in the chemical, pharmaceutical, materials, food and drink, utility, healthcare, aerospace, automotive, information technology and telecommunications industries. A chemical science degree will also equip you with a wide variety of transferable skills that can be applied to non-subject specific career pathways such as local government, teaching, law, journalism, business and finance.

Our Chemical Science degree has a strong professional and practical focus, designed to help you move into roles such as:

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants must be employed in the Chemical Industry.

Course details

Chemistry is often called the ‘central science’, because its applications form the basis for so many different scientific disciplines.

As a physical science, chemistry considers the origins, behaviour and properties of materials from the (sub) atomic level to the macro scale, and how they affect our daily lives, from health and wellbeing to the material world. Ultimately, chemistry tells us how the material world works – so studying it will give you the power to understand and engage with its processes to improve the world around us.

Our Chemical Science degree apprenticeship has been designed and developed with significant employer input to meet the current and future skills needs for the chemical industry, and maximises the use of the workplace as a learning environment.

In Year 1, you will gain a grounding in the core principles of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, with core units including:

  • Fundamental Physical Chemistry
  • Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry
  • Fundamental Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Analysis
  • Introduction to Workplace Regulation
  • Laboratory Scientist Skills 1

Your second year will build on your knowledge, with core units including:

  • Applied Chemistry for Industry
  • Communication & Research Skills
  • Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
  • Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • Intermediate Physical Chemistry
  • Laboratory Scientist Skills 2

In your third year, you will study more advanced topics including:

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Business Improvement
  • Spectroscopy and Instrumental Analysis
  • Workplace Project

Plus an option unit from:

  • Green Chemistry and Sustainability
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry

In your final year, you will study units:

  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Further Topics in Chemistry
  • Project and Personal Development

Two topics from the following typical options must be selected for the Further Topics in Chemistry unit:

  • Advanced Green Chemistry
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Society
  • Drug Target Interactions

Additional information about this course

With the Chemical Science Undergraduate Programme, there is a formal requirement (for the duration of the course) for the student to be in full-time employment working within the Chemical Industry sector.

Department of Natural Sciences

Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Tuition fees for degree apprenticeships are paid by employers and the government, and apprentices will be paid at least £12,000 per year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs



Since the CSUP is delivered as a blended-learning course, combining distance e-learning with Residential stays at Manchester Met, students are recommended to purchase their own laptop in their first year (this is optional since all the students would be expected to have PC/internet access in their workplace). In most of years, there is a requirement to produce a project report which may incur moderate printing costs.

Placement Costs


There are compulsory residential stays in each year (1 week in Years 1-3,  4 x2-days in Years 4-5). The vast majority of students will live too far away to commute, so there will be a requirement to stay in Manchester. All travel, accommodation and subsistence costs are not covered by the student fee, but there is an expectation that the employer will pay for this.

Professional Costs


Students can choose to join the RSC at anytime it is not required but is useful. The annual charge is £19 for every year.

Other Costs


There is a recommendation that specific textbooks are purchased at various stages of the course. Textbook costs tend to increase through the academic years as they become more specialised.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

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How to apply

Applications are not made via UCAS. Please visit our dedicated apprenticeship website for more information.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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