Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences


As part of our courses, students have the opportunity to go on placements in the industry

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A chemistry-based degree unlocks opportunities on a global scale


You will have access to our £15m investment in science facilities


Our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry


Creating Future Scientists

Skilled chemistry-based science graduates are in high demand, so if your ambition is to discover the next blockbuster drug or rise to the challenge of teaching science, our courses are the first step towards achieving your goal. 

We offer a selection of degrees, so you can specialise in an area that interests you. We also have foundation year courses and MSci opportunities on our Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences courses.  Employers are impressed with our students’ experience and knowledge of analytical methods and equipment, which is perfect when you start your career in this varied industry.

Ready for the Workplace

ready for the workplace

Chemists are capable of successful careers in a wide range of scientific, business and commercial areas, including food science, pharmaceutical research or development, and environmental monitoring. The skills you gain from a degree in chemistry are valued in other professions, for example, to train for careers in patent law or accountancy.

Accredited Courses

accredited courses

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem) status. This means that what you learn meets professional requirements and will make you a more attractive candidate to employers.

Impressive Facilities

impressive facilities

Our George Knox laboratories are part of a £15m investment in science for the University, meaning you will be taught in new and well equipped spaces. These join the Grade II listed Alfred Russel Wallace building which is also used for teaching.

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Expert Teaching & Support

Meet the Team

One of the most important elements of any course is the team behind it. Our academics have made a series of ‘meet the team’ videos so that you can see who will be teaching you in September and get to know them on more of a personal level.

Dr Suzy Kean is the academic manager for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at USW. In this video, Suzy touches upon her various experiences from working in the Australian Outback to laboratory management and stresses the importance of women in science.

Experience South Wales


The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.

With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside. 

We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.


Open Days

Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course.  For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

Don’t forget to follow us on social to keep up with what’s happening at USW. #USWFamily


Employability and Careers

Put Theory into Practice

A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.

From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.

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Apply to USW

Ready to apply? We can't wait to welcome you to the #USWFamily. You can apply via UCAS or USW.


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