Chemistry & Pharmaceutical

Chemistry at USW is rated top in the UK and top in Wales for student satisfaction - National Student Survey 2021

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 could be 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 Chemistry and Pharmaceutial 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.

UNDERGRADUATE CHEMISTRY & PHARMACEUTICAL COURSES

PROFESSIONAL AND POSTGRADUATE

NOT SURE WHICH COURSE TO CHOOSE?

Attending an open day, whether online or on-campus, is the ideal way to learn more about our Chemistry and Pharmaceutial Sciences courses and get a feel of what it's like to study at the University of South Wales.

Speak to the lecturers and expert staff who teach the courses, take tours of our campuses and facilities, view accommodation, speak to our advice team about placement and career opportunities and discuss finances. Plus, speak to current students and hear about their experiences first hand.

WHY STUDY AT USW?

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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.

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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.

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GREAT 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.

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 Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science 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.

CHEMISTRY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES Stories

WHY CHOOSE USW?

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THE PERFECT LOCATION

The Glyntaff campus is surrounded by green open spaces and beautiful views. Inside, a multi-million-pound investment means you’ll be learning in a purpose-built environment. Outside, nearby locations such as Cardiff and the Brecon Beacons provide fantastic fieldwork and student experience opportunities. 

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EXPERT TEACHING

Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research and contributing to advances within their area of expertise. We ensure that our teaching teams are still also strongly connected to their individual industries, ensuring they bring their knowledge of these to their work on our courses.

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MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES

We have a range of opportunities outside the classroom for our students to get involved with. You could join our fantastic fieldwork courses in the UK and overseas or you could join any of the subject specific societies our courses have in the Students’ Union.

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SUPPORT & ADVICE

Dedicated onsite and online support, advice and mentoring will ensure you're heard and supported. Our support services are at the forefront of addressing the challenges that modern-life brings.


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CAREER-FOCUSED

Employability is at the heart of everything. So much so that a lot of our teaching is informed by what happens in the real world and the skills you’ll need for your chosen career. 



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QUALITY COURSES

Many of our courses have accreditation from professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. This allows you to gain a qualification recognised in your profession.

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