Aston University
Applied Chemistry BSc (Hons)
Aston University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Chemistry

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Chemistry at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £23500 £25500
25-75 percentile range £20500 - £26500 £19500 - £30500 £22500 - £37000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Chemistry

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25061 £25084 £30411
25-75 percentile range £21530 - £29162 £20483 - £31674 £24333 - £37866

Course Description

Our four year BSc Applied Chemistry course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry. We aim to expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and to develop your personal, communication and management skills.

This programme is academically the same as the BSc Chemistry, but as an applied chemist you will also spend a year on placement in industry. We cater for the needs of ‘pure’ chemists whilst providing the opportunity to explore the industrial, pharmaceutical, technological and commercial dimensions of chemistry. Business and other specialist topics are built into our courses enabling you to develop valuable management skills. You share your first year with chemical engineers, to gain a deeper insight into industrial processes.

Your broad grounding in the principles of chemistry will prepare you to enter research, development or production in the chemical process industries or to undertake postgraduate research or teaching certificates. Alternatively you may pursue a career in areas as diverse as commerce, administration, accounting, banking or the civil service.

Ultimately you will be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching.

Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Our placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects

  • Chemistry at Aston is ranked 7th in UK for Teaching Quality in the 2017 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide

  • Ranked in the top 25 for chemistry courses in the UK (Guardian League Table 2017)

  • 100% of Chemistry students were satisfied with the Teaching on their course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for fully meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Applied Chemistry, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Applied Chemistry BSc (Hons) at Aston University

45% Natural and social science professionals
25% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
20% Teaching Professionals
10% Protective service occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Chemistry

Qualification requirements

BBB: including grade B in Chemistry - Standard offer BBC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B BCC: Contextual offer (more details

30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry

with minimum 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level subject including Chemistry.

BTEC in any subject but in addition, A level minimum of grade B is required in Chemistry. For alternative BTEC combinations please view the Aston website.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Applied Chemistry, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Applied Chemistry BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £20200 year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students.
* Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2022 entry. 2023 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity.
**The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2022 can be found on the UCAS website at:
***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union EU, other European Economic Area EEA and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status.
^^Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index RPI to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Aston University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Aston University in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #10 
    • #14 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #26 
    • #33 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #31 
    • #722 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

See all 26 university rankings of Aston University

About Aston University

Aston University was established in 1895 in Birmingham, England. With students from over 120 countries, Aston University is proud to call itself a safe and welcoming campus for international students. As a publicly funded research university, students enrolled on all courses enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including robotics labs and laser cutting workshops. With a strong academic reputation around the world, applicants can expect to graduate as formidable experts in their chosen fields.

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