Interested in solving some of the century’s most complex problems in medicine, climate change and technology? Ready to explore a versatile, ever-evolving subject that offers a range of careers in a multitude of exciting industries? Then our chemistry clearing courses are for you.

Through our chemistry degree clearing programmes, you’ll engage with industry-leading lecturers who are at the forefront of research, providing you with hands-on experience that fosters critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

We’ve designed our chemistry courses in clearing to be tailored to you and your interests. We’re here to help you find the ideal biochemistry, pharmaceutical science or chemistry degree for you, so you can get started on your future career.

Chemistry Facilities

As a chemistry student at the University of Salford, you will be based in our advanced, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. This £3 million specialist, industry-standard facility ensures that you benefit from the latest technologies to keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge innovation and discovery. If you've not yet had a chance to visit our campus, take a look below at a 360 of the Bodmer Lab.




Chemistry Courses in Clearing

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Our chemistry degrees clearing programmes integrate the core branches of chemistry to meet the growing needs of employers seeking highly skilled chemists across a range of industries.

With an emphasis on integrating your understanding of concepts and applying laboratory skills to find answers to current problems, you will appreciate how chemistry and its applications can transform the world we live in.

Our chemistry degrees

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, our BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree is designed to ensure you are ready for future employment. You will learn essential knowledge in organic, physical and analytical chemistry to become a highly skilled chemist who can work in a range of modern chemical industries.

We pride ourselves on our research. In your last year, you will carry out an exciting and inspiring research project on a topic of your choice. This could include drug design, cancer and antimicrobial research, or nanotechnology.

On our chemistry clearing courses, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in an industry placement whilst studying with us. Recent chemistry students have undertaken placements at our on-campus research charity, Kidscan, as well as external organisations, such as the Respiratory Physiology Unit at the Royal Aintree Hospital in Liverpool, AstraZeneca in Cheshire, the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, and the Hochschule in Bremen, North Germany.

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Foundation Year

Our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Foundation Year is designed to help you build a strong foundational knowledge in both biology and chemistry, so you are ready to progress and succeed on the full honours degree.

The full BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, meaning you will develop a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge, ready for future employment.

This biochemistry clearing degree focuses on providing you with cutting-edge scientific knowledge and techniques. You will understand how organisms work at the molecular level in the fields of agriculture, medicine, and chemical and health-related industries.

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

Our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry is at the heart of cutting-edge research. You will have the opportunity to explore the areas that most interest you, including biotechnology, toxicology, and much more.

Embarking on our biochemistry clearing degree programmes, you’ll join a community of dedicated scientists and researchers, harnessing the power of molecules to unravel the complexities of living systems and drive innovations that shape the future.

Our biochemistry clearing course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology which ensures the highest standards of teaching. If you choose to do a placement year after the second year of the degree, then your degree will have 'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology.

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Studies in the USA

Want to combine studying with visiting America? Then our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Studies in the USA is for you.

This course includes a year of study at the University of Toledo, Ohio, a leading centre for science with a reputation for taking research from the laboratory to the world.

Like the rest of our biochemistry clearing courses, this degree is also accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This accreditation will prepare you to meet the needs of future employers and embark on a career in research that helps to solve real-world issues.

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science with Foundation Year

Our BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science with Foundation Year is recommended if you want to develop your career in biosciences but have a non-scientific background, or you don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an honours degree. 

The full BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Once you have successfully completed your foundation year and progress onto the full degree, you will build your academic knowledge and skills to join the next generation of scientists who design drugs that improve quality of life and can tackle pandemics and diseases.

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

Our BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science is designed to ensure you can join the next generation of scientists applying new knowledge to create new treatments and interventions. This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Studying an accredited course is an ideal way to show future employers you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for in graduates. It also has the benefit of greater employability prospects and enhanced competitiveness in a crowded global jobs market.

On this course, you’ll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Recent Pharmaceutical Science students have been offered placements at Pfizer in Kent, the Transplant Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute.

Lydia’s Story

As a student at Salford, you’ll get opportunities to go on placement where you can further your knowledge and passion for the chemical sciences and make a real contribution to new scientific developments. You will have to find the placement yourself, but you will get plenty of support from your lecturers to find one that’s right for you.

Hear from University of Salford student Lydia Topping about her experience on placement at Cancer Research UK.

Lydia Topping - Chemistry

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What can you do with a chemistry degree?

A degree in chemistry can lead to a variety of exciting careers. From roles within a laboratory using cutting-edge technologies to working in the field, your degree will teach you skills that can be applied to a variety of industries. Below is a list of jobs you could pursue after completing your degree:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Science writer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Environmental consultant

Is chemistry a good degree?

Studying for a chemistry degree will teach you a variety of transferable skills that will be valuable to any employer. These skills include teamwork, communication, numerical and data analysis and independent thinking. After graduating with your chemistry degree, you can embark on an array of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. If you're looking to make a real impact on the future, then choosing a chemistry degree will ensure you are prepared.

What can you do with a biochemistry degree?

Obtaining a biochemistry degree opens many diverse career opportunities in both research and industry, spanning various fields including food and agriculture, health and environmental sciences. Some roles you could pursue after completing your degree include:

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Academic researcher
  • Biotechnologist
  • Research scientist
  • Scientific laboratory technician

Our biochemistry degree is ideal if you are interested in a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, as well as in clinical or other biomedical areas such as forensic science and analytical biochemistry.

Our graduates are employed across bioscience by companies such as AstraZeneca and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, or many carry on to further study. Additionally, biochemists with knowledge of physiology are in demand in sports science, healthcare, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in research establishments and other areas of bioscience.

How hard is a biochemistry degree?

Biochemistry is a combination of biology and chemistry and is ideal for students who have a keen interest in both. However, since it’s an intersection of the two disciplines, there will be a variety of concepts and theories to cover. At the University of Salford, you will be at the cutting-edge of research and the projects you will undertake will be exciting and inspiring. There are methods to ensure you’re getting the best of your degree, including practising good time management and making time for yourself to recharge. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff.

How long does a biochemistry degree take?

Our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree takes three years to complete for full-time learning, four years with placement, and six years for part-time learning.

Is a pharmaceutical science degree worth it?

Studying a pharmaceutical science degree can help you transform patients’ lives. This course explores, develops, and analyses the world of medicine to ensure patients are getting the right

treatment. If you’re interested in studying chemistry and biology, and are passionate about helping people and having an impact on people’s lives, then studying a pharmaceutical degree is ideal for you.

What can I do with a degree in pharmaceutical science?

Pursuing a pharmaceutical science degree can lead to various rewarding career paths in the pharmaceutical industry and research institutions. Below is a list of jobs you could pursue after graduating:

  • Pharmaceutical technologist
  • Research scientist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Medical, pharmaceutical and scientific writing

Our BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science degree will provide you with specialist and transferable skills that are highly regarded by employers from different sectors, including Contract Research Organisations (CROs), and small and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The transferable skills you will develop can be applied in research, development, quality assurance, within the government, and assisting on legal cases.

Recent course graduates have secured roles working with the NHS in hospitals and laboratories, at research institutes working on clinical trials, and on graduate schemes with large pharmaceutical companies.