Chemistry is the central science, with links to biology, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Chemists design and synthesise medicines, investigate climate change and energy, create our everyday products, and develop new materials. With a chemistry degree you’ll be able to work in a diverse range of industries.
Our Natural Sciences degrees allow you to design your degree to suit your career aspirations and interests and maintain a breadth of scientific subjects. You'll study multiple sciences and explore the links between them, using an interdisciplinary approach.
Enhancing your degree
Why study at Leeds?
Accredited degrees: Graduate with an accredited degree from a university ranked in the Top 100 in the world, QS World University Rankings 2023.
Research-based learning: Take advantage of our world-leading research, which shapes our courses across a wide range of areas and provides innovative research and development that impacts many industrial sectors.
Flexible degrees: Broaden your studies beyond your core discipline and and tailor your degree to what interests you the most through discovery modules and joint honours degrees. Our Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry degrees share a common first year, allowing you the freedom to switch courses up until you start your second year.
Exciting opportunities: Enhance your learning by choosing to take a study abroad year or industry placement, which develops your independence and is attractive to employers.
Career prospects: Our graduates are highly sought after by leading employers. 91% of UK based graduates from the School of Chemistry are employed and/or in further study within 15 months of graduation (Graduate Outcome Survey, 2019/20).
Global community: When you choose to study at the University of Leeds, you'll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of students and researchers who come from all over the world.
Supporting your studies: We support you from the moment you arrive to help you adjust to studying at university, and you'll be guided through your course by your personal tutor. We’re proud to have been awarded Silver Athena SWAN status which shows our strong commitment to equality.
Grand buildings, iconic landmarks and sustainable green space: our campus has it all. When you study at the University of Leeds, you’ll be on the doorstep to one of the most vibrant cities in the UK.
Find your place
One of the best ways to find out what it's like to live and study in Leeds is by speaking to a student. We have over 100 ambassadors live on Unibuddy, and you can search by course, subject area, level of study and nationality to find the right person to talk to.
Online taster course
Exploring Cancer Medicines is a free online course, delivered via FutureLearn, introducing you to the topic of cancer chemotherapy, and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant challenge to scientists. You will research the use and development of cancer medicines, focusing on chemotherapy.