Chemistry (Materials Chemistry)

Materials chemistry is a really exciting area to be involved in, as new discoveries such as nanomaterials or new functional polymers, have the capacity to make major and immediate contributions to society.

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Key Facts



Mchem (Hons) Chemistry (Materials Chemistry)

Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Pathways Available

International Foundation Year


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Chemistry at the University of Bradford has recognised the importance of these emerging technologies and has invested heavily in staff and expertise. In such a fast-paced sector it is important that a materials chemist receives a learning experience that is at the forefront of the discipline.

Our materials chemists are leading on the development of exciting projects in functional polymers for the detection of bacteria, the use of nanomaterials in drug delivery and the use of novel molecular organic frameworks for hydrogen storage.

The materials chemistry curriculum has been designed around a solid understanding of the fundamental science, and an appreciation of the exciting applications possible with these new materials.

During the first two years, you will develop a sound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, with core content delivered across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

To give you an intellectually fulfilling experience our chemistry courses allow you to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the university’s teaching portfolio such as mathematics, engineering, economics and more.

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

A graduate in materials chemistry will be well placed to take full advantage of exciting job opportunities in new areas of materials science.

It is possible to exit after stage 3 with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.

Our BSc and MChem Chemistry programmes received 94% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.

Your Pathways

The IFY will prepare you for the first year of your undergraduate degree. It’s made up of several core and subject-specific modules that will give you a greater understanding of your chosen subject area. The skills you develop through this programme will help you in your chosen degree, in your future career, and in all aspects of life.

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University of Bradford

The University combines academic teaching with industry expertise to create a learning environment and culture that fosters innovation and excellence. This approach helps you to develop skills and gain practical experience that is highly valued by future employers.

Formed in 1832 as the Mechanics Institute, in 1966 the University of Bradford became Britain’s 40th university. Over its 50 years the University has innovated and proven its excellence, more recently, ranked top 3 in the UK for work experience and careers and employment services and won University of the Year for Social Inclusion.

The University of Bradford is made up of four academic faculties with each covering a broad range of specialisms:

  • Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
  • Faculty of Health Studies
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences