2023 entry (view 2022 entry)
BSc Chemistry with Computing (F130)
A-level standard offer: AAA
A-level contextual offer: ABB
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
Do you like both chemistry and computing? Why choose between them? Modern chemistry relies on the latest computer technologies and computing to address global challenges facing the environment and human society.
BSc Chemistry with Computing combines study of the structure and synthesis of matter with development of computational and data analysis skills. It creates a new kind of scientist – one with a firm foundation in chemistry, a sound appreciation of computing and data analysis, and an understanding of what can be achieved by combining them.
The course offers a unique combination of units and projects incorporating coding, machine learning and high-performance computing, with fundamental concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and applications in analytical, environmental, materials and theoretical chemistry. In this degree programme, state-of-the-art computational methods are taught through examples drawn from the physical sciences; we call this 'scientific computing'.
You will learn to design experiments, interpret results and apply your computing skills to problems in chemistry, and you will take units in mathematics, along with developing your communication and presentation skills.
Additionally, there is a final-year project. Options include working in a research laboratory or addressing a problem faced by researchers in academia, industry or a local school. You might develop databases and science resources, explore computing applications or carry out chemistry education research. Regardless of the setting, an expert in scientific computing and a specialist in chemistry will both be involved.
We are the UK’s only chemistry-based Centre for Excellence in Teaching in Learning and ranked third in the UK for chemistry research quality (Times Good University Guide, 2022).
We have one of the biggest groups of computational chemists in the country. Units are taught by experts in fundamental chemistry, computational chemistry, scientific computing and research software engineering.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
AAA including Chemistry and Mathematics
A-level contextual offer
ABB including A in Chemistry and B in MathematicsFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDD in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma with Distinctions in six specified Chemistry units, plus A in A-level Mathematics (or equivalent)Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, and either 6 at Higher Level (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level (Analysis and Approaches) in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and either 5 at Higher Level in Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level in Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches)Find out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
85% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry and Mathematics
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AA including Chemistry, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Science (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
- at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
- at least 12 credits at Distinction from specified Chemistry units and 12 credits at Distinction in specified Mathematics units (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry)
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile E qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
More about UK qualifications.
- We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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