General degrees FAQ

The Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Advanced Science offer a flexible manner in which to study chemistry. It can be combined with other subjects both within and outside of the Faculty of Science, meaning that you can tailor your chemistry degree to suit you. Including an honours year will give you in-depth research experience that can lead to increased job prospects or, should you choose to, further study.


There is a certain minimum number of subjects required to be completed to get a major. Full details can be found in the handbook entries for the B. Sc. and B. Adv. Sc. programs, but in terms of the minimum number of subjects it is:

  • 12 UoC Chemistry at first year (in addition to 6 UoC Physics and 12 UoC Maths)
  • 24 UoC Chemistry at second year, and
  • 24 UoC Chemistry at third year.

The following planner shows a sample progression for a Chemistry major starting from T1. It is possible to follow a different progression, for example to fast track through your degree. 

Degree planner

Below is another sample progression, this time starting in T3:

Sample planner starting in T3

This is where the flexibility comes in; unlike prescribed degree programs the remaining subjects can be any from a broad range. You may choose to combine your chemistry major with subjects that suit your research interests (these range from Physics through Materials to Pharmacology and Biochemistry). Of course, in the School, we'd love you to do as many chemistry courses as possible!

YES! In fact, many students taking a chemistry major (particularly at third year) take more than the minimum number. For a complete list of courses that are available in the School of Chemistry look at our courses page.

One word - 'flexibility'. If you are interested in being able to choose subjects that fit your interests and your career plans in such a way that it can change as you gain an understanding of what the subjects you study actually mean, the B. Sc. / B. Adv. Sc. is for you.