Department of Chemistry

Chemistry at Swansea

The University is launching Chemistry in new, purpose-built teaching laboratories.  These degrees will equip you with the skills needed to forge a career in research or industry.  Swansea benefits from strong industry links that help shape the curriculum, identify research topics and ensure the programme is up-to-date and fulfils the needs of employers. 

More information on our Chemistry degrees will be available on our website soon. 

Work Placements


The Year in Industry must be taken with a sector relevant employer or organisation and can be taken either locally, nationally or overseas. The advantages of taking the year in Industry are extensive, giving you the opportunity to apply your skills in a work based environment which in turn will greatly enhancing your CV and employment prospects. The department will provide ongoing support and guidance prior to your placement in year 2 through the pre-placement programme, and whilst you are on placement through regular contact points with staff. 

The department has strong links with a number of organisations who are working with us to provide a range of placement opportunities. However securing a placement is the responsibility of the student. If you are unable to secure a placement by the end of the second year of your studies you will transfer onto the equivalent 3 year degree programme. 

Students on the MChem with a Year in Industry scheme will complete modules taught by distance learning during the industry year.

More information on placements



Our new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories are being built as part of a multi-million pound investment to create a hub for the high quality Chemical Sciences research being carried out across the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Medicine.