Medicinal Chemistry BSc

Year of entry

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UCAS code
F150
Start date
September 2025
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
3 years full time
Work placement
Optional
Study abroad
Optional
Typical A-level offer
AAB (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
BBB
Full entry requirements
Accredited
Yes

Course overview

Medicinal Chemistry BSc

Medicinal chemistry has had a monumental impact on the landscape of society today. It’s the hundreds of years of research and development undergone by medicinal chemists all over the world which have revolutionised modern medicines, creating innovations in everything from pain relief to cancer treatments. Without these ongoing discoveries, our world would be a very different place — and it’s no surprise why the field of medicinal chemistry is highly sought after across a variety of industries worldwide.

Studying a medicinal chemistry degree at Leeds will enable you to delve into the fundamental concepts and new practices used by modern chemists, taught by academics who are leaders in their fields. This will give you the key knowledge and experience you need to begin your career in this highly valued profession and make a real impact across the globe.

Here at Leeds, this accredited course will provide you with widely transferable skills in areas like teamwork and data analysis and the unique opportunity to get involved in real-world research happening in the University.

Practical work features heavily in this course. As such, you’ll have access to a range of facilities right here on campus including specialist teaching laboratories and research facilities with the latest equipment for synthetic, physical and analytical chemistry to ensure you have the best grounding to head out into your professional career.

Why study at Leeds:

  • This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
  • Our School’s globally-renowned research feeds directly into your course, shaping what you learn with the latest thinking in areas like sustainable and digital chemistry, materials chemistry and atmospheric chemistry to drug design.
  • Experience expert teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers who specialise in a variety of chemistry disciplines.
  • Access specialist facilities throughout your degree, including computer clusters and teaching laboratories that give you an industry-standard environment to perform experiments and conduct project work.
  • Enhance your career prospects and give your CV that competitive edge before you graduate with our industrial work placement opportunities. Our close industry links have given previous students the chance to work at — and build professional relationships with — major organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever and AkzoNobel.
  • Contribute to the community by undertaking community projects or a teaching placement in a local school.
  • Gain invaluable life experience and advance your personal development with our exciting study abroad programmes, spanning across universities worldwide.
  • At the end of your second year, there is the possibility of transferring to the four-year integrated Masters (MChem, BSc) course.
  • Make the most of your time at Leeds by joining our student society ChemSoc where you can meet more of your peers, enjoy social events, join the football or netball team and attend careers events.

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Accreditation

Royal Society of Chemistry

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and provides access to qualified membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This BSc degree is accredited as partially meeting the academic requirement for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Course details

The course structure shares modules with our chemistry degrees but you’ll focus your study more on the organic elements of chemistry with an enhanced level of teaching on drug synthesis, pharmacology and how drugs work in biological systems.

Each academic year, you'll take a total of 120 credits.

Course Structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.

For more information and a list of typical modules available on this course, please read Medicinal Chemistry BSc in the course catalogue.

Year 1

During your first year, you’ll explore the fundamental principles that underpin chemistry.

  • You’ll also begin to develop skills as an experimental chemist in our teaching labs, learning to:
  • safely handle reagents/solvents and manipulate laboratory apparatus
  • synthesize inorganic and organic molecules of straightforward structural complexity
  • determine structure using spectroscopic data such as infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • record data and physical measurements and comment on their precision and accuracy
  • use PC-based spreadsheets, graphics and word-processing packages to manipulate and plot data and to prepare reports.

At the end of year 1, our flexible degree structure offers you the opportunity to transfer onto our degree courses in chemistry or choose variants with industrial or international placements.

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Modern Chemistry – 20 credits

This module will provide a concise introduction to modern chemistry with an initial focus on a qualitative appreciation of electronic structure and how it determines the chemical and structural properties of matter. You’ll also get an introduction to chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, organic structures and mechanisms and the chemistry of transition metal-ligand complexes.

Chemistry and Chemists for a Sustainable Future – 20 credits

Explore current chemical research in areas like sustainability and the ethical issues surrounding science. You’ll develop skills in identifying and reading scientific literature, presenting science in different formats and for different audiences alongside transferrable skills like coding and self-reflection.

Introduction to Practical Chemistry and Research Skills – 40 credits

Develop your practical skills, conducting a range of experiments in our teaching labs. Through a series of lectures and workshops, you’ll learn how to use a range of equipment and build up your experience in presenting scientific reports, data analysis and appropriate IT.

Chemistry in Action: Atoms, Molecules, Matter – 10 credits

This module will build upon the ‘Introduction to Modern Chemistry’ module, exploring areas in structural, physical and inorganic chemistry. On completion of this module, you’ll have an understanding of key sub-disciplines of chemistry including spectroscopy and electronic energy levels, IR and structure determination, periodicity and main-group chemistry, states of matter and phase behaviour and phase equilibria and chromatography.

You’ll also be able to appreciate how these ideas have relevance to modern society through selected illustrative examples and be able to apply these concepts to a range of problems in a linked programme of workshops and tutorials.

Fundamental Organic Chemistry for Biology and Synthesis – 10 credits

Build a broad foundation of knowledge in organic chemistry. You’ll cover the mechanistic basis and application of key organic reactions including nucleophilic and electrophilic substitution and addition reactions, eliminations, oxidation and reduction and key functional group interconversions.

Chemistry of the Material World – 10 credits

Explore both physical and inorganic chemistry, including analysis and understanding of the kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions, molecular energy levels and their origin and transition metal chemistry for materials.

Optional modules

You’ll choose either the optional module offered below or a discovery module. The optional module is only for students who do not have a B or above in A level mathematics (or the A level equivalent).

Discovery modules give you the chance to apply your scientific thinking in real-world scenarios whilst expanding out into different areas, broadening your knowledge and giving you that competitive edge in the jobs market.

Maths for Scientists – 10 credits

Mathematical knowledge and skills are essential for the successful training of scientists and important for the professional life of scientists. This module will be taken by science students who do not have grade B or above in A level mathematics (or equivalent) to raise the mathematical competence of those students to that base level.

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll build upon these foundations and cover various aspects of chemistry, including exploring the essential concepts of drug design and studying structure-activity relationships.

All of the lecture-based modules are backed up by extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, allowing you to perform experiments that complement the material taught to you in the lectures and develop experimental skills. In addition, workshops and tutorial or seminar groups are used to support the teaching, so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.

As you advance through the course, you can select specialised topics to study in more detail. You can investigate how chemists use their skills, for example, to:

  • Understand the principle modes of binding of small drug molecules to biological macromolecules
  • Recognise that there are consequences associated with choosing to use organometallic compounds
  • Have an appreciation of the bonding and reactivity of organo-main group chemistry
  • Understand the pharmacokinetic and metabolic aspects of drug development
  • Understand of the structure and bonding within heterocycles and how this controls heterocyclic properties

You’ll also have the option to study ethics or business within the degree programme or to complete a placement in a local school.

Compulsory modules

Organometallics: from Bonding to Catalysis – 10 credits

Build upon organic and inorganic chemistry learned in year 1, with focus on the structure and reactivity of organo-main group molecules and organo-transition metal complexes, and on the increasingly important application of these species as reagents and/or catalysts in synthetic organic chemistry.

Organic Chemistry: Structure, Reactions and the Science of Life – 20 credits

Examine how the shapes of organic molecules impact their physical properties and reactivity. You'll be introduced to new classes of reactions such as pericyclic reactions and enols/enolates as reactive carbon-centred nucleophiles. You’ll also cover heterocyclic chemistry principles which play a role in biological systems like DNA, enzymes and coenzymes.

Chemical Pharmacology and Drug Design – 20 credits

Medicinal chemistry starts with an understanding of macromolecular drug targets. This module will provide a chemical introduction to pharmacology covering enzymes, receptors and ion channels as key drug targets and the different modes of binding and/or inhibition by small molecules. The module will also include some basic biochemistry, pharmacokinetics, and introduce concepts on recognition features in drug molecules such as pharmacophores and intermolecular bonding interactions.

Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics – 10 credits

Explore two fundamental parts of physical chemistry, namely chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. The module builds on the concepts of energy storage, states of matter and chemical change introduced in year 1. The module is concerned with the measurement and understanding of the rates and energetics of chemical reactions and illustrated using the context of societally important applications of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, for example atmospheric chemistry and combustion.

Practical, Professional and Research Skills for Medicinal Chemists – 40 credits

Throughout this module, you’ll develop skills to: (i) undertake a selection of experiments in the synthetic and physical chemistry laboratories that link to the theory you’re learning and develop good laboratory technique (ii) build transferrable skills including data analysis and coding alongside an understanding of intellectual property, enterprise, sustainability and ethical issues.

Molecular Signatures: Spectroscopy and Chromatography – 10 credits

Develop the skills to interpret NMR and mass spectra to determine structures of small molecules, building on skills developed in year 1. The module will also provide a theoretical basis for quantitative and qualitative analytical chemistry, in particular analysis by chromatographic methods such as GC and HPLC. 

Specialisms in Chemical Science – 10 credits

Gain a deeper understanding of some specialised areas within chemistry, including for example, polymer chemistry, molecular symmetry and spectroscopy and solution equilibria. 

Year 3

During year 3, you’ll advance your skills and knowledge learned in the previous two years. You’ll also undertake a research project, which allows you to follow your interests and investigate a topic at the cutting edge of chemistry, as well as further develop transferable skills such as communication and time management. You’ll work collaboratively with your supervisors throughout the project, who’ll be experts in your particular research area.

Recent projects include:

  • Fragment-based NMR screening for drug discovery
  • Understanding the kinetics of multisubstrate enzymes
  • How can biocatalysts be applied in pharmaceutical synthesis and manufacture?
  • Synthesis of oxetane/azetidine containing Spiro cycles: New Scaffolds for Drug Discovery

Compulsory modules

Extended Topics in Organic, Bioorganic and Interdisciplinary Chemistry - 30 credits

Explore material such as advanced synthetic methods including use of protecting groups and chemical technologies including flow chemistry and parallel chemistry. You’ll study topics including reactive intermediates, solvent and solvent effects, process optimisation, bio-organic chemistry, synthesis, analysis and commercial application of polymers, and polymeric materials.

Topics in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry - 20 credits

Learn core material such as advanced organometallics and catalysis, including homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and study a subset of topics from options including for example: electrochemistry; f-block chemistry; supramolecular chemistry and properties and applications of inorganic solid-state materials.

Medicinal Chemistry in Drug Development – 10 credits

Explore key aspects of the drug development process (including the processes required to optimise a drug candidate, and how drug candidates progress through late-lead optimisation to clinical trials) using examples from the pharmaceutical industry.

BSc Research Project – 40 credits

This research project is your chance to build essential skills in research, learning basic techniques in different subdisciplines that will transfer into your career. You’ll review scientific literature in a particular area of research, applying and evaluating the gathered knowledge to your own project. Projects may be lab-based or non-lab-based/pedagogic.

Optional modules

You’ll choose from the following optional modules with the choice to combine optional modules with discovery modules.

Please note: The modules listed below are indicative of typical options and some of these options may not be available, depending on other modules you have selected already.

Chemistry in the Real World – 10 credits

This module will build upon concepts of enterprise introduced in earlier years, allowing you to further develop your team-working skills while learning how to exploit chemistry research. You'll construct a project plan for commercialisation of a chemistry research idea and present this to a panel of experts.

Big Data, Big Science – 10 credits

The explosion of information means that many jobs often require people to handle large datasets efficiently and quickly, yet graduates often don’t have these core skills. In science, new insights often involve taking lots of data and bringing it together in a way that illuminates the problem. Throughout this module, you’ll develop the core skills to efficiently handle large datasets. Using examples from across chemistry, you’ll see how to extract data using simple programming in Python and reach meaningful conclusions. Online tools will help you acquire key skills while weekly seminars will let you explore real examples, enabling you to use these skills to answer scientific questions.

Ethical Issues in Chemistry – 10 credits

This module will enable you to understand and critically assess significant ethical challenges facing contemporary scientists. You’ll develop your own reasoned position on an issue in the ethics of contemporary science and how ethics influences the everyday operation of science. You’ll also build transferable skills in critical reading and communication, along with the ability to develop and defend your own reasoned views.

One-year optional work placement or study abroad

During your course, you’ll be given the opportunity to advance your skill set and experience further. You can apply to either undertake a one-year work placement or study abroad for a year, choosing from a selection of universities we’re in partnership with worldwide. You’ll then transfer to either the Medicinal Chemistry (with industrial experience) BSc or Medicinal Chemistry (international) BSc, extending your overall study to four years.

Learning and teaching

As a medicinal chemistry student at Leeds, we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, group tutorials and practical lab work.

Laboratory classes and project work allow you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real-life work situations. There’s a strong emphasis on developing chemistry-specific practical and investigative skills in both teaching laboratories 1-1 ½ days per week on average. Together, they will equip you with in-depth knowledge, key analytical skills and transferable skills that will help you secure a graduate job. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you'll receive support from fellow students through our peer mentoring scheme. Peer mentors are students who are on your course, but are in years two or three. They’ll help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You’ll meet your peer mentors during your first week for a social activity.

Specialist facilities

To support your practical work, you’ll have an extensive range of specialist facilities accessible throughout your degree. The Joseph Priestley teaching laboratory, with space for 110 students, gives you the opportunity to perform synthetic and analytical chemistry experiments in an industry standard environment, and reflects the research-based approach to learning and teaching within the School of Chemistry. You’ll use techniques such as IR (infra-red), NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance), and UV-vis (ultraviolet-visible) spectroscopy.

The George Porter teaching laboratory is equipped with modern research-grade equipment for physical and instrumental analytical experiments, along with a computer cluster where you can process your data under expert supervision.

Our research facilities, which you may benefit from during your project work, include the latest equipment for synthetic, physical and analytical chemistry, 500 and 600 MHz NMR machines, cutting-edge Mass Spectrometry (MS) facilities, a CCD-based X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscope and a purification laboratory.

You can also make extensive use of digital technology throughout the course; you’ll be taught in person how to use the latest software for modelling and understanding chemistry, solving chemical problems and analysing experimental data – acquiring digital skills applicable in many potential areas of employment.

Taster lectures

Watch our taster lectures to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds:

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Although formal end-of-semester examinations are predominant, often accounting for 80% or more of the formal assessment of lecture-based modules, many modules include a significant coursework element.

There’s a significant laboratory component to our chemistry degrees which equates to 1-1½ days per week. You'll complete either a short proforma summary or a longer ‘lab report’ for each experiment. These proformas and reports are the basis of a continuous assessment method with regular deadlines throughout each semester. The laboratory assessment accounts for about 20% of the overall assessment in years 1 and 2.

Your research project normally accounts for 33% of the assessment in your final year.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including Chemistry.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and International Project Qualification (IPQ): We recognise the value of these qualifications and the effort and enthusiasm that applicants put into them, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ or IPQ we may make an offer of ABB at A-Level.

GCSE: GCSE: English Language grade C (4) and Mathematics grade B (6) or above, or an appropriate English language and Mathematics qualification. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English. 

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above. Must contain a significant number of Chemistry and Mathematics modules.

BTEC

DDD with a significant number of Chemical and Scientific Modules

Cambridge Pre-U

D2 M2 M2 in 3 principal subjects including Chemistry

International Baccalaureate

16 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including Higher Level Chemistry

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Suitable combinations of Scottish Higher and Advanced Highers are acceptable, though Chemistry must be presented at Advanced Higher level.Typically A at Advanced Higher Level and AABBB at Higher Level

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is a contextual admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and contextual admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds A Level offer: BBB including Chemistry and pass Access to Leeds. For alternative qualification offers please contact the admissions team.

Foundation years 

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year.  

We offer a Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without science and mathematics qualifications. 

You could also study our Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc which is for applicants whose background is less represented at university.  

On successful completion of your foundation year, you'll be able to progress onto your chosen course. 

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

Fees

UK: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will be £9,250 for students starting in 2024/25.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only, as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2025/26
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2025/26 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. When the fee is available we will update individual course pages.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25 and 2025/26
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 are available on individual course pages. Fees for students starting in 2025/26 will be available from September 2024.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

The School of Chemistry will provide you with personal protective equipment and laboratory notebooks you’ll need to undertake laboratory work. You’ll also have access to a vast supply of books, academic journals and periodicals from the university libraries however you may wish to purchase some books that are recommended on the course.

This course requires work using a range of relevant software which is provided by the university. We also use a blended learning model where you’ll need to access course materials and video conferences using a computer or mobile device (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone).

You’ll have access to the extensive IT facilities on campus including 24/7 computer clusters with everything you need to complete your work however you may wish to purchase your own computer.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Applying

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

We may consider applications submitted after the deadline. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle.

Admissions guidance

Read our admissions guidance about applying and writing your personal statement.

What happens after you’ve applied

You can keep up to date with the progress of your application through UCAS.

UCAS will notify you when we make a decision on your application. If you receive an offer, you can inform us of your decision to accept or decline your place through UCAS.

How long will it take to receive a decision

We typically receive a high number of applications to our courses. For applications submitted by the January UCAS deadline, UCAS asks universities to make decisions by mid-May at the latest.

Offer holder events

If you receive an offer from us, you’ll be invited to an offer holder event. This event is more in-depth than an open day. It gives you the chance to learn more about your course and get your questions answered by academic staff and students. Plus, you can explore our campus, facilities and accommodation.

International applicants

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students.

We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Read about visas, immigration and other information here.

If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Admissions policy

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Career opportunities

The employment opportunities available to you as a medicinal chemistry graduate are extensive across numerous industries, with the potential to take you all over the world.

Plus, University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2024, High Fliers Research, meaning our graduates are highly sought after by some of the most reputable companies in the field.

Qualifying with a degree in medicinal chemistry from Leeds will set you up with the core foundations you need to pursue an exciting career in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Energy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Finance
  • Environment
  • Food and drink
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Scientific research and development
  • Legal
  • Data analytics

The breadth of knowledge and experience, along with the teamwork, problem-solving, research, communication and IT skills taught on the course are widely transferable and desirable to a whole host of employers.

Here’s an insight into the job roles some of our chemistry graduates have obtained:

  • Resin Technology Scientist, Akzonobel
  • Associate Principal Scientist, AstraZeneca
  • Teacher of Science, Aylesford School
  • Global Pricing Director, Becton Dickinson
  • Senior Commercial Manager, Coca Cola Amatil
  • Communications Planning Manager, Co-Op Group
  • Research Analyst, Covance
  • Medicinal Chemist, Domainex
  • Director, HNH Partners Ltd
  • Project Manager, Npower Business
  • International News Producer, Sky News
  • Medicine Student, St George's Hospital Medical School
  • Research and Innovation Manager, University of Leeds

Read profiles of our alumni to find out more about where some of our graduates are working.

Careers support

At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. The School of Chemistry benefits from an External Employment and Education Advisory Board, including employers from the different sectors who recruit our graduates, who help to develop the curriculum and engage with students via talks and presentations.

Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.

You'll be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.

You'll also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to explore the world, whilst gaining invaluable skills and experience that could enhance your future employability and career prospects too.

From Europe to Asia, the USA to Australasia, we have many University partners worldwide you can apply to, spanning across some of the most popular destinations for students.

This programme offers you the option to spend time abroad as an extra academic year and will extend your studies by 12 months.

Once you’ve successfully completed your year abroad, you'll be awarded the ‘international’ variant in your degree title which demonstrates your added experience to future employers.

Find out more about Study abroad.

Work placements

A placement year is a great way to help you decide on a career path when you graduate. You’ll develop your skills and gain a real insight into working life in a particular company or sector. It will also help you to stand out in a competitive graduate jobs market and improve your chances of securing the career you want.

Benefits of a work placement year:

  • 100+ organisations to choose from, both in the UK and overseas.
  • Build industry contacts within your chosen field.
  • Our close industry links mean you’ll be in direct contact with potential employers.
  • Advance your experience and skills by putting the course teachings into practice.
  • Gain invaluable insight into working as a professional in this industry.
  • Improve your employability.

If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you'll be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

Finding a work placement is competitive, but with the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.

Here are some examples of organisations our students have recently completed their work placement at:

  • P&G
  • Roche
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Reckitt
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Unilever

Find out more about Industrial placements.

Student profile: Schaumiya Suresh

With medicinal chemistry you do more organic labs. So that's more solvent extraction, drug development, drug design, computational chemistry. You get to choose optional modules.
Find out more about Schaumiya Suresh 's time at Leeds