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What alternative degrees involving chemistry are available?

Many degree courses include a significant amount of chemistry - these are referred to as chemical science courses and include subjects like biochemistry, chemical engineering and pharmaceutical science. These degrees all require a good knowledge and understanding of the chemical principles that underpin them. For further information, use the relevant links at the bottom of the page.

Some courses allow you to specialise in a particular field of chemistry, for example medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry and nanotechnology. If you are thinking about studying a specialist chemistry degree, you need to be certain that you are interested in the area you choose – you may be narrowing the options of what you can do after university. Research into the subject is vital, especially if you haven't studied it at school or college.

If you are unsure about what is involved, you may want to choose a more general chemistry degree that allows you to specialise in the final years of the course, when you have a better understanding of what is involved and which aspects you most enjoy.

Other subjects which are likened to chemistry or have high levels of chemistry content which you might want to explore include:

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Workers in the UK’s chemical industry are highly productive - at £83,500 per employee (2007) the sector has a labour productivity more than double the UK average.

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