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Chemistry courses

Whether you want to learn more about yourself and the world around you, gain an insight into a fascinating subject or are looking to develop your career – studying a chemistry course with The Open University is a smart choice. Find out more about our chemistry qualifications below.

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Chemistry

Degrees 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


Chemistry

Diplomas 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 
How long will it take?
Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


Chemistry

Certificates 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 
How long will it take?
Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study Chemistry with The Open University?

We can help you achieve your learning goals and – as world leaders in inclusive, innovative and impactful STEM teaching and research – are proud to have helped more than 2 million people worldwide. You’ll study with one of the largest providers of educational opportunities and learning solutions in this sector.

Study chemistry with us, and you’ll:

  • Develop investigative and laboratory skills through practical investigations delivered via our award-winning OpenScience Laboratory.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake hands-on laboratory work at short residential schools.*
  • Explore and develop your knowledge of a wide range of chemistry subjects and gain a practical understanding of the scientific method.

OpenPlus – combine OU and campus-based study

If you’re considering study at a campus-based university, but perhaps your qualifications, finances or family commitments are holding you back, then OpenPlus could be the ideal blend of home based flexibility and on-campus university life. For more information about this unique partnership scheme, visit the OpenPlus website.

Careers in Chemistry

As chemistry graduate, you’ll be well prepared for both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The logical, reasoned approach needed for scientific study is relevant to a wide range of financial, business and public sector employment, so graduates – particularly those who have good communication and interpersonal skills – are in demand.

Our range of courses in chemistry can help you start or progress your career as a:

  • Nanotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Research scientist

*As a part of our response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we don’t expect to be able to offer face-to-face tuition on modules beginning before 31 August 2021. For any face-to-face events we’re unable to offer, online alternatives will be provided instead.

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of Chemistry modules

All Chemistry courses

Browse all the Chemistry courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

See our full list of Chemistry courses