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Study chemistry abroad

An in-depth guide to studying chemistry as an international student.

Chemistry degrees abroad

Chemistry is one of the core scientific subjects, and its influence is wide reaching. It’s the study of matter, its properties and how substances interact with energy. It affects everything we see around us, and it overlaps with pretty much all other science subjects.

This could the perfect subject if you have a love of numbers and analysis, are naturally curious, and question how things work. Chemistry has been at the heart of some of the greatest scientific discoveries, and as a chemistry graduate you could help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Chemistry degrees are offered at many universities all over the world, so you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to studying abroad. You could access some of the very best programs, using cutting edge technology that you may not have access to in your home country. Studying abroad is also an opportunity to leave your comfort zone and experience a whole new culture.

Chemistry program structure

At undergraduate level you can study a BSc in chemistry over three or four years. Some universities offer a chemistry as an MSci, or MChem, which combines a bachelor’s and master’s course in one four or five year program.

You can study a master’s in chemistry as an MSc over one or two years If you already have a bachelor’s degree. Doctorate degrees are also available, and you can study a research based PhD which can take up to five years to complete.

Chemistry is a hugely wide ranging subject, with many different areas and specializations you can follow. Therefore, the content and structure of each program is likely to be different at each university.

Many programs will focus on the core areas of chemistry in the first year or two, and then allow more flexibility where you can choose the modules to tailor your program. The optional modules you can choose to study can cover a huge number of specializations including pharmacology, marine chemistry or medicinal chemistry.

Some of the main modules and areas of chemistry you can expect to study include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Mathematics for chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemisty
  • Environmental chemistry

Types of chemistry degrees

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Chemistry study abroad programs

Chemistry undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in chemistry

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    Chemistry - Geochemistry - BSc
    Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Chemistry - BA
    Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Chemistry - BSc
    St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Chemistry - BA
    Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Secondary Education (Chemistry) (West Campus) - BAEd
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in chemistry

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (Chemistry) - ASc
    Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Chemistry graduate programs

Master's in chemistry

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    Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) - MSc
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,918 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Chemistry and Molecular Sciences - MSc
    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Chemistry - MSc
    Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Science (Applied Chemistry) research - MSc
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Chemistry - MSc
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,850 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in chemistry

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    Applied Chemistry - PhD
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,520 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Chemistry - PhD
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Chemistry - PhD
    University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 USD
    Start date
    May, September
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    Chemistry - PhD
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Chemistry - PhD
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,218 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in chemistry

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    Secondary Science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) - PGCert
    Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future chemistry careers

You might think as a chemistry graduate you’d be restricted to a career wearing a white coat in a lab, but it will open up many opportunities in a range of sectors. Chemistry graduates have gone on to become British Prime Ministers, famous novelists and astronauts, so the options really are endless.

Here’s some of the careers that you might consider after you graduate:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Science teacher
  • Research scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Finance

Some of the core skills you’ll gain from a chemistry degree, like numeracy and problem solving, are transferable to many different careers - so don’t limit your search to a career in the science industry.