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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

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Chemistry study abroad programs

Chemistry undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in chemistry

  • Greenville University Logo

    Chemistry Greenville University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 27,580 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Arizona State University Logo

    Secondary Education (Chemistry) (West Campus) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,834 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Kentucky Logo

    Chemistry University of Kentucky, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,050 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Chemistry University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,700 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Vermont Logo

    Chemistry University of Vermont, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 41,280 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Associate in chemistry

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    Chemistry Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Chemistry graduate programs

Master's in chemistry

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,918 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Helsinki Logo

    Chemistry and Molecular Sciences University of Helsinki, Finland

    • Tuition fees per year 15,000 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • Linköping University Logo

    Chemistry Linköping University, Sweden

    • Tuition fees per year 19,000 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Science (Applied Chemistry) research RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 33,600 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel Logo

    Chemistry Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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

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    Applied Chemistry RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 35,520 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Wyoming Logo

    Chemistry University of Wyoming, USA

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

    Chemistry Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    • Tuition fees per year 9,000 EUR
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
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  • Clark University Logo

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Clark University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,616 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • University of Southern Mississippi Logo

    Chemistry University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 10,770 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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Certificate in chemistry

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

    • Tuition fees per year 13,300 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • 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.