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4 years

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Course Overview

Our Chemistry for Net Zero course aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address the challenges of achieving a net-zero carbon future.

This modern, research-informed programme focuses on exploring sustainable and environmentally-friendly approaches within the field of chemistry. Students can develop an understanding of the principles and applications of green chemistry, renewable energy, carbon capture, and other technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The course promotes an integrated experience embracing knowledge, skills, and work experience. Although grounded in the fundamentals of chemistry, this programme includes elements of professional practice throughout. It aims to equip students with the understanding and experience to contribute to the development of innovative solutions that promote sustainability, mitigate climate change, and support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Why Choose Lincoln

Subject area ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction*

Excellent facilities for teaching and hands-on research

Small group teaching and innovative team-based learning

A modern chemistry course, tailored to real-world applications

Focus on professional practice to improve career prospects

Opportunities to engage with staff on research projects

*Complete University Guide 2025 (out of 48 ranking institutions)

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How You Study

Students can study core chemistry modules, alongside specialised net zero modules, gaining valuable skills and expertise in areas such as green chemistry, renewable energy, and carbon capture.

Students have the opportunity to be involved with research and innovation, and industry-engagement with both regional and national companies. This programme has been especially designed to support the transfer of graduates into the work environment or onto academic research programmes.

All students in the fourth year of the MChem programme currently have the opportunity to undertake a full-year industrial placement. You can choose your placement with one of the University's industry or overseas partners, or in one of our research groups. Placements are conducted alongside advanced academic study, focusing on research frontiers in chemistry.

Students are supported in finding their placement and when undertaking it. Salaried placements are competitive and students will be expected to complete an application process for such positions. In addition to paying their tuition fees, students will need to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs throughout their placement.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include laboratory and professional reports, problem-solving exercises, presentations, project work, literature and critical review, and personal development portfolios.

Skills Development and Professional Practice

Our Chemistry courses have an embedded skills development programme through the professional practice modules. The programme delivers a systematic programme in skills development, which includes CV writing and interview skills. The modules exemplify the application of chemistry into key employment sectors and present chemistry through an integrated approach.

Industry Challenges

A series of themed industry challenges are co-delivered via the professional practice modules, through industry partnerships with multi-national and SME organisations.

After systematic project planning and management training, students devise and present technical proposals in response to the challenge. Following consultation and feedback from a joint academic and industry panel, students are invited to execute project plans and report using industry standard methods


We use an innovative ‘end-on’ full-year industrial placement programme for all students at Stage 4 of the MChem/MSci courses. You can choose to focus on research through a placement in a research group at the University or another institution, or complete a full-year placement (usually salaried £15-20k). Salaried placements are competitive and students will be expected to undertake an application process for such positions.

In addition to paying their tuition fees, students will need to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs throughout their placement. There are also opportunities for overseas placements with European, American, and Australian institutions through our International Intern Programme which takes place between the third and fourth year.

What Can I Do with a Chemistry for Net Zero Degree?

Chemistry graduates may pursue a wide range of science-related careers in sectors including energy, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and consumer and personal care products. This course aims to equip graduates with extensive analytical and mathematical skills which are relevant to roles in finance, management, science-based marketing and journalism, education, and academic research. Some graduates may choose to continue their studies at doctoral level.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels to include 40 points in Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects to include a Higher Level 5 in Chemistry.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science*: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent

*not all modules are accepted. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Chemistry.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Science Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

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