Taught course

Chemical Sciences Graduate Diploma

University of East Anglia · School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Open to students with a good first degree (min 2.1 or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Chemical Sciences is designed for students whose first degree does not fulfil the requirements for direct entry to further graduate study, such as an MSc or PhD in Chemistry. The course is ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental, electronic or aerospace sectors.


You will have the opportunity to study organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biological chemistry modules within UEA’s School of Chemistry, with its consistent record of training graduate students. The modules available are drawn from the School’s extensive undergraduate teaching programme. Content is tailored individually, allowing students to build on their previous chemistry background in preparation for further study.


The Graduate Diploma course is a combination of lecture, laboratory and project modules. Students typically take 5 to 6 tested general and advanced level lecture courses, (some with associated practical training) and often have the opportunity to join one of the internationally recognised research teams in the School of Chemistry to undertake their original research project.


A close relationship with other UEA Science Schools and the institutes of the Norwich Research Park provides plenty of research opportunities in food and plant related sciences, health, chemical and structural biology, bioanalysis and biotechnology.


Chemical scientists are in growing demand in many industries including the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental, electronics and aerospace sectors. The Graduate Diploma will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills that you can apply directly to a career or build upon in further graduate study. Students on this course will develop excellent professional skills by training in problem solving, numeracy, communication, creativity, team work, time management and in depth data analysis.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

Faculty of Science Scholarships & Bursaries

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate course in the Faculty of Science at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.

Faculty of Science scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to eligible students studying in the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy

Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Written coursework / continuous assessment25

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515