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How to apply to Leeds School of Chemistry

The application process

Once you’ve applied to study an undergraduate chemistry degree course at Leeds, you might (depending on the quality of your application) be invited to one of our ‘interview days’. 

After you’ve been to an interview day, we’ll decide whether or not to make you an offer to study with us.

Interview days for chemistry courses

After you’ve applied online (via UCAS) for a chemistry degree, our team will read and assess your application.

We’ll then decide whether or not to invite you to one of our informal interview days.

If you live in the UK, coming to an interview day is an essential part of the chemistry degree admissions process. 

If you’re an international student, attending an interview day is not essential.

What to expect at an interview day

Our undergraduate degree interview days give you the chance to find out more about what it would be like to study at Leeds. 

Your day will include:

  • A one-to-one interview with a member of our academic team
  • A presentation on the chemistry degree courses at Leeds
  • A chance to meet our current students
  • A tour of our School of Chemistry facilities
  • A chemistry lecture
  • An opportunity (based on availability) to view some student accommodation

What to expect during an interview

Our undergraduate admissions interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes.

The interview is designed for us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us.

There aren’t any trick questions. We’ll ask about you, your application, and your thoughts about science.

All these things give us an idea of who you are and whether you’ll thrive during a chemistry degree here at Leeds. 

What to expect after an interview day

After the interview day we’ll try to make a decision as quickly as possible.

You’ll typically hear from us within a week if we choose to offer you a place on one of our chemistry degree courses. 

We’ll contact you through both the UCAS online application system and a letter to provide you with more details.

Can parents come to the interview day?

Parents (or guardians) are very welcome to attend the whole day (apart from the interview itself) and see what the city, the University and the School of Chemistry have to offer. 

Taking a gap year before university

We’re happy to receive an application from you, even if you’re planning to take a gap year before starting university.

You can apply for ‘deferred entry’ (which means applying to start your degree a year later than standard). 

You can make your deferred entry application either before or during your gap year.

If you’ve already received you’re A-level (or equivalent) results before applying, we might make you an unconditional offer.

If you are still awaiting your results we can only make you a conditional offer.