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Best Universities to Study Chemistry

March 15, 2017

Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry is a popular subject to study and there are a variety of career options available to you once you’ve graduated. Many chemistry graduates go on to work in research roles, chemical engineering, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and even the public sector.

But because of the wide range of skills that you learn during a chemistry degree, such as attention to detail, teamwork and communication, understanding scientific literature, analytical skills and general laboratory skills, there are also a number of other jobs you can do that are not directly linked to chemistry degrees. Your degree could enable you to work in environmental work, teaching, science writing or even nuclear engineering.

Basically, undertaking a chemistry degree could open up a variety of different avenues for you to go down.

If you’re thinking of studying chemistry, you’ll no doubt want to study at the best university possible for your chosen subject.

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings are often a good way to find out where different universities place when it comes to specific subjects. If you don’t mind where in the world you want to study, as long as it’s the best place for chemistry, here are the top 5 institutions for studying chemistry as of 2017.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – USA
2. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) – USA
3. University of Cambridge – UK
4. Stanford University – USA
5. Harvard University – USA

However, we know that some international students have a specific country they wish to study in and so we’ve broken down the best universities to study chemistry within specific English-speaking countries. (These lists are from the QS World University Rankings but there are other official rankings you can look at too)

Best universities in the UK to study chemistry

Unlike neighbouring USA, Canada has a national healthcare system that is provided to all its citizens. For international students, cover varies from province to province but where you’re not covered, private medical insurance is pretty inexpensive. Despite the comprehensive coverage and the cheap cost, Canada’s health services are some of the best in the world.

1. University of Cambridge
2. University of Oxford
3. Imperial College London
4. The University of Manchester
5. UCL (University College London)

Best universities in the USA to study chemistry

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
3. Stanford University
4. Harvard University
5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Best universities in Australia to study chemistry

1.Monash University
2. The University of Melbourne
3.The University of Sydney
4. The Australian National University
5. The University of New South Wales

Best universities in Canada to study chemistry

1.University of Toronto
2. McGill University
3.University of British Columbia
4. University of Alberta
5. Universite de Montreal

Best universities in Ireland to study chemistry

1.University College Dublin
2. Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
3. University College Cork
4. Dublin City University
5. National University of Ireland Galway

Best universities in New Zealand to study chemistry

1.The University of Auckland
2. University of Otago
3. University of Canterbury
4. Victoria University of Wellington
5. Massey University

If you’d like more information about studying chemistry abroad please don’t hesitate to contact us at IEC Abroad. We can help you with your entire application and will give you helpful tips and advice about studying abroad – whichever country you choose.