BSc Hons Applied Chemistry (King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang)


Key facts

  • Accreditation: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Study mode and duration: full-time, two years
  • Eligibility: Available only to eligible students from KMITL

  • Scholarship: 15% tuition fee scholarship

  • Ranked: Top 10 for Chemistry (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Study with us

  • become part of our international community which is home to over 23,000 students from more than 100 countries
  • English language classes available before and during your studies 
  • join Strathclyde in year three and graduate with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry after two years 
  • accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry 
  • study of Pure and Applied Chemistry and Chemical and Process Engineering provides high flexibility when choosing a career path
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Why this course?

At Strathclyde, you’ll build on your first and second-year studies at KMITL by gaining an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and chemical engineering.

This course will ensure you’re well-equipped to enter the industry with the range of skills employers are looking for.

Teaching and classes are divided between the Departments of Pure & Applied Chemistry, and Chemical & Process Engineering. Both departments have strong industrial links and teach you to be professional chemists – both in industry and research.

The course involves extensive practical work that builds on the theory you’ll learn in lectures. You’ll also develop communication and teamwork skills with the ability to work safely.

If you join Strathclyde for your final two years of study and pass the required courses, you'll graduate with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Chemistry and a Degree in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry from KMITL.

You can also choose to study at Strathclyde for one year, in either year 3, or year 4, of your degree. Please contact us for more information on the available options.  

What you'll study

The degree is a four-year programme.

Years 1 & 2

Years 1 and 2 are undertaken at KMITL.

Years 3 & 4

Years 3 and 4 are undertaken here at the University of Strathclyde.

You will study both chemistry and engineering modules in Year 3. Laboratory work will increase, and your practical skills will be enhanced with computer modeling and group exercises to develop presentation skills.

In Year 4, you’ll undertake a Chemical Engineering Conceptual Design project. You’ll also study additional Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Spectroscopy modules.

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Course credits

Year 3 

Semester 1

  • Reactors - 10 credits

Semester 1 and 2 

  • Practical Preparative and Physical Chemistry – 20 credits
  • Chemical Engineering Practice – 10 credits
  • Inorganic Chemistry  – 20 credits
  • Intermediate Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy – 20 credits
  • Chemical Process Design and Simulation – 20 credits

Semester 2

  • Mass Transfer and Separation Processes  – 20 credits



Year 4

Semester 1

  • Materials Processing and Applications – 20 credits

Semesters 1 and 2

  • Applied Chemistry – 40 credits
  • Physical Chemistry – 20 credits
  • Inorganic Chemistry, Structures and Spectroscopy – 20 credits
  • Chemical Engineering Conceptual Design – 20 credits
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Course content


This module aims to introduce the principles of chemical reactors and reactor design across a range of chemical engineering contexts, as a first and fundamental course in reactors. From fundamentals of energy and mass balance the course proceeds in increasing complexity of reactor design and performance. The course also aims to bring about an appreciation and judgement of how to optimise for single and multiple reactions as well as the effect of multiple reactors for increased capacity and performance.

Practical Preparative and Physical Chemistry

In this module,  you'll receive a practical demonstration of topics contained in the lectures. You will develop basic laboratory skills in preparative chemistry and analysis, and gain experience in the applications of spectroscopy and common instrumental techniques.

Chemical Engineering Practice

This module aims to develop an understanding and appreciation of the practical aspects underpinning chemical engineering and to develop students’ communication, team-working and report-writing skills.

Inorganic Chemistry (20 Credits)

This module will provide you with a broad knowledge of the important concepts in inorganic chemistry from which more specialist topics can be tackled. This includes investigation of the chemistry of the main group and transition metals and introduces topics at the forefront of inorganic and materials chemistry.

Intermediate Organic Chemistry & Spectroscopy (20 Credits)

This module teaches you modern NMR spectroscopy as it is applied to chemistry. It covers:

  • skills for handling and interpreting NMR data for the purposes of chemical structure elucidation
  • theoretical basis of the NMR experiment using the vector formalism
  • reactivities of organic molecules
  • organic syntheses using the disconnection approach
  • synthesis and reactivities of electron-poor and electron-rich heterocyclic molecules

It provides an insight into the role of computational chemistry in chemical research and training in the use of modern computational chemistry software.

Chemical Process Design and Simulation

This module aims to build students’ competence on the analysis, synthesis and integration of chemical processes and enable them to develop preliminary plant-wide designs. An important element of the module involves the use of simulation software to carry out process design calculations.

Mass Transfer and Separation Processes

Mass Transfer

In this module, you’ll learn how to calculate rates of mass transfer related to separation processes. This will include diffusion in various simple geometries, diffusion with changing path length, diffusion in solids, and diffusion across a vapor-liquid interface. 

Vapor-liquid separation processes

You will study how to apply the principles of mass and energy balances, vapor-liquid equilibrium, and mass transfer to understand the operation of separation processes. This will include distillation, adsorption, and stripping in staged and continuous-contact columns as well as multi-stage evaporation.


You will learn about the thermodynamics of adsorbed phases, including binary mixtures, and ideal adsorbed solution theory. This will be used as the framework to learn about industrial adsorption processes under cyclic operation.

Materials Processing and Applications

In this module:

  • You will be provided with a basic understanding of material properties, and how these can be used as a basis for selecting materials for chemical engineering applications.
  • You will be taught to understand the stability of materials, particularly with respect to electrochemical corrosion.
  • You will learn about the nature of multiphase systems such as gas-liquid and solid-gas mixtures, suspensions, polymers, particulates and emulsions.
  • You will also study major relevant process engineering issues, especially flow and transport; and basic principles for multiphase materials engineering for product design.

Applied Chemistry

In this module:

  • You will develop independent, investigative skills as part of project work in the field of chemistry and other disciplines
  • You will gain group working attributes in the context of project work
  • You will develop effective communication skills

Literature Project Thesis

You will work as part of a group, reviewing primary literature related to a group theme, under the supervision of one member of the academic staff. The groups will share literature sources and discuss relevant literature as part of the group meetings. You will get the chance to work on an individual thesis, focusing on a sub-topic related to the group theme. Your thesis should be submitted at the end of Semester 1 and is marked by the group Supervisor, an Examiner and a Moderator. You will receive individual marks for your thesis submission.

Literature Project Group Presentation

You will remain in your Literature Project Group and prepare a group presentation that follows the group theme. This involves consolidation of the main results from individual theses. The presentation is delivered early in Semester 2 to an audience of peers and academic staff from the related Departmental Research Theme. The assessment is carried out by all staff who attend the presentation session. You will receive individual marks for the presentation, derived (in part) from a group mark.

Physical Chemistry

In this module:

  • You will learn core knowledge and skills in physical chemistry.
  • You will be introduced to the knowledge of the electronic structure of atoms and molecules through the prism of quantum chemistry.
  • You will learn to establish the principles of bonding in molecules as described by valence bond and molecular orbital theories.
  • You will be introduced to group theory and how it can be applied to the determination of the symmetry of molecules and their properties.
  • You will be shown how statistical mechanics can be used to calculate the macroscopic properties of chemical systems from a consideration of the behaviour of their constituent molecules.
  • You will learn to understand intermolecular forces and their importance in defining key aspects of chemical behavior and molecular organization.

Chemical Engineering Conceptual Design

You will have the opportunity to apply chemical engineering knowledge in the context of applications and industry focussed chemical engineering design, through a team-based conceptual design project.

By the end of the project, working as part of a team, you will have built up a design case study of a specified innovative area of chemical engineering process and technology. This will require research and evaluation of a broad range of sources. These will include: advanced chemical engineering principles, safety and environment, economics, emerging market and industry opportunities, emerging technology and scientific research.

The project will require you to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and problem solving in making choices and decisions in areas of uncertainty. It will result in a basic process specification plus evaluation of how the design could be developed into a detailed working industrial design plan. The project will also develop your teamwork, communication and self and peer evaluation skills.

Inorganic Chemistry, Structures and Spectroscopy

In this module:

  • You will learn a more advanced view of the main group, transition metal coordination and organometallic chemistry. The themes covered will include: ligands and their influence on complexes, trends in structure and bonding, stereochemistry, reactivity, and the application of spectroscopic and other methods of identification.
  • You will study modern spectroscopy as it is applied in chemistry.
  • You will learn about X-ray crystallography and the basic concepts of crystal structure, symmetry and diffraction.
  • You will attend workshops on: how to use crystallographic software, organising date, hands-on solution, refinement of an organic crystal structure, assessment of quality of model structure and interpretation and reporting of chemical structure.
  • You’ll be taught an introduction to spectroscopy, how light interacts with matter, the separation of rotational, vibrational and electronic states, and the Born Oppenheimer Principle.
  • You will learn about molecular adsorption spectroscopy, Frank Condon transitions, Charge transfer, spin allowed and spin forbidden bands, quantitative electronic spectroscopy and the Beer Lambert Law. You will also study fluorescence, FRET and phosphorescence.
  • You will review the use of multinuclear NMR spectroscopy in inorganic/organometallic chemistry and magnetic inequivalence. Case studies will include dynamic exchange processes, variable temperature NMR spectroscopy and AI NMR spectroscopy.

Learning and teaching

Each year contains compulsory classes in the areas of chemistry and chemical engineering. During year 3, you’ll learn the essential knowledge and understanding required by all chemistry and chemical engineering graduates. This is supported by group tutorials and workshops. Chemistry and chemical engineering are both practical subjects, so you’ll also be trained in chemical engineering practice and all branches of mainstream practical chemistry.

In year 4, you’ll study advanced chemistry and chemical engineering. You will also be assigned an engineering design team research project.

The University offers four hours per week of free in-sessional English classes throughout the academic year to help students improve their English both for studying and everyday communication.



Assessment methods include short-answer class tests, multiple-choice tests, end-of-year written examinations, oral presentations, and group project work.

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Entry requirements


This degree programme is only available to students from KMITL, following the successful completion of two years of study on the BSc Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. A GPA of 3.0 is required, however, all students with a GPA of 2.8 or higher will be considered for admission.

English Language Requirements

A minimum overall English language proficiency score of IELTS 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) is required.

We also accept alternative English language qualifications, please contact us for further information. 

If you need additional support to meet our English language conditions, you may wish to consider our Pre-sessional courses in English.

If you already meet our English language requirements and wish to undertake pre-sessional English classes, you can register for our three-week Online Module 3, which takes place between August and September. This is free of charge if you go on to register on the BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry degree.

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Fees & funding

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Immigration costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.


All students will receive a 15% tuition fee scholarship

Thai students studying at Strathclyde

Thai students studying in the Department of Chemistry will be warmly welcomed. We have a large number of students from over 100 countries at the university and many from South East Asia. We would encourage you to take advantage of all the Societies and Sports Clubs available when you join our vibrant international student community.

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A degree in chemistry will open doors to a large variety of employment opportunities both in the UK and further afield. There are a wide range of available jobs across many different types of chemistry and industries. These include nanotechnology, large-scale chemical plants, drinks and pharmaceutical industries or teaching. 

Additionally, the skills you learn will be beneficial in other areas. You’ll develop logical thought, numerical skills and the ability to write accurate and concise reports. As a result, our graduates are also highly successful in national and local government, hospitals and in all levels of education.  

Our Careers Service provide careers information, advice and guidance to help our students and graduates achieve their career goals, with support provided to graduates up to five years after graduation. The Careers Service team regularly host on-campus seminars and events which provide opportunities for students and graduates to network with employers and industry professionals.

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Start date: Sep 2024

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