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Bachelor’s in Applied Chemistry

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in Applied Chemistry at Xi’an Jiao Tong-Liverpool University is a three or four year program for international students taught in English.


Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. As an independent Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool.

About the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was established in 2011 and has a strong body of academic staff members and multiple operational research and teaching laboratories. The fast development is both exciting and challenging.

About the Program

The BSc Applied Chemistry programme provides broad coverage of applied chemistry, drawing on the Department of Chemistry’s emerging research strengths in new materials (organic, inorganic, nanoparticles, catalysts), clean and renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. The programme will train you to the highest standard, equipping you to deal with challenges in academia and industry in a highly competitive and interdisciplinary environment.

Our continually developing curriculum provides you with the most advanced chemistry topics. The knowledge of and hands-on experience with modern technologies make our graduates highly competitive in both academic institutions and industry.

The programme addresses both classical and modern developments in chemistry. Your final year project will give you a taste of a research career and expose you to the current research topics of the department. Hands-on experience of modern technologies and research activities will make you more competitive in establishing a career in both industry and academic institutions.


Chemistry graduates pursue a wide range of careers, from working in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry to business management. In addition to your scientific knowledge, you will also develop excellent quantitative and problem solving skills that will make you attractive to many employers. Employment opportunities for chemistry graduates include:

  • Chemical industries (materials and synthesis)
  • Drug discovery and healthcare industries (process, materials and quality control)
  • Food industries (process, materials and quality control)
  • Environmental monitoring (pollution control for air/water systems)
  • Energy sector (petroleum industries, energy storage/battery industries)
  • Government and public service sectors (health services, quality control, forensic science and environmental protection)
  • Basic and applied research in industry and academic institutions.
Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate, you will have:

  • a strong understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts
  • the skills and knowledge to design and conduct experiments
  • research experience gained by completion of a final year research project
  • an appreciation of the application of chemistry in nanotechnology, chemical, pharmaceutical, and clean and renewable energy industries.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students have completed A-levels of International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB: 30 points
  • SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three SAT subject tests of at least 600 in each subject, if you took the SAT before March 2016.
  • AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.

English Language Requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.0 or above will take five credits EAP.

Application Deadline

30th June


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Spectroscopic techniques for chemistry
  • General physics
  • Maths skills for chemists.

Year Three

  • Intermediate organic chemistry
  • Intermediate inorganic chemistry
  • Intermediate physical chemistry
  • Key skills in chemistry
  • Measurements in chemistry
  • Preparative chemistry: synthesis and characterisation
  • Introduction to electrochemistry
  • Introduction to biological chemistry.

Year Four

  • Introduction to polymer chemistry
  • Introduction to medicinal chemistry
  • Modern applications of physical chemistry
  • Advanced organic chemistry
  • Advanced inorganic chemistry
  • Inorganic applications of group theory
  • Chemical database skills
  • Practical chemistry
  • Separation sciences
  • Final year project.

The final year project will be carried out in a real research environment with real research objectives. At the end of the project, you are required to submit a thesis detailing the background, experiments and discussion of the results of the research undertaken. It will give you a taste of what a career in research entails.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB88,000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 352000 RMB.

Fees for studying in the University of Liverpool, UK

Tuition Fee:  GBP 12,000 – 16,000 (approximately)


The accommodation facilities are located within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, where the University is situated. All accommodation within this area is private and managed by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Limited Company (SIPEDI), and also provides to students studying at other institutions.

For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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