Why this course?
You'll study both pure and applied chemistry. Pure chemistry is about unravelling the mysteries of molecular structure and reactivity. Applied chemistry uses chemical knowledge to respond to the challenges created by society.
Advanced classes include photochemistry, cage and cluster modules, environmental chemistry, polymer chemistry and molecular catalysis.
This course covers many applications of chemistry rarely taught elsewhere - backed up by our industrial placement, strong industry links and close relationships with professional bodies.
The MChem Chemistry degree is for students who want a complete coverage of the subject to keep their career options open. It's possible to switch between the other MChem courses and also the following shorter BSc degrees within the first three years:
- BSc (Honours) Chemistry
- BSc (Honours) Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry
- BSc (Honours) Chemistry with Forensic Chemistry
- BSc (Honours) Chemistry with Drug Discovery
What you'll study
You'll take foundation classes in chemistry, mathematics, and physics or biology at introductory or advanced level. Classes in forensic science, drug discovery and chemical engineering are available depending on your degree choice.
Practical chemistry laboratory sessions help you to master the basic preparative and analytical skills.
In later years, classes will include fundamental inorganic, organic, biological and physical chemistry.
In Year 4, MChem students undertake a paid 12-month industrial placement. Research and Knowledge Exchange placements are also available. For BSc (Honours) students Year 4 is the final year.
In the final year, you'll specialise in the areas and applications that interest you most and undertake a research project.
You can study at a European university for one year of your degree. You can also spend your placement year abroad.
You'll undertake a paid 12-month placement in the pharmaceutical industry, either in the UK or abroad. Research and Knowledge Exchange placements within the Department's 'Chemistry Clinic' are also available. The Strathclyde chemistry industrial placement scheme is one of the longest-running in the UK, and more than 70 students are placed with companies each year.
High Flyer Programme
Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.
Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.
You'll complete a research project in one of our specialist research laboratories in your final year when you'll work with full-time researchers on real chemistry challenges.
Many graduates from this course go on to complete a PhD in chemistry at Strathclyde and elsewhere. This course equips you for life after graduation, be that employment or further study.
Strathclyde chemistry students also compete successfully for national awards. In recent years, our students have won:
- Salters' Graduate prize (£1,000)
- Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year Award
- Carnegie Scholarship
- Most Meritorious Student award from the Forensic Science Society
The Dean of Science recognises exceptional performance each year through the Dean's certificate for the best students in the faculty. Students can also win prizes including:
- P&G Bursary (£1,000 a year plus a one-year paid industrial placement)
- Chemistry International Alumni Ambassadors UG award for overseas travel (£1,000)
- Group third-year Poster Competition sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
- The RSC Prize in Analytical Chemistry
- Andersonian Centenary Medal Prize
- Beilby and Huddleston Prize
- ICI Chemical and Polymers Group Andersonian Centenary Prize
- GlaxoSmithKline Prize
- Syngenta Prize
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemist.
- UCAS code: F103
- Accreditation:Royal Society of Chemistry
- Work placement:12-month paid placement - UK or abroad
- Second-year entry:available to suitably-qualified students
- High Flyer programme:qualified applicants complete MChem in four years & BSc in three years