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The award
MChem

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

All study options

About Chemistry at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

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.

Study abroad

You can study at a European university for one year of your degree. You can also spend your placement year abroad.

Work placement

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.

Major projects

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.

Postgraduate study

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.

Student competitions

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

Accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemist.

Key facts

  • 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

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMChemHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 1820 per yearInternational course feesGBP 18000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Additional fees 

Course materials & costs

Lab coats and safety goggles:

  • approx £25

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers

Year 1 entry: ABBB/ABBC (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology/Human Biology, English preferred as fourth subject)

Advanced Higher Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study

A Levels/Advanced Highers*

Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology)

Typical entry requirements: AAA

Please note if you are taking the newly-reformed Chemistry A level, we will require you to pass the practical assessment included in the A level.

International Baccalaureate*

Year 2 entry: 30 (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology all at HL)

HNC/HND

Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, B in Graded Unit

Year 2 entry: relevant HND, BBB in Graded Units

*Those with A Levels, Advanced Highers or IB HL in only two of the preferred subjects will be considered for Year 1 entry

Additional information

  • Deferred entry accepted
  • UCAS personal statements and references will also be taken into account

 

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

What students think about Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

    Living in Glasgow: Ellie Kissel, MSc Information & Library Studies

    I have always wanted to study in the UK and when searching for programems on the American Library Association website, the course at Strathclyde stood out as the one which would enhance my professional career. I love living in Glasgow and it reminds me of the southern hospitality of my home state of Kentucky. 

    Skills for cutting-edge research: Manto Chouliara, MSc Applied Physics

    The course has provided me with a wide range of experimental physics skills and the opportunity to use them in a cutting-edge research project. The multicultural environment on campus supports the collaboration of students from the world, and through numerous group-work projects prepares us for our future jobs. 

    Course flexibility & further study: Shouyue Wu, MSc Optical Technologies

    I've enjoyed the flexible nature of the course which allowed me to choose classes and projects to suit my interests. There's always guidance from staff, not only about studying, but also about living in Glasgow and your future career. I am planning to do a PhD project on optical fibre to prepare me to work in the industry. 

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