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How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About Chemistry with Teaching at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

Strathclyde provides this dual-accredited course at a higher level than anywhere else in the UK.

This degree combines a Royal Society of Chemistry-accredited MChem course with professionally-accredited teacher training (Professional Graduate Diploma in Education, Secondary)?. Dual accreditation means you can move between careers in secondary education and the chemical industry.

The image of chemistry is rapidly changing. It's recognised as an important aspect of forensic science, technological advancement and environmental protection. Inspirational teachers convey the exciting challenges chemists face and importance of continuous discovery to our daily lives.

Uniquely, your final year project can be in educational approaches to chemistry, such as the development of practical experiments for schools.

Transferable skills are taught in all years and include IT, scientific writing, presentation skills, report writing and problem solving.

You can study at a European university for one year of your degree.

It's possible to switch between the other MChem courses and also the following shorter BSc degrees within the first three years:

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Forensic Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Drug Discovery

What you'll study

You'll take foundation classes in chemistry and mathematics, and physics or biology at introductory or advanced level. Classes in forensic science, drug discovery and chemical engineering are available.

Practical chemistry laboratory sessions help you to master the basic preparative and analytical skills.

In the later years, you'll take classes in fundamental inorganic, organic, biological and physical chemistry and laboratory work increases.

In Year 4, you'll complete the initial teacher education component in the School of Education, which includes teaching practice in schools.

In your final year, you'll specialise in the areas and applications that interest you most and undertake a research project in Chemistry with an educational aspect.

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 - working with full-time researchers on real chemistry challenges.

Postgraduate study

This course equips you for life after graduation, be that employment in teaching or industry, 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)
  • 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
  • Group third-year Poster Competition sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline


Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

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

Key facts

  • UCAS code: F1XC
  • Accreditation:Royal Society of Chemistry, General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • Industrial placement:teaching practice in schools
  • Dual accreditation:provided at higher level than elsewhere in UK
  • High Flyer Programme:qualified applicants complete MChem in four 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


AABB/AAAC (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology/Human Biology, English C*)

Advanced Higher Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study

A Levels/Advanced Highers

Year 1 entry

Minimum entry requirements: BBB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology, *GCSE English Language C and English Literature C)

Typical entry requirements: ABB

Year 2 entry

Minimum entry requirements: ABB

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: 34 (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology/Human Biology all at HL, *English SL6)


Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit

Year 2 entry: relevant HND, AAA 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

*General Teaching Council minimum English requirement; preference is likely to be given to applicants offering higher grades

Additional Information

  • Deferred entry accepted
  • UCAS personal statements and references will be taken into account
  • Entry to the teaching profession requires membership of the Protecting of Vulnerable Groups Scheme; the procedure will be detailed during the application process
  • Suitably-qualified applicants are formally interviewed in Year 2

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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