Chemistry MChem Hons
The MChem (Hons) in Chemistry will teach you the fundamentals of this central science, from the composition and properties of matter, to using reactions to create new molecules and materials. You will learn about the critical role of chemistry in industries and new technologies from pharmaceuticals to accessing drinkable water, efficient energy generation to sustainable food production. Chemistry at St Andrews interfaces with biology, physics, mathematics, medicine and geology, making it a highly applicable subject to many areas of study.
The MChem allows you to study the subject at great depth with a significant emphasis on research, combined in a single five-year programme, graduating with a Masters degree. The course is designed to give you the best possible training for a career in chemistry and is tailored for those intending to enter the professional chemical sector or to carry out postgraduate study upon graduation.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
- Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1
- Organic and Biological Chemistry 1
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Inorganic Chemistry 2
- Organic Chemistry 2
- Physical Chemistry 2
If you decide to take chemistry in your third year, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options, including modules ranging from physical inorganic chemistry to quantum theory of atoms, molecules and solids.
Here is a sample of Honours modules that have been offered in previous years:
- Mechanism in Organic Chemistry
- Organometallic Chemistry
- Quantum Theory of Atoms, Molecules and Solids
- Synthetic Methodology.
During fourth year, you will have the opportunity to work on a placement outside St Andrews for up to 12 months. This is a great chance to gain experience in industry and to add value to your CV at the same time.
Typically, you may join a research and development group within a leading industrial research laboratory and receive a salary for the duration of your placement. It is also possible for the placement to be carried out in an overseas academic institution.
The School has links with many large and small companies and will assist students in CV preparation, interview technique and making placement applications. Some of the companies that students from St Andrews have completed placements with recently include:
- AstraZeneca (UK)
- BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany)
- BP (UK)
- DSM (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- GlaxoSmithKline (UK)
- Merck KGa (Darmstadt, Germany)
- Mondelez (UK)
- Novartis (Basel, Switzerland)
- Proctor and Gamble (UK)
- Roche (Basel, Switzerland)
- Syngenta (UK).
During fifth year, you will take advanced research-led modules in your chosen specialist area(s). Advanced modules offered in the past include:
- Advanced Spectroscopic Methods
- Asymmetric Synthesis
- Chemical Biology
- Homogeneous Catalysis
- Nanostructured Materials.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and labs, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in a laboratory
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
St Andrews chemistry graduates have an employment rate of over 95% and are in demand by large multinational and grassroots companies alike. Chemistry degrees provide a range of highly desirable skills that are prized by employersacross numerous sectors, including:
- data handling
- oral and written communication.
About this institute
University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...
Why study at University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is situated in a truly beautiful location. Part of a seaside town it is a picturesque and inspirational location to pursue your studies, where you will have the thinking space needed to be your very best. As a smaller university our size is one of our greatest strengths with class sizes allowing for a close and individual learning experience and giving great access and support from your teachers.
Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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