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Materials Chemistry BSc Hons
The BSc (Hons) in Materials Chemistry seeks to understand the interrelationships between the composition, structure, microstructure and properties of matter in order to design and develop new materials. Examples may include: semiconductor processing and fabrication, materials for energy and IT, biomaterials, catalyst materials, ‘smart coatings’ and nanotechnology.
During your degree, you will be provided with a broad base of chemical knowledge and understanding reinforced by extensive practical experience and familiarity with modern laboratory, instrumental and computational techniques. You will obtain the necessary skills and experience for a career in industry, education or research.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Materials Chemistry Integrated Masters course, which allows you to graduate with a Master of Chemistry.
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 materials chemistry in your third and fourth years, 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:
- Chemistry of Materials
- Functional Materials and Electrons in Solids
- Introduction to Analysis of Materials
- Processing of Materials
- Quantum Theory of Atoms, Molecules and Solids.
In fourth year, students will conduct a research project which is designed to develop your skills in experimental design and problem-solving, the evaluation and interpretation of data, independent working, and both written and oral communication skills. The project is chosen in consultation with and supervised by a member of academic staff.
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 the 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 employers across numerous sectors, including:
- data handling
- oral and written communication.
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