- UCAS Code: F103
- Accreditation: Royal Society of Chemistry
Second-year entry: available to suitably-qualified students
Study with us
- benefit from our industrial placement scheme, strong industry links and close relationships with professional bodies
- option to switch between other MChem courses and BSc degrees, such as BSc (Honours) Chemistry, up to Year 3
- AstraZeneca and GSK offer a bursary scheme for undergraduates in chemistry
- accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
- study of pure and applied chemistry provides maximum flexibility when choosing a career path
The industrial placement year was definitely the most beneficial part of the course.
Final year student, MChem Chemistry
Why this course?
On our MChem Chemistry degree, 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.
The Chemistry MChem course is for students who want 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) Forensic and Analytical 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 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 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.
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.More about the industrial placement scheme
The Chemistry Clinic
Find out more about the work of the Chemistry Clinic.
Chemistry: Principles & Practice 1 & 2
- Analytical Chemistry
- Structure & Bonding
- Physical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
Personal Development Planning (PDP)
- mathematical functions
- complex numbers
- matrices & vectors
Practical & Transferable Skills
You can select elective classes from the University if you have the appropriate entrance qualifications, there are places available, and the times do not clash with compulsory chemistry classes.
Subjects are available in Science, Engineering, Business, Arts & Humanities.
Chemistry students are provided with a list of classes where the timetable is suitable, although other options are also available. Students often choose a language class, or Introduction to Forensic Science as an elective.
Fundamental Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry 1
This class provides a broad knowledge of the important concepts in Thermodynamics, investigating the major features as applied to chemical systems. Topics include:
- the importance of reaction rates in chemical systems
- concepts of the electrode/solution interface
- equilibrium and electron transfer kinetics
- mass transport
- the composition & utilisation of fossil fuels with their environmental pollutants
- nuclear & renewable energy sources
Forensic Trace Analysis & Analytical Chemistry
Students have the option to spend third year studying abroad in a sister University in the European Union or the European Free Trade Area.
We're leading practitioners of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), designed to simplify and facilitate the planning and recognition of periods of study in other universities. Additional EU funding under the ERASMUS programme may be available to some students each year to supplement their SAAS grants. There will also be opportunities to spend third year at one of the premier universities in the USA or in Canada, but you will have to find some money towards the costs.
Physical Chemistry 2
This class provides an understanding of intermolecular forces and their importance in defining key aspects of chemical behaviour and molecular organization. It introduces:
- surface chemistry and the common systems in which it plays a major role
- the electronic structure of atoms and molecules through the prism of quantum chemistry
- group theory and how it can be applied to the determination of the symmetry of molecules and their properties
- the principles of bonding in molecules as described by valence bond and molecular orbital theories
Practical Organic & Inorganic Chemistry
Intermediate Organic Chemistry & Spectroscopy
This class teaches modern NMR spectroscopy as it is applied to chemistry. It covers:
- skills for handling and interpreting NMR data for the purposes of chemical structure elucidation
- theoretical basis of the NMR experiment using the vector formalism
- reactivities of organic molecules
- organic syntheses using the disconnection approach
- synthesis and reactivities of electron-poor and electron-rich heterocyclic molecules
It provides an insight into the role of computational chemistry in chemical research and training in the use of modern computational chemistry software.
Inorganic Chemistry, Structures & Spectroscopy
Practical Physical, Applied, Forensic & Analytical Chemistry
Practical Physical, Applied & Drug Discovery Chemistry
You'll conduct experiments in physical and applied chemistry and in chemistry relating to drug discovery, gaining practical experience of theoretic aspects of physical, applied and synthetic medicinal chemistry covered in lectures.
You'll develop laboratory skills, and skills in: physical chemistry and analytical observation; the use of statistical methods; synthetic medicinal chemistry and analysis; applications of spectroscopy and common instrumental techniques; and the writing of laboratory reports.
Analytical Chemistry & Drugs of Abuse
This class covers the fundamental analytical methods and advanced theories in chromatography, mass spectrometry and electroseparations.
It introduces the concept of experimental design and its application in analytical, forensic and preparative chemistry, and how to perform analytical calculations and interpret data. The analytical procedures used to identify substances controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, the Medicines Act 1968 and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
You're introduced to methods of clandestine synthesis and how drug profiling can identify the synthetic route used. The pharmacology of drugs of abuse and the various biological matrices used in drug screening will also be described.
Distance Learning Assignment
BSc (Honours) Chemistry Specialisation
- advanced & modern methods in organic synthesis
- synthesis of polymers
- molecular catalysis
- photochemistry industrial catalysis
Knowledge Exchange Placement
- organic chemistry
- cage & cluster molecules
- environmental chemistry
- interpretative spectroscopy
- transition metal chemistry
- understanding molecules & materials
MChem Chemistry Specialisation
- advanced & modern methods in organic synthesis
- molecular catalysis
- photochemistry & industrial catalysis
- polymers: synthesis & chemical properties
- solid state chemistry
- advanced electrochemistry
Final-Year Project & Dissertation
Over the course of the year, you'll complete a practical research project relating to your chosen area of chemistry under the supervision of one of our experienced academics, leading to the production of a dissertation.
Learning & teaching
Each year contains compulsory classes and some years contain either optional classes, which relate to different areas of chemistry and/or elective classes from other subject areas in the University.
In Years 1 to 3, lectures give you the essential knowledge and understanding required by all chemistry graduates. This is supported by small and large group tutorials. Chemistry is a practical subject and you'll gain training in all branches of mainstream practical chemistry.
Your fourth year is a 12-month industrial placement. You’ll continue your studies through distance learning assignments.
In your final year, you’ll study advanced chemistry and complete an independent research project in your chosen field.
The Andersonian Chemical Society (the longest-running student organisation in the UK) organises guest speakers and other events, including very popular social events.
Assessment methods include short answer class tests, multiple choice tests, end of year examinations, oral presentation and group project work.
In my first post-university job, my experience from industrial placement saw me “hit the ground running” and earned me an early promotion!
MChem Chemistry entry requirements
Entry requirements are for September 2023 entry.
Required subjects are shown in brackets.
Note: Students joining our MChem Chemistry have the option of transferring into the following BSc degrees after registering for year 1:
- Forensic & Analytical Chemistry
- Chemistry with Drug Discovery
Year 1 entry: ABBB/AABC
(Chemistry B, Maths B)
Advanced Higher Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study and to compensate for missed Higher grades in S5.
Year 1 entry: ABBC/BBBB
(Chemistry B and Maths B)
Advanced Higher Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study and to compensate for missed Higher grades in S5. Applicants with grades slightly below the minimum requirements may be considered for admission subject to successful completion of the Strathclyde STEM Summer School.
Minimum entry requirements:
Year 2 entry: BBB
(Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology)
Standard entry requirements*:
Year 1 entry: BBB
(Chemistry, and one of Maths, Physics or Biology)
Year 2 entry: BBB
(Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology)
Standard entry requirements*:
Year 2 entry: 30
(Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology all at HL)
Year 1 entry: 30
(Chemistry at HL and one of Maths, Physics or Biology at HL)
Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, B in Graded Unit
View the entry requirements for your country.
Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.
Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.
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.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.Visit our international students' section
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
*Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2022-23, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
|University preparation programme fees|
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
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
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, 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.
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.
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
All the staff members in the department from the lab technicians, the lecturers, the store staff and the office staff were all friendly and approachable and made me feel at home within the department.
Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city
Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.Life in Glasgow
There’s a continuous demand for chemistry graduates. Our graduates compete successfully for jobs in all branches of the chemical industry. These are well-rewarded careers that allow you to go on to supervisory or management roles. Your chances of employment are substantially increased by the industrial placement and training.
A degree in chemistry opens doors to a wide variety of employment opportunities. The range of available jobs is considerable and covers many different types of chemistry and industries such as nanotechnology, large scale chemical plants, the drinks and pharmaceutical industries or teaching.
Your skills will also be in demand in other areas. A study of chemistry helps you develop logical thought and numerical skills and the ability to write accurate and concise reports. As a result, our chemists are in demand in national and local government, in hospitals and in education at all levels.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and graduates are eligible to apply for the status of Chartered Chemist, the qualification recognised in the UK and EU for professional chemists.
How much will I earn?
The average salary of graduates in full-time work is £19,000. Senior chemists with management responsibilities could earn over £50,000.*
Where are they now?
90.5% of our graduates are in work or further study.
Recent job titles include:**
- Chemical analyst
- Graduate Development Programme
- Graduate Scientist
- Industrial Chemist
- Laboratory Chemist
- Research Chemist
- Technical Graduate
Recent employers include:
- Almac Sciences
- Fine Organics Ltd
- Forestry Commission Scotland
- Hologic Gen Probe
- Scaled Solutions
- SIKA Technologies
- William Grant & Sons
*Information is intended only as a guide.
**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (aggregated data).
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