Chemistry

Everything around us involves chemistry, from the food that we eat to the air that we breathe. Chemistry is a vibrant and exciting central science that interfaces with biology, physics, mathematics, medicine and geology, and St Andrews offers appropriate modules highlighting the importance of these interfaces.

At St Andrews, students are able to build their fundamental training in chemistry into specialised areas including medicinal chemistry, materials, molecular biology, nanotechnology, catalysis and surface science. Chemists are highly valued as researchers, developers and managers in manufacturing industries including fuels and pharmaceuticals.

Courses

Undergraduate

Chemistry BSc (Hons)
Chemistry MChem (Hons)
Biomolecular Science BSc (Hons)
Chemical Sciences BSc (Hons)
Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons)
Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem (Hons)
Materials Chemistry BSc (Hons)
Materials Chemistry MChem (Hons)
Sustainable Development BSc (Hons)
Sustainable Development MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

The Chemistry BSc and the Chemistry MChem programmes can be taken with another subject as part of a joint degree or a "with" degree.

Postgraduate

Taught

Catalysis MSc
Chemical Science MSc

PhDs

Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

Visit St Andrews

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at an open day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Undergraduates

Booking for our autumn visiting days will open in early September 2017.

  • Wednesday 27 September 2017
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017

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Postgraduates

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018

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Latest in Chemistry at St Andrews

A Royal Society of Chemistry ‘blue plaque’ was placed on the railings in North Street on 11 October 2016 to recognise the historic contributions of two St Andrews Chemists.

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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT) is a PhD training programme hosted by St Andrews, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities.

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Chemistry research areas

The School has several groups carrying out research in core areas of organic synthesis and molecular inorganic chemistry. This includes diversity orientated synthesis; natural product chemistry; asymmetric synthesis; inorganic and organic heterocycles; and sulfur and phosphorus chemistry. The School is a leading centre in the area of catalysis, where they are leading a new EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training.

The key areas of research within the School are grouped into four research areas:

Chemistry research centres

The School of Chemistry currently has four research centres:

The CMR combines expertise in liquid or solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic nuclear polarization, electron paramagnetic resonance, muon spin rotation, and computational magnetic resonance.

Researchers within the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex employ state-of-the-art techniques to address key questions at the leading edge of the biomedical and biological sciences. The ethos of the BSRC is to break down barriers between scientific disciplines and conduct world-class research on the broad theme of infection and immunity.

The OSC aims to encourage synergy between physicists, chemists and biologists to develop the next generation of organic semiconductors. The OSC provides world class facilities for the researchers within the centre to focus on conjugated polymers and dendrimers, as well as their combination with quantum dots.

SCISS is a collaborative centre established in 2008 at the University of St Andrews by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), through a strategic research development grant. It focuses on real and momentum space resolved electron spectroscopies applied to complex materials.

Chemistry facilities

The School of Chemistry is equipped to support major facilities across the full spectrum of Chemistry, including:

  • NMR (both solution and solid-state)
  • X-ray crystallography (single-crystal, powder and macromolecular)
  • electron microscopy
  • catalyst evaluation>
  • analytical chemistry
  • spectroscopy
  • surface science

The School also houses its own library containing all of the major books required for postgraduate research work. Comprehensive online access to journals and national and international databases is available.

Find out more about the facilities and services the School of Chemistry offers.

Careers for graduates in Chemistry

St Andrews Chemistry graduates are in demand by both major and grassroots companies. Popular careers for chemists include:

  • professional chemists in the chemical, pharmaceutical and engineering industries
  • management consultants
  • accountants
  • investment bankers
  • teachers
  • forensic scientists
  • patent lawyers
  • journalism and the media
  • various careers in the food industry (including brewing)
  • marketing and advertising.

Many also continue in academic life, in universities or research institutions in the UK, Europe, North America, Japan and others worldwide. Other career routes outwith a research environment include scientific publishing, patent law, forensic science, and IT and energy consultancy.

Recent Chemistry graduates are engaged in diverse roles and have found positions such as:

  • a research scientist at a company involved in enhanced oil recovery in western Canada
  • an intern at the European Patent Office
  • pharmaceutical development scientist at Reckitt-Benckiser
  • audit assistan at KPMG
  • regional liaison officer for the Royal Society of Chemists.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.

Undergraduate

St Andrews offers a number of funding opportunities for undergraduate study.

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduate students

There are various funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Find out more about funding at PhD level.

Funding for PhD students

Awards

REF 2014

In the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, Chemistry research at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland with 28% of its overall research activity rated as world leading.

Athena Swan Silver Award

The School of Chemistry was the first School at St Andrews to receive an Athena SWAN Silver award. The School is determined to actively support equality and fairness irrespective of race, disability, age, faith, gender and sexual orientation and is taking active steps to stamp out any explicit or implicit discrimination of staff and students on the basis of these differences.

RSC Emerging Technologies Award 2016

MOFgen, a spin-off company from the School of Chemistry and led by Professor Russell Morris, FRS, have won first prize in the Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies competition for their Health and Wellbeing Technology.

Contact

School of Chemistry
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3800 
Email: chemistry@st-andrews.ac.uk

Chemistry website   Chemistry research portal