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. 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.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Chemistry BSc (Hons)
Chemistry MChem (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)
FE-HE Pathway to Science Pathway to BSc (Hons)
Gateway to Science Gateway programme

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.

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Science September Foundation
Science January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Catalysis MSc
Chemical Science MSc


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

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Chemistry research areas

Chemistry research at St Andrews is conducted through EaStCHEM. The universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh formed EaStCHEM in 2004 to combine the research activities of two of Scotland’s leading schools of chemistry. EaStCHEM is now recognised for excellence in both core and interdisciplinary chemistry. Its wide-ranging research themes reflect the relevance of modern chemistry in solving important global challenges and improving lives.

Research within the School of Chemistry is focused around five broad themes:

The School also lends its expertise to five leading research centres at the University and offers a wide range of cutting-edge research and support facilities.  

Find out more about research in Chemistry.  

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 graduates also continue in academic life, in universities or research institutions in the UK, Europe, North America, Japan and others worldwide. Other career routes 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 assistant 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.


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


REF 2014

In the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, Chemistry research at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland with 95% of its overall research activity rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

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 regardless of race, disability, age, faith, gender and sexual orientation. The School is taking active steps to stamp out any explicit or implicit discrimination of staff and students on the basis of these differences.

University league tables

The School of Chemistry was ranked second in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and was ranked first in Scotland and fifth in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020.


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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3800 

Chemistry website   Chemistry research portal