The BSc in Biomolecular Science is a four-year course run jointly by the School of Chemistry and the School of Biology. Chemistry at St Andrews provides students with a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of chemistry, along with intellectual training in numeracy, problem-solving, teamwork and communications.
Alongside chemistry and biology, in the first year of your studies you will be required to study at least one additional subject. In second year, you will usually continue to study this additional subject. Find out more about how academic years are organised.
The skills you gain in research and analysis during these years will prepare you to undertake more advanced and specialist modules during your final two years (known as Honours). These specialist subjects include (but are not limited to):
- protein structure and function
- structure-based drug discovery
- carbohydrate and nucleic acid chemistry
- chemical biology.
During your final year, you will also carry out a research project on a topic chosen in consultation with staff from the Schools.
Centres of research within the School of Chemistry offer students the experience of working alongside experts and the opportunity to develop their own research in Honours years.
These facilities include:
Well-qualified school leavers may be able to apply for admission directly into the second year of this course. Find out more about direct entry to second year for Biomolecular Science.
The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. More information on the structure of the modules system can be found on the flexible degree structure webpage.
Find out more about studying Chemistry at St Andrews.