The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry is a four-year course run by the School of Chemistry. 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.
In the first two years, you will take modules in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. 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. These specialist subjects include (but are not limited to):
- organometallic chemistry
- carbohydrate and nucleic acid chemistry
- energy conversion and storage
- statistical mechanics and computational chemistry.
Alongside Chemistry, in the first year of your studies, you will be required to study an additional two subjects. In the second year you will usually carry on at least one of these subjects, sometimes two. Find out more about more about how academic years are organised.
During your final year, you will also carry out a research project on a topic chosen in consultation with staff from the School.
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 Chemistry.
It is possible for students to take Chemistry as a five-year Integrated Masters course, allowing you to graduate with a Master in Chemistry. Find out more about the Integrated Masters degree.
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.