The MChem in Chemistry is a five-year Integrated Masters 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. 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.
The skills you gain in research and analysis during these years will prepare you to undertake more advanced and specialist modules during your final three 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.
In your fourth year, you will have the opportunity to apply for an external placement in a leading industrial laboratory in the UK, Europe and North America. The School of Chemistry will assist you in applying for a placement.
During your final year, you will carry out a research project in one of the School’s highly-rated research groups.
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 MChem.
Students can also take Chemistry as a standard four-year BSc 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.