Direct entry to second year Chemistry MChem (Hons) 2023 entry

It is possible for students applying for the Chemistry MChem single Integrated Masters degree to enter directly into the second year of study, meaning you will complete your degree in only four years instead of five.

This option is offered to students with excellent Advanced Higher, A-Level or International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Students who enter directly into second year will take modules required by the Chemistry MChem programme from the second year on, along with an additional introductory module specifically designed for direct entry students.

Direct entry students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their second year of study or to go on an external placement during the third year of study.

To find out more information, or to discuss the possibility of direct entry to second year, please contact the School of Chemistry.

UCAS code
F101 (with external placement: F102)
Start date
September 2023
End date
September 2027
Four years full time
School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

The University offers different entry requirements, depending on your background. Find out more about Standard and Minimum entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject-specific entry requirements as outlined on their pages.

  • Advanced Highers:
    AB, A in Chemistry and B in one other science from the following: Mathematics or Physics.
  • Standard entry grades:
    AAA, including Chemistry and one other science from the following: Mathematics or Physics.
  • Standard entry grades:
    38 (HL 6,6,6), including HL6 in Chemistry and HL6 in one other science from the following: Mathematics or Physics.

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

  • SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing science
    • Geography
    • Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.
  • GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing Science
    • Geography
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.

Other qualifications

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.

More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Applicants must have studied Chemistry at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, or equivalent. Preference may be given to candidates offering strong science qualifications.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability.

Joint Honours degrees

You can also take Chemistry as part of a joint Honours degree in which you will take core modules of your chosen subjects.

  • UCAS code C761: Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biology and Chemistry
  • UCAS code FF16: Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry and Earth Sciences
  • UCAS code FG11: Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry and Mathematics
  • UCAS code FF13: Master in Science (Honours) Chemistry and Physics

"With" degrees

You can take Chemistry as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first name subject. St Andrews offers the following "with" degrees in Chemistry:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry with French (With Integrated Year Abroad) - UCAS code F1RC
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry with French - UCAS code F1R1
  • Master in Chemistry (Honours) Chemistry with French - UCAS code F1RD
  • Master in Chemistry (Honours) Chemistry with French with External Placement - UCAS code F1RA
  • Master in Chemistry (Honours) Chemistry with Mathematics - UCAS code F1G1

"With" degrees taken with French are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.


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School of Chemistry
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