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Direct entry to second year Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem (Hons) 2020 entry

It is possible for students applying for the Chemistry with Medicinal 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 to second year will take modules required by the Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem programme from 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 and 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.


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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3800

Chemistry website

UCAS code

F152 (MChem), F151 (MChem with external placement)

Course type

Master in Chemistry (Integrated Masters degree)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: 7 September 2020
  • End date: 30 June 2024

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.

    • Advanced Highers: A in Chemistry and B in one other science from the following:
      • Mathematics
      • Physics. 
    • Highers: AAAAB 
    • AAA, including Chemistry and one other science from the following:
      • Mathematics
      • Physics.
    • 38 (HL 6,6,6) including HL6 in Chemistry and HL6 in one of the following:
      • Mathematics
      • Physics. 

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

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

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

General entry requirements

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

Other qualifications

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.


St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.