The MChem in Materials Chemistry is a five-year course run by the School of Chemistry. During the course, you will develop an awareness and appreciation of the latest advances in Materials Chemistry in addition to the fundamentals of the subject. You will be provided with a broad base of chemical knowledge and understanding reinforced by extensive practical experience. In addition, you will get a high level of general intellectual and scientific training, which allows many graduates to enter challenging careers in areas not directly related to chemistry.
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 three years. These specialist subjects include (but are not limited to):
- advanced solid-state chemistry
- introduction to analysis of materials
- energy conversion and storage
- functional materials and electrons in solids
- statistical mechanics and computational chemistry.
Alongside Materials 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.
In your fourth year, you will have the opportunity to apply for an external placement in a leading industrial laboratory in the UK, Europe or North America. The School of Chemistry will assist you in applying for a placement.
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 Materials Chemistry.
Students can also take Materials 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.