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Master in Science (Honours) Chemistry and Physics


MSci Chemistry and Physics: First year
Code Module name Credits
CH1401 Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 20 AND
CH1402 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1 20 AND
MT1002 Mathematics 20 AND
PH1011 Physics 1A 20 AND
PH1012 Physics 1B 20 AND
Remaining credits from Level 1000 options

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year

Suitably qualified students may be exempted from PH1011 and PH1012 and allowed to take some Level-2000 Physics credits to reduce the credit load in Second Year toward 120.

Students lacking the prerequisite for MT1002 must take MT1001 in Semester 1.


MSci Chemistry and Physics: Second year
Code Module name Credits
^ CH2501 Inorganic Chemistry 2 30 AND
^ CH2701 Physical Chemistry 2 30 AND
~ MT2501 Linear Mathematics 15 AND
~ MT2503 Multivariate Calculus 15 AND
$ PH2011 Physics 2A 30 AND
$ PH2012 Physics 2B 30

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year
Choose a minimum of 80 Level 2000 credits

Automatic entry to Honours requires

  • pass and have an average grade 15 or better in modules marked $
  • pass and have an average grade 15 or better in modules marked ^
  • pass and have an average grade 15 or better in modules marked ~

Entry to Honours

Students who attain an average of grade 11.0 or above at the first sitting in the requisite 2000-level modules and who meet all other programme requirements will be given automatic offers of entry into Honours programmes*.*Apart from students on Integrated Masters degrees. Students permitted automatic entry to Honours will only be permitted to trail one module to a maximum of 30 sub-honours credits into Honours.

Some Schools permit qualified entry to Honours (see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/teaching-and-learning/policies/honsentry.pdf )

MSci Honours

The general requirements are 600 credits over a period of normally five years (and not more than six years) or part-time equivalent, the final three years of which form an approved Honours programme of 360 credits, of which 120 credits are at 5000 level and at least a further 210 credits at 3000 and 4000 levels.


MSci Chemistry and Physics: Third year
Code Module name Credits
View list 120 credits from Module List: CH3431, CH3441, CH3512, CH3514, CH3615, CH3712, CH3717, CH3721, CH4715 - CH4717
CH3431 Chemistry Workshop 10
CH3441 Mini Chemistry Project 20
CH3512 Organometallic Chemistry 10
CH3514 Physical Inorganic Chemistry 10
CH3615 Mechanism in Organic Chemistry 10
CH3712 Quantum Theory of Atoms, Molecules and Solids 10
CH3717 Statistical Mechanics and Computational Chemistry 10
CH3721 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 10
CH4715 Functional Materials and Electrons in Solids 10
CH4716 Electrochemistry and Computational Chemistry 10
CH4717 Fundamentals of the Spectroscopy of Molecules and Solids 10
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year


MSci Chemistry and Physics: Fourth year
Code Module name Credits
PH3007 Electromagnetism 15 AND
PH3012 Thermal and Statistical Physics 15 AND
PH3061 Quantum Mechanics 1 10 AND
PH3062 Quantum Mechanics 2 10 AND
PH3082 Mathematics for Chemistry / Physics 20 AND
PH4039 Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics 15 AND
PH4041 Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics 15 AND
PH4043 Studies in Physics and Chemistry 5 AND
( PH3101 Physics Laboratory 1 15 OR
PH4044 Advanced Condensed Matter Physics 15 )

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year


MSci Chemistry and Physics: Fifth year
Code Module name Credits
( PH5101 Physics Project (MPhys) 60 AND
View list 15 credits from Module List: PH5000 - PH5099 AND
PH5002 Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 15
PH5003 Group Theory 15
PH5004 Quantum Field Theory 15
PH5005 Laser Physics 2 15
PH5011 General Relativity 15
PH5012 Quantum Optics 15
PH5014 The Interacting Electron Problem in Solids 15
PH5015 Applications of Quantum Physics 15
PH5016 Biophotonics 15
PH5023 Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Techniques 15
PH5024 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 15
PH5025 Nanophotonics 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above
View list 30 credits from Module List: CH5518, CH5711 - CH5715, CH5717 AND
CH5518 Blockbuster Solids 10
CH5711 Advanced Spectroscopic Methods 10
CH5712 Functional Materials / Electrons in Solids 10
CH5713 Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis 10
CH5714 Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations 10
CH5715 Energy Conversion and Storage 10
CH5717 Nanostructured Materials 10
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above
View list 15 credits from Module List: CH5000 - CH5999, PH5000 - PH5099 ) OR
CH5441 Research Project 50
CH5442 Chemistry Research Project for First Year MPhil 60
CH5461 Integrating Chemistry 10
CH5511 Homogeneous Catalysis 10
CH5517 Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry 10
CH5518 Blockbuster Solids 10
CH5611 Asymmetric Synthesis 10
CH5612 Natural Products, Biosynthesis and Enzyme Co-factors 10
CH5613 Reactive Intermediates 10
CH5614 Chemical Biology 10
CH5616 Molecular Recognition 10
CH5711 Advanced Spectroscopic Methods 10
CH5713 Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis 10
CH5714 Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations 10
CH5715 Energy Conversion and Storage 10
CH5716 Processing of Materials 10
CH5717 Nanostructured Materials 10
PH5002 Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 15
PH5003 Group Theory 15
PH5004 Quantum Field Theory 15
PH5005 Laser Physics 2 15
PH5011 General Relativity 15
PH5012 Quantum Optics 15
PH5014 The Interacting Electron Problem in Solids 15
PH5015 Applications of Quantum Physics 15
PH5016 Biophotonics 15
PH5023 Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Techniques 15
PH5024 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 15
PH5025 Nanophotonics 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above
( CH5441 Research Project 50 AND
View list 30 credits from Module List: PH5000 - PH5099 AND
PH5002 Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 15
PH5003 Group Theory 15
PH5004 Quantum Field Theory 15
PH5005 Laser Physics 2 15
PH5011 General Relativity 15
PH5012 Quantum Optics 15
PH5014 The Interacting Electron Problem in Solids 15
PH5015 Applications of Quantum Physics 15
PH5016 Biophotonics 15
PH5023 Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Techniques 15
PH5024 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 15
PH5025 Nanophotonics 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above
View list 30 credits from Module List: CH5518, CH5711 - CH5715, CH5717 AND
CH5518 Blockbuster Solids 10
CH5711 Advanced Spectroscopic Methods 10
CH5712 Functional Materials / Electrons in Solids 10
CH5713 Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis 10
CH5714 Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations 10
CH5715 Energy Conversion and Storage 10
CH5717 Nanostructured Materials 10
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above
View list 10 credits from Module List: CH5000 - CH5999, PH5000 - PH5099 )
CH5441 Research Project 50
CH5442 Chemistry Research Project for First Year MPhil 60
CH5461 Integrating Chemistry 10
CH5511 Homogeneous Catalysis 10
CH5517 Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry 10
CH5518 Blockbuster Solids 10
CH5611 Asymmetric Synthesis 10
CH5612 Natural Products, Biosynthesis and Enzyme Co-factors 10
CH5613 Reactive Intermediates 10
CH5614 Chemical Biology 10
CH5616 Molecular Recognition 10
CH5711 Advanced Spectroscopic Methods 10
CH5713 Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis 10
CH5714 Chemical Applications of Electronic Structure Calculations 10
CH5715 Energy Conversion and Storage 10
CH5716 Processing of Materials 10
CH5717 Nanostructured Materials 10
PH5002 Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 15
PH5003 Group Theory 15
PH5004 Quantum Field Theory 15
PH5005 Laser Physics 2 15
PH5011 General Relativity 15
PH5012 Quantum Optics 15
PH5014 The Interacting Electron Problem in Solids 15
PH5015 Applications of Quantum Physics 15
PH5016 Biophotonics 15
PH5023 Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Techniques 15
PH5024 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 15
PH5025 Nanophotonics 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year

Professional accreditation

Unless otherwise stated, all degree programmes in Chemistry are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for professional membership.

Other information

Direct entry into Level 2000 is possible, in which case credit of 120 credits at level 1000 is given on the basis of school examinations.

Study abroad

In the case of students who spend part of the Honours programme on a recognised Study Abroad scheme, the Programme Requirements will be amended to take into account overseas courses which are approved by the relevant St Andrews School in the Learning Agreement (see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/studyabroad/outgoingstudents/AcademicInformation ).