Chemistry, MChem

  • An integrated masters programme that can provide a professional qualification in 4 years
  • Our programme specifically targets need of industry
  • Extended lab skills to test students problem solving abilities high on employers agenda



You should consider this programme if you are seeking a professional career in chemistry. The programme covers the major areas of chemistry in the first three years. In the final year, you will have the opportunity to conduct independent research in one or more advanced areas, and develop specialist knowledge. You can also take a sandwich year in employment after Year 2.

On completing the MChem you will be able to:

  • Analyse chemical problems
  • Show a high degree of autonomy in your studies
  • Operate a range of analytical instruments
  • Conduct independent research
  • Work in a chemistry laboratory safely with a minimum of direct supervision.

You will also be an effective communicator both orally and in writing, and have good problem-solving and team-working skills.

The Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Sciences, part of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, offers a diverse range of programmes underpinned by excellent teaching and world-class

Our innovative degrees employ the very latest learning strategies and assessment techniques. They are designed to produce fully qualified graduates with all the skills necessary to secure employment. Each of our programmes has been developed in collaboration with industry and, where appropriate, is accredited by the
relevant professional body.

Teaching style

Teaching is delivered using a wide range of methods, including lectures, workshops, small group tutorials, practical sessions and fieldwork. An element of choice is built into each degree so students can tailor their learning experience to their particular interests.


Each student is given regular feedback on his or her academic performance and is offered support through our excellent programme of pastoral care. Our students can therefore focus on their studies and have the best opportunity to flourish and excel in their chosen field.

Local area

Our Medway Campus is in the rapidly developing area of Chatham Maritime in Kent. The campus is home to three universities, making it a vibrant place to work, study and relax. Facilities include cafés, a pub, a gym, a sports hall and halls of residence. Restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema are a short walk from the campus. Local attractions include Rochester, with its cathedral and castle, and Chatham's historic dockyard. Central London is less than an hour away by train.

Students' unions

Greenwich and Kent Students' Unions Together (, a partnership between Students' Union University of Greenwich and the students' union at the University of Kent, organise a variety of sports and social
activities on campus and run a number of student societies.


The aims of the programme are to provide:

  • Education and training in chemistry using a modular structure that allows a high degree of flexibility and choice and support that will encourage you to achieve your full potential and access a wide range of careers
  • A level of knowledge, understanding and skills that is consistent with professional accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

128 UCAS points from A-levels, including chemistry at grade B or above. No more than 16 points should come from AS-levels with preference for science. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English language, mathematics and a science. You will be required to attend an interview.

We will also accept:

  • Alternative qualifications including BTEC and National Diploma
  • Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or foundation degree can be considered for entry into this degree in Year 2 or later.

General science is not accepted for this degree.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). You will be required to attend an interview. 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136

We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information


Assessment methods include:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Case studies
  • Project 
  • Practical work.

Professional recognition

The Department of Science is seeking accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry. This allows graduates to apply for chartered chemist (CChem) status.


Chemistry is a central science, and a qualification in this subject will offer a variety of career opportunities in research and development, teaching, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (production development, analytical science, quality assurance and information science), forensic science and environmental pollution.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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How to apply

Medway Campus

A recently modernised, splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad campus based at Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Chatham Station (approx. 5 min by bus)

Gillingham Station (approx. 20 min walk / 10 min by bus)

Free parking is available for motorbikes and scooters. Public car parks nearby.

From Gatwick Airport take the National Express 270 coach service.

Campus bus service between campuses.

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