Chemistry, MChem Undergraduate prospectus

  • An integrated masters degree that can provide a professional qualification in 4 years
  • Our course specifically targets the needs of industry
  • Gain extended lab skills to develop your problem-solving abilities (a high priority for employers).

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4 years full time

5 years sandwich programme



You should consider this course if you are seeking a professional career in chemistry. The course 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 courses underpinned by excellent teaching and world-class research.

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 courses 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.

Course aims

  • 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
  • To provide a level of knowledge, understanding and skills that is consistent with professional accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 128 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate


  • A-level: 40 Points from chemistry (or related subject)
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 40 Points from A-level chemistry (or related subject – as above)
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 2 or later.

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. 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.

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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.

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