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Chemistry with Nanotechnology MChem

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Nanotechnology is a new science where chemistry merges into the modern aspects of communications, electronics, photonics, aerospace, transport, pharmaceutical materials, bioengineering and IT. This programme is attractive to students with an interdisciplinary interest in chemistry, physics and mathematics, and their engineering applications. Chemists have always been ‘nanotechnologists’ because molecules are about one thousand-millionth of a metre in size. The programme combines core Chemistry with Nanochemistry, Nanophysics and Microengineering. Nanotechnology finds application (and will expand into new applications) in areas as diverse as Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Microelectronics, Communications and Aerospace. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for Mathematics entry requirements.


Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).


Programme content

Year 1

Courses in core Chemistry along with Chemistry lab work and courses in Mathematics and Physics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:34%
  • Independent study:66%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:57%
  • Practical:6%
  • Coursework:37%
Year 2

Core Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, with Chemistry labs in these core areas, along with Advanced Mathematics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:35%
  • Independent study:65%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:67%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:18%
Year 3

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry with their own labs, along with Materials Chemistry and Solid State Physics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:38%
  • Independent study:62%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:69%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:16%
Year 4

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, along with Nanoscience and Instrumental Techniques with mini-projects in research labs.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:48%
  • Independent study:52%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:68%
  • Practical:13%
  • Coursework:19%
Year 5

An extensive 24-week research project in Nanotechnology is at the centre of Year 5 along with specialist Nanochemistry and Computational Chemistry courses.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:53%
  • Independent study:47%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:27%
  • Practical:31%
  • Coursework:42%


Work and study

This is what our MChemChemistry with Nanotechnology students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 50% are working
  • 40% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 65% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar programme: £19000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Natural and social science professionals 
  • Sales occupations 
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals 
  • Engineering professionals 
  • Managers, directors and senior officials 
  • Business, research and administrative professionals 
  • Process, plant and machine operatives 
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABB or BBBBC
  • A-Levels BBB (to include Chemistry)
  • HNC A in graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points to include Higher Level Chemistry at minimum Grade 5
  • Scottish Baccalaureate BC in Adv. Higher with Chemistry B, Disciplinary Project C and Higher B
  • Additional information Transfer from BSc to MChem is possible up to the end of Year 3 with a Chemistry average greater than 60%.

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB including Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Advanced Highers AB in Chemistry and Mathematics, plus AABB at Higher.
  • HND BB in graded units. Graded tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 35 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry (both at minimum grade 6).
  • Scottish Baccalaureate AB in Adv. Higher with Chemistry and Maths, Disciplinary Project B and Higher B

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£17,100

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries

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In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

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