The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



If students have, or can acquire, sufficient ability in French, German or Spanish for day-to-day living, this is a great opportunity to spend Level 4 in a research group of one of our partner universities abroad. English will be used in the chosen research group. Students can also soak up the culture of the country for a year, learn research methods and improve their foreign language skills.


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

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Students gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry and are introduced to laboratory skills illustrating various experimental techniques. Mathematics and optional language courses may also be studied.

Learning and teaching

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


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

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures emphasise the relationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements supplemented by optional language courses.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:66%
  • Practical:20%
  • Coursework:14%%
Year 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry courses are studied. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and lab work becomes more advanced. Language courses are also available.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:37%
  • Independent study:63%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:66%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:19%%
Year 4

Involves a year in Europe at an approved university, working in a research group. Two distance learning Chemistry courses are also studied.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:6%
  • Independent study:19%
  • Placement:75%


  • Written:15%
  • Practical:38%
  • Coursework:47%%
Year 5

Advanced Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry at the research level, plus specialist Chemistry courses and a short research project.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:21%
  • Practical:31%
  • Coursework:48%


Work and study

This is what our MChem Chemistry with a Year in Europe students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 55% are working
  • 35% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 75% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £21000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000


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
  • Research and development managers
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Customer service 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

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

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

Scholarships and bursaries

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