The Guardian University Guide 2020 rated our Chemistry courses Top in Scotland and 7th in the UK. We ranked 1st in Scotland for Chemistry in the National Student Survey in 2018 and 3rd in Scotland in 2020, with 93% overall student satisfaction.

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Chemistry holds the key to the solutions of many exciting and important challenges that face the world today. Whether it is the development of new pharmaceuticals to treat disease, the synthesis of new 'smart' polymers with high-tech applications, the development of new catalytic systems to improve the economic and environmental properties of manufacturing processes, or the production of new fuels, there is a constant requirement for a supply of creative, enthusiastic chemistry graduates to drive these developments forward. The broad range of skills involved means that Chemistry graduates are in high demand, not just in the chemical industry but also in a wide range of employment sectors.

Our courses are very flexible and movement between BSc (Hons) and MChem degrees is possible up to the end of Year 3. We also provide placement opportunities for study overseas, involving year-long stays at universities in Australia, North America, Spain, Germany or France, or for gaining industrial experience by working in a lab or with one of our industry partners. .

Skills gained

  • Hands-on practical skills in chemistry
  • Research methods through carrying out a major research project
  • Collection and interpretation of experimental data
  • Report writing involving the integration of written, graphic, spreadsheet and chemical modelling information into a scientific 'paper'
  • Oral presentation skills and enterprise skills.

Teaching and assessment

A Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) approach, which combines active, supported online learning with face-to-face learning opportunities Learning methods including:

  • a mix of whole class, small group and individual face-to-face sessions,
  •  whole class, small group and individual online live sessions,
  • online reading and problem materials for self-study, and
  • hands-on practical work.

Assessment is by a combination of examination and continuous assessment.

Professional recognition 

All of our MChem and BSc (Hons) degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Work experience and study abroad

A year-long work placement in industry is an integral part of the MChem in Chemistry with Placement degree, or students can choose to complete a placement with a partner university in Europe, North America or Australia. 

Prizes and scholarships

Chemistry has the largest number of industry-sponsored and endowed prizes of any discipline in Engineering and Physical Sciences to reward those students who have demonstrated exceptional ability at various stages throughout their course.

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