You'll take foundation classes in chemistry and mathematics, and either physics or biology. In addition, you are given the opportunity to take elective classes including forensic science, drug discovery, chemical engineering, and subjects from other areas of the University.
Practical chemistry laboratory sessions help you to master the basic preparative and analytical skills. You’ll spend one afternoon in the laboratory and the rest of your time will be in lectures and tutorials.
Years 2 and 3
You'll take classes in fundamental inorganic, organic, biological and physical chemistry, plus forensic trace analysis and analytical chemistry. You'll have a choice of electives as in Year 1.
Laboratory work increases to four afternoons per week and your practical skills are enhanced with computer modelling and group exercises to develop presentational skills.
MChem students may undertake a 12-month industrial placement, specialising in either forensic or analytical chemistry. Academic research and knowledge exchange placements are also available.
2021 entry requirements
4 Highers at AABB or AAAC including Maths, Chemistry and Biology, Human Biology or Physics plus English at National 5 (if not held at Higher). English is preferred as fourth subject. Advanced Higher Maths and Chemistry recommended for sixth year entrants.
Widening Access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB or AABC including Maths and Chemistry. Biology (or Human Biology), Physics and English preferred plus English at National 5 (if not held at Higher). Advanced Higher Maths and Chemistry recommended for sixth year entrants.
Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Faculty of Science
Pure and Applied Chemistry