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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years, Part-time: Usually six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F102; Short form: MChem/C

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

The MChem is now the established mainstream route to becoming a professional chemist in the UK. For the first two years of the course, you’ll follow a similar learning path to the BSc programme, then during your third and fourth years the course steps up a gear. You’ll focus on more advanced, master's level topics, with the option to specialise in either synthetic organic chemistry or materials / analytical chemistry. The end result is the kind of widely respected qualification that the major employers of chemists - and the Royal Society of Chemistry - are looking for.

National Student Survey 2017
Second in the North West and no.12 nationally for overall student satisfaction. Chemistry at UCLan is ranked top in the UK for academic support with 96%  student satisfaction

Entry Requirements

112 Points at A2 including Chemistry; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*

We also require 4 of the following Chemistry modules at Distinction:

Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques
Unit 16: Chemistry for Biological Technicians
Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis
Unit 26: Industrial Chemical Reactions
Unit 27: Chemical Periodicity and Application
Unit 28: Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P including Grade HL5 in Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1 and 2

Compulsory modules

  • Experimental Techniques in Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Concepts
  • Skills for Chemists
  • Introduction to Green Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Organic Compounds
  • Elective
  • Introduction to Chemistry and/or a free choice elective



Compulsory modules

  • Laboratory Studies of Chemical Concepts
  • Physical Chemistry: Theory and Applications in Analytical Science
  • Elements of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Concepts in Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry in Action
  • Tools for Green Chemistry

Year 3 and 4

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Concepts in Chemistry
  • Exploration of Chemical Processes
  • Research Topics
  • Biological, Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry
  • Green Energy
  • Research Methods
  • Organic Synthetic Methods



Compulsory modules

  • Research Project
  • Applications in Synthesis
  • Advanced Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Optional modules

  • Physical Chemistry of Elemental and Surface Analysis
  • Analytical Forensic Toxicology

Further Information

The issue of sustainability and the impact of our daily lives on the environment is of ever-increasing concern. In order to meet the demands of a sustainable future the chemical industry is adopting new, more environmental-friendly processes which have resulted in the term "Green Chemistry".

At UCLan, however, we tend not to think about chemistry in terms of separate branches of chemistry, instead we prefer to adopt a more interdisciplinary approach. Consequently, modules are designed to combine elements of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry to provide cohesive units that demonstrate the interdependence of each. The same is true of laboratory classes where experiments are designed as such that you utilise a number of concepts and techniques in order to study chemical processes.

Chemistry provides an important understanding of our world and how it works. Through an understanding of the chemistry of materials we can design and manufacture drugs to fight disease; computer chips to enhance communication; pesticides to protect our health and crops; fertilizers to grow abundant food; fuels for transportation; fibres to provide comfort and variety in clothes; plastics to package food and replace worn-out body parts; and much, much more. However it is becoming increasingly more apparent if we are to continue to enjoy the lifestyle which is so heavily reliant upon chemicals then we will have to give more consideration to the impact that this has on our environment.

Chemistry-based research is focused on Materials Chemistry within the Centre for Materials Science. As a result, specialist areas in Materials Chemistry provide a focus for study in the final year and topics include nano-structured materials, surface science, and catalysis and polymer science.

This course has commonality with the BSc (Hons) Chemistry programme for the first two years. During further years of the programme you'll focus more on advanced topics with the choice of some specialism towards synthetic organic chemistry or a more materials / analytical bias. There is an increased shift towards student initiated learning and a triple module project in the final year of the degree.


The MChem degree at UCLan has provided me with many opportunities and experiences it’s not just a degree! Invaluable hands-on experience with all the analytical equipment and the integration of research and teaching has resulted in me presenting at a conference and my work being published in scientific journals.



For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

Both BSc(Hons) Chemistry and MChem Chemistry courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Our Chemistry department is top in the UK in terms of student satisfaction, ranking first in the Times Good University Guide 2015.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Chemistry is heavily reliant upon practical skills, consequently practical classes have an important role in the delivery of the course. Practical work is designed to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. These increase in depth and complexity as the course progresses, taking the form of student initiated mini projects. This gradual change to a more student-initiated approach prepares you for the triple module project in the final year. Throughout the duration of the course, theory is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and supported via the practical sessions. Each module typically consists of three hours per week of contact time throughout the year, however, it is anticipated that you will engage in approximately a further 6 hours of independent study per week per module studied. Modules are assessed through a combination of both coursework and examinations.

Course and module materials are not provided in ‘hard copy’ format, however, wherever practicable, lecture notes and/or presentations, seminar materials, assignment briefs and materials and other relevant information and resources are made available in electronic form via eLearn. This is the brand name for the on-line Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that the University uses to support and enhance teaching and learning.

All students can access the eLearn spaces for the course and modules that they are registered for. Once logged into your eLearn area you can access material from the course and all of the modules you are studying without having to log in to each module separately.


Chemistry at UCLan is famous for its excellent facilities. We have impressive new laboratories housed within our purpose-built JB Firth Building, with state-of-the-art equipment including mass spectrometers, NMRs and electron microscopes to give you hands-on experience of the latest techniques.


Paid 10-week internships are available enabling you to work in research laboratories under the direct supervision of research active academic staff.

Our courses are underpinned by skills modules that not only allow you to develop your subject-specific skills but also focus on developing transferable skills, increasing your employability.

On graduating from University with a degree in Chemistry, the possibilities are almost endless. Careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries, in chemical research and development, are all obvious career paths and our graduates are highly sought after, but other possible careers include nanotechnology, environmental science, forensic science, biotechnology and teaching. And because so many of the skills you’ll learn are transferable, we have graduates working in accountancy and finance, law and even publishing.

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