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.
UCLan Chemistry was ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian 2020 University Guide
Full-time: Four years (5 years with industrial placement), Part-time: Usually six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston (Campus code: U)
For sandwich award:
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including Chemistry Grade C. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL5 Chemistry.
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English Grade C/4 or equivalent.
The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.Discover More
If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degreeFoundation Entry Route
Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.Points calculator
MChem Graduate and PhD Student
I chose to study at UCLan because of the location away from home, not too far but not too close! In addition, I really liked the chemistry course; it is not a big cohort, which allows for plenty of hands-on laboratory experience to concrete the theoretical knowledge and apply it into practice.
MChem Chemistry, 2017
UCLan Chemistry graduate, Fern Walmsley, has firmly established her career in science to become an Asphalt Technologist at Total UK.
MChem Graduate and PhD Student
I chose to study at UCLan because I had heard from family members, who work in the chemical industry that it was a good university with great facilities friendly teaching staff and great ties to industries in the area. I was ideally looking for a university in the northwest and had heard that students who went to UCLan really enjoyed their time.
This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.