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4 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

The MChem – professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – is now the established mainstream route to becoming a professional chemist in the UK.

On our Chemistry degree courses you get to explore how the world works. Understanding the chemistry of materials means understanding the drugs that fight disease, the components that power modern tech, the pesticides that protect our crops and much more besides. Opportunities exist for you to undertake research internships, working on innovative research projects in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

For the first two years of this course, you’ll follow a similar learning path to our 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.

With state-of-the-art facilities, we’re proud to offer what we believe is an unparalleled learning experience. So, when you graduate from the course, you’ll have both the theoretical knowledge and practical abilities you’ll need to become a professional and skilful chemist. You’ll be better prepared than most to understand the new environmentally friendly systems and processes the chemical industry is adopting – making you much more employable than most, too.

Why study with us

  • Chemistry is ranked 6th in the UK and top in the North West for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2022.
  • Option to undertake a 48-week sandwich placement in industry between your second and third years.
  • You’ll get an insight into ‘green chemistry’ and how the chemical industry is adopting revolutionary processes which are more environmentally friendly.

Masters in Chemistry

  • You’ll gain hands-on skills in our fantastic facilities, including advanced analytical instruments such as mass spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers, electron microscopes and more.
  • This is a unique degree – as well as offering a solid lab-based foundation in the traditional aspects of Chemistry, you’ll also explore cutting-edge specialist fields such as drug design and development, nanotechnology and the recent adoption of sustainable chemicals manufacture which has given rise to ‘green chemistry.’
  • You’ll benefit from our chemistry-based research focused on materials chemistry within our Centre for Smart Materials, providing a focus for study in your third year.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Come and discover why our campus is the perfect place for you. You can ask current students about their experiences and immerse yourself in campus and accommodation tours.

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MChem course facilities


  • This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. RSC are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists with a worldwide community.

MChem graduate jobs

You’ll graduate with a widely-respected qualification that major employers of chemists – and the Royal Society of Chemistry – are looking for.

When you graduate from this course with a Masters in Chemistry, you’ll find a diverse range of options ahead of you. It’s a degree underpinned by practical modules that offer the chance to develop subject-specific skills, as well as the transferable skills that increase your employability.

Our graduates are highly sought after. This course opens up doors to exciting careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries, in chemical research and development, and more. There are also opportunities in the rapidly advancing fields of nanotechnology, environmental science, forensic science and biotechnology, as well as teaching.

Some of our graduates have found rewarding roles in other fields such as accountancy and finance, law and even publishing.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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