Chemical Physics

A laser array

UCAS Codes

  • F334 (BSc)
  • F333 (MChem)

Chemical Physics students study Chemistry, Physics and Maths and spend time in the Schools of Chemistry and Physics throughout their degree. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree means you will benefit from a wide range of expertise and experience.

Chemical Physics is the keystone interdisciplinary subject that lies at the apex of two major fields of physical science. Its range and compass are broad, from the fundamental physics of individual atoms and molecules through to soft and hard condensed matter physics, dealing with a spectrum of matter from the molecules of life through to the latest technological materials.

A chemical physicist in the 21st century is armed with the tools to make significant contributions to a sustainable, secure and healthy future for the coming generations through the development of efficient renewable energy sources, smart materials and devices, and targeted medicinal therapies.

A chemical physics degree from Edinburgh provides the intellectual framework for understanding the properties of matter from fundamentals to the frontiers of current research. It also focuses strongly on the wide range of analytical and experimental skills necessary to practice the subject and provides insight into research via a final-year research project working at the cutting edge of the subject.

Course Structure

Course Name Course Organiser
Chemistry 1A Dr Murray Low
Chemistry 1B Dr Murray Low
Physics 1A: Foundations Dr Ross Galloway
Physics 1B: The Stuff of the Universe Dr Victoria Martin
Mathematics for Physics 1 Dr Kristel Torokoff
Mathematics for Physics 2 Dr Kristel Torokoff
You will also be able to study 2 additional courses per semester from a wide variety of options.

Year Abroad or in Industry

Some students may choose to spend the 4th year of their MChem degree studying outside the School of Chemistry. They can spend a year studying abroad or in industry. This extra experience can prove invaluable once you graduate and spending a year in industry is a great way to supplement your income while learning vital chemistry skills!

Key Information & Entry Requirements