Chemistry

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UCAS Codes

  • F100 (BSc)
  • F104 (MChem)
Our flexible courses give you a general overview of chemistry in your first two years before they begin to concentrate on more specific areas as you progress in your degree. This solid grounding in the basics of chemistry allows you to make an informed choice when it's time to specialise in your later years.

Chemistry is the science of molecules - their structures, properties, synthesis, and how they interact with each other to create new molecules. Its range and compass are enormous, from the simplest compounds like methane and sodium chloride up to huge and complex biological molecules such as DNA and proteins which form the basis of life itself.

An understanding of every facet of science, technology and engineering is therefore informed by knowledge of chemistry. Furthermore a 21st century chemist can 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 chemistry degree from Edinburgh provides the intellectual framework for understanding the properties of molecules 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 in research groups working at the cutting edge of the subject.

Course Structure

Course Name Course Organiser
Chemistry 1A Dr Murray Low
Chemistry 1B Dr Murray Low
Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1A Dr Antony Maciocia
Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1B Dr Adri Olde-Daalhuis
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