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Chemistry is the central science. Many of the global challenges in areas such as energy, health, resources, environment and climate change require interdisciplinary solutions with significant contributions from Chemistry. Our degree programmes reflect this breadth and diversity.

Available Degrees

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Key Features

  • Courses on our programmes taught by world class experts and supported by an extensive tutorial system
  • All programmes accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chemical Physics accredited by both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics
  • A large and diverse chemistry community with over 50 academic staff with international reputations in their research fields
  • Significant choice and flexibility in Years 1 and 2 with access to other science or engineering courses, or courses from across the university, and also retaining the ability to transfer to alternative degrees
  • Extensive training in practical chemistry, presentation skills, scientific writing and team working

Our Students Say

The degree is not only about subject mastery, but rather a life changing experience with personal growth. Future opportunities are endless, only you define the limits.

Vladimir Liubarsky, School of Chemistry Alumnus

Find out more about our alumni on our community pages.


We have incorporated a lot of flexibility into our programme structures. These include the option to change between Bachelors or Masters, and choosing entry in to 1st or 2nd year.

Visit Us

If you have a UCAS offer, the best way to learn more about us is to come to one of the Chemistry Post-applicant Visit Days which will be listed below when they are confirmed. You will be invited to one if we make you an offer to study Chemistry at Edinburgh.

Offer Holder Visit Days

You can find out more about our Offer Holder Days at the link below:

University Open Days

Self-Guided Tours


International Placements and Exchanges

Students working with an instrument in a labThe final year of the MChem degrees have only one activity, the research project.  This project can be Edinburgh-based, Industry-based or International, in the chemistry department of one of our partner universities around the world. The benefits resulting from these experiences in terms of both academic and personal development and future employability are very substantial.

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Earn a salary
  • Work outside the UK

Our Students' Experience