Taught course

Chemical Science (MSc)

University of St Andrews · School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in chemistry or a closely related subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Chemical Science is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Chemistry.


  • The course offers a wide range of modules which allow students to develop skills in specialised areas.
  • The programme introduces modern chemical science concepts and techniques, exploring further advanced research-led topics through a range of optional modules to equip you with a range of analytical, critical and communication skills.
  • Students have access to major facilities across the full spectrum within the School of Chemistry including X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and NMR (both solution and solid state).

Teaching format

The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by a significant research project and dissertation (15,000 words) focused over the summer months.

Teaching methods include:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical laboratory work
  • consultation sessions with supervisors.

Modules are assessed through coursework and/or written examinations. Typical class sizes range from around 5 students for seminars and tutorials and around 40 students for lectures.


Students will take three compulsory modules during the course and choose four optional modules in semester 1 and three optional modules in semester 2.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £8,500 Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3800