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Chemistry / North America MChem

What will you study?

Delivered by our recently established Department of Chemistry, you will gain an advanced understanding of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry over the course of your degree. We offer you the opportunity to study Chemistry as a single subject or combined with elements of Environmental Science, Biology, Natural Sciences or Engineering.You will learn in an excellent teaching environment with close links to business and industry and can also study abroad.

In your first year you will also develop Mathematics and other transferable skills. In your second year you will study modules including Spectroscopy and Bioactive Molecules. In the third year of your degree, you will complete a research project that matches your interests and choose options that place your knowledge in a real world context, selecting from other branches of Chemistry including biochemical and environmental topics.

Students on our four-year MChem programme can apply to spend their third year of study at one of our partner universities in North America. In your fourth and final year, you will carry out a major research project, working alongside our postgraduate students, while the modules on offer will enable you to explore the latest advances in Chemistry research and how these will contribute to solving some of society’s biggest challenges.

Please note: the University will seek full accreditation and recognition by the Royal Society of Chemistry of our new BSc and MChem Chemistry degrees.

Where could it take you?

Our Chemistry degrees open up diverse career opportunities in the public and private sectors and many graduates continue their studies by training as teachers or conducting academic or industrial research.

Graduates can also seek employment in a wide range of industries and organisations, as a chemistry degree provides you with many additional transferable skills, for example numeracy, data handling, computing and IT, evaluating written material and presenting both written and verbal reports. These skills are highly valued by employers and are required in many areas of managerial and administrative work, in business, commerce, finance, banking or the Civil Service, and many chemist move easily into occupations in these areas.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

A level: AAA.To include Chemistry plus one other science A level fromBiol/HumanBiol/Physics/Geog/EnvSci/Psychology/Computing/IT/Maths.

IB Diploma: 36 pts overall with 16 from best 3 HL subjects


Scottish Highers: AAABB

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects.Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

IELTS: 6.0

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.