Chemistry MChem Hons - 2022 Entry


Entry Year
2022 (2021)

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements

Full time 4 Year(s)

  • 1st
    For student satisfaction The Guardian University Guide (2021)
  • 7th
    For Chemistry The Guardian University Guide (2021)
  • 9th
    For graduate prospects The Complete University Guide (2021)

Course Overview

Chemists are great problem solvers and analytical thinkers; they have been instrumental in developing our modern world. Our Chemistry degree equips you with a multidisciplinary skill set that will prepare you for your career.

Our four-year MChem degree programme allows you to explore advanced core topics, including chemical synthesis and materials, chemical physics and analysis, chemical computation and theory, and chemical biology. It also contains a significant research component, where you will work for 20 weeks on a contemporary research problem in one of our research groups.

We offer a diverse range of modules that are develop­ed, taught and assessed by world-leading academics, whose cutting-edge research continually shapes the content that they teach. Our modern approach combines the traditionally segregated subjects of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and teaches chemistry in logical stages. As part of the degree, you will receive an expansive introduction to the foundations of chemistry, from the fundamentals of atoms and molecules, to chemical reaction kinetics. Later years build on these foundations, and develop advanced knowledge and skills in modern chemical theory and contemporary practical techniques.

In your first year you will study the core chemistry modules - comprising two-thirds of the year - along with optional modules that can be selected from a range of subject areas taught in the University. You will develop your practical skills in our brand-new, research-grade labs, with access to an impressive range of equipment.  Alongside the technical knowledge, you will gain excellent transferable skills in communication, research, data analysis, mathematics and computation, and analytic and logical thinking; all of which can be applied to many different career paths.

Your second year builds upon the broad fundamentals of first year, and you will cover some familiar topics in more detail, such as organic synthesis, spectroscopy and kinetics, while new, more advanced topics are introduced, such as d-metal chemistry, soft-matter chemistry and quantum chemistry.

In your third year, you will study a range of advanced topics, as well as a research skills module to hone your research skills and further equip you with techniques relevant to your final year research project. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of optional modules in more specialised areas of chemistry.

Your final year will enable you to apply your skills by undertaking a major research project, which provides an exciting opportunity for you to address a significant research problem as part of one of our research groups, alongside postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff. Additionally, you will study a series of advanced taught modules that allow you to examine areas of chemistry in greater depth.

We are a modern and inclusive department committed to small group teaching which we believe fosters a highly supportive and productive learning environment. In keeping with the University’s ethos, we value the importance of maintaining an excellent student-to-staff ratio, and we want to ensure that you are treated as an individual. Our new Chemistry Building offers space to socialise, as well as facilities to help you excel in your studies. Our open-door policy enables students to call in for help and advice at any time.

Study Abroad option

The MChem programme is also offered with an integrated Study Abroad year, where you can expand your horizons in locations such as North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. As the degree shares a common first- and second-year with the BSc programme, there is flexibility to switch between programmes once you are in Lancaster (subject to academic requirements).

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects A level grade BB in Chemistry and a further science from; Biology, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Chemistry HL and 6 in a further HL science subject

BTEC May be considered alongside A level Chemistry grade B

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.













Chemistry graduates are well-positioned to enter a career with a competitive starting salary. Wherever your ambition takes you, we will teach relevant life and work-based skills to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career, as well as equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a chemist. As part of your degree, we offer tutorials and workshops to help you identify and develop your transferrable skills, and in second year, you will also study a careers skills module, that is designed to guide you towards your career aspirations.

There are a wide variety of career paths open to you such as in pharmaceuticals, product development, postgraduate medicine, energy and more. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in academia. Our degrees offer a route into a career in teaching and research, allowing you to make a difference, such as contributing to curing diseases and protecting the environment. Both the Department and the University host regular career and networking events that offer an insight into science-based careers as well as enabling you to forge connections with industry.

Our degree programmes are fully accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and as a Chemistry graduate, you are eligible for Associate Membership (AMRSC), from where you can work towards the Chartered Chemist Status (C.Chem.), a recognised professional qualification that shows exceptional commitment to your chosen profession.

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.

Fees and Funding


We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2022/23 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2021 were:

UK International
£9,250 £24,070

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.

Additional course costs and information

There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.

Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.

College Fees

Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. We have nine colleges in total, and every student belongs to a college, whether you live on campus or choose to commute. All students pay a small college membership fee, which supports the running of college events and activities. Once you have been accepted into a college, you will receive confirmation and be required to pay a college membership fee.

For students starting in 2020, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2021 have not yet been set.

Computer Equipment and Internet access

To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.

The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or Broadband support in place.


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

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. 

Course accreditations

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Around the world, the Society invests in educating future generations of scientists.

Further details about accreditations Learn More

Download the latest Chemistry brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

Meet our Students

Speaking to our students, you know they’re passionate about their degree and love studying Chemistry at Lancaster. Their #EurekaMoments are what makes studying with us such a unique and worthwhile experience.


A £26 million investment in our newly refurbished Faraday Building is benefiting students and researchers, with state-of-the-art laboratories as well as some of the best instrumentation in the UK. With cutting-edge resources for microscopy and nanofabrication, magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry, Lancaster is well equipped to give you the best experience.

Study Abroad

You may want to consider the Study Abroad variant of our programme. On this degree, you will spend your second year at one of our partner universities across the globe. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain valuable experience of a different social and academic environment.

Emily Hindley, MChem Hons Chemistry

Spoilt for choice for Emily

I loved the feel of the University when I first visited as it seemed to be like a small, friendly community. The consistent high rankings across university league tables were also really appealing as well!

Everyone I spoke to was really friendly and made me feel excited at the prospect of studying here. Although Lancaster is a small city, there is still so much to do here.

Over the course of my degree, I have spent extensive time in both synthetic and physical chemistry laboratories, developing my analytical and problem-solving skills. The degree has provided opportunities to also improve my teamwork, communication and independent thinking skills.

There is a vast range of research being conducted here at Lancaster across the different areas of chemistry. When it came to choosing my Master's research project, I was spoilt for choice! My research project was on 'Investigating the impact of monomer sequence on biodegradable copolymers'. It involved combining different polymers in an attempt to synthesise biodegradable polyesters that have desirable properties so they can be used in a variety of industries - including pharmaceuticals, biomedicine and packaging.

My supervisor has provided me with so much support. As my project links so closely to projects she is currently researching, it is clear she has a keen interest in the results I have got, and how to progress the project even further. I loved doing my project, as it combined many different areas of chemistry - including coordination chemistry, polymer chemistry and analytical chemistry.

Emily Hindley, MChem Hons Chemistry

Careers and personal development

At Lancaster, we don't just want you to pass your degree. We dedicate ourselves to providing you with the best opportunities to begin your career.

Personal Development

Chemistry graduates tend to be great problem solvers, analytical thinkers and well organised. These talents are why chemists have been instrumental in developing our modern world. As well as improving your academic knowledge, we will help you to nurture the skills to start your career.

Employment Destinations

A chemistry degree opens up a wide range of employment opportunities. These jobs are not only in chemical industries but in forensics, teaching, medicine or public health. Our previous graduates have gone on to work for global companies such as BP Oil Company, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble.


You can apply for paid work experience through our internship programme. The programme provides full-time opportunities for students from July to September. Part-time internships are available all year round to fit around your studies.

Careers Support

You can access to our excellent careers service which offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. This service includes one-to-one support and information on work experience, employability skills and careers.

Contact hours

The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and other learning activities will differ from year to year and vary depending on the module options you choose. These figures are averages based on the most recently collected data for this course.

Year 1

  • 35%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 65%

    Independent study

Year 2

  • 38%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 62%

    Independent study

Year 3

  • 35%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 65%

    Independent study

Year 4

  • 10%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 90%

    Independent study


Most of our degrees use a broad range of assessments methods. These figures are averages based on the most recently collected data for this course, and are given as a guide.

Year 1

  • 60%


  • 40%

    Written exams

Year 2

  • 48%


  • 52%

    Written exams

Year 3

  • 53%


  • 47%

    Written exams

Year 4

  • 68%


  • 32%

    Written exams

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