48 months
26350 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The BSc Chemistry (Hons) at the University of St Andrews will teach you the fundamentals of this central science, from the composition and properties of matter to using reactions to create new materials, from pharmaceuticals to drinkable water. Chemistry interfaces with biology, physics, mathematics, medicine and geology, making it a highly applicable subject to many areas of study.


During your BSc Chemistry (Hons) at the University of St Andrews, you will receive comprehensive academic and practical training to equip you for a wide spectrum of careers whether in science-based industries or other fields such as teaching, management or finance.

Learning outcomes

The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry is a four-year course run by the School of Chemistry. Chemistry at St Andrews provides students with a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of chemistry, along with intellectual training in numeracy, problem-solving, teamwork and communications.

In the first two years, you will take modules in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. The skills you gain in research and analysis during these years will prepare you to undertake more advanced and specialist modules during your final two years. These specialist subjects include (but are not limited to):

  • organometallic chemistry
  • carbohydrate and nucleic acid chemistry
  • energy conversion and storage
  • statistical mechanics and computational chemistry.


Chemistry graduates have never been more in demand, and they are keenly sought by major companies; there are also exciting opportunities in a new generation of innovative grassroots companies.

St Andrews Chemistry graduates are highly employable and have gone on to find success in a wide variety of careers in industry and business including:
  • professional chemists in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • teachers
  • forensic scientists
  • various careers in the food industry (including brewing)
  • management consultancy
  • marketing and advertising
  • patent lawyers
  • journalism and the media
  • finance (accountants and investment bankers).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Blockbuster Solids
  • Ligand Design
  • Functional Materials and Electrons in Solids
  • Fragrance, Food and Colour Chemistry
  • Heterocyclic and Pericyclic Chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Application deadline - 26 January for UK students


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

GCE A-Levels

  • AAB, including A in Chemistry.

IB points

  • 35, including HL6 in Chemistry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26350 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • RUK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) and Republic of Ireland: £9250

Living costs for St Andrews

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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