Chemistry MChem

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F102
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted
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Do you want to pursue a high-level research career as a professional chemist? If so, this is the degree for you. The final year brings you to the frontiers of chemistry when you join one of the research teams in the department.

All our programmes have a common chemistry core in the first two years, differing only in optional modules, which can be chosen from chemistry or non-chemistry courses. This provides a good measure of flexibility and choice for you during the first two years.

The structure of Years One and Two of this programme is identical to that of MChem Chemistry with Research in Industry. These first two years progress rapidly, with a mix of theory and practical modules to give you a solid grounding in the subject. Since students enter the Department with a wide range of experience in mathematics (which is essential for studying chemistry to a high level) we provide a flexible tiered maths for chemistry course allowing you to develop your skills at your own pace.

By Year Three you will be a proficient chemist, and you will be able to extend your knowledge in the three traditional branches of chemistry and in the cross-disciplinary subject catalysis. You will also be offered a choice of more advanced optional chemistry modules. 

In your final year, you will take a range of advanced core modules in inorganic, physical and organic chemistry and can tailor your studies to choose high-level modules in areas that interest you and that are related to our research areas. Chemical research is particularly important in Year Four and involves you conducting a significant project as a member of one of the research groups in the Department.

New: Year Abroad

This degree programme now has a Year Abroad option (Chemistry with a Year Abroad MChem, UCAS code: F002). The Year Abroad is an incredible new opportunity to spend one academic year at one our partner universities expanding your academic and cultural horizons. You’ll spend this time abroad in between your second and third years of study and your degree will extend by one year.

During the Year Abroad you’ll take a variety of modules. Some modules will be related to the culture, history and society of the country you’re living and others will be discipline-related modules. This mixture means you have a fantastic opportunity to learn in-depth about your host country as well as learn new and exciting knowledge that will complement your degree studies back in Liverpool. Research from Universities UK tells us that students who spend time studying abroad during their degree programme are more likely to be in further education or employment 6 months after graduating, earn higher than average salaries and are more likely to graduate with a 2:1 or First Class degree.

Take a look at the Study Abroad webpages for more information.

Year abroad

This programme is available with a Year Abroad.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

127 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

5th in The Times, 7th in the Guardian and 12th in the Complete University Guide (2018).

Graduate prospects

97% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

National Student Survey

96% overall satisfaction at programme level for Chemistry MChem (NSS 2017)

Research performance

Ranked 1st in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (THE 2014)

Facts and figures

96% student satisfaction (MChem KIS 2016)

Why this subject?

Thrive in our award-winning undergraduate laboratories

Our £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories offer a unique environment for the study of physical sciences. Chemistry occupies the top floor, which houses synthetic chemistry and physical chemistry labs with new equipment for a wide range of experiments. The new £68 million ‘Materials Innovation Factory’ is a state-of-the-art materials chemistry research hub funded in collaboration with Unilever and the Government. As an undergraduate, this new facility will be accessible to you during your final year research project.

Learn in a culture of research excellence

We are ranked top in the UK for our research and have world-leading groups in materials chemistry, energy and catalysis, functional interfaces, medicinal and bio-nano chemistry, and theoretical and computational chemistry. We have increased our research in renewable energy and sustainable chemistry, and have created the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy which is at the forefront of research and is instrumental in a range of new Chemistry programmes available to all our undergraduates. Our excellence in research strongly influences our teaching, and ensures that you are engaged in frontier science in optional modules and in project work.

Gain professional accreditation

Our MChem programmes have master accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and our BSc programmes have bachelor accreditation ensuring your degree with us will set you on the pathway to a successful career. Please note: Chemistry for Sustainable Energy is a new programme and is preparing for accreditation.

Benefit from flexible degree programmes

You have the flexibility to change degree programmes once you are studying here (provided, of course, you meet the requirements of that programme). We also have optional Chemistry courses in every year of study, so you can tailor your general Chemistry degree to fit your interests and requirements. You may even wish to explore modules from other departments such as Life Sciences or Archaeology.

Bring your learning to life through our Virtual Learning Environment

We integrate e-learning into teaching alongside traditional teaching methods. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports all aspects of your studies, and is available via smartphone and tablet as well as PC, ensuring the resources you need are always at your fingertips. You’ll find lecture notes and supporting material, recorded lectures, pre-laboratory information, problems and practice questions, assessed work, marking/feedback and vacation revision discussions on the VLE.

Immerse yourself in the study of Chemistry through our exceptional resources

ChemTube3D (www.chemtube3d.com) is our unique website housing interactive 3D animations covering some of the most important topics in an undergraduate chemistry degree. We use this extensively in lectures and for self-study, and the website attracts thousands of visitors every day. In addition, we provide all chemistry students with books to cover the whole Chemistry programme in the first and second year, along with all the necessary safety equipment, completely free of charge.