Chemistry for Sustainable Energy (MChem) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F103
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted
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Understanding the chemistry behind sustainable energy is central to creating the solutions to meet the world’s future energy needs.

This MChem programme is unique in the UK and demonstrates the breadth and depth of research being carried out to address issues of sustainability and global energy demand.

Programme in detail

The programme will give you a foundation of knowledge in areas of energy conversion, that show the most promise of achieving sustainability at this point, including:

  • Fuel cells
  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Biomass and biology energy conversion processes
  • Green chemistry synthetic routes.

In addition, energy storage options through battery and supercapacitor technology will be critically examined. The programme offers you a broad understanding of relevant fundamental chemical principles and in-depth exposure to the development of new and creative approaches to sustainable energy development.

Understanding the chemistry of the energy sector and having the skills and knowledge to change and develop systems away from fossil fuels to green energy, is a growing necessity. Sustainable energy is a critically important area of chemistry and we need to significantly increase the number of people skilled to tackle the multitude of challenges facing our planet.

Throughout this programme you will be taught by leaders and innovators active within sustainable energy research and will have the opportunity to link in with the outstanding work being progressed by the University of Liverpool’s world renowned Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

153 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

7th in the UK – The Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017

National Student Survey

98% of students say staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)

Research performance

Ranked 1st in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 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 £468 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.

Benefit from flexible degree programmes

Choosing your degree path can be difficult and you may find that your interests develop in different ways once you are immersed in the subject. At Liverpool, 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.