Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Chemistry with a European Language MSci

This four-year programme offers an additional year on top of the Chemistry with a European Language BSc, which you will spend abroad at a European university (we currently have links with institutions in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden) undertaking an advanced chemical research project.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Chemistry with a European Language MSci
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
131 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
10 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
94% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Chemistry and either one science subject or Mathematics required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language at grade C, plus Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students a foreign language at grade B is required.

IB Diploma

A score of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and either a science subject or Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with between 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Chemistry and either one science or Mathematics.

AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Chemistry and either one science or Mathematics required at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A or B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA, including Chemistry and either one science or Mathematics.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Consistently regarded as one of the best chemistry departments in the UK, we offer you an excellent education with high standards of teaching.
  • You will benefit from our outstanding research profile as you are taught by lecturers who are experts in a wide range of chemistry-related fields.
  • You will have the opportunity to carry out an extensive research project in a university in mainland Europe, developing both your chemical and language skills.
  • The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) and the specialist language departments offer excellent modern language-learning aids such as computers, video and satellite links.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This programme is offered either as a three-year BSc or as a four-year MSci. The first two years of study are identical, so you can defer which to opt for until the end of your second year. We advise you to select the four-year MSci programme initially as this keeps more options open.

The chemistry content directly follows that of the single-subject Chemistry programme in the first three years. You will cover the full range of chemistry core components, together with optional courses in chemistry and other options from outside the department.

Around 25% of your time will be centred at UCL CLIE and the specialist language departments. This provides a continuous progression of language and related courses. The language component is taught in small groups with common levels of fluency ranging from complete beginners to experts.

You will spend your entire final year at a university in mainland Europe, in a country whose language you are studying, carrying out an extensive research project. Close links have been developed with a number of European universities and the consortium currently encompasses Lyon, Bordeaux, Dresden, Dortmund, Parma, Santiago de Compostela, Uppsala and Bologna.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Basic Inorganic Chemistry
Basic Organic Chemistry
Basic Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Chemical Principles

Optional courses

You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through UCL CLIE, plus a Mathematics course appropriate to your level of qualification to the value of 0.5 credits.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
Principles of Organic Chemistry
Principles of Physical Chemistry

Optional courses

You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through UCL CLIE.

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
An Introduction to Research Methods
Literature Project
Principles and Methods of Organic Synthesis

Optional courses

You will select two 0.5 credit courses in the same language through UCL CLIE.

Final Year

Advanced chemical research project in Europe

The fourth year encompasses an independent research project in one of our partner universities to which UCL Chemistry has links through the Socrates Scheme sponsored by the European Union.

Your learning

Your learning will combine lectures, practical classes and group workshops. In addition you will attend tutorials in groups of four to six students which provide specialised support for the core courses.


Courses usually involve at least two methods of assessment; coursework (problem sheets, essays or poster presentations), an examination, or lab classes. Feedback, such as face-to-face marking in laboratories, is always provided. Your final year project will be assessed through a written report, a presentation and an oral examination.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Chemistry with a European Language MSci.


As a UCL Chemistry graduate you will have developed both discipline-based and highly sought after analytical skills, for example in logical thought and numeracy.

On completion of your degree you will have the obvious option of pursuing a career within the chemical industry. This is recognised as one of the most exciting and successful contributors to the UK economy, for example in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nanotechnology sectors.

Many recent graduates have continued as researchers at universities including PhDs at UCL, Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Edinburgh, Harvard, Manchester and NUS Singapore.

Our graduates are in great demand in many other fields such as management, the financial sector, information technology, scientific journalism, patent law, the scientific Civil Service, and in education.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of UCL Chemistry programmes include:

  • Full-time student, PhD in Drug Discovery at UCL (2013)
  • Technical Consultant, IBM (2013)
  • Researcher, GlaxoSmithKline (2013)
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (2013)
  • Deployment Chemist, Shell Infineum (2011)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Student view

The equipment that you get to use is expensive and therefore gives you accurate readings. Also you get to know your fellow course-mates as you all cluster around fume cupboards and bond over the hunt for chemicals. Charlotte Holmes - Chemistry MSci (Fourth year)

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£21,320 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

UCL Chemistry offers a number of scholarships, including the Bader Bursaries, GSK Bursary, UCL Chemistry Entrance Scholarships and the Kathleen Lonsdale Bursary.


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Bader Bursary

Up to 2,000
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on financial need

Chemistry Entrance Scholarships

UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

Dean's Summer Student Scholarships

Based on academic merit

GSK Award

6,000 spread over the 4 years of study
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on financial need

Kathleen Lonsdale Bursary

UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

Together with essential academic requirements, we are looking for strong evidence in your personal statement of your interest in the subject and your understanding of it. These requirements may be evidenced by examples of project work, relevant work experience or, perhaps, through your knowledge of current events involving chemistry. We also look for your ability to communicate clearly in English.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


UK-based applicants who demonstrate their potential to meet our academic requirements will be invited to visit UCL for a day. The day will include talks, the opportunity to meet current students and a tour of the department and UCL. You will also attend a university-level lecture.

You will also have a 20-minute discussion with one of our academic staff in order to explore what studying at UCL will be like. This discussion will form part of our decision-making process.

If you are based overseas, attendance at a visit day is impractical. Instead, you will be sent a presentation of the material that is covered with UK-based students. You will also be sent a series of chemistry questions for discussion by email or telephone.

We aim to contact you about the outcome of your application within 48 hours of your interview or, if overseas, on concluding our discussion.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students