MSci Chemistry (International Programme)

This four-year programme provides a complete education in chemistry together with the option of taking modules in other areas, and the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at a selected university in Australia, Canada or the USA.

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 an opportunity to study at a selected North American or Australian University during the third year of your programme.

  • We offer access to state-of-the-art facilities, enhanced by our strong affiliation to other centres of excellence such as the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Degree Structure:

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

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In the first year, all students take the module 'Introduction to Chemical Principles'. This serves to consolidate A level (or equivalent) Chemistry and generate an awareness of modern chemistry as an integrated whole. In the second term the fundamentals of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry are introduced separately. Along with your optional modules, you'll also take a module in mathematics that's appropriate to your ability. 

In the second year, the three main themes of chemistry are again developed in individual modules, leaving you free to choose two optional modules, which can be either chemical or non-chemical.

You will spend the third year at an overseas university in an English-speaking country, for example the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) or the University of Toronto. The third-year modules are primarily lecture-based, and are taught in English.

In the final year of the MSci, you will undertake a chemical research project and optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the field of chemistry of your choice.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Year 1

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules:

You will select a Mathematics module appropriate to your level of qualification, and will select other modules from a wide range of options. Options typically taken by Chemistry students include:

Mathematics (further calculus)
Human Physiology
Physics of the Universe
Introduction to Earth Sciences
Introduction to Management

Year 2

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules:

You will select either one or two of the following modules:

Chemical Dynamics
Chemistry of Materials
Reaction Mechanisms in Chemical and Biological Systems

Plus further modules from a wide range. Options typically taken by Chemistry students include:

Human Physiology
Introduction to Management
Introduction to Earth Sciences
Mathematics (further calculus)
Physics of the Universe

Year 3

Year Abroad

You will spend your third year abroad at an approved university.

Year 4

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules

You will select 4 modules from a wide range of advanced chemistry options and other approved undergraduate options. Chemistry options may include:

Frontiers in Experimental Physical Chemistry
Intense Radiation Sources for Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Energy Science and Materials
Numerical and Analytical Methods
Stereochemical Control in Asymmetric Total Synthesis
Structural Methods in Modern Chemistry
Synthesis and Biosynthesis of Natural Products
Topics in Quantum Mechanics

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Term Dates: Find out more about term dates and college closures. 

New Students:  what you will be expected to do during your first few weeks at UCL.

All Chemistry Modules: Access the course synopses for all our undergraduate taught modules.

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Undergraduate Tutor
Dr Dewi W. Lewis
Tel: 020 7679 4779
Email: d.w.lewis@ucl.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor
Dr Matt Blunt
Tel: 020 7679 1087
Email: m.blunt@ucl.ac.uk