Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Chemistry with Mathematics MSci

This four-year programme offers an extra year on top of the Chemistry with Mathematics BSc in which to undertake an original chemical research project and study chemistry and its relationship with other disciplines in greater depth.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Royal Society of Chemistry
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics and Chemistry required.
English Language at grade C or 5, plus Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

AAC (more about contextual offers)
AA in Chemistry and Mathematics required
English Language at grade C or 4, plus Mathematics at grade B or 6.

IB Diploma

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including 6 in Chemistry and Mathematics, with no score below 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

34 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Chemistry and Mathematics, with no score below 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

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.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Chemistry and Mathematics.

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including A in Chemistry and Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA, including Mathematics and Chemistry.

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

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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 (ranked top 4 by Times Higher Education 2021 for universities offering Chemistry 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.

  • The MSci allows you to study more advanced topics and to work on an extended research project within one of our internationally renowned research groups.

  • 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.


The Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation is a peer review process founded on the judgement of professional chemists. It provides a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and enhance the quality of degree programmes and demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement.

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).

Chemistry with Mathematics 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 Chemistry MSci programme. You will be exposed to the full breadth of chemistry with an emphasis on developing core chemical skills. You will also take compulsory mathematics modules together with further optional modules.

The Mathematics component of the course takes up around 25% of the whole programme including a range of compulsory modules in years 1 and 2.

In your final year you will undertake an extended project in one of our world leading research groups. You will also study advanced optional modules of your choosing including advanced Mathematics modules.

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Chemistry with Mathematics.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Introduction to Chemical Principles
  • Chemical Skills
  • Basic Inorganic Chemistry
  • Basic Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Physical Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Science 1
  • Mathematics for Science 2

Optional modules

Example available optional modules include:

  • Physics for Chemists
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • The Earth
  • Understanding Management
  • Languages
  • Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing

Compulsory module(s)

  • Mathematical Methods In Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Physics and Astronomy

Optional modules

All second year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Synthesis and Characterisation Techniques in Chemistry
  • Instrumental and Computational Techniques in Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Literature

Optional modules

You will select two other modules from a wide range of options in mathematics, chemistry and other approved undergraduate courses. One of these modules must be either:

  • Concepts in Computational Chemistry
  • Numerical Methods in Chemistry

The reamining module can be selected from a wide range of advanced mathematics and chemistry options. Chemistry options include:

  • Inorganic Rings, Chains and Clusters
  • Organic Photochemistry, Radicals and Heterocycles
  • Principles of Drug Design
  • New Directions in Materials Chemistry
  • Scientific Programming

Compulsory module(s)

  • Advanced Chemical Research Project

Optional modules

You will select topics from a wide range of advanced chemistry and other approved undergraduate modules.

Required topics in chemistry include:

  • Numerical Methods in Chemistry
  • Topics in Quantum Mechanics

Further chemistry options include:

  • Intense Radiation Sources for Chemistry
  • Stereochemical Control in Asymmetric Total Synthesis
  • Synthesis and Biosynthesis of Natural Products
  • Frontiers of Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Structural Methods in Modern Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental and Energy Materials
  • Biological Chemistry

It may also be possible to select other mathematical modules outside the department.

Your learning

Your learning will combine lectures, practical classes and group workshops. In addition, you will attend small group tutorials which provide specialised support for the core modules.


Your learning will be assessed using a variety of methods including end-of-year examinations, laboratory reports, problem sheets, essays, posters and presentations. In the final year your research project will be assessed by a combination of reports, presentation and oral examination.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Chemistry with Mathematics MSci.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 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 in research 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.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£32,100 (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students on this programme have free access to electronic copies of over 100 textbooks and free laboratory coats.

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

UCL Chemistry offers a number of scholarships which will be advertised on the departmental website as appropriate.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

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: 26 January 2022


Offer holders will be invited to attend an open day event at the Department of Chemistry where they will be able to meet staff and students, partake in learning activities and take a tour of the department.

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

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

Page last modified on 13 January 2022