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F1GC MChem Chemistry with Maths (4 years)

The MChem Chemistry with Maths degree is a flexible combined honours degree that accommodates mathematics, while offering the same core content in chemistry as our other MChem degrees.

Introducing your course

Integrating Mathematics with Chemistry throughout your degree, this RSC-accredited masters degree programme enriches our MChem training with study in maths to an advanced level. Students can follow pure maths or statistics streams, and specialise and apply these skills throughout, particularly in their independent research project.

This course is aimed towards a variety of scientific careers in academia or industry, incorporating statistics, programming, computation, and complex data analysis.



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This integrated masters programme aims to enhance your sense of enthusiasm for chemistry and mathematics, and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating experience of learning in a supportive environment. You will gain extensive in-depth knowledge and understanding of chemistry and mathematics and their relationship to each other, as well as comprehensive training in practical chemistry and an appreciation of the importance of the discipline in different contexts. We will provide a sound basis for a successful career as a professional chemist and provide opportunities for you to develop a range of transferable skills for both chemical and non-chemical careers.

You will also have the opportunity to work on two full research projects, one in our research laboratories and another that might be with an external industrial or academic organisation. This experience will equip you for a successful career as a professional chemist and enable you to fulfil the requirements of the Royal Society of Chemistry for the CChem qualification.

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To Apply

All applications for the MChem Chemistry with Maths degree are via UCAS, the course code is F1GC (2108). For more information, visit the how to apply section of the website.


Our integrated masters degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - when you graduate, you will be eligible for full membership status (MRSC) and you will have met the academic requirements to become a Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Programme Structure

Each academic year of your MChem Chemistry with Maths degree is identified as a level: the first year is Level 1 (often called fundamental); the second year is Level 2 (intermediate); the third year is Level 3 (advanced); and the fourth year is Level 6 (master's). You are required to undertake a specified number of courses (otherwise called units) in each of these levels.

Each year, you will complete studies which collectively have a value of 120 credit points (CP). A credit point is a measure of the volume of study associated with each academic course that you study. One CP approximates to ten hours of study and this includes timetabled learning, private learning, revision and assessment.

Every course in chemistry and other subjects that you study normally carry a credit point rating of 15CP. As a consequence you take eight courses in each academic year and these will normally be distributed evenly in each semester.

You will study a proportion of core courses in the first three years of your degree. The proportion of core courses is higher in the first two years. In your fourth year you will generally be free to control your curriculum and will not be required to take any core courses.

Key Facts

We provide a friendly and supportive environment for you to pursue your studies.

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“I am very grateful for the number of opportunities available at all stages of the degree; from part-time jobs at the University to summer-long internships right across the city. There is so much support for achieving your chosen career path at the end of the degree or for searching for one that suits you.”

Rebecca Clements - MChem Chemistry with Maths, 2018

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEA-Level Mathematics (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University) is a pre-requisite for this course, hence our minimum GCSE requirement is grade C or 4 in Maths and English. This is supplementary to your A level (or equivalent) qualifications.
A Levels:
GCE A-level

Our typical offers for students who are studying 3 A-levels are:

AAA, for students taking Chemistry and Mathematics. Further Mathematics is preferred, but is not a requirement

Each application is considered on its own merit. Standard offers are made based on the application as a whole, including combination of subjects taken, and predicted grades. Offers may be subject to adjustment, based on discussion with the applicant, formal interview (if deemed necessary), or on a contextual basis. Under certain circumstances we may make an offer to an individual applicant which differs from those outlined above.

Students studying Chemistry, without Mathematics, will not be eligible for this programme, as A-Level Mathematics is a pre-requisite.

We may also in some circumstances, recommend an alternative offer for the BSc or one of our other MChem programmes. However, our flexible programme structure would allow transfer from BSc to single-honours MChem programmes, pending good performance in Year 1. Transfer to MChem Chemistry with Mathematics would be possible, provided the student studies and passes the pre-requisite Mathematics modules in Year 1.


International Baccalaureate36 points on the IB scale, with a 6 in Chemistry and a 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level. IB students studying Chemistry, without Mathematics at Higher Level, will not be eligible for this programme, as Higher Level Mathematics is a pre-requisite.
Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

AAAA(AA), to include Chemistry and Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A1 to include Chemistry and Mathematics at Higher Level.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3D3D3, to include Chemistry and Mathematics. Further Mathematics is preferred, but is not a requirement.

Welsh Baccalaureate

A in core (2015), plus A*A, to include Chemistry and Mathematics only.

European Baccalaureate

Average of 85% or better across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry and Mathematics. Advanced Level Mathematics, while not a requirement, is preferred.

Selection process:
Total undergraduate intake 160-190
Average applications per place:

Once you have applied and submitted your application to study on this combined-honours MChem degree programme, your application will be sent to us by UCAS as soon as possible. On arrival we consider every application on its individual merits and determine whether or not we are prepared to make an academic offer on the basis of the information provided.

If we decide that we will be able to make you an offer, we will send confirmation of your offer, and invite you to visit us on one of our UCAS Visit Days as a Post-Offer Applicant.

We sometimes require a formal interview, prior to making an offer, to discuss aspects of your application, and to assess your Chemistry and Mathematics background in detail. In this case, you would be invited to attend one of our UCAS Visit Days, as a Pre-Offer Applicant.

The Chemistry UCAS Visit Day is your chance to get all the detailed information you need, experience the atmosphere and environment on a working day, and gain invaluable student feedback, to help you in making your decision at this stage in the application process.

You will have the opportunity to discuss anything related to your application and offer, in an informal Post-Offer Applicant meeting with a member of academic staff, or Pre-Offer Applicant interview.

Our Admissions team and Admissions Tutor are always available to answer your enquiries and to discuss your application and offer in detail. Please contact us prior to your application, if you have any queries about your qualifications, the course requirements or the application process.

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310 / +44 (0)23 8059 7755

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

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Foundation, BTEC and Access Courses in Chemistry

We welcome applications from Foundation Year, BTEC and Access to Higher Education Course students who have studied courses with a substantial component in chemistry and mathematics, and who have achieved a high standard in doing so. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and decisions are made on the basis of the particular course that you are studying and by interview (in most cases). Access Course and BTEC students are normally required to study on our Science Foundation Year programme before progressing on to their degree of choice, but exceptional candidates, identified with the aid of a reference request later in the UCAS cycle, may be accepted directly on to this MChem degree programme, subject to a successful formal interview.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma (Overseas applicants)

We are happy to receive applications to study MChem Chemistry with Mathematics from students who have taken college/ polytechnic diplomas in chemistry, with suitable mathematics qualifications, and will make offers, usually for entry into the first year only. Second year entry is usually not possible, due to Year 1 programme requirements, unless the applicant has a suitable background in mathematics.



Typical course content

In the first two years of this integrated masters degree you will take certain core modules in each of the disciplines to give a minimum of 120CP of study. The modules are graded introductory/fundamental (HE1).

In years three and four you will take certain core modules and a selection of approved optional modules to give a minimum of 120CP of study. The modules are graded intermediate (HE2) and advanced (HE3): the first number in the module code also indicates the level of study in which the module is normally taken.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 1

There are no optional courses for this year.

Transfer opportunities to related programmes are available at the end of the year, subject to you fulfilling specific performance criteria.  Please refer to Progression rules and transfer opportunities in the programme overview tab.

Year 2

There are no optional courses for this year.

Transfer opportunities to related programmes are available at the end of the year, subject to you fulfilling specific performance criteria. Please refer to Progression rules and transfer opportunities in the programme overview tab.

Semester One


MATH1052 Differential Equations and MATH1048 (semester 1) or MATH1024 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (semester 2)

Organic Reaction Mechanisms
Atomic and Molecular Interactions
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I
Semester Two


MATH1024 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (semester 2) if MATH1048 Linear Algebra I wasn't taken in Semester 1

Aspects of Organic Synthesis
Change and Equilibrium
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II

Year 3

Three optional modules are permitted one from chemistry at level 3 or level 6 in sesmester two and two approved lecture courses taken in maths from subjects not already taken from level 2 of 3 in previous years. These are taken in semester one and two.



Must take one, may take two level 6 modules (CHEM6XXX) and must take two level 3 modules (CHEM3XXX) from the following Semester one modules:

CHEM3037/CHEM6094 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM3038/CHEM6095 Advanced Organic Chemistry

CHEM3039/CHEM6096 Advanced Physical Chemistry


MATH2011 Statistical Distribution Theory or MATH2039 Analysis in Semester one


MATH2010 Statistical Methods I or MATH2038 Partial Differential Equations in Semester two

Semester Two

You may take one lecture course in chemistry at level 3 and two lecture course in maths not already taken at level 2 or 3.


If 30 credits were selected at level 6 (CHEM6XXX) for Semester 1 core, must choose level 3 module or if 30 credits were selected at level 3 (CHEM3XXX) for Semester 1 core, must choose level 6 module from the following list:

Medicinal Chemistry for Part 3 students
Communicating and Teaching the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
Atmospheric Chemistry
Macrocyclic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry
Sustainable Chemistry
Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Medicinal Chemistry for MChem Students
Sustainable Chemistry
Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Year 4

You will undertake an advanced research project across the year and four option courses, two in chemistry at level 6 and two in maths at level 3 or level 6.

Semester One
Chemistry Advanced Research Project

Must take two Math Optional modules from the list below: Math Optional Semester One

Design and Analysis of Experiments
Numerical Methods
Graph Theory
Statistical Inference
Semester Two

Two optional modules are taken in chemistry at level 6 CHEM6092 or CHEM6093 can only be taken if CHEM3002 or CHEM3004 (respectively) were not taken as year 3 options.

Two optional approved lecture courses taken in Maths at level 3 or 6 if not taken in semester one.


Math Optional Semester Two

Statistical Methods II
Mathematical Biology

Must take two Chemistry modules, all in Semester 2, from the list below: Chemistry Optional Semester 2

Advanced Organic Reactions
Sustainable Chemistry
Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials
Crystallography and Structural Science
Advanced Main Group Chemistry
Synthesis of Natural Products and Pharmaceuticals
Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry
Applications of Electrochemistry
Nanoscience: Technology and Advanced Materials
Chemical Modelling
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £5 per 7.5 ECTS CHEM towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingOne laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is about more than just getting a job. We believe in helping our students gain the necessary experience for a future career, along with the skills to identify opportunities and make the most of them.

It is reassuring in a tough economic climate to know that an MChem Chemistry degree is third only behind Medicine and Dentistry as a qualification which offers the biggest financial return over the term of the graduate’s career.

During your years studying MChem Chemistry with Maths you will have the opportunity to broaden your options by meeting employers, getting involved in volunteering activities, work placements and much more.

A significant proportion of our graduates decide to take a PhD qualification, most of them staying in Southampton. But careers in industry and commerce are available, whatever the economic climate.

There are obvious research and teaching opportunities and the options to branch out into other fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, even finance, the law or science journalism. 

A degree in Chemistry with Mathematics gives you the intellectual confidence to take on many varied challenges in life.

Learning & Assessment

The standard of our teaching is renowned. We encourage a close working relationship between you and your academic tutors who will develop your understanding in an inspiring and rewarding fashion. We use the following methods to deliver the curriculum and help you learn and understand the wide variety of chemistry that is covered in our degree courses.

Lectures and workshops

Our lectures on MChem Chemistry with Maths are often interactive, with discussions, question and answer sessions, informal quizzes as well as the more conventional lecture style. In most lectures you are provided with handouts to summarise key points and structure your note taking.

Workshops then convert your knowledge to understanding. Working in small groups of peers, you will explore problems and link this to material you have recently covered in lectures. Workshops allow you to learn from each other and gain confidence in your own abilities.

The tutorial system

Tutorials on this integrated masters degree involve a group of six to eight students and one tutor. You will work on problems in advance of the tutorial and submit your work for assessment. Your tutor will then tailor each session to suit your developing knowledge. You will have the opportunity to lead as well as contribute to discussions, and these sessions provide a forum at which you can present your ideas.

Electronic resources

Blackboard is our virtual learning environment, where we will post copies of lecture notes and other alternative teaching media like videos and self-assessment tests for you to access to enhance your self-study.

Laboratory work and practical sessions

You will spend time each week in practical sessions to develop your lab technique and exemplifying the theoretical concepts covered in lectures. These sessions are hard work but sociable, and will allow you to obtain your own results and generate supporting laboratory reports.


There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in the lectures and workshops. The practical work is continuously assessed primarily through written reports. Project work is assessed by group presentations and
poster presentations, a thesis and oral examination together with a report on your relevant skills from your supervisor.

Coursework exercises based on the lecture material are set each week and marked promptly. In some cases your grade is used to calculate your overall mark for the particular unit of study. However in most cases the grade is simply to give you an indication of your progress.




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