The University of Southampton

FC17 MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry (4 years)

Southampton’s joint honours MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry is a challenging programme that allows you to explore your passion for both subjects at an advanced level.

This fully integrated masters programme provides interdisciplinary practical training at the interface of chemistry and biology, reflecting the multifaceted nature of many aspects of modern science.

Introducing your course

Our expert staff will help you to develop in-depth knowledge of core topics such as physical chemistry, genetics and physiology while gaining extensive laboratory experience. Your final -year will see you working as part of a research group on a major project.

Student learning is enhanced by innovative teaching methods and through access to our cutting edge facilities in both the Chemistry and Life Sciences buildings.

This four-year programme is ideal for students who have a passion for both subjects and are looking to have the edge when it comes to pursuing a career in academia or industry, in areas such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, life sciences, forensic science, diagnostics and medicinal chemistry.



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This undergraduate programme allows you to pursue a combination of two science subjects, with both subjects being studied in each year of the degree. Maintaining learning in two key sciences in all levels of your degree provides you with an interdisciplinary training that will reflect the multifaceted nature of many aspects of modern science, both in terms of research and industrial application.

As many modern sciences are developing at the boundaries of traditional disciplines, this Chemistry with Biochemistry programme should provide you with the qualifications and skills to contribute to this development. It is hoped that this degree will be attractive to outstanding students from all backgrounds irrespective of their race, gender or disability.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Programme Structure

The programme is offered as a full-time course. The MSci programme normally lasts for four years.


Key Facts

  • Advanced research projects with our world-leading scientists, one Chemistry and one Biochemistry
  • Our students have been placed in a variety of opportunities in industry or universities in the UK and across the world as part of their degrees, enhancing their employability in a global market place
  • Our undergraduate degree programmes allow a great deal of flexibility, allowing excellent students to switch onto their preferred course
  • Our students enjoy one of the best students to staff ratios in the UK (Guardian, 2017)
  • Our undergraduate students have access to the UK’s only National Crystallographic Service, a multimillion pound facility providing key structural insights into new molecules and materials

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEIf you are not studying Maths at A level (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University), we prefer an A or 7 grade in GCSE Mathematics, but a B or 6 grade will be considered. Otherwise, our minimum requirements is grade C or 4 in 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 Biology (2017 entry).

2018 Entry Requirements:

AAA to include Chemistry and Biology or AAB to include Chemistry, Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, Geology and Geography. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

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 Biology, will not be eligible for this programme, as A-Level Biology is a pre-requisite. We may also in some circumstances, recommend an alternative offer for the BSc or one of our 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 MSci Chemistry & Biochemistry may be possible, provided the student studies and passes the pre-requisite Biochemistry-related modules in Year 1.

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

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

Irish Leaving Certificate

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

Cambridge Pre-U

D3D3D3, to include Chemistry and Biology.

Welsh Baccalaureate

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

European Baccalaureate

Average of 85% or better across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Once you have applied and submitted your application to study on this joint-honours MSci 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 background in detail. In this case, you will 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.

E-mail: Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310 / +44 (0)23 8059

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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 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 MSci degree programme, subject to a successful formal interview.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma (overseas applicants)

We are happy to receive applications to study MSci Chemistry & Biochemistry from students who have taken college/polytechnic diplomas in chemistry 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 biochemistry.



Typical course content

The MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry degree contains a strong fundamental chemistry component, including all of the chemistry core modules in year 1, two thirds of the core modules in year two and access to a wide range of advances year 3 and year 4 modules.

The practical component includes two practical projects, in years 3 and 4, with one being led by Chemistry and the other Biological Sciences.

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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

In Part 1 (Year 1) there are 6 core modules and 2 compulsory modules which must be taken.

Semester One
BIOL1007Credit: 15
Semester Two

Year 2

In Part 2 (year 2) there are 4 core and 4 compulsory modules.

Semester One
CHEM2001Credit: 15
BIOL1011Credit: 15
BIOL2010Credit: 15
Semester Two
CHEM2005Credit: 15

Year 3

Semester One

Select 30 credits Select 30 credits from the following:

BIOL3034Credit: 30
CHEM3012Credit: 30

Select 15 credits Select 15 credits from the following:

BIOL3012Credit: 15
Semester Two

Select 30 credits Select 30 credits from the following:

BIOL3034Credit: 30
CHEM3012Credit: 30

Select 15 credits Select 30 - 45 credits from the following:

CHEM2012Credit: 15

Select 30-45 credits Select 30 - 45 credits from the following:

BIOL3018Credit: 15
BIOL3013Credit: 15

Year 4

Semester One

Select 60 credits Select 60 credits from the following:

BIOL6030Credit: 15
BIOL6031Credit: 15
Semester Two

Select 60 credits Select 60 credits from the following:

BIOL6022Credit: 15
BIOL6032Credit: 15
BIOL6033Credit: 15
BIOL6041Credit: 15
CHEM6109Credit: 7.5

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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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 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

Our graduates will go on to gain careers in the pharmaceutical industry and biomedical research, medicinal chemistry, environmental science, nanotechnology, environmental, sustainable and green chemistry. They may also move on into teaching and lecturing, and careers in patent law; accounting and audit management; and marketing and brand management. Other options for graduates are to go on to study for a higher degree such as MSc or PhD.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and Teaching

To assist your learning, you will be provided with an extensive programme of lectures, tutorials, problem workshops, and laboratory classes. You will also be provided with support material and also informal assistance to guide your private study.

You will be assisted to acquire transferrable and generic skills through the formal teaching programme supplemented by several short courses provided by staff from the participating academic units and outside agencies.

Practical skills are developed through the learning and teaching programme. Experimental and fieldwork skills are developed through laboratory experiments, fieldwork and project work.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use additional recommended reading material for private study to consolidate the formal learning process, and to broaden and deepen your understanding.

Assessment Methods

There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Practical and transferrable work/skills is continuously assessed primarily through written reports, laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and presentations.

Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your relevant research skills from your project supervisor.

Coursework exercises are set at regular intervals and marked promptly.

In some cases the grade obtained is used to calculate your overall mark for a particular module of study. In other cases the grade for a coursework exercise simply gives you an indication of your progress.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study36%36%17%21%
Independent study64%64%83%79%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment75%73%72%41%
Practical exam assessment22%13%9%15%
Coursework assessment3%14%19%44%

Study Locations

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