About this course
Explore your passion for chemistry and mathematics with our flexible, combined honours integrated master's degree. This challenging course gives you an in-depth understanding of chemistry and also integrates advanced mathematics throughout. You'll gain advanced analytical and statistical skills and have the opportunity to work on a significant independent research project. The skills you develop will help you pursue a rewarding scientific career.
This chemistry with maths degree is taught by academics at the forefront of chemistry research, giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of a variety of chemistry applications. These include computational chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance and drug discovery.
The course's breadth gives you deep knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry as well as excellent practical lab skills. Mathematics modules will enable you to shape your degree to specialise in the areas that most inspire you.
You’ll use state of the art equipment in our range of laboratories. These include the single crystal diffraction lab, the mass spectrometry lab and a dedicated X-ray crystallography teaching facility.
This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. When you graduate you'll be eligible for full membership status (MRSC).
“During school, maths and chemistry were always competing in my mind. When I got to University and met all of the inspiring, ambitious freshers, I decided to go study both.”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
We don’t have the entry requirements for this course yet. Please check again later.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This 4-year degree will provide you with in-depth knowledge and practical training in chemistry with mathematics, and develop your understanding of its impact on modern society.
You'll get a thorough grounding in all aspects of chemistry with a comprehensive set of core modules. You can then shape your degree to suit your interests by choosing from a wide range of optional modules.
In addition, 25% of your degree will be made up of mathematical and statistics study.
Year 1 overview
You'll study a set of core topics that are essential to your developing knowledge, giving you a solid grounding in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.
Chemistry of the Elements
Mathematics modules focus on calculus and multivariable calculus. You can also choose options from the wider university including physics, biology and languages.
Year 2 overview
You'll study core topics in chemistry such as:
Organic Reaction Mechanisms and Organic Synthesis
Atomic and Molecular Interactions, Change and Equilibrium
Symmetry in Chemistry
Transition of Metal and Organometallic Compounds
Bonding Theories of Solid-State Chemistry
In mathematics you can study topics such as Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, and Dynamics and Relativity.
You can also choose options that may include:
Mathematical Methods in Chemistry
Ethics in Sciences
Engineering and Technology
Year 3 overview
You'll take advanced modules in the core practical and theoretical areas of chemistry such as:
Pigments and F-block Chemistry
Natural Product Chemistry
Electrochemistry, Energy Storage, Pollution Control and Fuel Cells
DNA and RNA
UV/visible Spectroscopy and Quadrupolar NMR
Kinetics of Interface Chemistry (gas/solid, liquid/solid)
In the advanced practical module you'll undertake research-oriented, open-ended experiments which allow you to develop new practical skills, manage your own learning and present your results. You'll choose from mathematics and statistics topics such as:
Statistical Distribution Theory or Analysis
Partial Differential Equations
Year 4 overview
You'll complete an advanced research project in an area of your choice, supervised by a member of academic staff. This involves work in the laboratory, carrying out literature research and writing your dissertation.
You'll be able to select from advanced modules in mathematics or statistics, covering Graph Theory, Statistical Inference, or Advanced Partial Differential Equations.
In semester 2 you can take 3 advanced chemistry taught modules such as:
Exploring Polymer Chemistry and the Properties
The Impact of Plastics on Society and the Environment
Understanding the Behaviour of Atoms and Molecules
Fundamental Concepts in Electrochemistry
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
How you'll spend your course time:
Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study for year 1:
How we'll assess you
Your assessment breakdown
You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
Paul Duckmanton is the course leader.
Your completed project will fulfil the requirements of the Royal Society of Chemistry for the CChem qualification. This prepares you for a career as a professional chemist.
You'll be ready to explore maths and chemistry careers in areas such as:
programming and computational chemistry
nanotechnology and other chemical industries
research in academia
Many of our graduates move on to a PhD qualification, and most stay with the University of Southampton to do so.
You'll also have research and teaching opportunities, and options to branch out into fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, law and science journalism.
This chemistry and maths degree is supported by our key skills training, which helps you develop the essential attributes needed for career success.
Careers services at Southampton
We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
work experience schemes
CV and interview skills and workshops
careers fairs attended by top employers
a wealth of volunteering opportunities
study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £21,580.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Find out how to:
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
Bursaries, scholarships and other funding
If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.
If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.
Get in touch for advice about student money matters.
Scholarships and grants
You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.
We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Support during your course
The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.
Funding for international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
When you apply use:
- UCAS course code: F1GC
- UCAS institution code: S27
What happens after you apply?
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- predicted grades
- academic achievements
- personal statement
- academic reference
We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
If you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course please contact our enquiries team; we're very happy to help.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000