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The award

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About Chemistry with Drug Discovery at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

This course is unique in Scotland. It trains a new generation of biologically and pharmaceutically-aware chemistry graduates whose mission is to invent better, safer drugs to fight and cure disease.

This Integrated Masters degree is taught in partnership with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and is designed in consultation with the major UK drug manufacturers. Researchers at Strathclyde have made real and significant contributions to the fight against disease.

In this course, you'll study core chemistry classes blended with specialist courses on disease targets, design of selectively-acting prototype drugs, synthetic and mimetic strategies in producing drug prototypes, and the refinement of promising compounds.

We have a strong relationship with GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, which improves job prospects after graduation.

Graduates of this course have excellent opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry as well as all the usual careers open to a professionally-accredited chemist.

You can study at a European university for one year of your degree. You can also spend your placement year abroad.

It's possible to switch between the other MChem courses and also the following shorter BSc degrees within the first three years:

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Forensic Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Drug Discovery

What you'll study

You'll study foundation classes in Chemistry and Mathematics, and Physics or Biology at introductory or advanced level. You'll also attend specialist classes such as Use and Abuse of Drugs in Society and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development.

In later years, you'll study subjects including Fundamental Inorganic, Organic and Biological and Physical Chemistry and laboratory work increases.

In Year 4, you'll undertake a paid 12-month industrial placement, normally in the pharmaceutical industry.

In Year 5, you'll specialise in the areas and applications that interest you most and undertake a research project.

Work placement

You'll normally undertake a paid 12-month placement in industry, normally in the pharmaceutical industry, either in the UK or abroad. Research and Knowledge Exchange placements are also available. The Strathclyde chemistry industrial placement scheme is one of the longest-running in the UK and more than 70 students are placed with companies each year.

High Flyer Programme

Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.

Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.

Major projects

You'll complete a research project in one of our specialist research laboratories in your final year when you'll work with full-time researchers on real chemistry challenges.

Postgraduate study

Many graduates from this course go on to complete a PhD in chemistry at Strathclyde or elsewhere. This course equips you for life after graduation, be that employment or further study.

Student competitions

Strathclyde chemistry students also compete successfully for national awards. In recent years, our students have won:

  • Salters' Graduate prize (£1,000)
  • Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year Award
  • Carnegie Scholarship
  • Most Meritorious Student award from the Forensic Science Society

The Dean of Science recognises exceptional performance each year through the Dean's certificate for the best students in the Faculty. Students can also win prizes including:

  • P&G Bursary (£1,000 a year plus a one-year paid Industrial Placement)
  • Chemistry International Alumni Ambassadors UG award for overseas travel (£1,000)
  • The RSC Prize in Analytical Chemistry
  • Andersonian Centenary Medal Prize
  • Beilby and Huddleston Prize
  • ICI Chemical and Polymers Group Andersonian Centenary Prize
  • GlaxoSmithKline Prize
  • Syngenta Prize
  • Group third-year Poster Competition sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline


Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemist.

Key facts

  • UCAS code: F190
  • Accreditation:Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Work placement:12-month paid placement, in the UK or abroad
  • High Flyer programme:qualified applicants can complete the course in four years

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Additional fees 

Course materials & costs

Lab coats and safety goggles:

  • approx £25

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.


Year 1 entry: AABB or AAAC (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology/Human Biology, English preferred as fourth subject)

Advanced Higher Chemistry and Maths recommended for S6 study

A Levels/Advanced Highers*

Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology)

Typical entry requirements: AAA?

Please note if you are taking the newly-reformed Chemistry A Level, we will require you to pass the practical assessment included in the A Level.

International Baccalaureate*

Year 2 entry: 34 (Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology all at HL)


Year 1 entry: possible with relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit

Year 2 entry: possible with relevant HND, AAA in Graded Units

*Those with A Levels, Advanced Highers or IB HL in only two of the preferred subjects will be considered for Year 1 entry

Additional information

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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