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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 Forensic & Analytical Chemistry at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

The Centre for Forensic Science at Strathclyde has provided degrees in forensic science for longer than any other university in the UK.

You'll be joining a global network of Strathclyde graduates; our forensic and analytical chemistry graduates are highly respected throughout the world.

This Integrated Masters degree provides you with a comprehensive education in both chemistry and forensic science. The degree qualifies you as an all-round analytical chemist, with a thorough training in the applications of forensic science. Graduates of this course go on to careers in all areas of analytical chemistry including the forensic arena.

The course is unique in that it's the only one in the UK to have dual professional accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. It's delivered in partnership with the Strathclyde Centre for Forensic Science. ?

Transferable skills are taught in all years and include IT, scientific writing, presentation skills, report writing and problem solving.

You can study at a European University for one year of your degree, and you can choose to spend your placement year abroad.

Transfer is possible 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

Year 1

You'll take foundation classes in chemistry and mathematics, and either physics or biology. In addition, you are given the opportunity to take elective classes including forensic science, drug discovery, chemical engineering, and subjects from other areas of the University.

Practical chemistry laboratory sessions help you to master the basic preparative and analytical skills. You'll spend one afternoon in the laboratory and the rest of your time will be in lectures and tutorials.

Years 2 & 3

You'll take classes in fundamental inorganic, organic, biological and physical chemistry, plus forensic trace analysis and analytical chemistry. You'll have a choice of electives as in Year 1.

Laboratory work increases to four afternoons per week and your practical skills are enhanced with computer modelling and group exercises to develop presentational skills.

Year 4

MChem students may undertake a 12-month industrial placement, specialising in either forensic or analytical chemistry. Academic research and knowledge exchange placements are also available. ?

Year 5

In the final year, you'll specialise in the areas and applications that interest you most including DNA analysis, toxicology, process analytical chemistry, and atomic/nuclear spectroscopy. In addition, in a specialist topic of your choice you will undertake a research project leading to the submission of a dissertation.

Work placement

You'll undertake a 12-month paid placement in industry in Year 4, specialising in forensic or analytical chemistry, either in the UK or abroad. 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. Research and knowledge exchange placements within the Department's 'Chemistry Clinic' are also available. ?

Overseas study

You can complete a year of your degree studying at a European university. As well as getting an in-depth knowledge of practising chemistry in another country, you'll have the opportunity to become fluent in another language.

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 Yera 5. You'll work with full-time researchers on real forensic and analytical chemistry challenges.


Our high quality, bright and modern laboratories include a range of specialist equipment. You will gain hands-on experience of the state-of-the-art equipment used in industry and research.

Postgraduate study

Many graduates from this course go on to complete an MSc or PhD at Strathclyde and other universities. 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 Undergraduate Student Award from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences?

The Dean recognises exceptional performance each year by the issue of a Dean's certificate to 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 Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

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

Key facts

  • UCAS code: FF41
  • Accreditation:Royal Society of Chemistry, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Work placement:12-month paid industrial 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/Human Biology all at HL)


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

HND: Year 2 entry: 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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