Materials Chemistry is focused on studying the role that chemistry can play in areas such as nanotechnology, electronics, polymers and energy storage. Materials chemists study how fundamental knowledge of chemistry could be put into practical applications.
Our chemistry graduates are employed as chemists working in research, process development and analysis, as well as in management, marketing, environmental control, patents and finance.
Why study Materials Chemistry?
- Chemistry at the University of Glasgow is ranked 6th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021), and continues to meet and exceed student expectations, combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
- Materials Chemistry can also be taken as an MSci degree which includes an additional work placement year in the UK or overseas, between the third and final years of the degree. This significantly enhances your employability through the additional technical and soft skills developed on placement.
- You will learn, from practical hands-on experiences, comprehensive lecture courses presented by leading researchers and study of advanced analytical methods, what it takes to make materials of the future.
- You will be taught by materials chemists, whose research is making a world-changing impact in areas such as functional nanomaterials, chemical photonics, energy conversion and storage, organic / inorganic solar cells, polymer materials and catalysis.
The topics covered include:
- the periodic table and main group
- transition metal chemistry
- organic chemistry
- chemical kinetics
- states of matter
- chemical energy changes
- aqueous equilibria and pH
The topics covered include:
- molecular thermodynamics,
- organic stereochemistry
- quantum mechanics and chemical bonding
- organometallic chemistry
- main group chemistry
- enols and enolates
- solids and surfaces
- aromatic chemistry
- coordination chemistry
- organic synthesis
- applied organic chemistry.
You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.
Years 3, 4 and 5
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will study advanced topics including nanomaterials, organic electronics and photonics, advance materials characterisation, catalysis, supramolecular and polymer chemistry, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, as well as main group and transition metal chemistry. In your final year you will undertake a research project at the frontiers of the subject with energy, organic LEDs and solar cells, or photonics applications, for example making a Li-ion battery and testing it for electrochemical performance.
- ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3
- INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3
- PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 3
- ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4H
- PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 4H
- INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4H
- CHEMISTRY SPECIAL TOPICS 4H
- CHEMISTRY PROJECT 4H
You can take Materials Chemistry as an MSci degree which includes an additional work placement year in the UK or overseas, between the third and final years of the degree.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
for entry in 2021
Summary of entry requirements for Materials Chemistry
SQA Higher Entry Requirements
- BBBB at S5 will be considered. Typically S6 entrants will have AAAB at Higher. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher.
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Chemistry.
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)
- AABB – BBBB
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Chemistry. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- ABB – BBB
- Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics and Chemistry.
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- 36 (6, 6, 5 HL) – 32 (6, 5, 5 HL)
- Additional requirements: HL Mathematics and Chemistry.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
We offer employability and professional development training to our Chemistry students in years 1 and 2 of their degrees. Our graduates are employed as chemists working in research, process development and analysis, as well as in management, marketing, environmental control, patents and finance. Our recent graduates have been employed by EDF Energy, Quotient Clinical, Reckitt Benckiser, Sterling Medical Innovation, and Synergy Outsourcing, among many other companies.
Our degree programmes also offer advanced training in general research skills including: project management and team-working skills; advanced data analysis, problem-solving skills, preparing and presenting oral and poster presentations, critical evaluation of the scientific literature, advanced laboratory and computing skills. Our programmes will, therefore, provide an excellent foundation for any kind of career of scientific leadership in academia and industry.
Degrees and UCAS codes
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students to certain areas only)
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