MSci Chemistry


Highly skilled and well-qualified chemists are in demand by industry. The MSci Chemistry degree allows you to combine the rigours of bachelors and masters level modules into one integrated undergraduate package, and develop the advanced practical skills, knowledge and technical capability to work towards becoming a senior chemist.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the applied nature of this Chemistry degree will prepare you to enter jobs in areas such as environmental monitoring and quality assurance, and in industries from food manufacture to textiles, materials processing and medicinal products testing.

To enhance your skills and career potential, there is plenty of hands-on practical experience as part of your studies. The MSci Chemistry course focuses on current research and development areas within the chemical industry including catalysis, modern materials and their applications, molecular modelling, advanced organic synthesis, and compound analysis and characterisation.

You will learn from experienced lecturers and researchers how these exciting areas of chemistry and chemical science apply in the real world by providing new materials and medicines. You will have the option to study for a PRINCE2 Foundation qualification in project management, which is valued by employers of chemical scientists, where you will conduct a major laboratory research project in a current area of science. Follow @USW_Chem_PharmS on Twitter.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
R529 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Years one to three of this course follow the same programme of study as our BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree. You will study various modules and gain practical laboratory-based work in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

In years three and four, the MSci Chemistry course specialises in more advanced subject areas. You will study new areas including the concept of ‘chemical activity’ and its relationship with molecular structure, mechanisms in organic synthesis and their involvement in biosynthesis, natural product chemistry and medicinal products.

In year four you will study for a PRINCE2 foundation qualification (additional costs apply). This is an internationally recognised project management qualification, which is a great addition to your CV. You will also undertake a major laboratory-based research project from a broad range of available research subjects, and have the opportunity to work with senior academics in their fields.

Year One: MSci Chemistry Degree

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Your Skills, Your Future
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry

Year Two: MSci Chemistry Degree

  • Heterocyclic Chemistry and an Introduction to Drug Design
  • Spectroscopy
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry 2
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry 2

Year Three: MSci Chemistry Degree

  • Chemistry Project
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Year Four: MSci Chemistry Degree

  • Advanced Materials for Energy Systems
  • Advanced Separation Science
  • Project Design, Management and Enterprise
  • Major Laboratory Research Project (Chemistry)


In years one to three of the MSci Chemistry degree, modules will run simultaneously and will be taught via a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory based practical classes.

In year four, you will study certain modules in short blocks where intense learning is required, whereas other modules are studied throughout the academic year. Self directed study plays a part in all modules, and is supported by the University’s virtual learning environment.

In year four, modules are taught through the block-mode approach, meaning study is more intensive, and is focused upon one module at one time. The research project is usually taken over the spring term in year four.

Research-informed teaching

The majority of chemistry research at USW is concerned with the development and application of new catalytic entities, particularly within the field of renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing processes. The wider scope of our chemistry research encompass those areas of solid oxide fuel cells, computational chemistry, analytical chemistry, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical formulation and natural product syntheses.


Assessments will include a variety of practical reports, essays, oral presentations and examinations. Most modules are assessed continuously throughout the year, and by an end of year examination.


The MSci Chemistry course is accredited by The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Students have the option of completing a summer placement in a pharmaceutical company.


Our chemistry facilities are on a par with those found in industry. Students make full use of the laboratories during their studies and gain hands-on experience using the extensive chemical equipment. We have dedicated organic, inorganic and physical chemistry laboratories, as well as several instrumentation laboratories.

You will also have access to the laboratories and instrumentation in the University’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre which include ultra-high performance liquid chromatograph tandem mass spectrometers, ion chromatographs and headspace gas chromatographs.


  • Dr Natasha Galea, Chemistry course leader
  • Dr Suzanna Kean
  • Dr Paul Jones
  • Dr Ryszard Babecki
  • James Cruwys
  • Professor Antony Davies
  • Dr Andrew Graham
  • Dr Rehana Karim
  • Dr Christian Laycock
  • Dr Gareth Owen
  • Dr Peter Miedziak

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC to include B grade in Chemistry and normally one other Science but to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level to include Chemistry and normally one other Science but to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant subject which must include Chemistry modules

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 30 overall including a score of 5 in Chemistry and one other Science subject at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes to include Chemistry modules

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Students are encouraged to equip themselves with a suitable cotton laboratory coat, suitable for working in a chemical laboratory, and a pair of personal protective laboratory goggles, although the School does provide these items. Students who are successful in securing an industry-based project may, in a small number of cases, be required to purchase additional personal protective equipment as specified by the specific organisation or company.
Students who successfully secure a placement in industry to complete their project would be expected to pay their own travel costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have also paid for accommodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Graduates have a wide range of career opportunities available to them within the chemical industry and related sciences. A graduate of this MSci Chemistry degree will be able to demonstrate the professional attributes that are required when applying for positions in research and development, advanced chemical analysis and chemical synthesis.

You could also progress to a science PhD or science research degree.

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