MSci Chemistry (F103)

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Course summary

Join a University ranked #1 in the UK for Chemistry research (THE analysis of REF 2021) with an excellent reputation for teaching and learning (UK top ten for Chemistry, Guardian University Guide 2023).

Guided by world-class experts, you will discover how chemistry shapes the world around us and develop your knowledge to prepare you to tackle some of the worlds biggest problems, from climate change to drug discovery.

Our MSci course is suited to you if you want to take your understanding of chemistry to the next level. The experience gained in this course will maximise your career options, especially in science, and provide pathways into postgraduate study.

Our students have used their final year projects to work on vital challenges in chemistry: they have helped discover new catalysts that have the potential to reduce environmental impacts of major chemical processes, identified and measured the sources of pollutants in our atmosphere, and engaged in organic chemistry projects related to drug discovery.

You'll also gain practical experience working with industry-standard equipment in our state-of-the-art teaching labs, giving you an edge amongst Chemistry graduates. Our alumni have established careers with a wide range of employers, including Teach First, GlaxoSmithKline, Deloitte LLP and HM Revenue and Customs.

Think Big bursaries of £3,000 are available to support first-year international undergraduate students in this subject area.


Our Chemistry MSci is approved by major professional bodies in the UK (RSC) so as a graduate you can gain exemptions from a number of their examinations or credits for prior learning.

Course structure

In the first two years of the course you will study alongside other chemistry students with course choices that allow you to tailor your degree to your own scientific interests. The third year provides advanced laboratory skills alongside advanced lecture courses. Your final year includes a 20-week research project in which you will work with an academic member of staff and their research team on a current problem in chemistry.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

A*AA including Chemistry
D*DD in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in five required Chemistry units

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38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry

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88% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry
Advanced Higher: AA including Chemistry, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
Access to HE Diploma in Science (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and at least 12 credits at Distinction from specified Chemistry units plus successful completion of a University of Bristol test and interview (or A at A-Level or equivalent in Chemistry)

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Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/M2 is B, and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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