Chemistry studentsMSci Chemistry with Molecular Physics

UCAS code F1F3 | 4 years | 240 ECTS 

MSci Chemistry with Molecular Physics and a Year in Industry

UCAS code F1FH | 5 years | 300 ECTS

The composition, behaviour, structure and properties of matter, and the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions.

About the course


These courses are delivered by the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, and are designed to train scientists for research at the interface of these three disciplines, for example in nanoengineering.

Graduates will gain strengthened knowledge of the physical and mathematical background for mastering physical methods of modern chemistry.

What you study

Years one and two of all programmes follow the same core course content supplemented by two ancillary modules that are designed for specific degree programmes. This structure allows many of our students the opportunity to transfer to a different degree programme at a later stage providing they have studied the appropriate ancillary subjects in years one and two.

Practical experience in the lab is a major part of all of Imperial’s chemistry courses.

Year in industry

These courses allow students to gain experience of using chemistry in an industrial context in their penultimate year. They are one year longer than their counterparts without the year in industry, but their content is otherwise the same.

White City campus

The Department is currently based at our South Kensington Campus, and from 2018 will also occupy the Molecular Sciences Research Hub on Imperial’s brand new White City Campus. This will provide us with state-of-the-art research facilities and exciting opportunities for collaboration with industry. Final-year undergraduate projects will take place at White City. A free shuttle bus service runs between the campuses.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Year 1

Core modules
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry 1
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • Physical Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry Coursework 1
  • Maths and Physics for Chemists 1

Year 2

Core modules
  • Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • Organic Chemistry 2
  • Physical Chemistry 2
  • Chemistry Coursework 2 for Molecular Physics
  • Maths and Physics for Chemists 2

Year 3

Core modules
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemistry Research Topics for Molecular Physics
  • Chemistry Coursework 3 for Molecular Physics

Year 4 (F1FH only)

Students on the Year in Industry degree (F1FH) will spend this year on industrial placement.

Year 4 or 5

Core modules
  • Advanced Optical Spectroscopy
  • Chemistry Coursework 4 for Molecular Physics
Optional modules

You choose two modules from below.

  • Advanced Catalysis
  • Chemistry of Nanomaterials
  • Renewable Energy from Solar Cells to Fuel Cells
  • Advanced Stereo-Chemistry, Synthesis and Biosynthesis
  • Molecular Imaging
  • Robot Chemistry
  • Plastic Electronics from Materials Chemistry to Device Applications
  • Membrane Biophysics

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work.

There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills.


Our Chemistry degrees use a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:

  • Written examinations
  • Oral presentation
  • Written reports
  • Coursework
  • Academic posters

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.


Our minimum entry requirement is AAA or A*AA overall, to include:

  • A in Chemistry
  • A in Mathematics
  • A in one other approved subject as specified by the Department (preferred subjects are Biology, Economics or Physics. General Studies is not counted)

For Chemistry with Molecular Physics, A-level Physics is required.

Please note: in most cases offers are made at A*AA with the A* required in Chemistry or Mathematics.

In addition, passes are required in English and Mathematics at GCSE, typically grade B or better.

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

We require an overall score of 38 points, including:

  • 7 in Higher Level Chemistry
  • 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
  • Physics at higher level is also required

Please note that most offers are made at 39 points to include 7 in Chemistry and Maths at higher level.

Other qualifications

We will also consider candidates with equivalent qualifications, including Scottish Advanced Highers, which we consider equivalent to A-levels

English language requirements (all candidates)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Selection process

We interview candidates whose academic record suggests that they would benefit from the course.

After a talk by the admissions tutor about the College and the structure of the course, you will be taken on a tour by current undergraduates. You will be able to talk to the students at lunch and will then have an individual interview.

Tuition fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£9,250 per year

Year in Industry (Erasmus):

15% of the relevant fee for that year

Year in Industry (Non-Erasmus):

20% of the relevant fee for that year

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time. 

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£28,000 per year

Year in Industry:

20% of the relevant fee for that year

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.

Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.

Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their cost in previous years.

This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.

Lab equipment and materials

The Department provides the materials you will need in the laboratory, such as glassware (with no replacement charge for breakages), printed laboratory manuals and chemicals.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, the Department of Chemistry will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge to ensure you can undertake lab work safely. This includes:

  • Gloves
  • Lab coat
  • Safety spectacles*

* We do not usually provide prescription spectacles, please see our policy (page 28).

Lost items

If you lose an item, such as your lab coat, you will be required to pay a fee to cover the cost of its replacement.

We will charge you the same amount that we originally paid for the item. This fee is donated to ChemSoc, the student-run departmental society, to help to support their activities.

You will not be charged for a replacement if it is for another reason, such as theft or as a result of the item becoming worn out.

How to apply

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Application deadlines

All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017.

The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.

Students at a school/college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.

To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS

If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course.

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed your application and it’s been submitted through UCAS’s Apply system, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

Professional accreditation and associateship

These degrees are professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. They also lead to the award of the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS).

What our graduates do

Chemistry graduates are recruited into practically every branch of industry. Over half of our graduates pursue a PhD, while others work in roles as diverse as industrial development, production and quality control of processes, marketing, and teaching.

Importantly, our MSci programmes ensure that our degrees are recognised throughout Europe, where longer undergraduate degree programmes are the norm.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Surface Scientist, AWE
  • Clinical Research Associate, Novo Nordisk
  • Science Graduate, AstraZeneca
  • Consultant, EY
  • Business Analyst, Credit Suisse

Information for offer holders for 2017

This section lists the changes that have been made to information about this course on this page since the UCAS application process opened on 1 September 2016.

All core modules are displayed on this page; the optional modules represent an indicative list of those that are likely to be available rather than all optional modules that will be offered every year. As a result, the changes recorded here only apply to the modules displayed on this page rather than all available on this course.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

There are currently no changes to record for this course. Keep checking back for future updates.