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University of Bath

Chemistry for Drug Discovery

UCAS Code: F154
Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - MChem (H) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemistry
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Compulsory A level subjects AAA including A in Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject. A level subjects that will not be considered in your application A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). Alternative A level offer AAB including A in Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject plus one of the following: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

AA in Advanced Highers including Chemistry plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Applied Science. It is important that your combination of optional units includes a suitable amount of Chemistry content to prepare you for our course. If we make you an offer, we may specify particular units in which you will need to achieve Distinctions. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of your optional units before making an application. If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

International Baccalaureate

6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and in a second core science or mathematics subject.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Combine your passion for chemistry with a desire to make a real contribution to the world of pharmaceuticals. You’ll gain a solid foundation in chemistry which you will use to understand how drugs and medicines are designed and made, how they work and why they are successful. Major pharmaceutical companies have contributed to the design of the course so you can be sure that you will gain experience in areas that are of interest to industry. Our chemistry degrees have the same core units in the first year giving you the flexibility to switch courses. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry as well as the skills to carry out experimental and computational drug discovery projects. The broad range of topics covered will give you the option of a career in the pharmaceutical industry as well as a wide range of careers in research, academia and industry. The Master of Chemistry (MChem) provides you with the same core skills and knowledge of the bachelor’s but with a greater exposure to research and advanced practical techniques, including a major research project.


University of Bath

The campus Bath University

At Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research, a superb student experience, and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace. Bath is a top five UK university (Guardian University Guide 2018) and ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. All our degrees offer placement options and 86% of our employed first degree graduates move into top-level jobs. 

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
447 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.
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