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University of St Andrews

Chemistry and Physics

UCAS Code: FF13
MSci (Hons) 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

144

% applicants receiving offers

56%

Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Student score
83% MED
95% HIGH
% employed or in further study
95% MED
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k HIGH
£24.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA

Chemistry at grade A and Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

Scottish Highers
AAAA

Chemistry at grade A and Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
38

Including HL6 Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, AND at least SL English and Mathematics

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

56%

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

£1,820

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

Modules

University of St Andrews

Graduation

St Andrews is a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413 we are the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. The city is quite small the University accounts for approximately half the population but it has a distinctly cosmopolitan air due to the presence of students and staff from more than a hundred countries.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
40%
60%

Year 1

31%
69%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

28%
72%

Year 4

31%
69%

Year 5

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
63%
35%
2%

Year 1

66%
33%
1%

Year 2

64%
32%
4%

Year 3

69%
31%

Year 4

49%
44%
7%

Year 5

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

59%

Feedback on work has been prompt

64%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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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
24% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
45% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
514 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

10%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

6%

Graduates who are leisure and travel services

2%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of students taking chemistry courses hasn't changed much in the last ten years, even as numbers in most other subjects have risen, and it's felt the UK has a shortage of chemistry grads overall. 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 many industries, from the food industry to teaching, need chemistry graduates, and 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. The recession hasn't been too kind to chemists, and current problems, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), mean that the stats are probably a little worse than we'd normally expect – they should improve over the next few years.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 95% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

96%

Feedback on work has been prompt

88%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

91%

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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
22% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
28% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
553 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary £24.3k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

9%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research – in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that nearly a quarter of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. IT and engineering – also commanding decent salaries - are other popular industries for physics graduates.
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