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Chemistry and Mathematics MChem, BSc

(Full time) 2018 start

Chemistry and Mathematics MChem

Using the tools of advanced mathematics to understand the diversity and complexity of the chemical world is what really drives students on our Chemistry and Mathematics degrees.

On this programme you’ll study alongside single honours chemists and mathematicians who are learning the same concepts and reaching the same depth of knowledge as you. As you move through the programme you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in a range of topics in both areas of your course and vary the split between the two components to study the topics that interest you the most.

You’ll develop your mathematical skills in major branches such as linear algebra and calculus. A wide range of optional modules allows you to explore topics from dynamical systems to probability to coding theory. You’ll combine your mathematics knowledge with the study of chemistry to understand how and why molecules react and the methods of studying them. You can specialise in organic, inorganic or physical chemistry.

Enhancing your degree

There are opportunities to gain industrial experience on a placement year or to study abroad for a year. Both schemes add an additional year to your course.

Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of chemistry at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.

We offer two degree options, the MChem, BSc, a 4 year integrated Masters degree programme, and the BSc programme, which is a three year course.

There is also the opportunity to transfer to the MNatSc, BSc Natural Sciences Integrated Masters course, provided certain academic standards are achieved.

During the first and second years of the course you'll cover the essential aspects of both disciplines. Compulsory modules will cover the core of modern mathematics, linear algebra and calculus, alongside the fundamentals of chemistry. For the remainder of your programme, you're able to choose either additional mathematics or chemistry options or even take a third elective subject available from a wide range.

As a core part of your chemistry modules you’ll have extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, allowing you to perform experiments that reinforce the material taught to you in the lectures. In addition, small tutorial groups are used to support the teaching so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.

Once you reach the third year of your course you can select precisely which modules you wish to study and tailor your programme so it really matches your interests in either chemistry or mathematics. At this point you also have the option of focusing more strongly on one of the two areas. In your final year, you will carry out a major research project.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Modern Chemistry 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 10 credits
  • Calculus and Mathematical Analysis 10 credits
  • Numbers and Vectors 10 credits
  • Introductory Linear Algebra 10 credits
  • Modelling with Differential Equations 10 credits
  • Probability and Statistics I 10 credits
  • Probability and Statistics II 10 credits
  • Studying in a Digital Age (Chemistry) 5 credits

Optional modules

  • Practical Skills in Chemistry for Joint Honours 1 10 credits
  • Practical Skills in Chemistry for Joint Honours 2 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Structure and Spectroscopy 10 credits
  • Foundations of Physical Chemistry 20 credits
  • Laboratory Work 2b 10 credits
  • Further Linear Algebra 10 credits
  • Vector Calculus 15 credits
  • Linear Differential Equations and Transforms 15 credits

Optional modules

You will also study 10 credits of Chemistry option modules and 10 credits of Mathematics option modules from the following list.
  • Structure and Synthesis of Materials 10 credits
  • Introduction to Organic Synthesis 10 credits
  • Introduction to Drug Design 10 credits
  • Organic Structure and Mechanism 10 credits
  • Organometallic and f-block Chemistry 10 credits
  • Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins 10 credits
  • Mathematical Logic 1 10 credits
  • Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
  • Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
  • Special Relativity 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis 10 credits
  • Fluid Dynamics 1 10 credits
  • Calculus of Variations 10 credits
  • Statistical Methods 10 credits
  • Statistical Modelling 10 credits
  • Environmental Statistics 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Laboratory Work 2M 20 credits

Optional modules

You will also study at least 80 credits of option modules, with at least 20 credits of Chemistry option modules and at least 40 credits of Mathematics option modules.
  • Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis 10 credits
  • Chemical Bonding and Reactivity 10 credits
  • The Medicinal Chemistry of Drug Development 10 credits
  • Organic Synthesis 10 credits
  • Atmospheric Chemistry 10 credits
  • Chromatography and Analytical Separation 10 credits
  • Chemistry at the Molecular Level 10 credits
  • Reactivity in Organic Chemistry - Principles and Applications 10 credits
  • Soft Matter: Self-Assembling and Polymeric Materials 10 credits
  • Solid State and Materials Chemistry 10 credits
  • Fundamental Supramolecular Chemistry 10 credits
  • Chemistry into Schools 20 credits
  • Combinatorial Optimisation 10 credits
  • Graph Algorithms and Complexity Theory 10 credits
  • Mathematics Education 10 credits
  • Mathematical Logic 1 10 credits
  • Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
  • Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
  • Special Relativity 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis with Computation 15 credits
  • Fluid Dynamics 1 10 credits
  • Calculus of Variations 10 credits
  • Statistical Methods 10 credits
  • Statistical Modelling 10 credits
  • Environmental Statistics 10 credits
  • Mathematics into Schools 10 credits
  • Project in Mathematics 20 credits
  • History of Mathematics 15 credits
  • Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 20 credits
  • Graph Theory 15 credits
  • Proof and Computation 15 credits
  • Differential Geometry 15 credits
  • Models and Sets 15 credits
  • Combinatorics 15 credits
  • Coding Theory 15 credits
  • Transformation Geometry 15 credits
  • Mathematical Methods 15 credits
  • Linear and Non-Linear Waves 15 credits
  • Quantum Mechanics 15 credits
  • Dynamical Systems 15 credits
  • Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations 15 credits
  • Introduction to Polymeric Fluids 15 credits
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
  • Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
  • Numerical Methods 10 credits
  • Modern Numerical Methods 15 credits
  • Discrete Systems and Integrability 15 credits
  • Cosmology 10 credits
  • Mathematical Biology 15 credits
  • Evolutionary Modelling 15 credits
  • Fluid Dynamics 2 15 credits
  • Linear Regression and Robustness 15 credits
  • Statistical Theory 15 credits
  • Multivariate Analysis 10 credits
  • Time Series 10 credits
  • Bayesian Statistics 10 credits
  • Generalised Linear Models 10 credits
  • Introduction to Statistics and DNA 10 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Laboratory-based Project Work 4M 40 credits
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry (40 Credit) 40 credits

Optional modules

You will also study 40 credits from the following option modules.
  • Graph Theory: Structure and Algorithms 15 credits
  • Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 20 credits
  • Advanced Proof and Computation 20 credits
  • Advanced Differential Geometry 20 credits
  • Advanced Models and Sets 20 credits
  • Advanced Coding Theory 20 credits
  • Advanced Hamiltonian Systems 20 credits
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods 20 credits
  • Advanced Linear and Nonlinear Waves 20 credits
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics 20 credits
  • Advanced Dynamical Systems 20 credits
  • Advanced Nonlinear Dynamics 20 credits
  • Advanced Polymeric Fluids 20 credits
  • Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 20 credits
  • Advanced Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 20 credits
  • Advanced Modern Numerical Methods 20 credits
  • Advanced Discrete Systems and Integrability 20 credits
  • Advanced Mathematical Biology 20 credits
  • Advanced Evolutionary Modelling 20 credits

To find module level details follow this link (Opens new window)

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

As a chemistry and mathematics student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods.

These different methods of teaching, together with the continuous support of our teaching staff, enable you to effectively apply what you have learnt through a series of exams, coursework, and continuous assessment. This means that you graduate with the correct mix of knowledge and transferable skills for a successful future career, whatever you choose to do.


The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Although formal end-of-semester examinations are predominant, often accounting for 80% or more of the formal assessment, many modules include a significant coursework element. You are also continuously assessed through practical work.

Entry requirements

A level: AAA

including chemistry and mathematics.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking

GCSE: English Language grade C

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

After you apply we will assess your application based on the information on your UCAS form. On the basis of this information we will decide whether to invite you to one of our informal interview days which, for UK based applicants, are an essential part of the admissions process.

Read more about how to apply on our School of Chemistry website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Read about our range of additional scholarships available in the School of Chemistry.

This degree not only prepares you for working directly in science and technology but also gives you a skill set and knowledge base that is prized in a huge range of sectors, ranging from financial services to sustainable development. Graduates of this course have gone on to enjoy successful careers as medicinal and analytical chemists, technical directors/managers, technologists, journalists, patent attorneys and accountants, amongst other roles.

Studying for a joint honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects and demonstrates that you’re intellectually versatile. Your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek. You’ll develop excellent research skills and you’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you’ll hone excellent organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team.

A joint honours degree also lends itself to progression onto a Masters degree or PhD, specialising in either chemistry or mathematics.

For further information on career paths and employability please see our careers pages.

Careers support

Throughout your degree we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you’ll need to make the most of your career choices.

Our industrial placement scheme helps you gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students’ union's Joblink.

Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students’ union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.

We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. Our programmes provide you with opportunities to develop the core subject knowledge and skills that you need to progress to a career in a particular area. Additionally, we offer skills development modules and modules that will give you an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries. These modules lead you through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to creating a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding bodies.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek.

During your year abroad, you will follow the Chemistry and/or Mathematics course at your host institution. Many students find it valuable to undertake an extended practical project during this year which can be presented as part of your assessment for the year. When you return to Leeds you will enter the final year of your degree scheme.

If you wish to study at an institution where the course is taught in a foreign language, such as French, you don’t need to be fluent in the language before you go. We will help prepare you with a specialist language module at Level 2 which introduces you to scientific vocabulary and enhances your conversational and comprehension skills.

Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The industrial placement (“Year in Industry”) scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists and mathematicians who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge.

An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of chemistry or mathematics-related industries in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies.

During your industrial placement you will have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.

Key facts

UCAS code:

4 years full time

Typical A level offer:
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£21,500 (per year)

Study abroad option:

Work placement option:

Course Terms and Conditions

Contact us:
School of Chemistry Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 6440

Sannia Farooque

MChem, BSc Chemistry

"The world of chemistry is so beautiful that it never stops to amaze me."