Chemistry is the science of molecules - their structures, properties, synthesis, and how they interact with each other to create new molecules. Its range and compass are enormous, from the simplest compounds like methane and sodium chloride up to huge and complex biological molecules such as DNA and proteins which form the basis of life itself. An understanding of every facet of science, technology and engineering is therefore informed by knowledge of chemistry. Furthermore a 21st century chemist can make significant contributions to a sustainable, secure and healthy future for the coming generations through the development of efficient renewable energy sources, smart materials and devices, and targeted medicinal therapies. A chemistry degree from Edinburgh provides the intellectual framework for understanding the properties of molecules from fundamentals to the frontiers of current research. It also focuses strongly on the wide range of analytical and experimental skills necessary to practice the subject and provides insight into research via a final-year research project in research groups working at the cutting edge of the subject. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, overall, 95 per cent of our research was rated world leading or internationally excellent. Funding to develop our teaching infrastructure means we now offer some of the finest facilities in the UK. Our five-year MChem programme provides a research project occupying the full final year. This may be undertaken in Edinburgh, in industry or at one of our partner universities around the world. It offers you an opportunity to devote yourself exclusively to applying the chemistry skills and knowledge you have developed and is ideal preparation for a career as a professional chemist or for a PhD. All our programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.