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 projects in research groups working at the cutting edge of the subject. The School of Chemistry has an enthusiastic and committed staff team that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study. All our programmes include training, practice, and feedback in communication skills, team working, and exposure to the latest technology of scientific information retrieval and organisation. Teaching is carried out in a highly active research environment which has strong connections with the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Our chemistry courses include extensive experimental work carried out in modern laboratories. The proportion of your time spent at the bench increases as your programme progresses and will culminate in an extended research project in your final year. The high quality of research activity in the EaStCHEM research school (rated in the top 4 in the UK in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise) enables us to offer project work at the cutting edge of the subject across virtually all major areas of chemistry. All our chemistry programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.