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The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Our 47,500 members come from diverse areas of the chemical sciences and enjoy access to scientific information, careers advice and a wide range of exclusive benefits.


Membership costs about £100 for non students 

Membership website

  • Members have access to scientific information and exclusive discounts on books, journals, training events and conferences. 
  • Members receive a monthly copy of Chemistry World- the international highly commended magazine and best way to keep up to date with the chemical world.
  • Networking opportunities at RSC events help our members to meet others in their specialist area. We also support our members throughout their career with professional guidance and advice.
  • Have letters MRSC after your name.
  • You can claim the cost back off you tax code either by self assessment or through your PAYE contributions.

Chartered Status - CChem  or CSci

Having CChem looks good on your CV and is something that gives you more credibility.  THe RSC is a bit difficult about giving it out as there are 2 ways of achieving this.  1 involves working high up in the chemical insustry for more than 8 years and the other way involves filling in lots of forms and going through 2 years of career development.

Think it costs an additional £25 per year on top of membership.



PDF Form.


Application Form


You will need to provide evidence of professional development every 6 months for 2 years before they will consider you for the award.  This is done by letter and needs to assess how you meet the 12 characteristics of a "good" chemist.

12 atributes of a good chemist

1)      Make significant personal contributions to key tasks in your employment area and understand fully the chemistry objectives of the work done and its relevance to the employer or others.

2)      Demonstrate a high level of appropriate professional skills in the practice of chemistry.

3)      Develop your chemistry and other professional skills as required for the work undertaken and career development.

4)      Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Health, Safety and Environmental issues and adhere to the relevant requirements relating to your role.

5)      Evaluate critically and draw conclusions from scientific and other data.

6)      Demonstrate integrity and respect for confidentiality on work and personal issues. Demonstrate other professional attributes such as thoroughness and reliability.

7)      Plan and organise time systematically, demonstrate foresight in carrying out tasks, and offer suggestions for improvements to tasks/duties.

8)      Demonstrate an interest in broader developments in chemical science and make a contribution to the profession of chemistry outside your direct work environment.

9)      Write clear, concise and orderly documents and give clear oral presentations.

10)  Discuss work convincingly and objectively with colleagues, customers and others. Respond constructively to, and acknowledge the value of, alternative views and hypotheses.

11)  Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team.

12)  Exert effective influence.

£1Million Challenge Fund

If you have an idea that will help the RSC advance the chemical sciences but don't have the necessary funding then the RSC £1million Challenge Fund is for you. The Fund, sponsored by the RSC's Council, is looking for ideas, initiatives and innovations that:

  • ensures that the RSC delivers its five year strategy
  • will help advance the chemical sciences in schools, Higher Education, the work place, with the public or support RSC members
  • works in harmony with current RSC activities
  • supports the activities of RSC Sections, Subject Groups, Regional groups, and other member groups or activities undertaken by individual members     

The Fund has no limit on the amounts requested, small or large, and applications will be considered at any time. Initial applications should be made using the form. There are some conditions that will apply:

  • applications for research funding are not eligible, nor are applications that duplicate or replace funding that is available elsewhere
  • initiatives must support the RSC strategy and agreed areas of activity
  • RSC groups are expected to draw upon group funds first before additional funding will be provided
  • the RSC will channel applications to current RSC sources of funds if these are relevant
  • applications must be for activities to be carried out by an RSC grouping or a RSC member
  • this is a not a fund providing grants for anyone. Applications submitted on behalf of an external body, organisation or activity are very unlikely to be successful
  • ideas that have large scale implications may be developed centrally by the RSC, in conjunction with the applicant 

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