Chemistry is at the heart of science and having a flair for it makes you part of a select group of individuals much needed by industry. From materials to medicines, nanotechnology to alternative energy, it underpins the technology that we take for granted and offers diverse career opportunities, for example in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, forensic and biotechnology industries. 

Studying for a degree in Chemistry also prepares you for further research, for a career in teaching, or even in non-scientific employment areas such as in sales and marketing, and patent law.

Our courses share common Year One and Year Two of study, covering core chemical principles and practice. You can then tailor your degree through optional modules including Chemotherapeutics, modern day materials, nano and green chemistry, and sustainable chemistry. Importantly, our courses are recognised and accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The laboratory facilities here are first-class and you will get regular access to them. You will develop your skills and specialised knowledge through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and through hands-on practical sessions in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

We also offer students the opportunity to study abroad or to take a 12-month paid work placement. Previous students have worked within leading companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Syngenta. Completion of the placement year gives you an additional award of a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

No matter which chemistry degree you choose to study with us, you will also develop a range of transferable skills that are highly desirable in a variety of professional contexts.

Chemistry facilities

We have invested significantly in our facilities over recent years and have access to modern research laboratories and a range of analytical equipment for:

  • mass spectrometry
  • materials characterisation
  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • atomic and molecular spectroscopy
  • electrochemical methods and sensors.

2012 saw the opening of the  Rosalind Franklin building, which provides some of the best laboratory teaching facilities for Chemistry in the UK.

Search for a Chemistry course

Take a look at our Chemistry undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Any questions?

Dr Karen Moss
Head of Chemistry and Forensics
+44(0) 115 848 8063