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. 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.

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.

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Take a look at our Chemistry undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Our academic experts in Chemistry and Forensics contribute to the Scientific Services to Industry (SS2i) offered by the School of Science and Technology. We offer a range of analytical, experimental and technical services to industry via access to facilities across the School. A significant number of businesses have already commercially and technically benefited from working with us.

The broad skills and capabilities available within the School attract businesses from a diverse range of market sectors, including

  • biomedical
  • manufacturing
  • nanotechnology
  • pharmaceuticals
  • textiles
  • food and drink
  • plastic and printed electronics.

We also offer consultancy services along with access to a range of knowledge transfer and business improvement funding opportunities.


Research is an important activity to ensure the vitality and health of our academic subjects, and underpins the teaching of our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.

In the Chemistry team our academic staff are research active and supervise undergraduate, masters, PhD and postdoctoral research projects within the classical subject areas of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. We also recognise that modern science is highly interdisciplinary and we collaborate across our School and beyond, both nationally and internationally, with engineers, biologists, physicists and materials scientists. Teaching and student satisfaction are very important to us, and we have won awards and recognition for this aspect of our work. We have active research projects looking to develop new methodology for effective student learning and teaching in science.

Our research activities in Chemistry have been funded by numerous collaborators, along with a wide range of industrial sponsors from the chemical, pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotechnology sectors, including:

  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • The Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • The Leverhulme Trust
  • US Airforce

Find out more about our specialist areas of research.


The Chemistry team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry, forensic science, legal issues and crime scene investigation.

Visit our staff profiles to find out more.

Any questions?
Please contact:
Dr Karen Moss
Head of Chemistry and Forensics
+44(0) 115 848 8063