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Chemistry Teaching at Lancaster

In most Chemistry Departments, the 'core' chemistry lecture courses are still segregated into Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. Whilst a thorough background knowledge covering all of these areas is essential, here we feel that these subjects should not be taught in isolation. We are endeavouring to teach Chemistry as a much more integrated subject.

If we are to divide our course into categories, Synthesis, Measurement and Analysis are perhaps much more relevant and descriptive labels than the traditional IOP divisions. Synthesis covers the preparation of not only organic compounds but inorganic, organometallic and biological molecules. Measurement encompasses the study of rates of reactions, thermodynamic feasibility and electrochemical properties along with quantitative and qualitative measurements. Analysis incorporates a wide range of spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques plus recent developments in microscale analysis using nanostructures and microfluidics.

As part of our aspirations, we are committed to small-group teaching, the cornerstone of teaching excellence in the undergraduate experience, and to providing final-year research projects where you will work in research laboratories along-side postgraduate students and post-doctoral staff. These personal interactions will ensure that, as a Lancaster Chemistry student, you are an integral part of the Department.

Chemistry is an inherently practical subject. Our Chemistry degrees fundamentally reflect this; laboratory-based practicals form a significant part of our course. You will have the opportunity to study in small groups, using state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation, in modern chemistry laboratories.

Flexible Degree Schemes

The flexibility of the course means it is possible to transfer between three and four year options and to sample overseas exchange opportunities.

We offer you the opportunity to study single-honours Chemistry, or add in elements from across the Faculty of Science and Technology including: Biology, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. As a result, many doors are open to chemistry graduates, and career opportunities are very diverse.

Transferable Skills

Alongside the chemistry lectures and the development of practical skills in chemistry, our students are expected to master a range of transferable skills including; multimedia and poster presentations, essay and report writing, application of IT skills to problem solving, building and working in teams.

Our goal is to enable you to acquire a range of skills via both supervised and independent learning which will help you to work effectively on your own or as part of a team in whatever career you choose to follow.