Undergraduate Degrees


Chemistry BSc Hons : F100

Chemistry BSc Hons : F100

Chemists are great problem solvers and analytical thinkers; they have been instrumental in developing our modern world. Our Chemistry degree equips you with a multidisciplinary skill set that will better prepare you for your career.

Chemistry MChem Hons : F101

Chemistry MChem Hons : F101

Our MChem offers all of the benefits of our BSc degree but adds a fourth year. In this fourth year, you will carry out a major research project, working alongside our research staff and postgraduate students.

Chemistry Study Abroad MChem Hons : F1T7

Chemistry Study Abroad MChem Hons : F1T7

The Study Abroad programme provides a multicultural experience and equips you with a multidisciplinary skill set that will better prepare you for your career.

We have a modern approach to teaching chemistry that will prepare you for when you begin your career.

Chemistry is usually taught as the separate subjects of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry (IOP). At Lancaster, you will learn the categories of Synthesis, Measurement and Analysis. This will provide you with a more accurate view of the subject as a whole. Your first year will cover a broad understanding of the central concepts of the course. Years 2-3 will give you the opportunity to specialise in the area of your choice.

  • Synthesis involves the preparation of organic, inorganic, and organometallic compounds and biological molecules.
  • Measurement covers the study of rates of reactions, thermodynamic feasibility and electrochemical properties. You will also learn quantitative and qualitative measurements.
  • Analysis incorporates a wide range of spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques. We also include recent developments in microscale analysis using nanostructures and microfluidics.

For example, research into transition metal complexes covers all three areas. Researchers can synthesise organic ligands and react them with metals. They can then characterise them with spectroscopic techniques, and examine their photochemical behaviour.

Study Abroad

You can spend your second year studying at one of our partner universities. These partner universities span the globe: in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Where you choose to study at is up to you, although places are subject to availability. Learn more

Our ethos

Although we are a young department we have employed some of the best academics who are experienced in both research and teaching. We are committed to small group teaching, which we believe is the cornerstone of excellence in undergraduate education. Our staff to student ratio is one of the best in the country. We also provide final year research projects where you will work alongside postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff. These interactions will ensure that you are a valued part of the department and are made to feel as such.

Practical work is an integral part of our courses; in order to receive RSC accreditation, roughly 100 hours of practical work per year is required. Therefore the courses involve a significant proportion of lab-based practicals as well as lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions. These sessions will give you the skills that you need to advance in your studies of chemistry, and the transferable skills that will make you attractive to employers. Our modules tend to run between 5-10 weeks, with continual assessment of coursework, worksheets, mini-reports, and writing up lab sessions.


A £26 million investment in our newly refurbished Faraday Building is benefiting students and researchers with state-of-the-art laboratories as well as amongst the best instrumentation in the UK. Learn more

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
  • Engineering

As a result, many doors are open to chemistry graduates, and career opportunities are very diverse.

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