Students at work in a Chemistry laboratory

Undergraduate Degrees


Your Course

You will have the best start to an exciting and varied career, thanks to our forward-looking approach to teaching chemistry.

You will be taught chemistry as an integrated subject, emphasising both the practical skills and theory that are important for a chemistry graduate to enter employment, or to progress to a higher degree. Our Royal Society of Chemistry accredited degrees focus on the practical synthetic (organic and inorganic) and analytical skills, emphasising the underlying theory and physical principles to provide you with a contemporary view of the subject.  Your first two years will cover a broad understanding of the central concepts of chemistry and in Years 3 and 4, you will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice and complete a research project at the cutting-edge of current understanding.

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.

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 some of the best instrumentation in the UK.

Study Abroad

You may want to consider the Study Abroad variant of our programme. On this degree, your second year will be spent at one of our partner universities across the globe. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain valuable experience of a different social and academic environment.

Hello Future

At Lancaster, we don't just want you to pass your degree. We are dedicated to providing you with the best opportunities to begin your career.

Personal Development

Chemistry graduates tend to be great problem solvers, analytical thinkers and well organised. This is why chemists have been instrumental in developing our modern world. As well as developing your academic knowledge, we will help you to nurture the skills to start your career.

Employment Destinations

A chemistry degree opens up a wide range of employment opportunities. These jobs are not only in chemical industries but in forensics, teaching, medicine or public health. Our previous graduates have gone on to work for global companies such as BP Oil Company, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble.


You can apply for paid work experience through our internship programme. The programme provides full-time opportunities for students from July to September. Part-time internships are available all year round to fit around your studies.

Careers Support

You can access to our excellent careers service which offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. This includes one-to-one support and advice on work experience, employability skills and careers.

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