Chemistry at Lancaster University

Chemistry

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: A Level Chemistry

Choose from modules in Chemical Measurement and Analysis, Chemical Synthesis and Structure and Environmental Chemistry. Over £26 million has been invested in the new Department of Chemistry. With an expanding team of leading academics and a brand new, state-of-the-art building, you will benefit from an extensive array of instruments and equipment to support your studies.

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Chemical Measurement and Analysis

You will study the theory and practices of physical, analytical, and computational chemistry. You will learn the measurement, rationalisation, and prediction of the chemical and physical properties of individual molecules and bulk materials. This will prepare you for potential research projects in your final year.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Optional modules
Atoms and Molecules Electrochemistry Advanced Chemistry Practical Research
Chemical Reaction Kinetics Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry and Group Theory Advanced Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications
Physical Foundations of Chemistry The Principles of Spectroscopy Advanced Techniques for Analytical Separations
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes Optional modules Chemistry Practical Research Skills
  Molecular Structure Determination Computational Chemistry
  Solids, Soft Matter and Surface Computational Electronic Structure
    Research Project (BSc only)
    Solids, Soft Matter and Surface II

Chemical Synthesis and Structure

Chemical synthesis concerns the creation of new molecules. You will begin to understand molecular reactivity and mechanism. You will learn techniques to design and synthesise molecules, and how we measure their properties. This pathway will develop your knowledge and skills, and prepare you for research projects in your final year.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Optional modules
Atoms and Molecules Alkene and Aromatic Chemistry Advanced Chemistry Practical 
Chemistry of the Elements Inorganic Chemistry  Advanced Synthetic Chemistry
Coordination Chemistry Organometallics Catalysis and Mechanism Advanced Synthetic Chemistry Practical
Organic Reactivity and Mechanism Strategies for Chemical Synthesis Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Organic Structure Optional modules Chemistry Practical Research Skills
  Molecular Structure Determination  Further Inorganic Chemistry: f-block and Metals in Biology
  Solids, Soft Matter and Surface Investigating Mechanism in Sustainable Polymer Chemistry
    Investigation of Chemical Mechanisms and Experimental Design
    Research Project (BSc only)
    Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
    The Chemistry of Biomedical Imaging

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemistry investigates the chemistry of the aqueous, atmospheric and terrestrial environments. You will study chemistry whilst learning the techniques of environmental method analysis. This will introduce you to environmental planning and assessment. Due to the complexity of this subject and the background knowledge it requires in later years, this pathway is double weighted. As such you can only take one other pathway with this option.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Optional modules
Atmosphere, Weather and Climate Aquatic Biogeochemistry Advanced Chemistry Practical Research
Atoms and Molecules Atmospheric Science Advanced Spectroscopy
Biogeochemical Cycles Electrochemistry Advanced Techniques for Analytical Separations
Chemical Reaction Kinetics Thermodynamics and Statistical Medicines Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Earth's Interior Optional modules Computational Chemistry
Geology Field Course in the Lake District - Environment Energy: Controversies and Decision Making
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Hydrology Environmental Applications of Isotope Geochemistry
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Molecular Structure Determination Research Projects (BSc only)
Numerical Skills Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry and Group Theory Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
Physical Foundations of Chemistry Soil Science The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Solids, Soft Matter and Surfaces  
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes The Physical Principles of Spectroscopy  
     
     
     
     

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. The information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.