Delivered by our recently established Department of Chemistry, you will gain an advanced understanding of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry over the course of your degree.
We offer you the opportunity to study Chemistry as a single subject or combined with elements of Environmental Science, Biology, Natural Sciences or Engineering.You will learn in an excellent teaching environment with close links to business and industry and can also study abroad.
In your first year you will also develop Mathematics and other transferable skills. In your second year you will study modules including Spectroscopy and Bioactive Molecules. In the third year of your degree, you will complete a research project that matches your interests and choose options that place your knowledge in a real world context, selecting from other branches of Chemistry including biochemical and environmental topics.
Students on our four-year MChem programme can apply to spend their third year of study at one of our partner universities in North America. In your fourth and final year, you will carry out a major research project, working alongside our postgraduate students, while the modules on offer will enable you to explore the latest advances in Chemistry research and how these will contribute to solving some of society's biggest challenges.
Please note: the University will seek full accreditation and recognition by the Royal Society of Chemistry of our new BSc and MChem Chemistry degrees.
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to compliment their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied. For a full list contact the Chemistry department.
- Atoms and molecules
- Introduction to Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Skills for Natural Scientists
- Physical Foundations of Chemistry
- Introduction to Spectroscopy
- Analytical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry II
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three modules of study which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
For further information about the department, staff and courses please visit the Chemistry department website.
A level: ABB. To include A level or HL Chemistry (grade A) and one other science.
IB Diploma: 32 pts overall with 16 from best 3 HL subjects
Scottish Highers: BBBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects.Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
Our Chemistry degrees open up diverse career opportunities in the public and private sectors and many graduates continue their studies by training as teachers or conducting academic or industrial research.
Graduates can also seek employment in a wide range of industries and organisations, as a chemistry degree provides you with many additional transferable skills, for example numeracy, data handling, computing and IT, evaluating written material and presenting both written and verbal reports. These skills are highly valued by employers and are required in many areas of managerial and administrative work, in business, commerce, finance, banking or the Civil Service, and many chemist move easily into occupations in these areas.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2014, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2014 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
- As part of the National Scholarship Programme, a £1,000 Bursary, a £1,000 Fee Waiver and a £1,000 Accommodation Discount in the first year of study, for students from England with a household income of less than £25,000. Plus a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 in subsequent years.
Please note that the National Scholarship Programme is currently under review. An update on the support available, as part of the National Scholarship programme, will be available by Monday 16 December 2013.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page