During the first year of your degree, you will cover many of the fundamentals of chemistry, and you will learn about its relevance to the other natural sciences; for example, how it relates to biology, mathematics and physics. You will also have the opportunity to significantly develop your practical chemistry skills. One third of first year is free choice—you can choose to study modules offered by other departments in the University.
Second year courses build upon the broad fundamentals of first year, where you will cover some familiar topics in more detail, such as organic synthesis, spectroscopy and kinetics, while new, more advanced topics are introduced, such as d-metal chemistry, soft-matter chemistry and quantum chemistry. Practical laboratory classes will form a large part of your modules. You will also learn many additional transferable skills.
In your third year you will study a range of advanced core topics, including advanced synthetic chemistry techniques, computational chemistry and chemical biology. You will also study an advanced research skills module to further equip you with techniques relevant to your final year research project. You will also be able to choose from a wide variety of optional modules in specialised areas of chemistry.
MChem students may choose to expand their horizons by spending their fourth year at a foreign university, undertaking advanced chemistry courses and a research project that are of equivalent standard to those offered at Lancaster. Destinations include North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France and the Netherlands, with extension to further destinations in progress. Where relevant, foreign language training will be provided in the first three years of the degree; in these cases an early expression of interest is recommended.