Staff and Students in the foyer of the Chemistry Building

About Us

With world-leading academic staff and world-class facilities, our Chemistry Department is at the forefront of teaching and research.


Professor Peter Fielden, Head of Department, welcomes you to Lancaster University.

Chemistry is a fascinating subject and one that I am incredibly passionate about. Chemistry provides us with a unique perspective on our world; how it emerges from the fundamental properties and interactions of atoms and molecules, and how we can control chemical processes to enable us to shape it.

As the scientific study of the matter that makes up everything around us, chemistry allows us to continually push the boundaries of understanding, and to carry out research that advances knowledge and improves lives.

The Chemistry Department is a friendly, engaging and academically rigorous community where students and staff share a love of chemistry. We have an ethos of inclusivity, support, and equal opportunity. We have world-class laboratories for teaching and research.

Our students tell us that they appreciate the accessibility of our teaching staff, all of whom are active researchers with many being leading international experts in their field. Through high-quality teaching, these experts will bring their knowledge and passion to your lectures and practical lab classes. You will learn the fundamentals of chemistry, together with the latest developments and their real-world applications.

We are also delighted that the University has just been awarded gold status in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework. This recognises Lancaster as providing outstanding excellence in the quality of its teaching, the learning environment, student outcomes and learning gain.

We want all our students to flourish so we can help you to make the most of your academic studies and your time here at Lancaster. You will be supported throughout your degree by your Academic Tutor, who offers pastoral care and advice as well as helping with more academic concerns.

Your personal and professional development matters to us. We place a strong emphasis on helping our graduates progress successfully to a range of careers both nationally and internationally in the field of chemistry and beyond, and into further study.

Our degree programme has been specially designed to nurture a range of key transferable skills that will enhance your future employment prospects, such as communication and presentation skills, computing and mathematical skills, as well as a broad range of chemistry skills. Developing a portfolio of skills and tailoring them to your future career choice forms an integral part of our degree, and our dedicated careers service can offer advice about careers both in and out of chemistry.

Lancaster is a great place to study and enjoy the experience of being a student. we hope that you'll make lasting friendships, create special memories and develop life skills that will stay with you long after you graduate.

Professor Peter Fielden
Head of Department