Students at Lancaster University

Studying at Lancaster


Lancaster University believes in its students. This is why we invest in the best facilities for you.

Teaching Labs

Our main teaching lab is highly flexible, with a capacity of 60 students and three separate bays for teaching. This makes the laboratory equally useful for both small and large class sizes. Our labs also contain state-of-the-art equipment such as our glovebox, 30 fume hoods, and support a variety of modern spectroscopic, analytical and computational instrumentation.

NMR Machines

Our £1.2 million Solid State NMR machine weighs 3 tonnes and is identical to one used at Cambridge University. We also possess two solution state NMR machines that cost in the region of £300,000; one of these is used primarily for research, the other for teaching. These are used by our Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy research group to characterise and measure the properties of atoms, molecules, solids, materials and biological systems.


Our X-ray facilities contain state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometers for the analysis of crystals, powders and thin-films. Using these techniques, we are able to determine the chemical structures of new materials synthesised in our Department, and also identify known materials from complex mixtures. These highly intuitive instruments provide an accessible and valuable aid to students who are learning X-ray diffraction techniques.

Electron and Atomic Force Microscopes

Our Keysight 5500 allows you to view objects magnified millions of times, and images in air, fluids, and under controlled environmental and temperature conditions. Our Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope has a magnification range of 25× to 1,000,000.

Raman Spectroscopy

We have recently introduced the use of Raman spectroscopy in our Department. The technique is used to characterise biological materials, including live cells and biopharmaceutical therapeutics. This is for use with a wide range of materials, chemicals and biological samples.

Mass Spectrometry

Our array of separations equipment allows the identification and quantification of trace compounds. Applications of this include impurity monitoring, food and beverage analysis, forensics and toxicology, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.


The Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT is the fastest microscale 3D printer available, with an achievable feature size of 1 µm (micrometre) and smaller.

Collaborative Technology Access Programme

The £11.3m cTAP building provides businesses access to facilities and expertise located in the Chemistry Department currently unavailable to inwardly investing businesses within the UK.

Student accommodation at Lancaster University


We have been rated the UK's Best University Halls seven times since 2010 in the annual National Student Housing Survey.

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Careers and Personal Development

Our chemistry programme provides excellent employment prospects, and graduates of this discipline are amongst the best paid in the UK (QS Digital Solutions). As a chemistry student, you will develop skills that are highly sought after by employers and open up a wide range of career pathways. We have several ways to support you to help make the right choice for your future.

Students relaxing in the square at Lancaster Univesity

Life at Lancaster

Lancaster University is diverse, varied, international, exciting and vibrant. You couldn’t ask for a better student experience!

Academic Support

We ensure that you will receive the support that you need to achieve your full potential. We are a friendly department and foster a supportive learning environment.

Academic Advisors

We will assign you your own Advisor for the duration of your studies, meeting once per term. Your Advisor is available for on-demand, one-to-one consultation, and to discuss personal development. This can include feedback on coursework and discussion of academic issues. You may also discuss extra-curricular activities and any other issues you may be having.

Open Door Policy

Our friendly and approachable academic staff offer an open door to any students wanting support with their learning. Staff in the Teaching Office are also always available to help.

Student Representatives

Elected student representatives collect feedback from our students. We hold regular meetings with these representatives and the academic staff. We want to make sure we hear your opinions so that we can improve the student experience.

Student Learning Advisor

The Faculty of Science and Technology provide support to you with our Student Learning Advisors. They offer workshops and free consultations to help you improve your scientific writing. We want your coursework to achieve its full potential.