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

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: A Level Chemistry

Chemical theory and analysis relates to the measurement, rationalisation, and prediction of the chemical and physical properties of individual molecules and bulk materials. This pathway covers the theory and practical application of techniques in physical, analytical, and computational chemistry. It also prepares you for potential research projects in physical and computational chemistry in your final year.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Optional modules
Atoms and Molecules Electrochemistry Advanced Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications
Chemical Reaction Kinetics Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry and Group Theory Advanced Kinetics, Reaction Dynamics and Surfaces
Physical Foundations of Chemistry The Physical 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 Surfaces Computational Electronic Structure Theory
Research Project (BSc only)

Chemical Synthesis and Structure

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: A Level Chemistry

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
Core modules Core modules Optional modules
Atoms and Molecules Alkene and Aromatic Chemistry Advanced Chemistry Practical
Chemistry of the Elements Inorganic Chemistry Advanced Chemistry Practical Research Skills
Coordination Chemistry Organometallics Catalysis and Mechanism Advanced Kinetics, Reaction Dynamics and Surfaces
Organic Reactivity and Mechanism Strategies for Chemical Synthesis Advanced Synthetic Chemistry
Organic Structure Optional modules Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Molecular Structure Determination Further Inorganic Chemistry: f-block and Metals in Biology
Principles of Spectroscopy for Biological Sciences Investigating Mechanism in Sustainable Polymer Chemistry
Solids, Soft Matter and Surfaces Investigation of Chemical Mechanisms and Experimental Design
Research Project (BSc only)
The Chemistry of Biomedical Imaging

Environmental Chemistry

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: A Level 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.

*Please note: some field courses will incur additional costs and are subject to availability

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Optional modules
Atmosphere, Weather and Climate Aquatic Biogeochemistry Advanced Chemistry Practical Research
Atoms and Molecules Atmospheric Science Advanced Kinetics, Reaction Dynamics and Surfaces
Biogeochemical Cycles Electrochemistry Advanced Spectroscopy
Chemical Reaction Kinetics Thermodynamics and Statistical Medicines Advanced Techniques for Analytical Separations
Geology Optional modules Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Data Collection and Analysis Climate and Society
Physical Foundations of Chemistry *Field Course in the Lake District - Environment Computational Chemistry
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Catchment Hydrology Dissertation
The Earth's Interior Molecular Structure Determination Global Change and the Earth System
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry and Group Theory Research Project (BSc only)
Optional modules Soil Science The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
Subject to A level portfolio, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following: Solids, Soft Matter and Surfaces
Numerical Skills I The Physical Principles of Spectroscopy
Numerical Skills II

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.

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