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 Techniques for Analytical Separations
Physical Foundations of Chemistry The Physical Principles of Spectroscopy Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Chemistry Practical Research Skills
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes Optional modules Computational Chemistry
  Molecular Structure Determination Computational Electronic Structure
  Solids, Soft Matter and Surfaces Research Project (BSc only)
    Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
     

Chemical Synthesis and Structure

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 Synthetic Chemistry
Organic Reactivity and Mechanism Strategies for Chemical Synthesis Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Organic Structure Optional modules Chemistry Practical Research Skills
  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)
    Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
    The Chemistry of Biomedical Imaging

Environmental 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

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 Spectroscopy
Biogeochemical Cycles Electrochemistry Advanced Techniques for Analytical Separations
Chemical Reaction Kinetics Thermodynamics and Statistical Medicines Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Earth's Interior Optional modules Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
Geology *Field Course in the Lake District - Environment Chemistry Research Projects (BSc only)
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Hydrology Climate and Society
Physical Foundations of Chemistry Molecular Structure Determination Computational Chemistry
Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Quantum Chemistry, Symmetry and Group Theory Dissertation
Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes Soil Science Global Change and the Earth System
Optional modules Solids, Soft Matter and Surfaces Solids, Surfaces and Soft Materials II
Subject to A level portfolio, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following: The Physical Principles of Spectroscopy  Water Resources Management
 Numerical Skills I    
 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.