Liverpool, University of

At a Glance

In Depth

Why Study Chemistry at Liverpool University

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool is a leading centre for teaching and research in the U.K. ranked 7th in the Guardian 2011 University Guide. There are a total of over 400 staff, students and research workers in the Department, including over 30 members of academic staff, whose research interests cover the whole range of modern chemistry. These interests are reflected in the content of our advanced undergraduate courses, where students are taught at the forefront of the subject.

The Chemistry programmes at the University of Liverpool have recently undergone a radical revision to better equip our students for a career in Chemistry in the 21st Century. The major development is the individual redesigning of each BSc and MChem degree. BSC courses provide a solid grounding in Chemistry, enabling students to progress directly into a wider range of employment, or to continue with their studies at the Masters (MSc) level. MChem courses are targeted at those students intending to pursue a career as a research chemist and are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry as satisfying the academic requirements for the award of chartered Chemist status (graduates with a first or second- class degree).

Liverpool is an exciting and vibrant city in which to study. The Department of Chemistry is close to the city centre, and all first year students are guaranteed accommodation in the Halls of Residence which are in a parkland site about 2 miles from the University.

With a £17 investment in research laboratories, our students have opportunities to work in the most advanced research labs in the country. On top of all of this, we even provide all Chemistry students with enough books to cover the programme in the first year, along with all the necessary safety equipment, completely free of charge.

Click here to hear what our students, past and present, think of studying Chemistry at Liverpool:


Here at Liverpool we recognise that the success of our Department depends first and foremost on our students.

Our goal is to foster an atmosphere for learning which is both challenging and enjoyable for our students, and we are committed to helping them all to achieve their potential. As an undergraduate you will be taught by a variety of methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Small group tutorials
  • Labs
  • Workshops and problem sessions

Throughout your course you will have a full timetable. In the first year a typical week will consist of:

  • 6 chemistry lectures
  • 2 afternoons of chemistry practical
  • 1 afternoon of chemistry workshop
  • 2 hours of chemistry tutorials
  • 2 or 3 lectures in a subsidiary subject
  • Up to one afternoon of practical in your subsidiary subject

You will be part of a large class for most of your lectures. However we believe that individual contact with academic staff is essential, and this is achieved through tutorials, workshops and practical classes. You will be assigned a personal tutor at the start of your course, and this member of staff will be available to help and advise you throughout your undergraduate career.


  • Lab courses are continuously assessed: your experimental work is marked by staff in the lab, and problem sets are assessed during workshop sessions. Some lab courses also have informal class tests as part of the assessment.
  • Lecture based modules are assessed by a combination of end of semester exams, tutorial work done during the course, and assignments (which may include oral presentations of your work).

Click here for a list of undergraduate courses offered by the Chemistry department:


The department has a strong research activity with a wide range of opportunities for candidate Ph.D. and postdoctoral scientists. We publish frequently in major international journals such as Science and Nature and our work is represented at international conferences throughout the year.

Research in Liverpool is based on a set of inter-related platforms spanning the following research areas:

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Surface Science
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
  • Applied Physical Chemistry

The Department hosts the EPSRC Complex Materials Discovery Portfolio Partnership and has pioneered a collocation model for academic-industry research collaboration through the establishment of the Centre for Materials Discovery, where state-of-the-art robotics and associated informatics infrastructure enables the automated synthesis and accelerated and high-throughput characterisation of tens to hundreds of materials in parallel.


Study Chemistry at the University of Liverpool and you will have excellent employment opportunities within the highly successful chemical and pharmaceutical industries and we have strong links with local, national and international companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Johnson Matthey.

The demanding nature of a degree course in Chemistry is well-recognised by employers. In addition to specialist scientific knowledge, our graduates have a range of transferable skills such as:

  • IT skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Numerical and data handling skills
  • Problem solving

This means that our graduates are well qualified to take up employment in a variety of fields in addition to chemistry.