Loughborough, University of

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Why Study Chemistry at Loughborough University

Chemistry at Loughborough University offers a fantastic range of subjects to ensure that you are provided with a great amount of material and experience to satisfy your interest in Chemistry. Ranked 1st for ‘overall satisfaction’ in the National Student Survey 2010, the Department provides internationally renowned and friendly staff that will support you throughout your time at Loughborough. Their varied subjects, teaching styles and enthusiastic approach to chemistry ensure you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills highly valued by future employers.

Subject content is greatly influenced by current chemical and pharmaceutical industries and courses and modules are often unique to the Department, such as the Forensic Analysis component or the Radiochemistry module. With their own social committee that organises Chemistry sport matches, socials and fun days, you’re welcomed into a community that aims to offer you the best experience at Loughborough.

The Erasmus European Exchange Programme enables you to spend a year abroad studying in countries such as Spain, Italy, Germany and Poland and works closely with the Department. In addition you are offered the option of taking a language module as part of your course, enabling you to gain an extensive range of skills found favourable by employers.

Course Options

As well as the single honours Chemistry degree, the Department offers a variety of joint honours courses:

  • Chemistry with a Foundation Year
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry with Forensic Analysis
  • Chemistry and Sports Science

The Department also provides the opportunity for you to enrich your study by opting for a master degree (MChem), an extended course of the BSc degree. This gives you the perfect opportunity to explore a broader and greater range of subject material and prepare you for research work in industry or a PhD.

Placement Year Opportunity

With work and life experience more important than ever in today’s working environment, the Department of Chemistry enables you to take a ‘sandwich degree’, which combines the course with an extra year working in industry; applying your knowledge, learning through practical experience, and gaining valuable insight and professional training for life after University.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to experience a working role directly related to your course. A great advantage that will develop skills found favourable by employers, the Department will endeavour to help you find the placement that suits you.

For more information on the Department and individual courses, visit the Department’s website, Chemistry.


The Department provides unique and varied subject material, with a range of modules for you to choose from. With its outstanding scientific reputation and fantastic facilities and equipment, Chemistry at Loughborough is able to offer you courses dedicated to giving you the skills that you need in an inspiring and fun environment.

How will you be taught?

You are taught through a variety of teaching styles aimed at broadening your knowledge on Chemistry and enabling you to learn content thoroughly, including:

  • Lectures
  • Small group work, such as tutorials
  • Practicals and laboratory classes

With 25 experienced academic staff covering a large assortment of subjects, you will be spoilt for choice on what you can study. Some of the module choices include;

  • Structure and Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Energetics and Rates of Change
  • Spectroscopy and the Structure of the Universe
  • Stoichiometry and Analytical Measurements
  • Molecular Basis of Life
  • Synthesis of Organic Molecules
  • Advanced Kinetics and Quantum Mechanics
  • Radiochemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Drugs and Disease
  • Forensic DNA Analysis

Over the years you will have the opportunity to narrow and specialise your study field, learning in depth subjects you enjoy and find particularly interesting.

What support will you get?

The Department is committed to helping you throughout your time at Loughborough University. You will be assigned a personal tutor on arrival, who will be an expert lecturer and is there to help and advise you on any aspect of your course as well as often providing personal support. There are also a large number of experienced technicians and PhD students who will be able to support you during lab classes and projects.

The Library provides an extensive range of relevant Chemistry resources. The offer an expert staff member dedicated to the knowledge of Chemistry resources in the Library is available on hand to help you when you need.


Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, including;

  • Examinations
  • Essays and Reports
  • Posters
  • Oral presentations

This range of assessment methods is designed to strengthen your ability to excel in various ways, aiming to develop several skills including your ability to analyse and communicate.


Loughborough University is well known for its leading research across the campus. The Department of Chemistry itself is a strong research school, with 95% of its research considered to be of international excellence by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. This excellence reflects in the staff’s teaching and content, and provides the latest and best quality equipment for you to use on various projects.

Research areas focus on interesting themes, including;

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Crime and Security
  • Materials
  • Health


As a Loughborough Chemistry graduate you will have developed a variety of transferable skills, and find there is a range of career paths to explore. The Department works to prepare and improve your skills, as well as giving you careers advice and guidance when you need it.

A fantastic 96% of 2010 Loughborough Chemistry graduates are in employment or further study (of those available). A large majority of previous students that have gone on to further study and research have gone to universities such as Loughborough, Cambridge, Nottingham and Oxford. Others have gone into careers with:

  • Police
  • 3M Healthcare
  • Government
  • British Steel
  • Lilly Industries
  • NHS laboratories
  • GSK
  • Johnson Matthey

Many students who choose to undertake a placement year often go on to work with the same employer once they’ve graduated.

Case Study

Hannah Greenfield graduated in 2009 with a BSc Chemistry with Forensic Analysis degree. She now works as a chemist in the research and development department of the company Lubrizol:

“I chose to do Chemistry. I applied to a variety of universities, however when I visited Loughborough, I loved the campus feel and how green it was, and knew that's where I wanted to go.”

For the full case study and an online look at our Careers and Employability Centre website, visit Graduate Profiles.