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    Placing our students at the forefront of science

How you'll learn

Our award-winning staff use a variety of teaching methods to ensure that our students receive cutting-edge content as part of a first-class training programme.

Chemistry is a diverse and evolving subject, and we believe that research-led teaching places our students at the forefront of science. We also believe that our students can make a real contribution to our Department as well as the world-class research we carry out here. This is why we actively involve our students in our research, working together in our state-of the art facilities to achieve better outcomes.

"Having worked with LC-MS/MS systems in my placement year, I developed a strong interest in analytical chemistry and was pleased to be assigned a plant proteomics project with Professor Rainer Craimer for the final year of my MChem degree. The project involved the proteomic analysis of Artemisia annua leaves. Artemisia annua is a medicinal plant endemic to Northern parts of China and is the sole source of the biosynthetically produced antimalarial pro-drug artemisinin. It was great working with Professor Cramer as I was able to gain an insight into what it's like to perform and direct my own research. Moreover, with his help and guidance, I was fortunate enough to publish my undergraduate project in BMC Plant Biology. My time in Professor Cramer's lab played a huge part in inspiring me to progress my career in research further by undertaking a PhD."

Laura Bryant

PhD student, Reading graduate


Laboratory skills are critical to the study of chemistry. As an undergraduate student you will learn these fundamental skills, as well as specialised techniques, as part of modules offered in the first two years of your degree. As you progress through your programme, the proportion of practical work increases, culminating in a research project during your final year.


Our lectures are delivered by experts who bring a passion for research into their teaching. We have a suite of modern lecture-demonstration facilities in the Department, which include video links and "ask the audience" interactive response systems.


Workshops and tutorials support your lectures by providing opportunities to discuss topics in small-group sessions. Small-group teaching naturally inspires more discussion and interaction in the learning environment, helping build relationships among students and with educators. This is why these types of tutorials and workshops are a major feature of our degree programmes in Chemistry.


All our degrees are designed to give you the best career outcomes, and include guest lecturers from industry. Our Chemistry with Cosmetic Science programme in particular includes a new product development project with industry mentors offering support and evaluating your final products.


As a chemistry undergraduate, it is important that you gain experience within one of our active research groups through your final year project. You may choose to do lab-based chemical research, computer-based modelling, or even a literature- or education-based project. This is an opportunity to give your potential career path a test-run, whether it's working alongside an award-winning researcher to help develop SMART greenhouse materials or working in a local secondary school inspiring future chemists - we offer the possibility of a school-based project in your final year, working alongside teachers and pupils on an individual project. This gives you the necessary experience for teacher training applications and develops skills applicable for any career involving working with people.

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