Chemistry is the science that shapes the world we will live in tomorrow.
Chemistry is the science that has the most direct and dramatic impact on our lives. Chemists design, synthesise, analyse and study molecules the building blocks of everything from materials to medicines. Central to modern chemistry is the quest to make new molecules as efficiently and conveniently as possible, with minimum impact on the environment.
Study at the University of Reading, ranked 21st in the UK for Chemistry (Guardian University Guide, 2019) and you will benefit from our £4.5-million, state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility, our newly renovated undergraduate laboratories, and unrivalled support from our award-winning and nationally recognised staff, which includes a National Teaching Fellow.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, lab classes, workshops and small-group tutorials. If you would like to spend a year gaining work experience, our Year in Industry courses are the perfect solution and give you the opportunity to spend 12 months working in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry, in the UK or abroad.
In your final-year project, you will have the opportunity to work alongside staff members and undertake research in an area of your choice. Our research covers a wide range of areas, so you’ll have a variety of fascinating projects to choose from – and many of our students have been named on internationally renowned research papers.
We have excellent relationships with companies such as AstraZeneca, BP, Cytec, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkel, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Syngenta and Unilever, and all our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). You will also receive free RSC membership in your first year.
The Department of Chemistry offers a number of scholarships of £1,000 to talented students gaining AAA or above, with an A in Chemistry, at A level or equivalent.
You will benefit from the recent refurbishment of our research space, including seven new, large cutting-edge laboratories, and funding of £4.5 million to install a state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility with analytical chemistry instrumentation in the areas of NMR, X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, thermal analysis and molecular spectroscopy.