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Undergraduate study

Study chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry or cosmetic chemistry with us. Whichever degree you choose, you’ll be actively involved in our research. You also have the option to undertake a placement or study at an overseas university in your third year.
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Master's study

Take your career to the next level with our one-year MSc in Chemical Research. The degree is designed to be flexible, allowing you to select modules that complement your research project in a specialist area of your choice.

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PhD study

Work alongside postdoctoral researchers and academic staff during your three or four-year PhD programme, and make a vital contribution to our research outputs.

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Our facilities

Our purpose-built Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) includes technology for nuclear magnetic resonance, thermal analysis, molecular spectroscopy, X-ray analysis and mass spectrometry.
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Our students' stories

Read our undergraduate student stories to find out what it's like to study chemistry at Reading.

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Our research

Our research is driven by our desire to help solve some of society’s greatest scientific challenges. 100% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Chemistry) and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3*submissions – Chemistry).

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Work with us

Start a research partnership with us, host our placement students, inspire the next generation of chemists in schools and access our facilities.

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