Welcome to Chemistry

UCLan Chemistry was ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian 2020 University Guide

Our RSC accredited programmes blend together both fundamental chemistry concepts with cutting-edge specialist topics such as drug design and development, nanotechnology and environmental and sustainable chemistry, giving a unique advantage when planning your future within chemical sciences. That’s why, in the latest DLHE survey*, 100% of our BSc (Hons) Chemistry graduates go on to work and/or study within six months.

With world-class teaching and learning facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation, we passionately believe that the chemistry experience which you receive here will be unparalleled.

*2018 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey



Postgraduate and Research Degree Programs

Our research staff are engaged in a number of collaborative research programmes at national and international level.

UCLan Chemistry also enjoys a number of partnerships with industrial units; the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy being one of them.

Meet our students

Professional Accreditation

Both BSc (Hons) Chemistry and MChem Chemistry courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. 


Royal Society of Chemistry Accredited Degree


Our undergraduate degrees offer an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement but we will support you in preparation for this. Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate learning, gain experience, and radically enhance employability. The benefit of the experience is often evident in improved performance on the remainder of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs. 

“This year I started my first industrial placement. It is a 12-month placement and I hope to gain a lot of great experience working in industry and narrow down my ideas of what I might want to focus on in my career.”

Chloe Foster, MChem Chemistry (sandwich year in industry)


UCLan chemistry is renowned for its excellent student support and ultramodern facilities. We have impressive laboratories housed within our purpose-built JB Firth Building, with state-of-the-art equipment including Mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers, diffractometers and Electron Microscopes to give you hands-on experience of the latest techniques.

“Access to the analytical suite was invaluable throughout my time at UCLan and allowed me hands-on experience using equipment such as XRD, SEM, NMR, and HPLC that was necessary to do all practical sessions and my dissertation project.” 

Joe Rawlinson, Chemistry Graduate and PHD Student

Analytical Suite

Chemistry Laboratory

Chemistry Laboratory

Chemistry Research Laboratory

“The labs are great for teaching in, there is always technicians on-hand as well as the leading academic for that module/practicals and student demonstrators in most taught practicals, so plenty of people to get advice from, and question techniques.” 

Megan Critchley, PhD Student and MChem (Hons) Chemistry Graduate


On graduating from University with a degree in Chemistry, the possibilities are almost endless.

Careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries, in chemical research and development, are all obvious career paths and our graduates are highly sought after, but other possible careers include nanotechnology, environmental science, forensic science, biotechnology and teaching.

And because so many of the skills you’ll learn are transferable, we have graduates working in accountancy and finance, law, publishing and even the nuclear industry

“Since graduating I have completed a Masters in Nuclear Science and Technology and now currently working at the Office of Nuclear Regulation as a Graduate Engineer under the supervision of the Nucleargrads program.

From a technical point of view, the Chemistry course peaked my interest in the field I currently reside in. Although Nuclear physics has little to do with Chemistry, the skills I learned in the labs are transferable to any fields/setting. At UCLan I learnt useful skills such as teamwork, and time management - both being extremely important in getting me through my masters and into my current role.”

Rahil Mashhadi, BSc (Hons) Chemistry Graduate



The course team consists of chemists all qualified to postgraduate level, and holding a wealth of teaching and research experience - each member has held either postdoctoral research positions or industrial posts before joining UCLan.

The team are some of the most research-active staff within the university, forming the nucleus of the Centre for Materials Science. This research centre was awarded a grade 4 in the last HEFCE research assessment exercise and as such is of national importance. This vibrant research culture influences many of the advanced topics and research projects. In addition many of the team are involved in research that crosses international boundaries and have collaborations overseas. This ensures that there is an excellent exchange of culture in everything we do.

Technical staff

Natalie Barlow 
Peter Bentley
Patric Daniel Cookson
Tamar Garcia-Sorribes
John Lockley
Sameera Mahroof
Teresa Oughton

BSc (Hons) Chemistry Staff and student


Our research encompasses fundamental as well as applied research themes with highly inter-disciplinary areas including material science, nuclear and environmental chemistry, organic and medicinal chemistry, inorganic and organometallic chemistry, electrochemistry, fire chemistry and chemical biology.

We have recently expanded our purpose-built laboratories boasting a well-equipped analytical instrumentation suite.In addition to an extensive range of spectroscopic, chromatographic, microscopic, morphological, surface and thermal analysis techniques.