Study Chemistry with us and gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art JB Firth Building. You'll have access to advanced analytical instruments. Including mass spectrometers, NMRs, electron microscopes and HPLC.

Our chemistry programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). We combine essential chemistry theory with specialist topics. These cover drug design & development, nanotechnology and environmental & sustainable chemistry. Providing you with a distinct advantage when planning your future career in chemical sciences. 

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Discover our Chemistry courses

Get to know us

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Why choose us to study Chemistry?

  • We’re ranked 2nd in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2024). And our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

  • We have a well-equipped analytical instrumentation suite. As well as a range of spectroscopic, chromatographic, microscopic, morphological, surface and thermal analysis equipment.

  • Develop industry-ready skills. We have a strong focus on green, nano and medicinal chemistry.
Sound interesting?
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Chemistry student conducting an experiment in our lab facilities

What to do with a chemistry degree?

The possibilities are endless when you graduate with a degree in chemistry. Typical careers paths include chemical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries. Other possible careers include nanotechnology, environmental science, forensic science, biotechnology and teaching. You’ll learn transferable skills, so we also have graduates working in accountancy, finance, law and even publishing.

Typical careers after studying a chemistry degree include:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Clinical scientist, biochemistry
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Crime scene investigator
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Chemistry study facilities

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Study a degree at UCLan

Interested in studying a degree with us? From exploring accommodation to visiting us at an Open Day, find out everything you need to know about life at UCLan.

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Meet the Chemistry team

Professor Harry Eccles
Professor of Nuclear Materials
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Harry employs his vast experience as a scientist to demonstrate the theoretical components of chemistry and the involvement of other disciplines required to commercialise technology. He is one of a very few academics who has seen his research employed commercially in nuclear repr…

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Professor Richard Hull
Professor of Chemistry and Fire Science
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Richard is a chemist who spends most of his time understanding the behaviour of unwanted fires, particularly the effects of fire retardants and the toxicity of the smoke. He teaches physical chemistry and, until the COVID pandemic, was giving lectures on his work all over the wor…