In taking a major in chemistry, you will come to understand the impact that chemistry has on the world around us, including the production of dyes, paints, medicines, silicon chips, artificial hips, synthetic fibres for clothing, energy storage and optical fibres.
Study chemistry by choosing a program, major, minor or elective within one of our courses.
Most majors can also be taken as minors.
As a postgraduate student, your training will be intimately linked with research activities. You can take advantage of our collaborative links with industry through our Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids.
Research degrees in chemistry are offered by members of our academic staff in all areas of contemporary chemistry, including:
To find a potential supervisor, visit Research Supervisor Connect or chemistry research areas for a list of staff working in a particular area.
One of the most exciting opportunities available to students studying Chemistry is the chance to undertake the elective Year in Industry program. This program allows students to undertake their third year of study in full-time employment in the chemical industry or a government scientific laboratory. The work ranges from the analysis of industrial chemicals to the testing of new pharmaceutical products and will expose you to the use of a wide range of instrumentation and techniques.
This opportunity not only allows students to broaden their skills and gain experience, but also opens up opportunities for future employability and research projects.
At the end of the Year in Industry participating students return to the University to complete the requirements of their course. In many cases, they then proceed to their honours year.
This program will run in 2023 and the Program Director is Professor Francois Aguey-Zinsou.
Further information can be found here.
A chemistry major opens the door to many careers, as training in chemistry is essential for many positions in industry.
Industry is being transformed as it moves to a molecular-based understanding of materials. Currently the growing areas of employment opportunities for chemists include biotechnology and nanoscience.
Both the public and the private sectors increasingly draw their higher management employees from chemistry graduates.
Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including: