School of Chemistry


We are at the forefront of scientific discovery, with our impact felt on a global scale. Our research is supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure and a wide range of equipment, facilities and technical expertise.

Our research interests are multidisciplinary and diverse. We receive substantial funding from government and industrial sponsors, meaning we can offer a varied choice of topics for research.

REF 2021 highlights for Chemistry

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF, the UK system for assessing research quality), the School of Chemistry was judged very positively. Highlights include:

  • 100% of our research assessed as 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*), one of only six universities in the UK to achieve this distinction.
  • We are ranked 22nd in the sector (out of 41 submissions) for the overall quality of our research in Chemistry (REF2021 Times Higher Education rankings).

The Times Higher Education (THE) analysed the REF2021 results and ranked the performance of each instituiton.

College of Science and Engineering Research

The College of Science and Engineering is internationally-leading in many of the fields covered by the wide range of research activities within the College. The College has several interdisciplinary themes of research which are fundamentally important to the UK's economic development and social well-being.

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