School of Chemistry

Teaching spaces

Dig deeper into your studies with the latest technology. From high-end laboratory equipment, to data analysis software and specialist text books, you'll have the resources you need to draw new connections and explore hidden insights.

National Student Survey 2017

According to the National Student Survey 2017 for Chemistry BSc:

  • 96% of our students felt they were able to access course-specific resources

students working in the labLaboratories and instrumentation

We have a wide variety of equipment, including numerous small instruments such as FTIR spectrometers and gas/liquid chromatographs (e.g., GC, GC/MS and HPLC), through to major specialised equipment such as high-field NMR spectrometers, atomic force microscopes, high-resolution mass spectrometers, and an X-ray diffractometer. You will also have extensive technical support from our own mechanical, electronic and glassblowing workshops.

We have multiple research laboratories and a recently expanded and refurbished teaching laboratory. Different parts of the teaching laboratory now focus on specific areas of chemistry as this allows students to experience both synthetic and physical chemistry experiments, enhancing your student learning experience. The teaching laboratory also has its own instrument room, a dedicated 500 MHz NMR spectrometer and an attached write-up/briefing space.

Lecture theatres

We have three lecture theatres which host the bulk of our lectures. Our lectures are recorded and made available as revision/catch-up tools to accompany student notes.

Small-group study spaces

A spacious student Reading Room provides a quiet working area for students. The Reading Room also has a selection of text books available for student use.

The molecular modelling laboratory in the Department is an ideal space for holding seminars, tutorials or workshop sessions as well as being a quiet study area for students.

The foyer of the George Porter Building contains a power and internet-connected work bench, plus lots of comfy chairs for study and socialising with your classmates.


The university has over 850 networked PCs linked to a central server, which students will have access to. Furthermore, the Department has WiFi so students can access the internet anywhere in the building.

An enormous range of software is accessible. This includes graphical analysis software and specialised chemistry programs (e.g. ChemDraw).

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