School of Chemistry

Welcome from The Head of School

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Steve Howdle


The School of Chemistry at Nottingham has a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research:

  • The School offers a wide range of undergraduate honours degree courses both from within the School and collaboratively with other Schools across the campus, recruiting 150 new undergraduates each year. This range of courses reflects the ‘centre stage’ that Chemistry occupies within the sciences, as well as the wide range of career opportunities available to science graduates.

  • Many of our undergraduate courses allow a further range of options for study abroad (USA, Australia and Europe) or to gain work experience within the chemical industry, or through a year long research project in Nottingham - the latter is a key final year component of all of our MSci degree courses.
  • Our recently introduced one-year taught Masters course (Green and Sustainable Chemistry MSc) is also proving popular with home and overseas students.

Research in The School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry has a thriving research environment with 160 postgraduate students and 60 post-doctoral fellows from all corners of the globe. These co-workers reflect the research activity of 38 academic staff supported by 30 technical staff.

Chemistry is a truly multi-disciplinary science with researchers at Nottingham engaged in, and leading, major University-wide research initiatives in the medical and biological sciences, in chemical engineering and in the nanosciences, to mention only a few. Reflecting the cross-disciplinary nature of the research activities, Chemistry researchers are also located in the £20 million SRIF-funded Centre for Biomolecular Sciences. To support these wide ranging research programmes the School draws significant research funding from:

  • the chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • from the EU and the UK research councils (EPSRC and BBSRC)
  • the Royal Society
  • other charities (Leverhulme Trust and Welcome Trust)

with research grants for each of the previous two years exceeding £10 million. Reflecting our national and international research reputation, scientists within the School have received numerous awards and prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry and Industry.

Teaching in The School of Chemistry

Our excellence in research is the bed-rock for our undergraduate teaching programmes which provide a first class up-to-date training in chemistry by experts in their field. Our teaching programme is strongly supported by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries with many of the 'big players' sponsoring undergraduate prizes awarded annually for outstanding achievement.

Our teaching laboratories have been recently refurbished and are equipped with state of the art instrumentation, further augmented by a recent £300K grant (from the HEFCE Teaching and Learning Fund). These investments follow the upgrading of our two main lecture theatres (£600K) to include state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities for both undergraduate teaching and as a major conference venue.

University and HEFCE funding continues to support the upgrading of facilities and new projects in the School as recognition of our excellence in teaching and research.

Opportunities for you

The School has a dynamic, vibrant and highly stimulating teaching and research environment which is achieved through a truly international blend of students and researchers from different cultures who are committed to learning and scientific discovery. It is the high quality staff and students that make the School of Chemistry one of the leading Schools in the UK. We welcome applications from home and international students for our wide range of BSc, MSci, taught Masters and PhD programmes. The choice of subject areas is extensive and we are confident that we have a course to suit your interests. Our objectives are to ensure that what ever your future ambitions may be these are achieved at Nottingham.

The City of Nottingham

The city of Nottingham has many attractions ranging from sporting to cultural. Not only is the campus conveniently located outside the City centre in extensive parkland, but there is also easy access to the countryside around. Nottingham is a great place to live and study! Click here to find out more about living in Nottingham.

Professor Steve Howdle

Head of School of Chemistry



School of Chemistry

University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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