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Chemistry Undergraduate Admissions


Synthesise your future with an introduction to the key elements of this dynamic and fundamental science.

First class subject choice

Chemistry is the central science. You'll study how societally and technologically important substances from pharmaceuticals to superconductors are designed and made. You'll discover the fascinating phenomena that occur in bulk materials and their origin at the atomic scale. A degree in chemistry will equip you for a range of careers.

First class Department

The Department has been placed in the top three in the 2014 subject league tables published by The Independent newspaper. It is extremely well-equipped, with modern laboratories, extensive state-of-the-art instrumentation and world-class facilities.

First class research-led teaching

Our standard of teaching was awarded Excellent, the highest possible rating, in the most recent teaching quality assessment by the Higher Education Funding Council, and a number of our members of academic staff have received University awards for Excellence in Teaching. You will be taught by internationally-renowned academics with a wide range of expertise. This ensures you can choose from a variety of optional modules allowing you to follow a programme of study designed to suit your individual interests.

First class research

Over two thirds of our research was assessed as being world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest research assessment exercise. You'll have the opportunity to work alongside these research leaders.

First class employment prospects

Our undergraduate employment record is amongst the best in Britain with over 95% of our graduates finding employment within 6 months of graduation. This reflects both the quality of our teaching and our commitment to producing well-rounded, employable graduates. 95% of our graduates in employment are in graduate-level jobs. Durham is a world top-25 university for employability.

First class students

Having a strong reputation means Durham Chemistry is able to recruit top-quality students from all over the UK and abroad, and from a wide range of social backgrounds. We have an outstanding record of academic achievement with over 78% of our students gaining first (1st) or upper second class (2:1) Honours.

First class student experience

We have state-of-the-art facilities and provide an excellent pastoral and study support system. There is a very active student chemical society, DUCS, which arranges a fun lecture programme, external visits and social events. Durham also offers its unique brand of college experience.

Contact Details

Admissions team
Department of Chemistry
Durham University
South Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 3342050
Email: chemistry.admissions

Key facts

Entry requirements
Standard offer is A*AA including chemistry and maths to A2.

Topping the tables
The Department is in the top 3 in the 2014 subject league tables.

Excellent teachers
Awarded 'Excellent', the highest grade, in the latest Government assessment of teaching.

World-leading research
Over two thirds of our research has been assessed as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

Highest employability in the UK. Over 95% of our graduates find employment within 6 months of graduating.

High achieving students
Over 78% of our students gain first or upper second class Honours.

A top world 100 University

Durham ranked Top 25 in the world by employers for the quality and demand of its graduates ( QS World University League Rankings 2013). Click here for further information.